Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Help Us Form a Socie-TEA!

Dear Red Hat Society Members,

First, I would like to say hello!! This is my first guest blog post with Red Hat Society. Did you know that your mascot, Ruby RedHat, blogs for The Tea House Times? She’s a real pip and lots of fun.

As publisher of The Tea House Times, in exchange for Ruby’s contributions, I’d like to return the favor and perhaps form a virtual SocieTea with you here on the RHS blog.  You can expect a planned tea break with me once every two months. So, get out your favorite tea cup and enjoy! Tell me what you love about tea, the beverage (hot or iced), or how you feel about getting together with friends over afternoon tea. Hopefully, you may place a comment below this blog post. 

If you have questions about tea, I’m here and happy to help. I live and breathe tea 24/7! Do you remember the fun, RHS Virtual Mad Hatter’s Tea Party held on Facebook in March, 2015? You should be able to get into it to view all of the great tea-time tips I posted during the event. Here are a few tips I shared:

HISTORY OF AFTERNOON TEA
~Afternoon Tea became popular during the Victorian Era
~Includes finger sandwiches, bite size sweets, scones, and tea
~Traditionally served 3-5 pm
~Also referred to as Low Tea



POPULAR FINGER SANDWICHES
Popular finger sandwiches include cucumber, egg salad, smoked salmon, chicken salad, etc.  Get creative with fillings. Cut in long rectangles, triangles, squares, rounds, or use any shape cookie cutter to add interest.

TEA TRENDS - PARTIES
As far as tea parties are concerned, trends usually surround television or movie hits, seasons of the year, and childhood stories such as Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter! Downton Abbey has been one of the best things to happen for tea world in quite some time. Tea rooms everywhere have sold out every time they host a Downton Abbey themed tea gathering. For children, the movie Frozen has also made tea parties very popular and fun.

Until next time, enjoy your tea and help me form a SocieTea of good friends and companions across the globe that enjoy making tea a part of a healthy, fun and friendly lifestyle. Be sure to check your Friday Broadcast email once every two months where all members receive a free digital copy of the most recent issue of The Tea House Times publication!


Gail Gastelu (aka Lady Gayle to my Red Hat friends), owner/publisher of The Tea House Times


Not a member of the Red Hat Society? There's only one, join the fun!


You are invited to join your Red (and Pink) Hat Sisters for an experience of a lifetime, where joy, laughter and the electricity of fun and friendship reign supreme in the city that never sleeps!  Let this serve as your official invitation to the Red Hat Society's 2017 Hats in the City 
International Convention in New York, New York.



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