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Edible Teacup Party Favor

Edible Teacup Party FavorI love parties and tea parties are very high on that list. I am always on the lookout for fun party favors or craft projects that can be done at a party. This adorable edible teacup party favor fits the bill.

My friend Heather from Dollar Store Crafts was kind enough to share this with me and I knew that I needed to share it with you. Posted on Ada & Darcy this yummy treat is super easy to make. You will need:

1. Biscuits
2. Marshmallow
3. Half a mint lifesaver
4. Freckle chocolate
5. Icing mixture to glue it all together.

The blog is written by an Australian so biscuit equals cookie and freckle chocolate equals nonpareils.

Make these up ahead of time and place one at each place setting, decorate your buffet with them, or wrap them in a cellophane bag as a party favor. I can also imagine these would be a lot of fun to put together at a child's birthday party with a tea theme.  Enjoy making (and then eating) these edible teacup party favors.

Check out our other Tea Party Favors and these adorable tea party supplies:

Teavana Strawberry Lemonade & Jasmine Tea Blend

Teavana Free ShippingYesterday my husband and daughter traveled to our local mall to go birthday shopping for me.  My birthday is not for another 4 weeks and this was quite the surprise.  My husband is usually a fly by the seat of his pants, last minute kind of guy.  When they came home they had a cup of iced tea from Teavana.

My daughter loves going there to try the samples and we usually walk out with something. My husband very excitedly says "you have to try this." It was a red colored tea and I could immediately taste the jasmine. I asked him what it was and he told me it was a blend of Strawberry Lemonade and Peachberry Jasmine Sutra tea. Normally my husband is not a big fan of Jasmine tea, so it was a surprise that he liked it.

These two teas make a really great blend together and I am going to add some of both to the tea cabinet. Now is a great time to do so too, because with every $30 order placed at Teavana.com, you can receive a gift subscription to Body+Soul magazine. What a great way to do something nice for your body & soul with tea and a magazine filled with articles and tips on living a healthy lifestyle.

*Magazine subscription is valued at $9.95; refer to the Teavana website for full offer and refund details.*

High Tea at the Sydney Opera House

If you are planning on traveling to Sydney, Australia in the near future then consider adding a visit to the Sydney Opera House paired with High Tea.  This tea tour experience will have you viewing some spectacular Sydney skylines as well as the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Enjoy a three course high tea prepared by a trained Michelin & three-star rated chef, Guillaume Brahimi. The tea takes place in a very elegant dining room and includes a glass of sparkling Australian wine, sandwiches, tea (of course), pastries and petit fours. As no visit to the Sydney Opera house is complete without music, this lovely high tea is topped off by a performance by an opera singer.

You can view more information such as menu, location and tour availability by visiting the Sydney Opera House High Tea page.  This two hour experience is certainly not one to be missed.  What a great way to experience High Tea!

How is Matcha Powder Made?

You may know matcha as the powdery green tea that is blended with hot water in order to make a refreshing & healthy cup of tea.  Have you ever wondered how matcha powder is made?  Well I did so I set out to do some research in order to find out.

Tea leaves that are going to become matcha powder must be specially prepared while they are still growing on the tea bush.  A few weeks before they are harvested they are covered so that they do not receive any sunlight.  This prevents the sun from reaching the leaves, which slows down the growth and makes the leaves darker and sweeter.

After the tea leaves are picked they are laid out flat to dry.  This causes the leaves to crumble. The stems and veins are removed and then the leaves are stone ground to create matcha powder.  This powder is then whisked into hot water to make matcha tea. I also enjoy matcha lattes where you add milk and sweetener.

Here is a great video on how to make Matcha:


A great source of Matcha is American Tea Room. They have everything that you will need to start preparing Matcha tea at home. Order some today.

American Tea Room’s Lady Grey

I know that I am on a kick of American Tea Room teas the last few days, but I just returned from a conference and got all of these new yummy samples to try.  I can honestly say that I have yet to try one of their teas that I don't like.  They are all so good and the quality of the ingredients is top notch.  So this morning I brewed their Lady Grey tea.  It is a black tea blended with cornflowers and has a citrusy & creamy aroma.  Here is my daily cup of tea picture:

lady grey tea, american tea room

You can try it yourself by clicking here.

Christmas Teas

I've had a couple of people ask me recently what would be a perfect Christmas tea.  With the Holidays fast approaching, now is the time to be thinking of this.  Just think of those long, cold winter nights, the gifts to wrap and cards that you need to address.  Plus Christmas dinner!  Lots of occasions to have a hot pot of tea to sip. Here are some of my suggestions.

Art of Tea Holiday Berry Green TeaFirst up is Art of Tea's Holiday Berry Green Tea.  It has a base of organic Sencha & pan fired tea leaves and it is paired with strawberries, raspberries, cornflowers, rosehips, pink peppercorn, and safflower.  Most of the ingredients are organic.  This is a very colorful tea.  It is described to have a sweet and slightly spicy finish.

Toasted Nut Brulee OolongTeavana has a whole selection of teas that they recommend for Christmas and the Holidays.  I love their Toasted Nut Brulee Oolong tea.  This blend contains oolong and rooibos tea with apple, pineapple, papaya, cinnamon, chicory root, ginger, coconut, hazelnut, almonds, and cardamom.  Toasting nuts in the oven is such a Christmas tradition, so this tea is the perfect complement.

Masala Chai NoirThe American Tea Room does not list anything as a Christmas tea but you can not go wrong with a classic chai.  A blend of black tea and spices is the perfect pairing to Christmas dinner.  Their Masala Tea Noir is a wonderful blend of black tea leaves with ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, and green cardamom.

All of these teas come in either sample sizes or 2 to 4 ounce increments.  Which is a great way to try out any of these Christmas teas.  What is your favorite tea for drinking during the Holidays? Share in the comments below.