Make waking up much more enjoyable with a tea lover's basket. Add a full set of tea cups (or just one) along with gourmet ingredients and tea bags to a classic basket. For a more polished presentation, showcase the ingredients in Mason jars or small canisters.
Brew a pot of English Breakfast tea for your guests. Serve in a feminine tea pot covered in flowers. Tea cups with matching saucers, also in a floral print, let your guests have a true experience of an English tea party. How perfectly girly!
Mint tea is good for what ails you, and it whips up in a jiffy. Steep fresh (bruised) or dried leaves in hot water for a pure cup of natural goodness. Mint tea is a go-to cure for an upset stomach, indigestion, gas pain or cramping. Sip it warm and inhale the menthol aroma to help alleviate a stuffy nose, or drink it chilled for a refreshing cool drink.
Make an old-fashioned cuppa by steeping apple peels in boiling water. For one cup of tea, add a cinnamon stick, a few cloves and, if you want a little zing, the zest of one lemon to 8 ounces of boiling water. Steep 10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or your favorite sweetener. This is a delicious cup of tea that’s rich in nutrients, thanks to the peel’s Vitamins A, K and C (peels contain half an apple’s Vitamin C content), folate and quercetin (helpful in lung and brain function). Vary the spices to shift the flavor to hit other notes, like exotic five-spice, allspice or pumpkin pie spice.
Open shelves were used to lighten up the previously dark and crowded walls in this cottage kitchen. Mug hooks free up valuable shelf space and display colorful tea cups, while the white shelves and paneled wall help showcase the colorful dinnerware.
This country kitchen features custom blue cabinetry throughout, and a spacious island area with countertop seating. Built-in shelving provides a spot for organizing dishes and hanging tea cups, while an overhead chrome pot rack provides extra lighting for the kitchen island.
This contemporary master bedroom features a wall sitting area with an ivory chaise lounge and small wooden table just large enough for a tea cup and saucer. Floor-to-ceiling built-in espresso closets flank either side of the chaise, while a wooden starburst mirror is positioned overhead.
Boxwood clippings in a white tea cup become a tiny holiday tree. Fill the cup with floral foam and stud with green clippings. Use a hot glue gun to attach silver dragees from your cake-decorating stash. Add sparkle to natural cones and acorns with a thin coat of silver paint.
This elegant tea service setting has an eclectic flair with mismatched antique china plates, saucers, and cups, green glasses and furnishings, and a white vintage vase with floral arrangement in pink and white.
Teacups can be found by the dozen at yard sales and thrift stores. Pick them up to give as small gifts to those who enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Tuck some favorite flavors or blends inside the cup, tied in a bundle with twine or pretty ribbon.
Install simple cup hooks to store your lovely teacups, instead of stacking them. Hooks not only keep delicate china out of harm’s way, but they are an easy way to add another dimension to your kitchen decor. In this butler’s pantry in Susan Sully’s book, “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques," the hooks allow you to see the decorative details inside each cup that would have otherwise been hidden.
Relax with a cup of tea made from deliciously fragrant lavender flowers. Although studies have been small and limited, research at the University of Maryland Medical Center suggests that lavender tea may help relieve insomnia and stress, among other conditions.