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Tea Tasting Party

So apparently I’m the go-to person on the Oh Happy Day team for tea advice. This is largely because I’m Australian and so I think they fancy me as hosting afternoon tea parties everyday under the gum trees with my pet kangaroos. Until recently, I wouldn’t necessarily have called myself an expert on tea until I had to inform a team member, who shall remain nameless, that no, you DO NOT drink the tea directly out of the teapot.

The fact is, this commonwealth-er does love tea and, in fact, proudly owns a vast collection of teawares to rival the Queen. Teapots, teacups, canisters, strainers, you name it. I find it a refreshing and healthier alternative to coffee, especially since there are herbal varieties that are completely caffeine free. And so, we’ve teamed up with Numi to create a modern day twist on your traditional afternoon tea party…

Tea Tasting Party | Oh Happy Day!

Tea Tasting Party | Oh Happy Day!

You may be surprised to hear that there is an art to the tea brewing process, but I have yet to delve too deeply into the technical side of things. However, I have always wanted to host a tea tasting party (if for no other reason than to show off my impressive teaware collection)! I also just love the idea of serving a variety of flavors in their own individual teapots with cute labels and providing tiny cups so that you can taste small samples of different teas rather than the traditional custom of one pot (i.e flavor) per person. For an extra nice touch, next to each pot provide mini sample cups of the tea leaves themselves (if you’re using loose leaf tea) so that your guests can sample the aroma before they taste. Remember to provide the usual staples- sugar, milk, honey and perhaps lemon slices. And, of course, what would a tea party be with something sweet-  little lemon bundt cakes, cookies, chocolates etc.  Us Aussies would probably add some Lamingtons into the mix!

For this party, we use a variety of Numi Tea flavors as well as their pretty Urban Glass Tea Pots (now on sale!) I love that one of Numi’s main focusing is providing clean, safe drinking water for people in need. They really care about providing for the farmers who are growing their products around the world. Right now, they have a special campaign where you can throw a tea party like ours to help build access to clean drinking water for their tumeric farmers in Madagascar. If you throw a party, Numi will even send you a $50 Tea Time for H2OPE party hosting kit (which is totally tax-deductible)! It includes everything you need (tea varieties, glassware, pairing guides – valued at more than $200) to gather your friends up, get them to contribute and elevate their impact.  Click here to register your event and get more details.

So what do you think, how’s that for a modern take on a traditional tea party?

Tea Tasting Party | Oh Happy Day!

Tea Tasting Party | Oh Happy Day!

Tea Tasting Party | Oh Happy Day!

Tea Tasting Party | Oh Happy Day!

This post is sponsored by Numi: Celebrating people, planet and pure tea. 

  1. Emily

    January 13, 2016

    This looks fun – and good. But I just cannot give up my good ole American coffee – big & bold with none of that cream or sweetener. That was the biggest shock for me when traveling in Europe – having to adjust to “coffee” in London and tiny coffees in France. 😉 http://www.enchantinglyemily.com

  2. Michelle

    January 13, 2016

    Never heard of a tea tasting party, that’s an innovative idea, and so creative!
    https://www.makeandmess.com/

  3. Kelsey

    January 13, 2016

    I have never gotten too much into tea, probably because I am into having SO much sugar and making everything too sweet. But I’m down to throw a party if it involves pastries!

    http://www.kelseymarie.co

  4. Cintia - Sol de Noche {deco crochet}

    January 13, 2016

  5. April

    January 13, 2016

    Might have missed it, but where are your gold teacups from? They’re beautiful.

    • amy
      • amy
      • January 14, 2016

      The gold tea cups are vintage and borrowed from a friend!

  6. Su

    January 14, 2016

    Totally love this. I have thrown several tea parties with varieties of tea and little sandwhiches and desserts. It’s always fun. Love your sense of humor, Aussies seem to all have such a great sense of humor. :)

  7. Katy

    January 14, 2016

    I’m more of a coffee person, but this post makes me think I should give tea another try. Tea-tasting seems so elegant! Thanks for the inspo 😉

    -Katy
    http://sundryblog.blogspot.com/

  8. Colleen N

    January 14, 2016

    it is styled so darling! Where are the candlesticks and the grey tray from?

  9. Sally from Little Hiccups

    January 15, 2016

    I love this idea!
    As a fellow expat Aussie I’m a big tea drinker too, although I do love my lattes. Four years of living in the Bay Area and I still can’t handle American filter coffee though. It’s espresso or I’m having tea. Oh, and I definitely agree that a few lamingtons wouldn’t go astray! Maybe even an Anzac biscuit or two :) Have you introduced the Oh Happy Day team to many Australian treats yet? With Australia Day coming up I think a Vegemite tasting party might be in order! Ha – that might just be a little evil 😉 Although admittedly I make all of my daughters’ American classmates try it every Australia Day! The kids always love trying it but so far I haven’t found any who actually like it. They do always love the pumpkin scones that follow though – you know, the nice food I give them afterwards so I’m not remembered as the lady with the funny voice who feeds them salty brown sludge!

    • amy
      • amy
      • January 16, 2016

      Ooh.. I forgot about Anzacs- thanks for the reminder! I think a Vegemite tasting party may be a case of ‘too-much-too-soon’, however. Heck, they’re still getting used to my accent 😉

  10. Laura

    January 18, 2016

    Your tea party looks lovely!

  11. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

    January 21, 2016

    freaking love tea. i drink it every morning, steeped, milky and sometimes with a dash of maple syrup… i am laughing imagining someone drinking tea out of the teapot!! hehe. you guys do sponsored content so beautifully and seamlessly … ! inspiring. xo

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