Remember when you were a little girl and you and your friends had a tea party?
Wasn't it fun pretending to be all grown up?
Now that we are all grown up, let's bring our Inner Child back to life.

Dates to be announced soon.
Join the fun.
Wear your prettiest Tea Party Dress.
And don't forget your hat. Gloves optional!
We will have an "Embelish Your Hat" table, complete with flowers, bows and baubles.
Bring your Inner Child to play.
Learn about the health benefits of teas.
Enjoy healthy and nutritious snacks.
Bring a friend and make a new one or two.

Cost: $25.00

 

The Origin of Teas

The legend of tea drinking has been traced back to the Chinese Emperor Chen Nung, 2737 BC. He was sitting under a tree while his servant was boiling a pot of water, when a few leaves from a tea plant fell into the water. The aroma was so flavorful that he tasted it and he began drinking tea as a daily ritual.

Tea consumption spread throughout the Chinese culture and everyone began drinking it. It became especially popular during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

The tradition spread to Japan where it was elevated to an art form in the creation of the Japanese Tea Ceremony.

By 1610, shiploads of tea reached Europe brought by the Dutch from China. Because of it's cost, only the wealthy could afford to drink it. As importing increased, the prices fell and it became affordable to all the people of Holland. Apothecaries started carrying new blends along with sugar to improve some of the more bitter flavors. Tavern owners began serving their guests with tea pots and small heating units.

Of course the British can't be forgotten as Charles II of England married Catherine of Braganza, a Portuguese Princess. She introduced the pleasures of drinking tea to the English Court during the 1650's.

It was customary for the English to only eat two meals a day, breakfast and dinner. Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, (1788-1861) began to feel famished before their evening meal. She adopted the European tea ritual of afternoon tea, serving small cakes, assorted sweets, and of course, tea. This practice spread through the country side and became a standard practice which still is done today.

Craftsmen like silversmiths, potters and linen makers were quick to respond to the new custom. Tea Parties even produces their own style of clothing with flowing and feminine attire.

Two different types of tea services, high (served with more elegance in wealthier homes) and low (served in the early afternoon in peasant homes) focused mainly on presentation and conversation.

Tea Gardens began to spring up all over England where ladies and gentlemen took their tea outdoors where they were surrounded by music, flowers and greenery. Small wooden boxes were placed on tables throughout the garden where people would leave a tip ( which means To Insure Proper Service). Thus the custom of tipping your server was created.

The first official tea room was established in Britain around 1864. All the fine hotels in America and England were serving Victorian ladies and gentlemen afternoon tea. It became a popular meeting place and afternoon tea dances became popular, the tango in particular.

Let's not forget India. The Chinese had a monopoly on tea growing and decided on a solution to plant tea in other places. Some were not successful, but the seeds grew well in Darjeeling, North India and by 1875, tea cultivation had become well established. Other varieties were found in Ceylon and Sri Lanka by the end of the 19th Century.

The Russians enjoyed tea as well, which arrived to them from China via camel train. It was an 11,000 mile trip and took over 16 months to arrive. By the end of the 18th century, many more trains were established. The Russians loved there tea so much, they invented the samovar, which is a tea pot that could run all day and serve up to 40 cups of tea at a time.

Meanwhile, in America the settlers became avid tea drinkers brought by Peter Stuyvesant in 1650. In 1765 Britain began taxing the American colonies, without their consent, with a tea tax. This infuriated the colonists. We all know the story of the "Boston Tea Party" when they threw 342 chests of tea into the sea when the first three tea ships arrived in Boston Harbor. A band of men dressed as Indians descended on the ships during the night of December 16, 1773. The port of Boston closed and the city was occupied by the royal troops. The colonial leaders met and declared the war. Within a few years, in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was made and America was free.



Trends

Teas are more popular today in America than ever before. In the last decade, tea sales have escalated to about $5 billion, according to the trade group Tea Council of the USA. Green teas and specialty teas sales are growing with regard to the health benefits being the driving force in sales. Americans are seeking a more positive and healthy lifestyle. Tea is know to boost the body's immune system and fight infection, unlike coffee.

Baby Boomers have joined the movement of living happier and healthier by drinking tea. Tea rooms and shops are springing up everywhere.

Join the Movement

"Let's Have A Tea Party"

Other Tea Party Dates for 2018 to be announced soon.
Lots of playful fun!
Dressing Up!!
Embellish and beautify our Tea Party Hats
Learn the etiquette and trends of tea
Sipping unique and nourishing teas (recipes included)
. Eating delicious and healthy snacks (recipes included)
Relax with your friends and make new ones
I
ndulge in the nice-ities of an era long gone
Questions?