Every once in awhile, I have the opportunity to use my "Tea
Basket." It's ready to go and has a special place on the shelf in my
All I have to add is the food. Take a large basket and line it with a
pretty floral material. My basket is a gift from one of my daughter-in-laws, a
lovely Logenberger Basket, lined with a light and airy floral print material,
but any basket will do. Add a small teapot, two teacups and saucers, two
teaspoons, a small tablecloth, two napkins, teaball or strainer, sugar cubes,
sugar tongs and a small container of tea. Just before leaving, I add the bicuits
(cookies) or cakes and maybe some sandwiches. If I am going to have a
"Cream Tea" then I will bake some scones, whip up some Mock Devonshire
Cream and add a small jar of Raspberry Jam. I find having a package of
Scone Mix on hand is a life-saver!
You may be asking, "What does she do with this basket?" I have used
it on many occasions to visit a friend, a new acquaintance, a new mommy, a
shut-in, someone who is recovering from surgery or chemotherapy, a grandma or
grandpa - the list is endless. I take everything but the hot water for the tea.
I remember the first time I took the traveling "Tea Basket"! A new
mommy in our neighborhood was the reciptant! I got the idea when I was a new
mommy and when friends came to see our new baby, I always wanted to make them
feel comfortable as a guest, even tho they were coming to see the baby. As a new
mom, you aren't always up to receiving guests, much less making food or offering
a drink. When you arrive with the Basket Tea, all the mom has to have is a tea
kettle (or even a pan will do) and you do the rest. I have never had anyone
refuse the teaparty! I did this with my Mother several years ago when she was in
the nursing home - what a special time that was. The possibilities are endless.
It takes a little planning! Make sure you let them know you are bringing a
teaparty. We have the teacups, small teapots, teaspoons, sugar tongs, tea, and
scone mix all on our web site to help you get started. Let us know how this
works for you.
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