An Invitation to Tea

Another novelty is the tea-party, an extraordinary meal in that, being offered to persons that have already dined well, it supposes neither appetite nor thirst, and has no object but distraction, no basis but delicate enjoyment.  – Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

What a simple pleasure to find an invitation to tea tucked in amongst the usual assortment of bills, flyers and magazines in the mail. It might be a purchased card, computer printed invite or a lovely hand written note, but whatever the form, it is always welcome.

Now, what about those times when an invitation to tea is slow in coming?  There is no need to wait for the next bridal, Red Hat or book club tea event.  You can check the websites of your favorite tea rooms.  Many times they will list their special event teas and you can call them to reserve a place.  I’ve attended book signing teas, Valentine and Christmas teas, theme teas (a Titanic Tea, for example) and most recently a “Tea Cup Exchange” tea at Holly Cottage Tearoom in Newnan, GA.  I was the happy recipient at this event of a Johnson Brothers cup and saucer in the Old British Castles pattern.

If you are really fortunate, you may come across a tea tasting event.  This happened to me while on vacation in Vero Beach, Florida. I was visiting Tea & Chi Tearoom and the owner kindly invited me to return the next day for a special presentation and tasting event featuring oolong tea. It turned out to be a very fun and informative invitation to tea.

Of course, you could be the one to send the invitations, a sure-fire way to attend a tea party whenever you like.  Your preference could be  a casual tea with a couple of close friends or a more formal affair, like an annual holiday open house tea for your neighbors. So if you’re ready for an invitation to tea, you don’t  have far to look.

Don’t forget to check out Tea and Talk, the parTEA lady’s blog!

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One thought on “An Invitation to Tea

  1. We adore afternoon teas, especially the Devonshire Cream Tea variety… A couple of delicious freshly home backed scones, covered in thick Devonshire Clotted Cream, and topped off with the jam preserve of your choice…. All washed down with a pot of “Devonshire Tea”…. DELICIOUS!!

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