Tea-themed Valentine’s Day Gifts

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It’s almost February, which means one of my favorite holidays is fast approaching! Valentine’s day is a day where you shouldn’t be afraid to show affection for the people you love! Friends, family, partners, just about everyone. I admit I have a true soft spot for romance. Getting mysterious love notes from a secret crush, it just sends tingles up my handle! I also absolutely adore vintage valentines. Did you know there are many that are tea-themed? Dearies, I’ve been around quite a while and I remember when these valentines were new. A quick search on online will bring up a myriad of vintage tea-themed valentines. Kat has decided to incorporate these vintage beauties into her tea-themed valentines’ day gifts.

Beautiful heart-shaped sugars are a lovely gift, and perfect for the holiday. Kat is planning on giving pretty sugars to friends, and serving a few for a V-day themed tea. It’s sure to create a ‘sweet’ Valentine’s day. Hee hee!

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To pair with those sugars, you need to add a tea, of course! Kat is going to select a few special teas that are meaningful for each person. For her very special valentine, she’s going to include a tea she knows this valentine will love, and one that they can easily find in the grocery store. This way once the tea has been sipped down, they can replenish it, and hopefully think of Kat every time they sip! She’s incuding this HEB My Cup of Comfort ginger peach black tea. Her valentine loves fruit and spicy flavors, so this combination of sweet peaches and punchy ginger is the perfect thing. Kat first had this tea iced in the summertime, at a lakeside picnic. The sweet peach flavor and refreshing hum of ginger was perfect for a warm summer’s day. Kat recently steeped this tea hot and decided it was also perfect for the winter. The juicy peach brought visions of those summer days, warming her right up. It’s a lovely tea to fight those wintertime blues.

The types of tea you can give are endless. Check my previous post for ‘red tea’ ideas that evoke flavors of the holiday. Kat is planning on making little tea sachets filled with her favorite teas, tied with a handmade heart-shaped tag. A perfect handmade valentine!

Or pair your teas with a beautiful box of chocolates. Here are some of my suggestions of teas to pair with sweets. Or make your own tea-infused chocolates! Who wouldn’t love biting into a chocolate with the flavors of their favorite teas? Earl grey and chocolate pair beautifully together. The citrusy bergamot enhances the sweet chocolate. This recipe for the tea incorporated into chocolate truffles would make a lovely Valentine’s Day gift. Here is a simple recipe for green tea white chocolate truffles. The combination of green tea and sweet creamy white chocolate reminds me of an expertly crafted matcha latte.

Give the gift of a romantic afternoon tea for two! Set the table with a teapot just large enough for two people, and two dainty cups. Candles, cookies, and scones would be a lovely accompaniment. A few chocolate covered cherries or strawberries would be a decadent addition. Kat is thinking of making scones cut out with a heart shaped cookie cutter. She’s done it before and it works quite well. They also make a pretty presentation for breakfast in bed.

Or what about A beautiful teacup wrapped with sugars, your favorite teas, a little book of love poems… there are endless gift ideas that are romantic and tea-focused.  Dearies, what are you doing for Valentine’s Day? I hope you will take time to enjoy tea with your favorite people.

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Red Teas for Valentine’s Day!

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Dearies, Kat is getting ready for Valentine’s day by drinking endless cups of teas with a vibrant red color. She loves the festive hue and delicious flavors. She went to the store and looked for teas with berries, pomegranate, and hibiscus in the ingredients. She knew these would help to create the color she was looking for and have a lovely flavor.

Kat was successful at her local HyVee store. She found just what she was looking for in the tea aisle! She found two teas in particular that fit her criteria:

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Hy-Vee Acai Pomegranate Blueberry: The pomegranate in this tea gives the brew a beautiful red hue. The blueberry darkens it a bit, and it’s a lovely shade for Valentine’s day. The berries and fruit are mellowed by the green tea giving it a subtle grassy flavor. It’s uplifting and calming at the same time. Kat’s going to have a citrus theme to start her meal, and pairing the berry sweetness in the tea with a tart blood orange salad appetizer should work quite nicely. I just love citrus during the cold winter months. It not only keeps the sniffles away, but it’s refreshing and light amongst all of the heavy winter foods we usually have.

