The Carnival of Beauty is back and in full swing after taking a few weeks' break, and this week's theme is "The Beauty of Coffee and Tea" hosted by Sallie at A Gracious Home. All the participating links are posted, so be sure to read all the entries.
Well, can I really participate this week and write on the beauty of coffee and tea when I don't like either? It really is awkward for both my husband and me to not like coffee or hot tea, especially when we're at someone's home and they offer it after a meal with dessert. The couple feels hesitant about going ahead and having their coffee without us drinking along. I admit that I love the smell of coffee beans on the grocery store aisle, and just the idea of "taking tea" or "going to a tea party" is sooo romantic. Sipping a hot cuppa 'round a fireplace in winter with friends makes such a cozy picture, don't you think?
A beautiful blog I've been reading recently is all about homemaking and especially tea. Mrs. Wilt over at The Sparrow's Nest has been writing a series on Hostessing a Tea Party here and here and will continue soon with more posts on "a proper tea." I dutifully go check out her posts and ooh and aah over the lovely tablecloths and all the various flavored teas and sandwiches you can serve--it is definitely romantic and very old-fashioned, and I love the whole idea of it!
I even recently wrote to a lady asking for a tea cozy pattern--the one at Elizabeth's wedding luncheon at the spa--for my friend who loves teapots and tea parties. The lady ended up sending me an actual tea cozy, and I don't even own a teapot...yet. My girls each have several tea cups for their hope chests, and even I own one beautiful tea cup given to me by my sweet tea-party-loving friend.
Well, after writing this and seeing as I absolutely love hospitality and having friends over, I think I actually could get into the whole idea of it all. Do you think if I gave a tea party anyone would notice if I slipped Diet Coke into my tea cup?