Mary Heim

A cup of tea, Himalayan sea salt candle holder, several polished crystal stones, a bag of a loose leaf herbal tea, and a book sit on a wooden surface.

The Best Tea to Calm Nerves and Chill You Out

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As a communi-tea of tea lovers here at Plum Deluxe, it’s likely that in times of stress or turmoil, most of us are already more than likely to reach for a cuppa to calm us down. But what exactly are the best teas to calm nerves and chill you out? Today, we’re going to dive […]

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How To Make Good Chai Tea

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Is there a more well-known tea beverage around the world than chai? Whether you’re sipping a frothy chai latte in your local cafe or a spicy traditional cup in India, chai is known all over for its signature warm, soothing spices and its dark and hearty brew. Today, we’re going to take you one step […]

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Two rosemary honey shortbread cookies and a tea infuser full of loose leaf tea sit on a plate.

How To Host a Cookie Decorating Tea Party – With Rosemary Honeyed Shortbread Recipe

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As the year begins to come to a close and the days are getting shorter and chillier, what better way to celebrate the season of togetherness (and delicious treats!) than to host a cookie decorating tea party? Today, we’ll walk through all the necessary steps to make your party as seamlessly simple as it is […]

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Overhead view of an electric milk frothing pitcher, a teaspoon tied to a bag of loose leaf tea with a bright pink ribbon, and a gift bag that says "YAY!"

Good Gifts for Tea Lovers

With the holidays right around the corner, you’re likely beginning to think about the perfect gift for all of the loved ones in your life. And who is more fun to shop for than a tea lover? Today, I’ve compiled some good gifts for tea lovers of all kinds to make your holiday shopping (or […]

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A sick day tea care package includes tea, honey sticks, fuzzy socks, a movie, and a book.

How To Make a Tea Care Package

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Let’s face it, friends — we are living in the era of the subscription box. Now, while some of these are just lovely (Tea! In my mailbox! In a purple pouch! Every month!), I can’t help but notice that the abundance of prefab options has taken some of my own care-package-creation creativity down a notch […]

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Overhead view of a teapot, teacups, candle, loose leaf tea, and a coloring book and colored pencils on a wooden tray.

Activities To Do at a Tea Party for Introverts

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Picture this: A bustling room full of your favorite fellow tea drinkers, chatter abounding, new friends seated next to old friends who’ve never met before, and, of course, tea a-flowing. If you’re an extrovert, this might sound like a tea-lover’s paradise. However, if you fall on the more introverted side of the spectrum, this sounds […]

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Overhead view of plates of cookies and bags of Plum Deluxe loose leaf tea.

How To Do a Cookie Exchange and Tea Swap Party

As a fellow tea lover, if you’re anything like me, your tea cabinet… er, overfloweth. (To put it lightly.) There’s nothing more fun than the little burst of everyday joy of trying a new tea, but so rarely do I clean out every last blend in my cabinet from first cup to the end of […]

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A white teapot and teacups, scones, loose leaf tea, and a silver spoon that says "Curiouser and Curiouser" are laid out on a wooden table.

Communi-tea Roundup: Serving Tea to a Crowd

While I’d be the first to tell you that tea is an appropriate beverage all year ‘round, there’s something especially lovely about serving tea in the springtime. Whether it’s the longer days, perfect for sipping a cold brew on your porch, or maybe just the awakening and re-connecting after a long winter that perfectly lends […]

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Communi-tea Roundup: Favorite Tea Mix-Ins

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One of the loveliest, most fun things about tea is simply how customizable it can be — for every unique tea drinker out there, there is a tea blend to match. But what about when you start feeling the itch to get creative in your tea corner? Mix-ins can be an inspired way to doctor […]

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a clear electric kettle boils next to a floral mug with tea infuser, while more mugs and tea spoons wait in the background.

Communi-tea Roundup: What To Do While the Kettle Boils

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There’s no doubt that we’re all living in a quickly-paced world. But for us tea-drinkers, something remarkable happens when we turn the kettle on: Time seems to soften a little bit, and we’re all given a few minutes in our days to slow down, take a breath (or frankly, maybe just throw a load of […]

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overhead view of gifts for people who like tea, including a mug, tea infuser, tea towel, jar of loose leaf tea, and honey sticks

Gifts for People Who Like Tea

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Whether you’re shopping for a celebration or just a thoughtful surprise, pulling together the right present can seem daunting. No matter if your giftee is a seasoned tea enthusiast or a first-time sipper, today we’ve got countless ideas for gifts for people who like tea. First, let’s decipher who you’re shopping for. If your recipient […]

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chocolate spiked hot tea in a pink Hello Gorgeous mug with a white teapot and chunks of chocolate

Spiked Hot Tea: A Trio of Warming Winter Toddies

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In my home, growing up, there were two remedies to treat a cold: sleep, and a hot toddy. Now, in my adulthood, I turn to a cozy, spiked hot tea for more than just the sniffles. A traditional hot toddy typically consists of a simply brewed black tea, lemon and honey, and an ounce or […]

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Coming up with tea party entertainment ideas can seem like a daunting task, but it needn’t be. From food to drinks to game, we've got you covered.