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Hy-Vee Raspberry Hibiscus: Kat loves hibiscus teas for the flavor and color. She first noticed this tea because of the cheerful bright box. Then she saw it had the perfect Valentines’ day ingredients!  Hibiscus and dried raspberries add a juicy, tart flavor to this tea. Chicory, orange and lemongrass round out the flavor, giving it a note of earthiness and citrus. Kat is planning on pairing this tea with a caramelized grapefruit dessert, the perfect way to end her Valentines’ day meal. This is an herbal tea, so it’s a good choice to round out an evening.

She’s serving her tea from glass cups, so everyone can enjoy the rich red color.  Other ‘red’ teas you can serve to your valentines are rooibos teas. Rooibos on its own isn’t a red color, but it’s referred to as ‘African red tea’. You can find rooibos blends with berries, and other ingredients that will impart that beautiful red color. Since rooibos isn’t from the camellia sinensis tea leaf, it has no caffeine and can be enjoyed any time of day. It’s also perfect for valentine tea parties with your little ones.

Dearies, I hope you have a fun Valentine ’s Day filled with sweetness and love!

DIY Tea-Inspired Valetines That Fill Your Cup

Valentine’s Day is a day where we celebrate the ones we love. And what better way to let that special someone know they’re your “Cup of Tea” than to craft a lovely gift with your own two hands!

Don’t worry, dearies, you don’t have to be a master crafter or professional artist to make something that’s unique and fun. (I, personally take the Wabi-Sabi school of thought, which is a Japanese aesthetic that celebrates and sees beauty in imperfection.)

Found on LivingYourCreative.com

Found on LivingYourCreative.com

Set aside an hour and create one of these for your Sweetie:

I love this idea from the blog, Living Your Creative! Make your own lovely tea cup for you & your Valentine: http://www.livingyourcreative.com/2014/01/diy-sharpie-mugs/ (I particularly like the “You’re My Cup of Tea” design!)

Here’s another twist on the DIY tea mug from the blog, Burlap and Babies! Make your own sharpie mug filled with a bouquet of your favorite teas: http://www.burlapandbabies.com/2014/09/diy-sharpie-mug.html

If your dearest is a sweet tea lover, assemble a DIY emergency kit for your “Sweet-Tea.” It’s used here one Evermine Blog as a wedding favor, but it works very well for a single gift as well! https://www.evermine.com/blog/yellow-rustic-retro-wedding/ (For slightly longer shelf life, consider substituting a whole small lemon rather than just a slice.)

And never under-estimate the power of the simple, hand-made Valentine card! Here’s a lovely tea-inspired card originally from culturelabel.com. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/160933386656989258/

Enjoy the creation of these Valentine’s gifts. Pour your love and joy into the process. Laugh at the imperfections, celebrate the uniqueness. The enjoyment of crafting the gift will only multiply in your love’s enjoyment of receiving it.

Happy Valentine’s Day, dearies!

For more DIY Valentine ideas, visit my Pinterest Board, DIY Holiday Fun!

Planning a Children’s Valentine’s Tea Party

Valentine’s Day approaches! And while we often focus on the romantic side of this holiday, it’s also the perfect opportunity to do something extra special with the lovely little ones in your life. This year, why not throw a Children’s Valentine’s Day tea party in their honor?

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Enlist their help in the decor by having them draw different colored hearts and cutting them out. Spread them our over the tea table so you can admire their handiwork together! Your little girls may even enjoy making their own fancy hat for the occasion!

Choose a couple of fun sandwiches, like peanut butter and jelly or turkey and cheese. Instead of cutting them into traditional triangles, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out heart-shaped finger sandwiches!

A platter of fruit is always a welcome treat. Try small bunches of grapes, strawberries and kiwi slices to keep the kiddos coming back for more.

Don’t forget dessert! Heart shaped cookies or cupcakes with pink or white frosting are sure to delight.

And for the tea itself, choose your own favorite tea.After warming your tea pot with a bit of boiling water, put your tea bags in the pot and fill it with just boiling water from the kettle. Use 1 tea bag for every two cups the tea pot holds. (2 bags for a 4-cup tea pot; 3 bags for a 6-cup tea pot). Steep for 2 minutes.

Ensure there is a generous jug of milk on the table as well as a bowl of sugar cubes. For added fun, provide a pair of sugar tongs and see who can master the art of selecting sugar cubes the fastest. Let each guest dress their tea up the way they like. When Kat was a little girl, she loved a half-tea, half-milk concoction with two sugar cubes!

The smiles on their faces, the giggles ’round the table, that is what will make your own heart swell with joy this Valentine’s Day.

For more DIY Valentine ideas, visit my Pinterest Board: DIY Holiday Fun