A Teaposy Tea Party-Enjoying Tea Time with Toddlers and Tweens

How to party with different age groups

One of the challenges of having a party with a mixed age group is how to make it interesting for everyone. I miss out on many birthday parties and even holiday time with my grandchildren because I live out of state. So, when I travel into Michigan to visit during a special occasion, such as Valentine’s Day, I make it a point that there is plenty of fun to go around.

During last summer’s visit I just missed my grandson Alex’s second birthday. No problem, we would have a post birthday party in the form of a tea party. I had been given a glass tea pot for my birthday in April and was eager to share its uniqueness with my brood, ages two through ten.

Having a tea party with my grandkids isn’t a problem because they all enjoy having tea with mom and dad. This pleases me because I learned the benefits of tea at an early age from my maternal grandmother. To sit with my grandchildren and have a cup of tea brings delicious memories of late evenings with Nonie, my grandmother.

The Birthday Boy

Alex turns two
Alex turns two | Source

Have a Tea Party Brunch

When I arrived at my oldest daughter Cara’s house both families were there: my youngest daughter, Christa and her children Olivia and Marco. They happen to be my two oldest grandkids. The youngest children belong to Cara: Grace and Alex.

The table was set beautifully, the smell of something delicious wafted through the kitchen, and the air was charged with anticipation as Alex, the guest of honor, proudly donned his birthday hat-a birthday cake with candles. Only a two year old could wear this unabashedly on his head and not worry about how silly he looked.

“My goodness,” I thought delighted, “this is as close to Alice’s Mad Hatter Tea Party as I could possibly hope for.” Carefully, I removed the teapot from its box. It was a Daydream glass teapot from Teaposy.

Tea Party Brunch

Preparing the tea.
Preparing the tea. | Source
Brewing the tea bundle
Brewing the tea bundle | Source
serving breakfast treats
serving breakfast treats | Source
The teaposy bundle has unfolded
The teaposy bundle has unfolded | Source
Serving tea.
Serving tea. | Source
The finished product: The Butterfly
The finished product: The Butterfly | Source
A nutritious brunch included fresh fruit.
A nutritious brunch included fresh fruit. | Source

Where does tea come from?

Tea comes from the tea bush, Camellia Sinensis, and the various types of tea: green, black, oolong, white and Ceylon is dependent on when the tea leaves are harvested, the way they are dried, and whether they are fermented.

White tea is the purest tea leaf with the least amount of processing. They are unfermented and contain 23.6 % polyphenols, which determine the antioxidant level. Antioxidants can aid in reducing cancer risk and improving cardiac health. They also have the least amount of caffeine, (only 8-15 mg per cup).

What is a Teaposy?

Teaposy is the corporate name of a company that sells glass teapots, cups and saucers along with the imported teaposies from China. The tea farm that Teaposy associates with lies within the Fujian Province in China and grows a rare tea: the Silver Needle white tea.

A teaposy is a bundled tea that has a blossom sewn in it. It unfolds as the heated water infiltrates the bundle. Bundles are handcrafted and held together by natural cotton threads. The first teaposy was created in 1995 and Teaposy has eight patented designs in their factory in China. The ‘blooming’ tea first made an appearance in 2005 in New York.

There are four main steps to creating a teaposy bundle. First, the tea is picked and the outer leafs of the plant removed to reveal the delicate, new buds. The buds are withered and dried with high temperatures. Next, the loose tea is sorted, bundled, and tied with cotton threads. Flowers are sewn into the bundle, shaped and dried once more at high temperatures. The teaposies are then wrapped in cheese cloth and mixed with freshly picked jasmine flowers. Each teaposy will have a basic scent of jasmine along with a secondary scent depending on what combination is created. Before the teaposies go on the market the newly scented bundles are dried at high temperatures one last time to remove any impurities.

Watching the Magic Unfold

As the tea water reached its temperature I gathered the children around the glass teapot, and pouring the water into the pot, I gently set the bundle in the center, encouraging them to keep their eyes on the magical flower that would open to reveal a surprise.

The box of tea I was given, along with the glass tea pot, was a medley.  In it were six carefully wrapped packages containing various shapes of blooms: lady fairy; heart of love, which opens into a dainty, pink rose set in the center of a bright orange lily blossom; butterfly; red song-a bright pink carnation; falling water; and calendula. 

From the youngest to the oldest their interest held until it finished unfolding.  Then I carefully lifted the top and showed them the little white butterfly shape on the top of the blossom.  They were impressed briefly, their attention moving to the food on the table and the gifts I brought for each of them. 

My grandchildren have no problem with their appetite and we enjoyed a wonderful brunch of blueberry muffins, fresh fruit, turkey bacon and tea.  Mr. Birthday Boy wore his hat throughout the party and everyone was pleased with the gifts they unwrapped.  I would say it was a tea party worth remembering. 

