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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Tea Book(s) of the Week: "Tea With Friends" and "Celtic Tea With Friends"

These books by Elizabeth Knight are perfect. I truly mean that. They are perfect - and no tea lover's bookshelf should be without them.

Each book contains all the information a person could ever need to plan a fabulous themed tea: background information on the theme; menu suggestions (beverages/savories/sandwiches/sweets); centerpiece and music ideas; and recipes. But that's not all - they are also chock full of charming (and I do mean charming) illustrations, tea quotations, and loads of other extras like tea-food pairing charts and etiquette tips.

(Available for purchase here)

"Tea With Friends" contains 13 tea party themes, such as a "St. Nicholas Brunch Tea" (December), "Lady Liberty Tea" (July), and "Literary Tea" (September).

"Celtic Tea With Friends" is filled with even more goodies and its 13 tea party themes here concentrate on tea traditions from Cornwall, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Discover the tradition of "Nollaig na mBan - The Women's Christmas Tea" (January), follow Elizabeth's suggestions for a "Sip-n-See Baby Blessing Tea", and of course, use the authentic ideas for a "St. Paddy's Day CĂ©ilidh Tea" (March).

(Available for purchase here)

I love looking through each of these books even when I'm not planning a tea party. The recipes are tried-and-true, and I always learn something new about tea and tea time.

Thank you, Elizabeth, for such enchanting tea books!
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