June 2016

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Getting ready for Fairies in the Garden

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Fairies in the Garden Every July we have two days of super fun with little ones and fun fairies of all ages!  It’s sort of like planning and running a grand birthday party for all our guests.  The Fairy Tea Party is traditionally similar each year – 3 Fairy Crafts, A Fairy Tea Party with books, A Fairy Walk and few more fun fairy ideas.  One year we even celebrated someone’s 101st Birthday at our Fairy Party!

Order Tickets: 2016 Fairies in the Garden Tea Party

Some years the girls enjoyed dancing in a Fairy Ring – other years have brought different silly fun ways to enjoy the imaginations of little ones (and even us older ones get a chance to have silly-fairy-fun, too!

Tinley and Cooper's Fairy House

Tinley and Cooper’s Fairy Houses

The inspiration to host an annual Fairies Tea Party was born from several different ideas. But, one idea came a darling book we read one summer called Fairy Houses by Tracy Kane.  A story about a little girl who spends the summer building a cozy fairy house in a nook of a tree.  The fairy house she built kept her imagination creating all summer long little things she could add to her fairy house.  Wren, Molly, and Haden had one summer building Fairy houses at a fishing cabin in Arkansas – and this year I was so excited to have my great niece and nephew – Tinley and Cooper join Wren and I in building their own fairy houses in the nook of that same old Arkansas tree.

2016 Fairies in the Garden Tea Party held on July 8 and 9 at 9:30 am.  Tickets are still available for both days – but order quickly!

 

Flower Power Tea

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Tea & FlowersJasmine, Rose, Hibiscus.  Blooming flowers of summertime.  Beauty in the garden and tasty flavors in our cuppas! Next week, July 8-9 we look forward to our Fairies in the Garden Tea Party.  A party that shifts focus from just tea…to flowers & tea. Truly a joy to watch the innocent imaginations bloom as we take our Fairy Walk in Brenda’s Gardens!  Also, a good mid-way point of our year providing opportunity for mothers, grandmothers, and little ones a time to stop and ‘smell the roses.’

Lavender. Cornflowers. Sunflowers. Calendula (Marigolds). It is amazing how many of our premium loose leaf teas are carefully blended with flower buds and petals.  Blended in to add flavor and eye appeal.  The flower petals or buds are brewing right beside the tea leaves – opening up flavors and fragrance. Blooming flowers which soothes so many of our souls both inside and out.  Chamomile. Safflowers. Outdoors in the gardens and inside our cups of tea.

Flowering Herbs are also an important part of special premium loose leaf blends.  We offer several herbs that make great add-ins to flavor or enhance another tea such as Simply Peppermint and our newest – Stevia Leaves.   Loose leaves are brewed just like a tea.  The sweet liquid can be used as a healthy sweetener added to hot or iced teas.  Here’s a great list of other herbs and flowers on GardenKnowHow.com. The article includes brewing directions and even health benefits.  More Flower Power to you!

The Earth laughs in Flowers.  -Ralph Waldo Emerson