“Clang! Clang! Clang went the trolley…” sang Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis. But it was definitely not a tea trolley. It was just some big, noisy contrivance that ran along rails laid down in the streets of St. Louis and that had a loud bell on it that was rung when the conductor had to alert cars and pedestrians of its coming. Imagine if they had served tea on those trolleys. On second thought, the real tea trolleys are better. And far less messy. Let this little teapot show you how. TOOOT! Continue reading The Tea Trolley
Color themes for your tea party are a good thing. Normally, I would recommend yellow, for obvious reasons. But in the interest of fairness to you humans, this little teapot presents a case for a blue and white tea time. TOOOT! Continue reading Little Yellow Teapot Reports: A Blue and White Tea Time
Life for you humans is full of embarrassing moments, and some of the worst are embarrassing tea moments (as a teapot, I have witnessed quite a few here). There you are, enjoying this wonderful beverage, and you may have even taken time to steep it up gongfu style. Then — yikes! — that embarrassing tea moment happens. Continue reading Little Yellow Teapot Reports: 5 of the Most Embarrassing Tea Moments
Giving a tea party is a rather iffy thing. As host/hostess, you are sometimes unsure if that tea party was a big success or a flop. We here at The World Is a Tea Party totally understand and have been in that situation. Over time we have discovered three sure-fire signs of tea party success and wanted to pass them along here. Continue reading 3 Signs Your Tea Party Was a Big Success
Tea time isn’t what it used to be back when Anna, Duchess of Bedford, invited some of the other ladies of Queen Victoria’s court to her private chambers for an afternoon pick-me-up. These days, it’s anything from the Red Hat Ladies gathering at one of the local tea rooms to you taking advantage of a quiet moment in your day to imbibe a cuppa and a treat. In the case of the non-solo tea time, certain etiquette matters are de rigueur and logically, therefore, breeches of this etiquette (known as faux pas, or “missteps”) can mar the event for all. Continue reading 18 Faux Pas at Tea Time
From green tea to little green shamrocks sprinkled on our cupcakes (with green frosting), we’re getting our Irish on here today for St. Patty’s Day!
How better to celebrate a day of green than with a nice, fresh green tea? St. Patrick himself would have approved most heartily. Centuries ago, when he went to the various kings of Ireland to convert them from their “heathen ways,” he didn’t have this wonderful beverage to serve. Too bad. It would have been hospitable as well as improving the dispositions and general health of those fierce monarchs of the “Emerald Isle.”
The word “shamrock” is derived from the Irish Gaelic seamrog which means “little clover.” Around 1893, botanist Nathaniel Colgan collected samples from people all over Ireland and discovered that there were about four different plants (Trifolium repens, Trifolium minus, Trifolium pretense, and Medicago lepulina) that qualified as shamrocks. The main feature is the three-leaves-on-a-stem shape we have all come to recognize. (There is a mutation that occurs rather often where a fourth leaf is on the stem – the proverbial four-leaf-clover – that is a symbol of good luck.) Officially, the symbol of Ireland is the Celtic Harp. However, to many people, the shamrock is equally important. It is more of an emblem of Irish culture and is used in the official logos of Fáilte Ireland (the Irish Tourist Board) and other Irish organizations and companies such as Aer Lingus, the official airline of Ireland.
Time for that Irish tea party! Teapots, mugs, plates, sugar and creamer, cups and saucers, and so on, will set the stage here. A nice Irish lace tablecloth would be good, too. You might want to go with an Irish favorite instead such as one of their top brands (Lyon’s, Barry’s, or Bewley’s) or a nice Irish Breakfast blend steeped strong so it can stand up to some milk and sweetener if you care to venture that far here.
Got your Irish on yet? If not, just have another cuppa tea and one of those cupcakes. That should do the trick!
© 2015 A.C. Cargill photos and text
It’s parTEA time for this little teapot and my Tea Gang. Quite a line-up of teas that seem designed for your holiday sipping pleasure just arrived from Empire Tea Services. Their web site is called Tea Temptations and features a bunch of great tea choices. We’ll be diving into these samples for a bit of a Tea Gang tea party. Caution: Some of these have stuff added to them, so this will be a bit different for us, since we kinda stopped even agreeing to try such things, wanting instead to taste just the tea. But this is special for the upcoming holiday season.
The teas included in the sample pack:
- Kris Kringle’s Delight – Ceylon black tea with chocolate, hazelnut, almond flavors, green/red sugar coated fennel seeds.
- Sugar Plum – Ceylon tea with sugar plum, botanicals, fruit pieces, sweetened with stevia.
- Peach & Apricot Green Tea – Gunpowder green tea with peach and apricot flavoring.
- Mixed Fruit – Ceylon tea, orange peel, blackcurrant, peach, and raspberry flavors, sunflower petals.
- Caribbean Sunset – Ceylon black teas, lemon myrtle, stevia, lemon peel with rum (an insignificant amount), lemon and lime flavors.
- Scottish Breakfast – a blend of black teas. (not on site as of 25 October 2014)
See our past articles on their teas (these are on the old blog):
- Nilgiri Tiger Hill Estate F Black Tea
- A Tea Party with 4 Ceylon Teas
- 3 More Teas: Singbulli Estate First Flush Darjeeling, Emperor’s Pride (Mao Feng green tea), and Yunnan Jin Hao
This tea vendor is definitely one of many trying to broaden their appeal to U.S. tea drinking humans by carrying these flavored teas. While we here at your fave tea blog site find this not at all surprising, we also see it as a sign that our efforts to help you tea lovers learn more about fine teas is needed. We encourage you to check out the many fine teas this vendor carries, including the ones we had the pleasure of trying previously.
© 2014 A.C. Cargill photos and text