 

 

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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

This is a great idea! I think I need a teaposy for my birthday! I used to love to have tea parties with my grandchildren when they were young, and had one memorable tea party for my granddaughter's 10th birthday that she still talks about. Nice hub, and cute grandchildren!


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Vinodkpillai 5 years ago from Hyderabad, India

Lovely hub! I have tried many teas including silver needle and blooming tea, and so even without the novelty I found it interesting and fun to read. Great writing! Thanks for sharing.


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DonnaCosmato 5 years ago from USA

Thanks for sharing...I've been curious about this form of tea but haven't tried it. Now I'm inspired to share this with my grandkids and get their reactions!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Stephanie. It's so much fun, being a grandma, isn't it? Be sure to go on amazon to find one. They've got several there to choose from. I like my Daydream, but I noticed the Celebrate comes as a gift set, which I intend to give as gifts. I hadn't known that, of course, when I received my teaposy gift. Thanks for commenting.

Good morning, Vinodkpillai. Oh, I'm happy to know someone has tea experience, LOL Thanks for your comments.

Donna-I'm not sure how old your grandkids are, but if you share this with them I'm sure you'll all have fun. After tea, you can change the water to just a pot of cold and let the blossom sit for several more days. Its an amazing work of art.


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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

Great hub and a great looking family! :) I hope that you have many more tea parties with your grandkids!!!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

I will. And, yes, they are a good looking bunch, aren't they! LOL Thanks for reading.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Great hub again.

Thanks for sharing, I rate up.

It is unique and beautiful, take care denise,

Eiddwen.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Oh my gosh, this looks like so much fun! Awesome Hub!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Eiddwen for your feedback. I appreciate it.

Simone-SOOoooo much fun! Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

Wish I could have been there!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Yes, me too. We missed you that time, so we will have to have one when we go up in the summer.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

What a lovely tradition! Not just the teaposy but the idea of celebrating something when grandma comes...I'm sure your visits are special but adding these lovely little 'occasions' makes it more special and memorable.

I enjoyed the lesson on tea and the photos were lovely as well.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Mary-thanks! It's such fun to have these little parties with my grandkids, especially if all the hubbub has passed already. My grandson, Marco, will even initiate 'tea' at his house whenever I stop by. Thanks for the votes. :)


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

What a fun idea! A friend introduced us to tea posy last year, and I was also impressed by the flower that "bloomed" before me. I know there are many varieties available. I thought it was cute that you said the kids were impressed briefly, then their attention turned to the gifts. : ) That was an occasion they'll never forget! What a nice way to spend time with the grandchildren. Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us.


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Vespa-aren't those tea posy blooms interesting? I wanted to brew pot after pot just to see them unfold. It's amazingly creative and fun. I'm glad you had an opportunity to experience it also.

I do have fun with my grandkids and no matter how interesting the 'experiment with the tea flower' was the real focus were the gifts, of course. :) Thanks for reading.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

I have no doubt it was a tea party to remember! Oh, my granddaughters would just love all of this so much. I must try it. How fascinating about the tea posy blooms!

Thank you for sharing in your fun. I love all of the delightful pictures here too.

Up ++++ and sharing

Blessings, Faith Reaper


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Awesome hub on A Teaposy Tea Party-Enjoying Tea Time with Toddlers and Tweens great reminder for me from my childhood days.


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello Faith. You are so welcome and thank YOU for joining in my fun here. I love when people can really 'get it'. ha ha. Set your tea party and invite your special guest! Take care and thanks for all of the ++++ :)


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello DDE-Thank you...I'm glad you enjoyed your 'walk down Memory Lane' ha ha. I still enjoy these tea parties with my grand kids. :)


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina

Wow! What a great hub. Got lured in by the adorable picture of Alex proudly wearing his birthday hat but once here, I felt like I was an attendee at the Tea Party.

I never heard of a tea posy bundle, but they sound really cool and the photo of the butterfly one was gorgeous.

Voted this up across the board except for funny and shared.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Gail, so good to see you here. Yes, that Alex is proud of his Birthday Cake Hat, ha ha. He reminds me of the Mad Hatter! It was such a fun time together with them. Thanks for the Votes and share. :)


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

When I lived in Grapevine, Texas back in the late '80s and early '90s, there was a tearoom there specializing in tea parties for children's birthdays and also for bridal showers. The children's parties were themed, and the tearoom provided "dress-up" clothes, hats and gloves for the girls. If I remember accurately, the owner gave the children a lesson in proper tea ettiquette during the event. I thought that was such a neat idea. I can see where it would be delightful to do it for grandchildren. (In my case, it would be the great-grands, as my grandchildren are all adults. I'll have to wait until the youngest of the wee ones are old enough to enjoy a tea party, but that goes on my list of things to do.)

Voted Up+++

Jaye


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

What a great activity to look forward to. Thanks for your wonderful comment, Jaye. :)

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