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Bigelow Tea Is Your Guide To The Ultimate Fall Tea Party

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Are you looking for the perfect excuse to host a gathering? Just grab your favorite Bigelow Tea seasonal flavors and let’s get to the party planning! After all, with the air getting cooler and the days getting shorter—now’s the perfect time to host a fall-themed tea party!

Select the date, the time, the location and the details

Figure out the who, where, what and when. Begin a guest list and decide if you want to go formal or casual—your invitations will need to reflect whichever approach you choose. To us, anytime is a good time for a tea party, but keep in mind that you’ll need to plan things around the time you select.

Invite your guests

Once you finalize your guest list, send out your invitations. Are you keeping it cozy with a small number or guests? Or do you want to fill the room? You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of food and tea for everyone—favorite flavors go fast—and try to get invitations out at least two weeks in advance.bigelow-tea-seasonal-teas

Decide on your menu

Select the teas you want to serve and make a list of the different baked goods, appetizers and finger sandwiches to make. In keeping with the autumn theme, our go-to flavors are Pumpkin SpiceSalted Caramel and Spiced Apple Cider Herbal Tea. It’s ideal to have a variety, so plan to include a few classics, too, like “Constant Comment®” and Earl Grey, or a robust Darjeeling.

Make sure you have everything you’ll need

Here’s the Bigelow Tea party checklist. Feel free to adapt it to your needs and to your special gathering.

  • Mugs or teacups and saucers
  • Milk (not cream), lemon slices, honey, sugar and a small dish for placing used tea bags. Some people prefer artificial sweeteners, so it doesn’t hurt to have some on the table or waiting in the wings.
  • A pretty tablecloth and napkins
  • Small plates, cake forks and teaspoons
  • Serving pieces and utensils

We’d also recommend a fall-themed centerpiece—simple is better. Need some ideas? Group pillar candles in different heights and widths on a tray, and add several fallen leaves or pinecones at the base of the candles. Pile a pedestal bowl high with mini pumpkins, cranberries or other fall fruits. Float single grocery store flowers in glass votive candleholders, or purchase a bouquet of burnt orange, golden yellow and deep red flowers.

And with that, you have all the essentials and accessories you need to host a tea party worthy of the awesomeness of autumn. Soak in the crisp air, revel in the changing leaves (if you have some nearby!), enjoy a shared pot (or two) of tea, and celebrate the season with your favorite people.

Bigelow Tea Shares 6 Great Ways To Celebrate With Tea

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Let the conversations, laughter and tea flow with Bigelow Tea! We’re big fans of good food, good tea and good company—there’s nothing better than when all of these are combined. From galas and afternoon tea parties to tea-themed bridal showers and morning brunches, here are a few of our favorite tea-centric gatherings.

  1. A tea stand benefiting those in need: Here’s a story we couldn’t help but share! In Bigelow Tea’s home state of Connecticut, three young girls recently set up a tea stand to benefit a classmate’s family who lost their home in an explosion. Nine-year-old Jeslyn and her friends served iced tea to neighbors, and all the proceeds were given to the family in need. Amazing, right?bigelow tea constant comment tea party
  2. Brunch with friends: Perhaps you need a gals’ day or a mommy’s morning out. Or maybe you want to gather a few long-time friends to catch up on life. Or, in the case of this writer’s friend, you need to break out a vintage tea set (family heirloom!) that you were gifted. Whatever the reason, brunch is always in season. Host a delightful mid-morning or afternoon tea party for friends—dress to the nines, bake a batch of scones and set the table with all things lovely. You can never go wrong with teacups and a pot of Earl Grey or “Constant Comment®” tea, and Bigelow Tea has just the party checklist for you!
  3. Kids, crafts, games and iced tea: Looking for a fun idea for the kids? Invite a few of their friends over, make a few pitchers of iced tea, cover the table in craft paper and set out  bundles of markers for them to decorate the “tablecloth,” like this mom did! Add in a few kid-friendly crafts or board games and you have hours of fun in the making.
  4. Tea with dad: Navy veteran and California photographer Vanessa Hicks understands the sacrifices that military families make every day. That’s why she wanted to honor them by doing a tea party photo shoot. Vanessa captured several servicemen and their daughters enjoying tea together, and the photos that she shared are beautiful. As a third generation American family-owned and operated company, Bigelow Tea loves to see servicemen and women celebrated.
  5. Baby and bridal showers: Celebrate the bride or mom-to-be with a tea-themed shower! Whether indoor (formal tea) or outdoor (vintage-inspired garden party), tea time is the perfect backdrop for a shower. Have your dessert table filled with a variety of your favorite Bigelow teas, a selection of finger sandwiches, light appetizers, fresh fruit, teacakes, tarts, cookies and scones with Devonshire cream and jam. Some crowd-pleasing tea flavors are English TeatimeLemon LiftGreen Tea, and Perfect Peach Herbal Tea.
  6. A tea party to show gratitude: A 2-year-old in Texas recently invited the police officer who saved her life last summer over for a tea party. Adorned in a flower crown and pearls, Bexley Norvell and her family hosted Corporal Patrick Ray to thank him once again for coming to her aid after she choked on a coin and almost lost her life. What a special way to mark the one-year anniversary of her life being saved!

