Thursday, 16 June 2011

Tea and Tea Things Swap - the reveal!!

Can you see me doing my happy dance?
No, well believe me I am!

The lovely Beth @ Beyond The Garden Gate recently arranged a Tea and Tea Things Swap amongst her friends and followers and lucky me because I got Beth, the gracious hostess, as my swap partner.

Today, our post lady delivered a great big box all wrapped up in pretty paper and it was addressed to me.
Take a look at what was inside.

Quelle surprise when I unfastened the clasp on the small Parisien attache case and discovered new and exotic fruit teas (Tazo "Berryblossom White and Pomegranate, a green tea produced by Harry & David) and a teapot shaped tea bag holder festooned with roses.

This beautiful book "The Art of Tea and Friendship"  is sure to become a firm favourite and will inspire me endlessly when writing my tea time themed blog posts over the coming months.

Here is just a sample -

"May your home always be too small for all your friends", reads a plaque in my friends house. I once lived in a home that was so small that a guest remarked, "I can't believe real people live here!"
Even if your home is too small to host all of your friends at one time, you can throw open the doors and welcome them all with a "Come and Go" Tea Party, an idea I learned from my mother.
By staggering the times on your invitations, you can enjoy all your friends at one special party. Invite one third of your guests to tea from 1 - 3 p.m. one third from 2 - 4 p.m. and one third from 3 - 5 p.m.
Enlist the help of two or three friends to serve the food and tea and clear the tables so you can be sure to be available at the door for every "Hello" and "Goodbye".
Not only will you enjoy seeing so many friends together, each of them is sure to find some new friends at your house!"
Marietta. GA.
Click here to go to the author's website.

Thank you so much Beth, for initiating this delightful Tea things swap and extending the hand of friendship to me and everyone else who took part.


  1. I love when happy things arrive in the mail

  2. Hi Maggie,
    Love the new look of your blog and the beautiful new photo of you!!
    I would have loved to see you do the happy dance when you received your package!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. Maggie, it's always a delight to get a package in the mail, especially one that is a surprise. I know you and Mr. B will savor the exotic teas. I look forward to you sharing more of the book through future tea posts.
    Enjoy! ~ sarah

  4. What a wonderful surprise! My favorite Tazo tea is 'Calm' followed closely by 'Vanilla Roibos' - what a treat!

  5. Hi Maggie, Glad you are enjoying the items! Have a wonderful day!
    Blessings, Beth

  6. What a wonderful swap. Books and tea are the perfect match. Enjoy sipping!

  7. This sounds so fun! I love all of your tea things, especially the book. I like the idea of a staggered tea party...wonderful! That would be fun for a cocktail party, too!


  8. Tea my favourite drink of the day ( Yorkshire's the best!!). What a lovely gift and you can see it was packed and sent with love. The book sounds very interesting too. See you very soon for tea!! Jackie in Surrey, UK.

  9. Thank you for adding my giveaway to your sidebar, Maggie! How nice to receive a package full of such pretty tea things! I like the tea quote on that page... "There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea." My best friend and I say something similar every time we get together for tea... we solve all the worlds problems at the kitchen table over a cup of tea.

  10. What a fun idea for a swap! I love all the goodies you received. You are a lucky duck!


  11. You hit the jackpot, Maggie! What a lovely exchange. And in that adorable Parisian case, too. Lucky you.
    I adore going to tea parties. Unfortunately, not too many women have them any more. :(

  12. I just found you today, from Lindy lou, such a lovrly gift, beautifully packaged,

  13. What lovely gifts - happy dancing all the way!

    I left a comment on the Hereford houses post - I hope to come to Normandy for cheese, and to see you too of course! Perhaps next Summer.

    Hugs - Mary


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