Today we celebrated Heartistry's 3rd birthday! I have been practicing and teaching about hospitality for decades, but three years ago I launched Heartistry.info and it was official! I am so thankful for the people who encouraged me, assisted me with the graphics, technical details, and so much more. I am grateful for the countless people who have read the blog and Facebook posts and those who have attended events around the world. I wish I could have hosted ALL of you for tea today. Some of my local Heartistry Experience alumni and friends stopped in this morning and we enjoyed tea as we caught up with one another.Read More
Serving someone a cup of tea can be much more than just offering them a beverage. Stopping to enjoy a cup of tea with a friend, colleague, neighbor or stranger gives an opportunity to connect and share a little about the day and is an easy way to begin offering hospitality. It also provides a few moments to rest and catch one's breath. As someone so aptly said,
Today I'd like to sit and sip,
Forget about the world a bit,
Ignore the things I have to do,
And just enjoy a cup or two.
Life can be so busy and pressured that we scarcely take the time to stop and greet others around us, net alone truly connecting. We need to be committed to building authentic friendships. Let's start now by sharing a cup of tea with someone. And let's encourage others to do the same.
Join our Heartistry community in our two-week TEA FOR TWO CAMPAIGN (August 16-30) as we share a cup of tea with someone! And you don't need to only do it once!
- Gather your 'tea making supplies"- two simple cups, a few tea bags, sugar and milk (if serving tea English style!) If you feel inspired you can even set a simple tray.
- Make a list of those you know who would enjoy sharing a cup of tea- and plan to be spontaneous!
- Invite a friend to have a cup of tea with you in your home or at your desk at work.
- Plan to take your cups and tea items to someone's home- "tea in a basket" can be a big blessing to an elderly or ill person. (Kim de Carvalho delivered this lovely tray to my mom when she was not well.)
- Photograph your two cups of tea (and the two of you if you are happy to be on Heartistry!)
- Post the photo on our Heartistry site or email it to Lyn@heartistry.info.
- You're welcome to share your inspiring "tea stories" with us!
- Post photos to your Instagram and Facebook and tag #heartistry.info
- Encourage your friends to serve tea and participate with us.
- Everyone who shares a cup of tea and sends a photo of their two cups will be entered in a drawing!
- Two names will be drawn on September 1.
- The winners will receive a basket filled with tea goodies!
Read the inspiring story of a woman who packed Two Tea Cups and took them with her as she traveled. She made the effort to spend quality time with people over a simple cup of tea.
Let's make a difference in the next two weeks by inviting as many people as possible to stop for just a few minutes to have a simple cup of tea with us. You never know what may happen!
My South African host and her daughter both have their birthdays on the same day. What an excellent opportunity to host a birthday tea party!
We decided to enjoy the warm weather and host the party on the patio. I used one of my scarves as the table cloth and then we added my friend's beautiful china. So often special china is kept for display only; I encourage you to take it out and have the pleasure of using it. In the midst of often challenging every day lives, it is worth making the effort to celebrate as regularly as we can!
I love hosting people but don't like cooking so I am always looking for short-cuts. We served home-made quiches that we bought from a local co-operative bakery, but any store bought quiches would be fine. I baked my 5-Minute Buttermilk Scones and we served them with apricot and berry jam and a big bowl of cream. Watch the video and get the recipe and directions here.
I changed it up by adding some pink food coloring and some cherries, iced it with light pink buttercream icing and served it as the birthday cake. I added a surprise treat inside the center of the bundt cake. The two birthday girls were excited to see what was inside!
One of the guests brought a chocolate cake and I added in some cute mini cookies and macaroons that I purchased. We had a toast with non-alcoholic pink champagne and then it was time for presents. Everyone had a great morning and the mom and daughter birthday duo announced that this was one of the best birthdays they had ever had!
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