Friday, April 30, 2021

What I Love about Afternoon Tea

It's happening.  Slowly and via very small steps, our country is finally opening up.

The first rainy days of April promised the deep green grass that graces my yard now.  Bulbs are stirring, and the first flowers of the season are now appearing.

Spring has sprung, and it's definitely time to open the windows and let some fresh air in.  We've all been starved for fresh air and long, deep breaths, and it's finally time to fill our lungs.

It's time to stir, to shake off a dismal year, and take a brave peek outside.  It's time to nurture the life growing in our gardens, and within our souls.  Time to get a little bit of sunshine before it becomes too hot to sit outside for long.

It's time to beautify our backyards and get ready, finally, for some entertaining.  It's time to surround ourselves with some natural beauty after a year marked by much too little of it.

Time to set a pot of tea out on the patio, invite a neighbor, friend or shut-in over for tea, and have a nice long conversation while watching for butterflies.  It's time for some heart-to-heart talks over a cup of warm comfort, tiny sandwiches, and sweets to soothe the soul.

What I love about Afternoon Tea is that it brings back gentleness and civility into our lives.  It allows us to feel like human beings again, to socialize in a small, quiet way.

It lets us commune with others in a private and intimate manner.  It allows us to honor each other, to make someone feel special, heard and acknowledged.

Afternoon Tea brings out the very best in us, it brings out our good qualities into the light of day, and perhaps allows us to see the spark of divinity in ourselves and others.

More than ever, this spring is a very good time to invite someone to Afternoon Tea.


Enjoy previous seasonal blog posts:

The Buzz About Bees
Bees are precious, industrious and endangered.  We can do our part to make sure we don't lose these amazing little creatures.
Oh, Honey!
Celebrate National Honey Month by tasting a new honey, making infused honey, or sprinkling powdered honey on your favorite treat.
Slick Stuff
Using the right oil for your health.
Peas in a Pod
It's not easy loving peas!
One-of-a-Kind Design
Create your own fabric, gift wrap and wallpaper to take custom designs to a whole new level.

Quality Matters
When you have a choice, do you choose quality?
Isn't it Romantic?
Elevating a moment spent with someone else to make it truly special.
Scones for Spring
An absolute must for a spring brunch or tea party!
Hello Spring!  Hello Cookies!
Our latest cookbook is out!  A book full of Afternoon Tea's cookie and bar recipes!
My Favorite Mugs
A menagerie of mugs ... one of life's simple pleasures.
Passover Goodies
Thinking about those special treats we used to make for Passover.
Starting Off with a Bang!
Bust yourself free from 2020! States are opening up, it's time to make plans!
Never Forgotten
Remembering those who gave everything so that we can live.
Happy Easter!
A bevy of lovely and playful Easter Cakes to welcome in spring!
Who Really Needs An Egg Plate?
Not me.  But I'm probably going to get one anyway!
Happy Mother's Day!
Wishing all of the Moms out there a very wonderful, healthy and happy Mother's Day!
Mother's Day Tea
A perfect way to celebrate and spend time with our Moms.
Breakfast in Bed
A time-honored tradition for Mother's Day!
A Bridal Shower Tea ...
the perfect way to entertain!
A Baby Shower Tea Party
Celebrating a little one's imminent arrival.
May Flowers
Surrounding yourself with flowers!
Love Tea Sandwiches?
Spring is for Tea Parties, Baby & Bridal Showers, and Garden Parties -- that means lots and lots of delightful tea sandwiches!
First Sign of Spring Quiche
Spring means quiche, at least it does at my house!
Our Current Obsession: French Macarons
Light, airy, delicate pastel puffs of mouth-watering deliciousness
Romancing Your Life
Setting the scene to fall in love with your own life
Romantic Foods
Something special ...
The Romance of Travel
Falling in love with a new destination, adventure, and vistas
Food Porn
It has become a national obsession ... we're salivating over food and all the food shows on tv
How It All Began
The very beginnings of Afternoon Tea.
Baking is Love
No one has to bake ... ever.  So when they do, love is there.
The Lenten Season
A reminder that accepting the challenge of self-discipline is good for the soul
Spring Cleaning
Tackling and taming the clutter 
Cooking with Herbs
Herbs are making a tasty appearance in some of your favorite desserts!
The Problem with Pesto ...
It's so darned easy, you'll be making it all the time!
The Icing on the Cake
Does a bakery really need to make frosted layer cakes?
What's Your Favorite Cake?
If only I could pick just one!
My Boy
A tribute to Max
Bless the Beasts
Spreading goodwill upon the creatures we share this earth with ...
Baking Cakes
Basic baking tips for beautiful layer cakes
Congrats, HWP!
Healing Warriors Program received a huge honor, and we were invited to the Pentagon to see it!
Ana's non-profit, Healing Warriors Program, gives away a state-of-the-art electric wheelchair!
Donate if you can!
Healing Warriors Program,
my sister's nonprofit, does very important work for our service members' complete health and wellbeing.

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