Clearly, tea is the perfect way to help out, celebrate or say thanks. Whether you’re looking for an excuse to get together or need a themed party for a once-in-a-lifetime event, offering a cup of tea can make your next soirée even more special!

See What Happens at Our Bigelow Tea Socials!

On January 21st, we hosted our first-ever Bigelow Tea Social in New York City.  The event was a big success, but if you weren’t there, you may be wondering what you were missing.  Stephanie at The Tea Scoop wrote a great recap of her experience, and she’s also one of the happy attendees we featured in our own video recap of the evening.

Maybe we’ll see you at our next tea social?  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to be sure you hear about our upcoming events!

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Mad About Tea Parties

With all the tax-related “tea parties” in the news lately, let’s just take a step back and remember what tea parties are supposed to be about: for some, an elegant occasion to put the world on hold and enjoy the company of family and friends in a quiet, refined setting. For others, they’re a chance to get dressed up and act silly.

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Image Compliments of Disney Family Parenting

A Tea Party is a sure thing. Little girls, in particular, seem to love the concept, so parents and grandparents should consider celebrating their daughter’s or granddaughter’s birthday with a fancy tea party. In fact, the organizers usually have just as much fun throwing such a party as the little ones have attending it.

Bigelow Tea offers tea sets and treats to help you celebrate in style. And kids will really get a kick out of Bigelow Tea’s honey spoons!

Be creative! You can cut out invitations shaped like little tea pots; make goodie bags that look like giant tea bags with each child’s name written on the tag; and fashion Victorian fans out of pretty wall paper tied with ribbons.

For even more fun, have the girls dress up with jewelry, hats and gloves. Pull out old clothes or hit the resale shops to have plenty of costume material ready for them. The girls might enjoy making their own hats.

Little boys like tea parties, too. Try a pirate theme for boys, complete with eye patches and a treasure map, or a prince/princess theme for both boys and girls.

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Image compliments of Disney Family Fun

The ultimate tea party, of course, was thrown by a little girl named Alice…in case you need more inspiration, read the tea-party chapter from that story or watch one of the many movies about the “mad” tea party in Wonderland.

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Image compliments of www.cs.cmu.edu

Above all, don’t be late for this very important date!

Spring Is Here!

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Thanks to About This Particular Macintosh for the Image

Little signs of spring are popping up everywhere. You can see it in the tiny buds on the trees, hear it in the birds chirping and smell it in the fresh cut grass. As the ground thaws, our longing to be outdoors reemerges. Like a New Year’s full of resolutions, the first day of spring brings with it a sense of possibility.

One great way to step into spring is with an old-fashioned tea party! Need a tea set?  Bring in the bright colors of spring with our Pinwheel Pink Teapot and mugs! For a menu idea, try one of our light and delicious recipes like turkey, watercress and cranberry sandwiches:

Turkey, Watercress and Cranberry Sandwiches

Ingredients:
Butter (optional)
12 slices pumpernickel or other favorite bread
1 bunch watercress
¾ pound sliced cooked turkey
Cranberry sauce, prepared or homemade

Yield: Makes 24 sandwiches.

Instructions:

Turkey, Watercress and Cranberry Sandwiches Butter bread, if desired. On each of the 6 slices of bread, arrange watercress and turkey. Spread with cranberry sauce. Close sandwiches with remaining bread. Cut into quarters.

However you choose to embrace the season, be sure to go outside, take a deep breath and appreciate the budding green surroundings. Happy spring!

What Would Saint Patrick enjoy on St. Patrick’s Day?

The history of Saint Patrick is a blending of mythology and fact so intertwined that separating reality from fantasy could prove to be as difficult as removing the tea from Ireland. But one thing is for sure, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is an opportunity to recognize “all things Irish” in ourselves, and maybe enjoy an extra cup (or two) of Green Tea from Bigelow Tea for your morning or afternoon!

