Tuesday, January 17, 2012

WHILE IT SNOWS OUTSIDE - HAVE SOME TEA INSIDE!



I love the fact that Tea Time can be all year long!  It is snowing today in Colorado Springs and my thoughts turn to plans for my next tea event.  I always have a tea around Valentines Day.  These snowy days can be perfect opportunities for you to pull out your tea books and organize ideas for your menu, decorations, teapot selections and theme.




As most of you know, I have a store loaded with tea and tea accouterments.  I have been so interested in tea for a very long time but as always, I tell people you don't have to have the finest of everything to begin!  Start with what you have!  Remember you can take a plain white teapot and do a lot with it by just buying wired ribbon in a few colors. I suggest red wired ribbon will work for both Christmas and upcoming VALENTINES DAY!




Some of your RED Christmas items can work for Valentines Day easily!  Always have your eyes pealed at garage sales for possible further tea party decorum. I think in turns of Valentines, Easter/Spring, Fall and Christmas.  You might also like St. Patrick's Day, etc.


If you have never given a Tea Party, start smaller and consider a tea buffet.  This is so much easier and you will just be restocking the buffet, instead of serving at a table. Try to arrange your finger foods at levels by stacking your cake plates on top of one another!
Also, something CHOCOLATE is a MUST HAVE FOR A VALENTINE TEA!




I am linking today to:  Tea Time Tuesday and A Delightsome Life

16 comments:

Denise said...

Great ideas.Enjoyed-Thanks Denise

Antiques And Teacups said...

Lovely as usual. We have 6 inches here in Sequim, WA as well and snowing hard...which is quite unusual. Perfect for a cup of tea and a browse through some Feb. Vicotorias!
Smiles,
Ruth

Rizzi said...

NO SNOW HERE IN NJ.....THEY SAY NJ WILL ONLY GET 15 INCHES OF SNOW THIS SEASON......VERY HARD TO BELIEVE.....
LOOKING FORWARD TO VALENTINE'S DAY.....MY DAUGHTER IS GIVING HER VALENTINE'S TEA PARTY......IT WILL BE SO MUCH FUN......AND DELICIOUS FOOD........RIZZI

Prim Rose Hill ©2008-2012 said...

HI Bernideen! These are some really great ideas. :) I am soooo jealous of your snow. We haven't had any snow yet this year--which is unusual for us. Uh-oh, I bet we're gonna get a big one this year before spring gets here!

Glad to see you're back! I love planning tea parties on snowy days too. :) oh that chocolate cake looks sooo yummy!

Angela McRae said...

Great ideas today! I LOVE getting ready for Valentine's each year!

Donna Heber said...

Hi Bernideen,

Glad to have you back with us! I enjoyed seeing your beautiful rose china. Wonderful tips too.

Denise :) said...

Oh Bernideen, you've inspired me to curl up with a cup of chocolate mint tea and plan out a Valentine tea party!!! :)

Johanna said...

Hi Bernideen,
you have so much experience with big tea parties. Thank you for sharing your helpful tips. I don't celebrate Valentines day but maybe I will have a real tea party once. Would be fun.
Wish you a wonderful Valentine's day.
Best greetings, Johanna

Snap said...

What fun! I went out looking for Valentine things today. I have to get through the Lunar New Year first!!!!!!

Elizabeth said...

You have inspired me to do a Valentine Tea Party as well!

[email protected] Rose Chintz Cottage said...

We're having a wonderful winter here on the Island with little snow so far. It's great!
You have shared a wealth of ideas with us today, Bernideen. Love the heart shaped chintz plates! Your chocolate cake sure looks good too!

Blessings,
Sandi

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Bernideen
Love all your suggestions.
I did host a Valentine Tea last year which I posted about and we had a great time.
Judith

Kathryn Ross said...

Some great advice on celebrating tea with what you have at hand, Bernideen - and from a lady who really knows how to set a table, too! Always a delight to see what lovelies you have displayed.
Be ye blessed!
Kathy

Charlotte said...

Oh my goodness! You have some lovely things for Valentine's Day celebrating. All are very nice...your heart plates covered with flowers caught my eye...very lovely! The cake looks yummy and has my favorite kind of frosting - Chocolate:)

Charlotte

Zaa said...

Everything is so lovely ... Thanks for the sweet inspiration for Valentines Day Teatime... Hugs

Nancy said...

So glad your back and hope you had a wonderful time with your grandkids.
I'm so looking forward to seeing your Valentine tea party. Always enjoy your pictures. Sure could use a piece of that beautiful chocolate cake right now!
Have a good week,
Nancy @t Two Cottages And Tea