Monday, April 11, 2011

Tea Parties

Tom has always been old fashioned and would have done very well in the 1800s. He has a love of fountain pens, wax seals, hand written letters, and tea. His old fashioned ways have always suited me but none more so than his love of tea.

Growing up I always loved tea, tea parties, and anything to do with tea or tea parties. I threw countless tea parties for my friends until they where too old for tea parties then I threw tea parties for the children of my mother's friends until they where too old to have tea parties. When I went to college I took a collection of tea with me and continue to this day to drink tea every morning.

While engaged we built many pipe dreams about what kind of family we wanted to have, how we wanted to raise them, all the random things we wanted to do. One of those pipe dreams was to have regular tea parties with our children and use that time to teach manners. I had thought that when our girls where 5 or older we might try to start.

Well.... one day Tom was at the grocery store when he saw an old fashioned tea service on sale. It was a Churchill Blue Willow tea service set on sale! He looked at the price and knew it was wrong but decided to ask anyways. He popped his head in the office and asked what the real price of the tea service was. A very kind lady was in the office and she told him, "That was mislabeled. Well... buy it at that price anyway and just tell the cashier Rebbecca approves this price."

At the checkout Tom told the cashier, "The price was mislabeled as $8. Rebbecca told me to tell you she approved that price for this sale."  The cashier looked incredulously at Tom and said, "Well we will see about that!" She made a call and said nastily, "Some guy is trying to get this tea service for $8 he said you approved it!" Suddenly she went white and said, "But we sell it for $200 at our market place...... Yes I know your the owner..... yes he is standing right here..... I am sorry it will never happen again."

After bringing home his new tea service Tom quickly acquired a little tea cup for Lulu (I think it is technically an espresso cup). Lulu has had a fascination with tea due to her mother constantly drinking it so she was excited to finally be able to taste it! We bought some Decaf Apricot Brandy tea and have had tea at 3:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Tom enjoyed his old fashioned tea time and I had great fun using our "tea time parties" to teach Lulu to say "Please" and "Thank you" consistently.

Maybe the pipe dreams we built while engaged aren't pipe dreams after all....

23 comments:

  1. I love tea parties! I can't wait until Anni's is old enough for the fun. In college, my roommates and I had little tea parties every Sunday (well, when we remembered) and one of us would make little snacks. I have to admit, I love the little snacks as much as the tea. My favorites were the plum puffs my roommate Nicole would make. She got the recipe from an Anne of Green Gables cookbook.

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