Fifth century Ireland is a lost world, virtually closed to both historians and archaeologists, and what little is known about the life and work of Patrick comes from his own writings in Latin. Saint Patrick was an Irish apostle who as legend has it, banished snakes from the shores of his country, and suffered much persecution. On his way to sainthood, Saint Patrick is credited with establishing many churches and schools in his homeland while gaining his place in Irish History, and helping free his country from religious persecution.

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On St. Patrick’s Day it is tradition to take part in the “wearin’ of the green”; something green in honor of the day and in honor of Ireland and the good deeds of St. Patrick. Fortunately for Tea Lovers, Bigelow Tea has a few suggestions for a grand St. Patrick’s Day celebration at home.

The Greenie Mar-TEA-niIngredients:
6 Bigelow® Green Tea tea bags
1¼ cups boiling water
1 tablespoon sugar
4 ounces vodka
Garnish with a twist of lemon

Yield: Serves 4

Instructions:

Place Bigelow® Green Tea tea bags into a measuring cup and add 1¼ cups boiling water. Let brew for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags.

Add sugar and stir until it dissolves. Chill.

To make a martini, take two ounces of the cooled sweet tea and mix it with one ounce of the vodka. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Brooke Shields, Tea and Tupperware

Actress Brooke Shields has been in the spotlight for most of her life.  Starting when she was just nine-years-old, she has continued to have a striving career into her forties, not an easy feat in Hollywood.  Brooke is also an avid tea drinker.  She and her family have been spotted on several occasions drinking afternoon tea.  The wife and mother of two even had an all-girls tea party for one of her baby showers!

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Photo Courtesy of Evil Beet Gossip

More tea party fun…In October, Shields threw a charitable Tupperware and tea party.  Shields, a Tupperware spokesperson, held a star-studded tea party to raise money for the Boys and Girls Clubs SMART Girls Program.  Tea is being used to help empower young women.  Why not see what you can do?  Check out the Boys and Girls Clubs of America!

February is National Wedding Month!

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Thanks to Kids-go-Party!!!!

Listen up brides-to-be and bridesmaids alike; February is National Wedding Month! Although not a very popular month to get married, February is a crucial month of planning for spring and summer weddings.

For many family and friends of the bride, planning the Bridal Shower is a key component of the wedding process. What’s the latest trend in these celebrations? Tea party showers!

There are more opportunities to create a unique event with a bridal shower. For example, you could plan a casual gathering among close friends, or an all-out formal event. The great idea behind tea parties is that they can be either.

For brides with simple, more laid-back tastes, having a tea party in one’s home might be best. If this is the case, there are great tips all over the internet on how to pick out tablecloths, china and even where to order some genuine British scones! If your bride has more extravagant tastes, it might be a good idea to look into tea rooms in your area. Tea rooms can offer larger spaces, more variety and a more formal atmosphere.

Interested in learning more? Here’s a great place to start!

Would you consider throwing/having a tea party bridal shower?

Damian Hurley Loves his Mom and Tea Parties

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Photo Courtesy of People’s Celebrity Babies Blog

Elizabeth Hurley, who has been a big supporter of Kids, which helps children with disabilities, for the past 12 years, hosts a special tea party with son Damian, 5 1/2. “We were discussing how nice it would be to do something for Mother’s Day (March 2nd in the UK), and because my son is obsessed with tea parties I thought that other kids could really enjoy one. [Damian] was so excited. He wanted to wear his page boy costume from our Indian wedding! He’s uncannily like me and I’m very in tune with him. He’s a bit of a show-off and makes me watch him sing and dance for hours.”

Looks like tea parties aren’t the only thing Damian is obsessed with…what a nice present for his mother on Mother’s Day.

Join Us in Celebrating Hot Tea Month

The Tea Association of the USA first introduced national Hot Tea Month in the early 90’s as a way to help its member companies give their marketing campaigns a single voice. “The National Hot Tea Month campaign has given smaller companies a chance to attach their marketing efforts to a national program,” says Joe Simrany, president of the Tea Association of the USA. “The result is a small, regional effort with a much larger, national feel.”

Last year, Bigelow Tea celebrated Hot Tea Month with afternoon tea parties for employees. Why not host your own tea party and join in the celebration? Or try a hot tea you’ve never tried before like Vanilla Caramel or Cinnamon Stick?

Warm up…it’s Hot Tea Month!