I had always heard about my friend Jo’s lovely tea parties but had never gotten a chance to experience one for myself until her annual White Spring Tea. First, I have to have a laugh at myself. My tea addled brain immediately assumed that “white spring tea” meant that we would be drinking white tea when it actually meant that everyone would be wearing white. Wardrobe malfunctions aside, I had a truly amazing time. The tea and food was fantastic and the company even better.
As the guests were arriving we had the opportunity to peruse vendor tables and helped ourselves to some delicious iced tea and a spread of fruit. The tables were laid out with beautiful centerpieces and place-settings. Everyone at the party was treated to Lord Petersham,a black tea from from The Devotea as well as an accompanying video from the company’s master tea blender Robert Godden.
After the video, the whole party participated in a Google + hangout with Robert so that he could answer any questions that we might have. The afternoon was filled with fascinating conversations with people who are just as enthusiastic about tea as I am. Among them were Tiffany of Tea by Tiffany, Darlene of The Tea Enthusiasts Scrapbook, Sara of Sara’s Tea Caddie, Erica from The Tea Fields and Michelle of Reflections in Tea.
There many others but I am very bad with names so apologies if I missed you! Once the food was finished, we were all invited to try our hands at blending our own tea. Glasses on each table were filled with green tea, white tea and all sorts of goodies gave us a lot to choose from. I wound up making a lavender white tea with cornflowers. It wasn’t bad but I overdid the lavender a little bit.
All in all it really was a wonderful way to spend the day. I went home a little over-caffeinated but happy as a clam. It’s not often that I get to share tea with like-minded folks so I savor it whenever I get the chance. Jo of A Gift of Tea is certainly the hostest with the mostest and I can’t wait to attend her next event.