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I am purposefully seeking ways to add a little more peace, joy and fun in my life; that's why I started this tea story.

Currently I am searching for a new supplier for my tea. So I’m visiting websites and ordering different blends every month. I’ll be posting about my finds along with my visits to tea rooms.

It’s always the perfect time for a cup of tea. Won’t you join me?

Category Archives: Tea Party

Happy Birthday to the Queen!

Queen Elizabeth turns 93 this year officially today, on the second Saturday of June. Well, isn’t that an odd way of putting it, you ask. Yes. Yes, it is. But that’s the life of a royal for you.

She was born on April 21, 1926 which makes her 93 years old. (Here at Civili-tea we do the math for you.) However, her birthday is celebrated (usually) on the second Saturday in June. This tradition of celebrating the royal birthday on a different day than the actual birthday was started more than 250 years ago by King George who was born in November – not a good weather month in England.

Reportedly, Queen Elizabeth’s favorite tea is Twinings Earl Grey. So we can join her in a cup of birthday tea.

Twinings Earl Grey Tea Bags 100 per pack

Happy Birthday to the Queen! Cheers!

The Complete Guide to Throwing The Perfect Tea Party

  Here’s the complete guide to throwing your perfect tea party.  How to make it easy?  Two words:  Plan and organize! Six weeks before: Create theme. (What) Set date & place. (When & where.) Make guest list. Names or at least the number of people. (Who.) Book caterer, if needed. Five weeks before: Buy invitations… Continue Reading

Mother’s Day Tea with a Southern Twist

We had a lovely Mother’s Day Tea with a Southern Twist. Menu Savories Pimiento Cheese – every good southern party must have pimiento cheese. Cucumbers with fresh, local strawberries, Belle Chevre goat cheese, and watercress. Watercress is an herb that grows in the wild throughout the South. Shrimp and Grits – This was an experiment… Continue Reading

Tea with The Bride to Be

Wedding season is heading our way which means wedding showers are too.  An afternoon tea with friends is the perfect way to shower your bride-to-be with best wishes and happiness. Party Theme Once you have a theme everything starts to fall into place.  Our party theme was “A Day in the Park” since the wedding… Continue Reading

Huntsville Coffee & Tea Festival

The first ever Huntsville Coffee & Tea Festival was held on March 24, 2019 at the Roundhouse. The place was jam-packed with scads of coffee and tea lovers flocking in to taste new brews. TEA (AND COFFEE) EXHIBITORS The booths were filled with some new and enterprising businesses on the leading edge of the growing… Continue Reading


Sometimes you just luck into something special. I attend an annual women’s retreat with some amazing, accomplished women.  It’s always a great treat to carve out some time to spend together. We’ve done this for many years so they know by now that I’ll make tea for them. I enjoy sharing my tea and getting… Continue Reading

Sip for Peace

The International Tea Sippers Society presents a righteous idea that I am happy to share with you. Sip for Peace! Now that’s an idea worth passing on! O.K. They have our attention but what do they mean? Here’s what it means – All during January the organizers of the “Sip for Peace” campaign ask tea lovers… Continue Reading

Pumpkin Tea Party

One great way to celebrate the glowing fall colors of orange, green and gold is to hold a Pumpkin Tea Party.  So we did! Sticking with those colors and traditional fall foods was the order of the day. Anytime is the perfect time for a tea party, in my opinion, but when the weather starts… Continue Reading

The Simple Joys of Summer

It’s my favorite time of the year. Sitting on a porch swing, soaking up the sun, toes in the water summertime. Flowers, garden parties, picnics, and patios. Ice cream, iced tea, and watermelon. Hammocks, flip flops, and freeze tag. Fishing, floating, and boating. Those lazy days of summer are here. Let’s make it a good one!… Continue Reading

Mother’s Day Tea

The theme for our annual Mother’s Day Tea this year was roses so we had my sister’s roses for the flowers, rose teapots, rose-colored dishes, linens and food.  Once you have a theme it becomes easier to put the party together. We bent the rules of formality in favor of fun.  Good food, wonderful family!… Continue Reading