Yes, it’s already time to start preparing for the perfect Valentine tea time. The best events need a little forethought, and since a lot of other people will also be preparing for that perfect tea time for their loved one, you may need to order early to assure you get the items that you want.

Have a heartful tea time with your Valentine! (Photo by A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

Have a heartful tea time with your Valentine! (Photo by A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

It’s more typical for a man to prepare that special occasion for the lady he loves, but there is no reason whatsoever that the lady can’t prepare for the man she loves. The basic approach is the same either way. The real gift here is your time and effort and thought spent in each aspect of the event.

Some Seductive and/or Romantic Teas

Teas with floral flavors seem to have a romantic quality. Rose petals are the most common choice. Cornflowers seem to pop up quite a bit in tea blends these days, too.

A few options:

Left to right: Cinnamon Sibu, French Blend, China Rose Petal, Sencha Kyoto Cherry Rose Festival (ETS image)

Left to right: Cinnamon Sibu, French Blend, China Rose Petal, Sencha Kyoto Cherry Rose Festival (ETS image)

An Attractive Teapot for Serving

Keep that floral them going with a floral-patterned teapot and either matching or a mix of other floral patterns on the plates, teacups, and saucers.

Romantic Rose Fine Bone China Teapot (ETS image)

Romantic Rose Fine Bone China Teapot (ETS image)

The best things about flowers is their promise of new life springing into being. Nature re-awakens after the slumber of Winter. Flowers have represented the budding of love as well. Pouring your tea from that floral teapot will say, “My love is in every drop.”

Some of the more well-known floral teapots:

Some Traditional Bonbons to Pair with the Tea

Top of the list: CHOCOLATE! Next on the list: CHOCOLATE! Let’s face it – chocolate is the bonbon of choice for Valentine’s Day. So much so that many think that chocolatiers made up the holiday. Maybe so. I, for one, am rather happy about that.

Cadbury Roses and Terry's Dark Chocolate Orange (ETS image)

Cadbury Roses and Terry’s Dark Chocolate Orange (ETS image)

Some chocolate choices:

A Romantic Setting

This day can set a mood in your relationship with your beloved that might last for days, weeks, months, or even longer! Flowers, soft lighting, comfortable seating, and the right background music (in accord with your personal taste) are the main ingredients. A reference to a favorite poem may seem a bit old-fashioned but could convey your feelings very well. Traditional colors are pinks, reds, and whites, but you can go with what appeals to you, preferably in pastel shades or in colors that are different from the holiday seasons in October through December. A fairly clean and inviting appearance can start with a crisp white tablecloth that will also serve to show off your floral teapot.

Carrying Out the Plan

The most important part of any plan is the implementation of it. Otherwise, there is just the plan and nothing else. Vapor. Nothing. Poof! But how do you carry out this romantic Valentine Day Tea Time plan?

  • Secrecy – Keep your plan under wraps. Just tell your loved one “Be here on this date/time” (it doesn’t have to be on Valentine’s Day, but this year it’s on a Friday, so you’ll probably want to have your tea time then).
  • Preparation – Have everything ready, including the tea (but be sure to keep it hot), and have that background music playing loud enough to hear but low enough for easy conversation in soft tones (yelling at each other over loud music is not romantic).
  • Greeting – When your loved one arrives, be sure to treat him/her with high courtesy and attention.
  • Enjoying – Serve the tea and bonbons, be sure to listen when your loved one speaks, and make meaningful responses, keep slurping to a minimum (unless that is normal for the two of you).

Above all, treat this as a very special time for you both. Best wishes!

See also:
Selecting the Perfect Valentine Tea Gift
“Valentine, Sweet Valentine!” Tea Time and Beyond
5 Ways to Add a Touch of Romance to Your Valentine’s Teatime

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