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Tea History: The Moustache Cup
11:30 am , February 18, 2013 Comments Off on Tea History: The Moustache Cup
Posted in: Featured

Invented in the 1860s by British man Harvey Adams, the moustache cup was created to keep moustaches dry while sipping tea.

Tea caused two problems for moustache havers: the steam melted the wax used to style the ‘stache, and darker teas stained light coloured moustaches.

The insert would serve as a shelter, keeping the moustache dry with each sip. A small passage was right under the shelf to allow the tea to pass through to the lips.

You can find a moustache cup at specialty tea shops, and at online boutiques. Finding an original cup is a real treasure as many of these cups aren’t around today.

(Hint: one of these cups would make for a great gift for a gentleman tea lover’s birthday or Father’s day!)

DIY Teacup Candles
4:30 pm , February 15, 2013 Comments Off on DIY Teacup Candles

Revitalize an old teacup and saucer with this easy project!

You will need:

1. Teacup and saucer
2. Microwavable wax (available at most craft stores)
3. A disposable container to heat the wax
4. Candle wicks with metal base (slightly taller than the top of the cup)
5. Wooden skewers
6. Tape
7. Essential oils (optional)

Directions:

1. Wash and dry the teacup very well.
2. Put the wick in the centre of the teacup. Pin the top of the wick in between two wooden skewers. Wrap the tape around each side making sure the wick is pinched securely.
3. Heat the wax according to the instructions on the package. Once heated, add a few drops of scented oil and stir quickly using a wooden skewer or plastic spoon.
4. Pour the wax into the teacup.
5. Trim wick to 1/4″
6. Let sit until the wax is cool and solid.

Hint: this candle would make a great gift for a tea or craft lover!

Low Tea Party
4:17 pm , January 12, 2013 1
Posted in: Black, Featured

Also known as “afternoon tea” this small meal was traditionally served on low tables. Today, “low” refers to the time tea is served; 3-5pm. Afternoon tea is a fantastic way to spend time with friends chatting and catching up. We’re going to take you through all the steps of throwing a delightful low tea party of your very own!

Invite

Low tea is best reserved for small groups. We suggest a party of no more than 6, but ultimately the number of guests is up to you.

A paper invitation is a must. Include essential information like date, time, and dress code. Depending the formality of your party, you may suggest the ladies wear hats and gloves, and the gentleman wear blazers.

Setting

Doilies, lace and fine china all politely declare ‘tea party’. If you have fine silver or special china, this is the perfect time to let it shine! If you don’t have a set of teacups, try looking at and thrift store where you can find often find a full set, or you can build an eclectic collection of various cups and saucers.

Each guest should have a teacup and saucer, a small plate for food, a teaspoon, a butter knife (for scones) and a cloth napkin.

Food

A three-tiered stand in the centre of the table is the perfect way to present 3 courses; tea sandwiches, scones, and bite sized desserts. The first course is served from the bottom of the tray, working upwards.

Food is best served in small, dainty portions, since low tea is essentially a snack time. Conversation and tea are the main focus, not the food.

Some extras you will need on the table:

  • Sliced lemons
  • Sugar bowl
  • Milk
  • Butter dish

Tea

The lady of the hour, and the most important detail of the party! We recommend a black tea like our Duke of Earl or Canadian Breakfast. Steep to a medium strength, unless your group has a united specific preference.

Taste your tea first before adding extras.  Remember tea first, then add milk and sugar, or lemon.

Enjoy the tea and good company, cheers!