Tea for Two (or More!)
A truth universally held by tea drinkers is that a great cup of tea is made even more wonderful when shared with others. Why not, instead of just an afternoon tea, devote an entire day to tea, encouraging you to get together with one or more friends and bond over a fresh cup?
The beginning of the Spring season is the perfect time to get a friend, or a few, together to enjoy a cup, or a few, of tea. As the weather warms and the flowers start to peek out from the soil, it is a perfect time to open up to the outside world and crawl out from all those winter blankets to connect with those around us.
Below are just a few suggestions on how to share and celebrate your love of tea with your own personal “Tea Day” celebration .
If you can spend the day with only one friend, set a table with yellow flowers and a classic rounded cup and saucer with spoons to mix in any desired milk, honey, or sugar. Serve the tea with a serving or two of shortbread cookies.
To make this particular Tea Day into a date night, exchange the yellow flowers for an unscented candle (the tea should still be the highlight of the show, after all) and bring out large mugs and chocolates or digestive biscuits for an after dinner catch up.
Stuck at work? Set up tea with cheese and crackers for your coworkers in the kitchen or meeting room. To go a step further, send out an e-invite for a tea break and discover the benefits of sitting down and letting ideas steep along with your leaves.
Getting a larger party together later on in the day? Plan ahead and coordinate a tea and tea strainer swap, asking everyone to bring a favorite tea gift (and note that if the tea is loose leaf to bring along a strainer too). Attendees can draw names to decide on one person to buy tea for, or all the tea can be pooled and swapped at random during the event. The group can sample each tea together if they are willing, or hoard their new brew to themselves for later on.
The movie and song, “Tea for Two” is also perfect viewing for any Tea Day. If you haven’t seen the classic film, I suggest making it a tea and popcorn gathering. Pair it with a Japanese Genmai Cha tea to enjoy a hearty, nutty, and slightly salty treat.
Are you in need of tunes to help you celebrate? Pick and choose from the playlist and tea pairing below to see if any teas and songs tickle your fancy.
Paired with the friendly and fun Pina Colada tea
Paired with an unbirthday treat of Lemon Meringue Green
Paired with a Chinese black tea, Keemun Encore
Paired with a floral and crisp spring Darjeeling
Paired with a refreshing Rooibos
Paired with the colorful White Eternal Spring tea
Paired with a classic English Breakfast
Paired with an herbal Berry Crème Compote tea
An instrumental piece paired with Jasmine Phoenix Pearls
Paired with the Earl Grey Moonlight tea
Paired with a tropical Pu erh Tahiti tea
Paired with the black Golden Spring tea to brighten up your day
While we may already celebrate our favorite delicious teas on a daily basis, taking time out of our day to enjoy a cup with the people in our lives is a good practice. Take an extra moment to appreciate someone else’s favorite tea or just share some time together over a rejuvenating cup. Celebrating your own personal Tea Day can help to make an ordinary day something special and to motivate you to sit and relax with a loved one - and a beloved cup of tea - a little more often.