A celebration of tea

Today, I went to a friend’s house for a tea party. For me, that’s about the best kind of party possible. After all, I am Alice, and Alice went to the Mad Tea Party with the March Hare, Mad Hatter, and Dormouse. The three of them were sentenced by the Queen of Hearts to an eternal tea party after being convicted of the dread charge of murdering the time. They claimed that they were “just killing time.” Not a bad punishment, I would guess. Lots of scones and tea and little sandwiches without crusts. My mouth waters at the whole idea of the delicious tea party, even though I know that too much of a good thing is too much. There’s no getting around it. A tea party is fun because it happens occasionally and is a treat, not because it’s eternal.

Below are pictures of the teapots and tea cups featured at today’s tea party, together with some nice quotations about the pleasures of tea. I found these quotations at https://blog.theteakitchen.com/tea-history-culture/20-tea-quotes-for-tea-lovers/ and at https://theteacupoflife.com/2020/07/tea-quotes.html

“A cup of tea is a cup of peace.”Sen Sshitsu VX
“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.” — Bill Watterson
There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.” — Lin Yutang
“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.”Thich Nhat Hanh
“Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.” — Catherine Douzel

What’s your favorite tea? Please post in the comment section below!

7 thoughts on “A celebration of tea”

  1. That is how I drink my tea. It is also how I drink my coffee. By mid morning I have half a cup of iced Capuchin from my breakfast brew.
    There has been a tradition in my wife’s family to pass tea cups and saucers and even tea pots down from mother to daughter. Now my daughter is more interested in travel mugs than tea cups.
    Some cups and tea pots are hand painted. Have you tried your artistic hand at that?

    1. Hi Doug,
      I will admit that two things that I haven’t tried to paint are tea cups and eggs! I can see potential disasters for both of them (the egg would be a more unpleasant disaster, lol).
      Your wife’s family has a wonderful tradition of passing the tea cups and saucers and tea pots from generation to generation! Those things do tell a story!

  2. I love seeing the pictures of the tea party. My mother in law collected over 40 beautiful tea cups and we inherited half of them. I wanted to start giving one to my granddaughter each year but my husband wants to wait until we die. She’s only 2 1/2 so I’ll wait to have the conversation with him again – maybe after we have our first real tea party with her.

    1. Yes, your granddaughter is a bit too young! I think that giving her a tea cup when she is old enough to handle it without dropping it is a good idea. It will be very special to her and she will love it.

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