Latest articles by Steph Huddleston for Plum Deluxe

Steph Huddleston

Overhead view of a table full of food for a bruschetta bar: bread, cheeses, tomatoes, salsas, hummus, and more.

Tables Full of Food: Why a Grazing Table or Feast Table Is a Tea Party Planner’s Best Friend

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If you’ve hosted tea parties in the past, you’ll be aware of how much fun they can be. A group of people gathered together, catching up, nibbling on food and drinking cups of tea. It sounds wonderful to me! If you’re hosting a large event in particular, a feast table is the perfect way to […]

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A silver teapot has a tag around it that says "it's always teatime" with a picture of the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland. Next to it sits a blue and white floral plate with a jam tart and a cup full of tea.

Down the Rabbit Hole: Host an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

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This article is dedicated to Lewis Carroll, the man who sent Alice to Wonderland and took her to the Mad Hatter’s tea party. If you’ve read the original story or have seen any of the movie adaptations of the story, you’ll be familiar with the eccentric party guests, interesting conversation, and love of tea that […]

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A finished Thai tea pie is displayed on a black plate on a wooden table.

A Thai Tea Pie Recipe for Your Holiday Gatherings

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Throughout fall you will find an abundance of pumpkin spice flavored everything. From food and drinks to decor, it seems everyone is in the mood for getting cozy and enjoying the spices of the season. This Thai tea pie recipe is a great alternative to pumpkin pie but still has that lovely orange color we […]

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Overhead view of a loaf and two slices of spiced banana bread along with a bag of plum deluxe loose leaf tea on a wooden table.

Dutch Breakfast: A Cozy Spiced Banana Bread Recipe

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Ontbijtkoek, or “breakfast cake” as it is translated from Dutch, is a popular breakfast snack in the Netherlands. While we wouldn’t necessarily recommend it as something you should have for breakfast every day, this spiced cake makes for a lovely seasonal treat! Today we’ll be taking a twist on the traditional version and making a […]

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Overhead view of a purple mug of tea with a victorian tea infuser. A bag of Plum Deluxe Mindful Morning loose leaf tea and a wooden spoon sit next to it on a white lace doily.

The First Cup: Finding the Best Tea to Drink In the Morning

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Are you a morning person? I know I’m not. I’m not even a night owl; I like to say I’m at my best in the middle of the day. Maybe you are one of those people who wake up in the morning, fresh to start your day like one of those chirpy princesses who are […]

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Overhead view of a pitcher of pumpkin spice creamer, a pumpkin, teacup and saucer with infuser, and a bag of loose leaf tea on a wooden table.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Creamer Recipe

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It wouldn’t be fall without pumpkins. They’ve become synonymous with this time of year, when the leaves turn to rich bright colors and crackle underfoot. Perhaps your favorite part of fall is the abundance of pumpkin spice treats. Plum Deluxe has some wonderful fall tea flavors, such as Pumpkin Spice, Apple Cinnamon Warmth, Full Moon […]

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A white mug of tea sits next to a cinnamon swirl apple pie on a wooden table.

A Cinnamon Swirl Apple Pie Recipe that Won’t Let You Down

Apple pies are one of my favorite desserts. They’re a fantastic comfort food, perfect for entertaining or just enjoying by yourself. The humble apple pie has been making homes happy and bellies full for a long time now. Rightly so — they’re delicious! Another favorite of mine is cinnamon rolls. There’s something about buttery cinnamon […]

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A group of four teddy bears are arranged on a red plaid blanket with brightly colored teacups in front of them.

How to Host a Teddy Bear Tea Party

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If you’re looking for a special way to celebrate the little one in your life, why not consider throwing them a tea party all of their own? Kids love to mimic adults, so if your little one has seen you sipping away at a hot cup of tea with a friend, chances are they’d love […]

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An orange and blue print teapot sits next to a bag of loose leaf herbal tea and a mesh tea ball infuser on a wooden slab.

Tea-Making Basics: How Much Loose Tea Per Cup

So you’re a tea lover. You’ve come to the right place, we all are at Plum Deluxe! Whether it’s that first cup of tea with breakfast or the last one for the day as you settle in with a good book for the evening, tea is something to be enjoyed. It’s a moment in your […]

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A clear glass pitcher of pineapple agua fresca sits on a wooden slab next to a glass of agua fresca and several sprigs of fresh mint.

Sweet & Refreshing Pineapple Agua Fresca

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When we’re hot, we often want nothing more than to cool down. While we could take a dip in a swimming pool or crank the air conditioner, sometimes the best way too cool ourselves is from the inside out: With a refreshing drink. Today we’re going to be making a pineapple agua fresca. If you […]

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Two glasses of passion fruit agua fresca sit on a wooden cutting board next to a sprig of mint and a bag of loose leaf tea. Sparkling water is being poured from a bottle into one of the glasses.

Sweet & Fruity Sips: Green Tea Passion Fruit Agua Fresca

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Summer is here and that means long days full of sunshine and the chance to make happy memories with friends and family. Are you an entertainer who loves having people around to your home? Maybe you’re looking for a nice drink to cool down and relax in this warmer weather? This Green Tea Passion Fruit […]

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Overhead view of a Jane Austen novel with a cup of tea perched on top. A stack of books, bag of loose leaf tea, and white flowers surround it.

Books and Brews: Literary Characters Who Drink Tea

Many of us have habits that we enjoy participating in whilst drinking our favorite cup of tea. Maybe it’s a part of your daily ritual to pop a cuppa on and sit outside and be still for a moment. Maybe it’s catching up with a good friend with a whole pot of tea. For some […]

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Three tea sandwiches are arranged on a white floral plate along with a sprig of parsley.

Tea Party Planning: How to Make Party Sandwiches Ahead of Time

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Summer is a fantastic time of year for entertaining. The longer days and warmer weather makes for beautiful days filled with your favorite people. However, on really hot days you may not be wanting to throw a party that involves getting anywhere near an oven! Today’s post is for you. Whether it’s a casual garden […]

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A brightly colored blue and red teacup with a geometric design sits on a table in the foreground, with a tiered tray of fruits and sweets and more teacups in the background.

A New Generation of Tea Drinkers: How to Host a Teen Tea Party

In years gone by, the tea party was a rite of passage for many young people, but in today’s society many teens may never experience the joy of a tea party. Hosting a teen tea party is a wonderful opportunity to gather together a group of young folks and make them feel special. Help your […]

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A tall glass of chai affogato sits on a wooden board next to a pile of chai spices and a green pitcher.

Cool Chai Desserts for Warm Weather

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There’s something so comforting about the spicy taste of a good chai tea. While chai is typically a tea that’s associated with winter weather and crackling fires, there’s no reason to avoid these flavors in warmer weather! Today’s post is going to show you the perfect chai desserts to enjoy this summer. Chai Tea Affogato […]

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