Many of you think tea is just for “delicate flowers” like me, a tea drinking, pinkie pointing, hat wearing, long hair flowing female.
I beg to differ.
Men throughout the world enjoy a brew that can range from a delicate pale white tea such as Bai Hao Yin Zhen from the Fujian province in China to a black Assam that, at a glance, could be mistaken for coffee. And just like coffee, they enjoy their tea either straight, with sweetener only, with milk only, or with both milk and sweetener, depending on personal preference and the type of tea being drunk. With that said, I encourage you to treat one of the most important men in your life — your Dad — to a special tea time, especially this June 20th. Dads bounce us on their knee, teach us to ride bikes and drive cars, hold back the tears as we say “I do” and so much more. They really deserve this special teatime.
To help all you Dad lovers along out there, I present a schematic for a great Father’s Day Tea.
STEP 1: Pick a theme for your tea
Remember, it’s all about HIM. Pick a theme that is centered around something he really enjoys doing. A few examples to get your “little gray cells” buzzing:
- Golf Lover’s Tea, with grass-green décor and golf-themed food.
- Favorite Sports Team Tea, using your dad’s favorite team colors throughout your décor.
- Camping Tea, complete with tent and camp cups and plates.
- Mystery Lover’s Tea, set up in a mysterious way (night time, lots of candles, etc.).
- Mechanic’s Tea, with lots of tools among the décor and overalls for outfits.
STEP 2: Pick a location and decorate it
As they say in the realty game: Location, location, location! Pick one that’s appropriate and decorate it around your theme. For example, your camping tea could take place in or next to a tent in the backyard. A mystery lover’s tea could be held at night by candlelight and items from some of the popular mysteries, such as a Sherlock Holmes-style hat and Meerschaum pipe or a Hercule Poirot-style bowler and silver-handled cane. Of course, you could also go for the Sam Spade theme, complete with a replica of the Maltese Falcon, or show the movie while enjoying your time with Dad.
STEP 3: Decide your menu
There are some teas processed and blended for particular occasions, but I don’t know of any for Father’s Day. You could serve breakfast teas that contain super doses of caffeine (by tea standards, that is, and still only a fraction of what coffee contains) or go for the unobvious with a more delicate looking and tasting tea such as Snow Dragon White.
Which tea you select will help you select the foods to serve. Or you can pick the foods first, in keeping with your theme, and then select an appropriate tea. For example, a fun food idea for a Golf Lover’s Tea would be those little ball-shaped almond cookies, rolled in a lot of powdered sugar to resemble golf balls. Using grass-green paper plates will add to that golf look and feel.
If you’re grilling, pick a tea to go with hamburgers, grilled chicken or fish, etc. Something strong like Ceylon, Darjeeling, Assam, Nilgiri, and Kenyan would be appropriate. If you want it iced, brew it up hot first, then pour into a pitcher and place in the refrigerator overnight. You can add sweetener and flavorings such as mint to the pitcher or let each guest add their own.
STEP 4: Enjoy!
I hope this has pointed you in the right direction to creating the perfect tea time to celebrate an important person in your life: your father.
Wishing you all a Happy Father’s Day!
Once you have your Father’s Day Teatime planned out and ready to go, take a moment for yourself and check out Tea Time with A.C. Cargill. It’s a great read!