This post is sponsored by Celestial Seasonings but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
We’re officially in the longest season of the year — winter.
And we’re about to enter the longest shortest month of the year — February.
I had been toying with adding a poetry tea time into our days, and this season we’re in seemed like a perfect time. I’ve been putting it off because I thought it needed to look picture perfect. A perfect day, a perfectly clean home, a perfect table cloth and teapot, cute little cups, a home made treat, and a stack of poetry books from the library.
Well our first poetry tea time didn’t quite look like that, but it inspired me to share some ways you can add one into your days that may not look perfect, but will still provide you with that special connection that you may be missing in your days.
A Great Tea
I mean if nothing else is perfect for your tea time the one thing that needs to be is the tea! Celestial Seasonings is my all-time favorite. I’ve been keeping this tea in my cupboard for as long as I can remember. I’ve always been a huge tea lover, so naturally introducing it to my kids is a no brainer.
Super convenient to pickup and much more affordable than other teas. I also love the stringless tea bags. Perfect for our teapot!
Thrift Store Finds
I’ve never owned a teapot in my adult life because I never really had the reason to own one. That is until I found the inspiration to start a poetry tea time tradition and I’m like I NEED A TEAPOT! While you don’t need a teapot it certainly helps to set the mood and ambience of a cute little tea party.
What I will say is while you don’t need one it really adds a certain something to your tea time. However, you don’t need to have a brand new one. I started looking on Amazon for one until I had the thought that I could probably find one at a thrift store for way cheaper. Sure enough my first trip out to find one and I found this little beauty for just $2. Beats the $30 dollar ones I had been admiring on Amazon. And it does the trick just as well. Check out your local Salvation Army or Goodwill. I practically guarantee you can find one that will be perfect for your afternoon tea time!
So while sometimes I have my stuff together enough to make a pastry, some homemade banana bread or cookies, that’s just not always realistic. You don’t have to have homemade goodies to make your poetry tea time memorable or create a connection with your kids. Skip the homemade treats for a store bought one if it means you get to sit down and spend some more time chatting and reading with your children. While the homemade goodies certainly may taste better, your kids will really just remember that time you spent with them and the tradition and connections your cultivating with them over a cup of tea and a cookie.
Another misconception I had was that we needed to have these elaborate, well thought out poetry books with a certain topic or theme to make our tea time great. But turns out I just needed to whip out my childhood favorite collection of poems and start reading! Some cute, funny little poems combined with a warm cup of tea and we had ourselves a delightful afternoon. And don’t forget to utilize your local library for some new poetry books. So many treasures to be found there!
Ultimately, it doesn’t take much to have yourself a wonderful little poetry tea time with your kids. A warm cup of tea, some treats and a book of poems will bring you a simple connection time with your kids that you both crave.