18 Jan 2016

HOW TO: SET UP THE PERFECT TEATIME

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All the tips you are looking for you tea hour! // Tutti i consigli che cercate sull'ora del tè!


Teatime is one of my favourite moments of the day, especially now that light goes down
at 4:00 pm and yes, you would just go to hibernation and wake up on March.
A cup of tea is always a good idea, a quite and regenerating time.
I like enjoying a sweet break, with my family or friends, sometimes at the café,
but the most at home, because I love setting up the table with cute mugs, loads of sweets 
and different teas. A teatime at home is more comfortable and you can be creative and set it up 
as you like most.
But there are few rules to follow, if you want to organize the perfect teatime and
let your guests all "wow!". 
Take pencil and paper, ready? Let's go!

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L'ora del tè è uno dei momenti che preferisco della giornata, specialmente ora che la luce
va via alle 16:00 e sì, vorresti solo andare in letargo e svegliarti a Marzo.
Una tazza di tè è sempre una buona idea, un momento rilassante e rigenerante.
Mi piace concedermi un break dolce, con famiglia o amiche, qualche volta al bar,
ma soprattutto a casa, perché adoro preparare la tavola con tazze carine, biscotti e diverse
varietà di tè.
L'ora del tè a casa è molto più intima e voi potete essere creative ed
organizzarla come più vi piace.
Ci sono, però, alcune regole da seguire, se volete ricreare la perfetta ora del tè e lasciare
i vostri ospiti in un "wow" generale!
Prendete carta e penna, pronte? Andiamo!

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1)
THE HOUR // L'ORA
5:00 pm, no before, no later. The appointment will be at 16:30 at your home, but at 5:00 pm
 o'clock tea will be served. // Le 17:00, tassativamente. Prima, troppo presto, dopo, troppo tardi.
L'appuntamento sarà per le 16:30 a casa vostra, ma alle cinque in punto servirete il tè.

2)
FEW GUESTS (BUT GOOD) // POCHI (MA BUONI)
Few guests is the key for a close and pleasant atmoshpere.
Invite your besties, or your sisters/cousins/mom/grandmas/ ... (your boyfriend only if there will be
 other males!) but keep in mind that the perfect number will be 5. Not too few, not too many. 
Chatter won't become a noisy and confused blahblahblah and, not unimportant thing, 
there will be more biscuits for everyone! // Poche persone per un'atmosfera raccolta e piacevole. Invitate le vostre amiche, o le vostre sorelle/cugine/mamma/nonne/... (il vostro ragazzo solo se
ci saranno altri maschi!) ma tenete a mente che il numero perfetto sarà 5. Non troppo pochi, non troppi. Così il chiacchiericcio non diventerà un confuso e rumoroso blablabla e, cosa non da sottovalutare,
 ci saranno più biscotti ciascuno!

3)
WHERE // DOVE
Your livingroom is perfect, but, if you fear for tea spilled on your new, white, chouch, the dining room
will be fine too. Il vostro salotto è perfetto, ma, se già temete del tè versato sul nuovo divano bianco,
anche la sala da pranzo andrà bene.


4)
TABLE SET // PREPARAZIONE TAVOLA
Be creative! Yes yes yes to your prettiest cups (it is time to dust off your grandma's teaset!). Pottery, linen tablecloth, teaspoons, knife, dishes and forks for the cake. Your teaset will be so beautiful
and well-finished! On your guests' Instagram in 3...2...1... // Siate creative! Sì sì sì alle vostre
tazze più belle (è ora di rispolverare il servizio da tè di vostra nonna!). Ceramica, tovaglia di lino,
cucchiaini, coltello, piattini e forchette per la torta. Il vostro servizio da tè sarà bellissimo
e curato in ogni dettaglio! Sul profilo Instagram dei vostri ospiti fra 3...2...1...

porcelain porcellana teaset serviziodatè

5)
THE TEA // IL TÈ
The special guest: the tea. Etiquette would have only melted tea, but today everyone has their own tastes.
Me decaffeinated, me with lemon, me with cinnamon oh no I changed idea with vanilla and bye bye
peaceful moment! The solution? A big tea pot for water and different tea varieties on table. Don't forget
milk, sugar, honey, mint and some lemon slices. // L'ospite d'onore: il tè. Il galateo vorrebbe
solamente quello sfuso, ma ormai ognuno ha i suoi gusti personali al riguardo.
Io deteinato, io con limone, io con cannella anzi no ho cambiato idea vaniglia, e ciao ciao
al vostro momento di relax! La soluzione? Un grosso bollitore per l'acqua e diverse varietà di tè
sul tavolo. Non dimenticate anche latte, zucchero, miele, menta e qualche fettina di limone.

