Tea Cups and Tea Time

“A Proper Tea is much nicer than a Very Nearly Tea, which is one you forget about afterwards.” – A.A. Milne

 My first tea cup is this lovely Shelley tea set that my mother got for me as a birthday present when I was about 17 and it is one of my favorites!

Colette's first tea cup, a Shelley

Colette’s first tea cup, a Shelley

When I was younger, I remember wanting to collect something that was both pretty and practical and I have been collecting tea cups ever since!  I have a beautiful china hutch that holds most of my tea cups! When unpacking my tea cups from our recent move – I realise how much I missed having them out.   My love for tea cups and tea parties has been re-kindled since moving back to New Zealand – where we drink hot tea all the time – well, most days!  Tea time in New Zealand is a lovely carryover from colonial days!

Just recently I stopped by a thrift store in Riccarton, here in Christchurch, and I was so delighted to find several trio sets to choose from!  I selected a lovely light blue Queen Anne trio for my self and I decided to get my daughter, Anna-Kate, a lovely lilac trio set of her own.  Anna-Kate is also collecting tea cups and we are planning to host some tea parties at our place!

Anyone for a tea party?

Anyone for a tea party?

I also have a lovely trio that my step-mother bought back for me on a trip to Europe.  Warren’s grandmother also collected tea cups and we inherited several of hers, including a lovely and popular Old English Rose set.  Just before leaving Atlanta, my friend Nedia gave me a tea cup that reminds me of our friendship!

I hope to write more about tea time and our upcoming tea parties.  I have had fun pinning lots of tea party ideas, tea cups and tea pots on my Pinterest board!  You can follow me there at: Colette’s Cottage

Mom’s recommendation – make time for tea – with friends and family!  Have tea parties with your children!   Come and have a cup of tea and follow me!

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