IMG_0200Did you ever have tea parties as a child? I did. One of my favorite gifts as a young girl was a lovely little china tea set covered with pink roses. Several times a week I would pull out my china set and have a tea party either with my friends, my mother, or my dolls. I didn’t actually like tea at that age. More often than not my tea pot either contained Kool-Aid or was empty.

Fast forward many, many years and my favorite beverage, bar none, is tea. I begin each day with several mugs of tea (at the moment Earl Grey). And I end most days with another mug of tea. But tea parties? None.

I do have a number of friends who also love tea. Unfortunately we live far away from each other. Except for the far too infrequent visits, we can’t share a cup of tea in person. So today we’ve decided to have a virtual tea party. At a set time we’ll all begin our tea and will chat online with each other. We’ve had fun sharing ideas for snacks to go with the tea for several weeks.

Of course our virtual party won’t have the wonderful in-person bonding that comes from actually sitting at the same table with your friends. And though we’ll chat online, it just won’t be quite the same. But there is one benefit to our virtual tea party: we each get to have exactly the time of tea and treats we want.

I waffled back and forth about the menu for my tea party treats. The tea was easy. I’m going with a wonderful Victorian blend of Earl Grey made by a local tea store. And I’ve even pulled out a favorite tea pot to make it on; no tea bags for me today. I’ve finally settled on two types of little sandwiches, both on thinly sliced white bread with crusts removed. I’ll make a very simple egg salad for the first, and a cucumber sandwich for the second.

I tend to crave savory things more than sweets but decided no proper tea party would be complete without at least one sweet. So, I’m doing a bit of strawberries and blueberries with whipped cream. I wish I’d found some clotted cream, but perhaps for our next tea party.

How about you? Did you have tea parties when you were young? Do you ever have any now? If so, what are some of your favorite treats to have with your tea parties?

– LinnieGayl

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My first memory is sitting with my mother on a blanket in our backyard surrounded by books and she is reading one of them to me. My love of reading was encouraged by my parents and it continues to today. I’ve gone through a lot of different genres over the years, but I currently primarily read mysteries (historical mysteries are my favorites) and romances (focusing on contemporaries, categories, and steampunk). When I’m not reading or working, I love to travel, knit, and work on various community projects.