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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.

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Category Archives: Tea Party

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 tea (and coffee) culture.

Southbrew is a new place in Madison, AL mostly serving coffee.

Tea Town Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa.  Those of you from Alabama will appreciate the name.

Sachai is from Birmingham and they sell Chai.

Remedy is a plant derived herbal care company based in Huntsville, Alabama.

The founder studied Southern Appalachian folk medicine and natural health with Phyllis D. Light at the Appalachian Center for Natural Health.

They have herbal teas for a variety of purposes including wellness, immunity, anti-inflammatory, and allergy relief.

Piper & Leaf had a clever tasting station.  People were lined up to pour and taste shots of their teas. 

These fine folks at Alchemy deserve special mention.  They are very passionate about their coffee and despite my declaration that I don’t drink coffee they kindly persuaded me to try a sip of their Peruvian coffee.  It was very stout and tasted a bit fruity.  I’m sure for coffee it was very good.  

 

FOOD EXHIBITORS

There were only 2 food exhibitors in the room but both are fantastic, local restaurants.

The big announcement of the day was Good Company Cafe will soon be serving tea to go along with their tasty, fresh, made-from-scratch food.

I’m looking forward to having tea in their cozy bistro soon!

Mason Dixon is Alabama’s first gluten-free bakery and their food is yummy for all!

A Little Lagniappe

Lagniappe means a little something extra.  There were a couple of others  that were special enough to mention.

The popular blog, Rocket City Mom, was represented at the festival sharing the news that there’s a new app called “Explore Huntsville” that you can use it to find out information about local events such as Coffee & Tea Festivals.  How cool is that?

We’ve always enjoyed live music around here and I was pleased that various musicians were playing during the day.  They were quite good and added to the festivities.

This being the first year there were a few hiccups.  The festival was very crowded.  If you’re going to have a problem at your event, this is the one you want but nonetheless, still a problem.  I was told by some who had arrived earlier that it was shoulder to shoulder.  They couldn’t get to the tables and gave up and left.  I got there later in the day when the crowds were more manageable but the problem then was that some of the booths had run out of samples to try.   

There were only two black tea vendors – all others were strictly herbal teas.  Some well-known local coffee and tea businesses were noticeably absent.  I’m sure more and more exhibitors will sign up, including more restaurants, if this event is held again.

I hope so, because there’s a lot of us around that enjoy tea.  And coffee too.

Cheers!

BYOTC Party

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

Happy National Hot Tea Day!

January 12 is National Hot Tea Day.  Tea fans everywhere are encouraged to raise their cups in honor of their beloved beverage. Share a piping hot cup of tea with friends and enjoy the tea and the company.   Cheers! Continue Reading

Mother’s Day Tea 2015

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Mad Hatter Afternoon High Tea

    March 28, 2015  –  We went to a Mad Hatter tea hosted by our friends at Piper & Leaf in Lowe Mill –  America’s largest independent center for the arts. The tablescape was inventive and yet still easy enough to do at home if you want.  The creative minds at Piper & Leaf… Continue Reading

In Too Steep Tea Party

I’m not exactly sure what this is about but I’ll share the info with you anyway.  There is a Google Hangout event coming up on  January 6th at 7 pm EST/6 CST called “The In Too Steep Tea Party.”  This will be episode 1.  They will be interviewing comedians and you can sign up, drink… Continue Reading