I've started looking forward to Tuesdays.....that means morning tea with my friend, Bonnie. Today was my turn to host our get together. I usually set a casual tea right on my coffee table, so we can sit on the couch and visit. We laugh and, sometimes, cry and share things we want each other to pray about as we sip our tea.
Here's today's table sans biscuits, which were still in the oven, and tea pot, waiting for the water to warm.
Women around a table of cups and a pot of tea [or even a pot of hot water and tea bags] just seem to relax and open up!
When I go home, my sister sometimes hosts a little tea party for all the girls in the family. It has been interesting too see the dynamics of the conversation around the table change as the younger generation of women are taking the places that my sisters and I used to hold....it seems we've joined my mom in becoming...quieter... speaking less....listening more...as they banter about marriage and children and friendships and spiritual matters. I love hearing their reflections, and it warms my heart to see them finding common ground on which to build strong family ties.
Some of my favorite tea parties were ones the girls and I used to have for my mom and dad when they came to town....I wish I had a picture to share here. We really went all out and used Let's Have a Tea Party, a book by Emily Barnes, for ideas and recipes. It was a fun way for the girls to learn the art of hospitality.
And they learned it well. Last Mother's Day they had a tea party in honor of me! Such a beautiful blessing and memory!
One of my favorite recipes for tea on a hot day is Texas Tea. You'll have to set out the pitcher and goblets or iced tea glasses instead of the tea cups and teapot, but it still works the magic :)
Feel free to leave a comment below sharing your favorite tea party memory or favorite tea recipe.....or