Throw a Tea Party
Tea parties aren't just reserved for little girls and aristocrats. If a dinner party is too daunting, but you want to invite a group of friends over for a good time, why not invite them over for tea? Serving tea is customary in many countries around the world, but has long fallen out of practice in the United States and Canada due to time constraints and our busy lifestyles. Perhaps an afternoon tea party is just the thing to remind you of how enjoyable a more peaceful pace of life can be. Tea Party Arrangements Set up your tea arrangements...
Tradition of Tea Time
While most associate tea time with England, the practice of tea drinking actually began in France nearly twenty-two years before tea was even introduced in England. King Charles II, who ruled England in the seventeenth century, brought with him a Portuguese bride and a firm tea drinking tradition. As the king and queen were tea drinkers, a novelty in England at the time, the tradition immediately became popular among the wealthy. Tea replaced ale as the official beverage in England in very short order. When Queen Anne, a successor to King Charles II, chose tea over ale for her morning...
Bring Back Afternoon Tea
Tea is more than a delicious beverage, or even a hot drink with many health benefits. In countries across the globe, tea has been deemed worthy of a complete stop in the day's activities just so you can sit back and enjoy a steaming cup. Afternoon tea has traditionally been served in almost every country descended from or heavily influenced by Europe. The rituals of afternoon tea were even enjoyed in the United States for centuries, although the practice is almost unheard of now. But should afternoon tea been wiped out with our waves of high productivity? Taking a leisurely...
The History of Green Tea
If one were to study green tea in any detail, rather than finding a concise history of discovery and a subsequent spread across the continents, green tea's history is much more convoluted and many different versions and legends abound regarding the discovery of tea. What can be verified, however, is that tea was discovered in its greenest form over five thousand years ago. Some versions of history have a flower falling into a tea cup while another has a man eating a leaf and realizing how delicious it would be steeped in water. Regardless of the facts (or legends) tea...
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