The Tea Party Within

When I was a little girl, I used to play dress-up in my mother’s dresses and high heels not to forget my Aunt who lived with us, who allowed me to wear her fabulous flowery and feathered hats. My parents bought me a little tea set that had a huge impact on me for the rest of my life. Every Sunday after church, I invited the preacher’s daughter to my house and she would bring her favorite doll and I had mine and together we were the child-sized Real Housewives of Cowpens, S.C. That was over 50 years ago and my love for that tea set my parents brought me has never faded.

As I grew older, I began collecting tea pots and tea cups. I always felt happy when I looked at my collection. There was a viable sense of belonging and there was always that nostalgia for those childhood days that birthed my love for the very prominent facades of life. I didn’t come from a wealthy family but pretending I was from England was one for the books. My accent was everything but British but the pretense of it all was the highlight that I thoroughly enjoyed as a child. I was fortunate to have a little tea party with my granddaughter when she was four years old but she never took up the love of the eloquence that I possess and that’s okay.

In 2017, I lost everything I owned including my beautiful collections and it felt like someone reached inside my heart and ripped it from my chest. But, I have finally begun to begin a new collection. I went to England and Wales in December of 2018 and came back to the States in January of 2019. There, I enjoyed real tea time with real British folks. The tea was served three times a day and it was always brought to me in lovely tea cups. It was indeed so surreal and almost like I had lived those moments as a child in my dreams. The lady of the house where I stayed knew about my love for fine china and especially tea pots and tea cups so she made it a point to serve my tea in such luxury, to me, that was luxury. She too, had a fascinating collection of beautiful fine china and my heart grew with envy but more so with adoration of her remarkable taste.

I have purchased three tea cups with saucers. One set is from China, one from here in America, the other from England. It is my goal to purchase a set from different countries, but England has a special place in my heart for many varying reasons and one was a dream come true when I enjoyed my first cup of tea in the heart of the Brittish territory. However, I am not a milk drinker and my first cuppa (as they call it) was served with milk. I drank it anyway so as not to come across rude as I had forgot to mention my distaste for milk. But afterwards, they left off the milk and I became addicted and always felt so very special during tea time. I want to go back to England and spend more time just shopping for beautiful tea cups. That is exactly what I wish for, but because of Covid-19, who knows when and if I’ll ever get to go back. But I am hopeful.

But, I do want to share with you my very small beginning of my new collection.

Tea cups

We will start with my first new set. I absolutely love this little piece of delight. It is from China and it is Fine Bone China and you can always know if it is real fine bone by holding the piece in sunlight and if it becomes translucent, you know you have the real deal.

The set above is Blue Fine Bone China by ufengke. As you may already know, China is one of the world’s most ancient civilizations and they are rich in ceramics history. China is the home of pottery and porcelain therefore earning it’s name, fine China. I love the intricate details in the design above. The place of origin is Tang shan, and the artist used white Chinese magnolias and white cranes which make this set absolutely gorgeous. It came in very fine packaging as well. I was very impressed.

My next set is from England. I love the color and design and it’s made by Heasa a Porcelain British Royal Series.

I love this shade of pink and the glossiness that it entails. This particular set was designed in pumpkin shape edged with glittering gold trim. You can also see the inside emblem embossed on this quality porcelain cup which just adds a little something special in my opinion and this set is crafted by Heasa.

My next set was created here in the States, in fact, right next door to my state of South Carolina. This set was created by Delton. In Delton Georgia. they are actually the creators of porcelain dolls from beginning but now have expanded into making home accessories and fine porcelains including tea sets for children.

This set came beautifully wrapped as well in a keep-sake vintage style boxing. This is from the Pale Rose collection and they send their tea cups out adorned in a little white tassle connected to the tea cup. The design entails a beautiful delicate floral design and is ideal for tea lovers like me. This is also made in fine porcelain and is very feminine and beautiful.

Hopefully, some time in the near future, if the opportunity becomes reality, I will host an adult tea party and use my new collection. Of course, I have a ways to go before I can grow my collection, but it is my desire to spend a beautiful spring afternoon, in the garden with some of my closest friends sipping on hot tea and participating in banter that will guarantee an unforgettable afternoon. I will use English tea that is so popular and common in The UK as well as in Ireland, but of course it has to be English Tea. I will also provide the sugar and the milk for those who will try the tea with milk. That is not what we do here in the South, we drink iced tea from mason jars all through the day, but I will spice it up and serve the perfect cup of tea British style and of course there will be a wonderful assortment of traditional English Tea sandwiches that will make my guests envy with pride. I’ll provide the classic egg sandwich. smoked salmon and my favorite, cucumber sandwiches and you might just find a chicken sandwich with cranberry sitting among the others perfectly cut tiny and squared.

But for now, this has been a pleasure sharing my childhood memory that morphed into my adult life as well. Somethings never grow old. And if you were to ask me about my little private tea parties, I would gladly tell you I shared my splendid moments with a stuffed teddy bear, a stuffed monkey and a few of my favorite Barbies and we always sipped our pretend tea from the beautiful tea set my parents bought for me in the hills of Cherokee mountains. Oh how these precious memories never fade and live within….

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