Tea Party Entertainment Ideas Sure to Please

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When you think tea party, what comes to mind? Fancy hats? Sure. Multiple courses of sandwiches? Why not. Of course, delicious pots of tea abounding. But what to do in between cuppas and conversations? Coming up with tea party entertainment ideas can seem like a daunting task, but it needn’t be. The Food While entertainment […]

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Feeling less than your best? Let's dive in to the best tea to drink when you have a cold.

Sniffle Supporters: The Best Tea to Drink for a Cold

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For those of us who love tea, a hot cuppa on a daily basis is just a part of our routine. But there’s nothing that better unifies the tea lovers with less habitual tea drinkers than feeling under the weather. Something about a case of the sniffles brings out our innate desire for a warm, […]

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How to Make a Chai Tea Latte at Home

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Long ago, before the days of my super-stocked tea cabinet and desire for encyclopedic knowledge about every loose leaf tea that crossed my path — er, cup — there were the days of the chai. All I knew was that it was creamy, spicy, sweet, warming, and autumnal, and with $4, I could pick one […]

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Best Hot Teas to Drink

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Something happens to me every year around Labor Day. The leaves start changing, I start sneaking sweaters and scarves out of the back of my closet (even if I may be sweating while wearing them for a few more weeks), and all of the mason jars full of cold-brewed tea sit, abandoned, in my fridge. […]

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what goes well with earl grey

From Floral to Fruity: What Goes Well with Earl Grey

Some teas seem to pair well with everything. Give me a robust English Breakfast, and I dare you to find me a pastry that it doesn’t compliment. (Truly, that sounds like a delicious challenge I am willing to accept.) But others? Well, some teas can be downright finicky. Earl Grey, for example, often gets a […]

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Best Tea for Sweet Tea

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In the movie “Steel Magnolias,” Dolly Parton’s character proclaimed that sweet tea was, “the house wine of the south.” We’re here to affirm that yes, Dolly was onto something. Summer just doesn’t feel complete to me without jar upon jar of cold-brewed, loose leaf tea clinking into one another on my refrigerator shelf. But while […]

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Easy Tea Party Desserts

Easy Tea Party Desserts: Tea-Infused Coconut Custard

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Some of us are born Martha Stewarts. Hostessing is our game, and whipping together an intricate, detailed tea party hardly requires batting an eye. For the rest of us, though? Simple, elegant, and easy-peasy is a little more attainable, allowing for the perfect warm + welcoming party atmosphere without the planning-panic that can so frequently […]

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The Best Sweeteners for Tea

Oh Sugar: The Best Sweeteners for Tea

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Hand a cup of tea to any tea-drinker, and you’re likely to see them doctor it up in a whole variety of ways. Cream? Black? Sweet? Even within those categories, the customization choices are endless. One of the most impactful ways that you can change the flavor profile of your tea to suit your liking […]

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How to Keep Tea Fresh

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It’s a conundrum most tea lovers have in common as their stash begins to grow: How on earth am I supposed to keep tea fresh? Tea leaves are delicate creatures, and storing tea improperly can quickly cause it to lose its flavor and freshness, which can make for one disappointing cuppa. When stored properly, however, […]

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Iced is Nice: How to Brew Tea In Cold Water

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As soon as springtime temperatures start to creep past winter-coat-required levels, my thoughts and tastes immediately turn to iced tea over my usual hot cuppa in the mornings. I’ve become known around my office as the iced tea lady (a title I’ll proudly accept), strolling into work with an impressively-sized 32 ounces of freshly made […]

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Drink Your Nutella: a Healthy Hazelnut Milk Tea Recipe

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As someone who likes to be mindful of her health and wellness, I try not to make a habit of frequent desserts — everything in moderation, but of course, I’m human. But one foolproof way I’ve found to strike that ever-elusive health balance we all seek is by letting myself indulge freely in my most […]

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