6)
FOOD // CIBO
It seems that we arrived at favourite point! Like "okay, this is easy: everything". And I would say
yesyesyes, but remember that this is not your dinner and you will have to eat about two hours later.
And if you are going out with your boy, it could be not so nice saying: <<I look at you eating,
i ate like a pig this afternoon>>. So, okay to biscuits, pastries, dried fruit and a homemade cake
(the Strudel will be perfect!), but please, the second portion of everything is not as necessary
as it seems. // Sembra che siamo arrivati
al punto preferito! Tipo che "okay, questo è facile: tutto". Ed io vorrei dirvi sìsìsì, ma ricordate
che non è la vostra cena e, due ore dopo, dovrete mangiare ancora.
Se poi avrete programmato di uscire col fidanzato, non sarà molto carino dire: <<Io ti
guardo mangiare, ho già mangiato come un maiale oggi pomeriggio>>. Dunque okay a biscotti,
pasticcini, frutta secca e torta fatta in casa (lo Strudel è perfetto!), ma per favore, la seconda
porzione di tutto non è necessaria come sembra.

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7)
ATMOPSHPERE // ATMOSFERA
Background music, soffused lights and lots of talks! And, to end in style, a little gift for your guests:
an organic jam,a pack of ginger biscuits, a flower. Easy to understand that you'll become the Queen of Teatimes! // Musica di sottofondo, luci soffuse e un sacco di chiacchiere! E, per finire con stile, un piccolo
pensiero per i vostri ospiti: marmellata biologica, un pacco di biscotti allo zenzero, un fiore.
Facile da capire che diventerete la Regina dell'Ora del Tè!

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xx Francine

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37 comments:

  1. Safe to say I would follow your invitation for tea anytime!
    Tea is very important in my family, and gathering with a cup and some candles lit is something I knew and cherished when growing up.

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    1. I love when in a family people find time to have a cup of tea together :)
      Such a beautiful thing to know, dear!

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  2. Tea time , yummy pastries!!

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  3. This is such a cute post and I love the tableware ♥
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  4. aw love it

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  5. Hey!

    Wow! I would love to have a tea party with such lovely tea set and tasty cupcakes! Nice post!

    R.
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  6. Even though was never a part of my tradition I would have a tea party like this at any time!
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  7. I would love to join you right now, Elisa. It looks so inviting and yummy. Happy Monday, girl.
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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    1. You are always welcome, dear Lenya! Come here for a cup of tea :)

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  8. Your tea cups are so pretty, I love the design! I just recently bought my first tea set and I can't wait to use it for proper tea. Thanks for sharing your tips :)

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    1. Thank you too for your lovely comment! A new tea set sounds fantastic!

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  9. So cute! I used to always host tea parties with my friends back in high school. It was so fun to get dressed up and be all classy and elegant! Plus we would always get the most amazing pastries to go with our tea :)

    - Lindsey, The Fashion Barbie

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    1. Wow, elegant and classy dresses, sounds so nice and fun!

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  10. Love these pictures, tea cups look so cute! xx

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  11. I'm a tea lover and i love taking a break and takin a sip of it.
    Your cuppa looks nice for a tea party.

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  13. My dear, I can't explain to you how much I enjoyed this post :) I just love everything about it, from the idea to your text, tea set and cookies. I would definitely invite you to my tea party :)

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    1. Awww thank you! Waiting for the tea party :D

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  14. Love your beautiful tea set! The last time I hosted an afternoon tea was many years ago. Nowadays I only have afternoon teas at different places when I'm visiting the UK.

    Luxessed

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  15. Tea time seems so European, but I love how sophisticated it is.

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  16. wow!!! what an informational post!!! :D thanks for sharing these tips!

    Have a great day!
    Animated Confessions

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  17. So cute! I usually just boil and tea in the kettle, but this is so inspiring :)

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    xo, Alyssa

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  18. hi dear is such a great post!

    have a nice day my dear!
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  19. Many thanks, dear Francine, for sharing this adorable post! In my opinion teatime is high class! I really like your suggestion to invite people for teatime and not for coffee as usual. The only thing I need now is a precious tea-service. But I'm confident I will find a way to get such a tea-service.
    And you look beautiful <3
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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    1. So so sweet, dear Rena! Thank you!

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  20. You have so adorable tea set! Great post and tips and now I want all the sweets ))

    Tanya
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  21. Thank you all, girl, for your thoughts! And have a lovely tea time!

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  22. It feels like you have time machine and you bring us to a century ago. Unbelievable!

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