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30 Tea Sayings

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For as long as there has been tea, there have been people who love tea and love to wax poetic about their favorite cup. Here are thirty of our favorite tea sayings: funny tea sayings, cute tea sayings, inspiring tea quotes, and more. Read them for a pick-me-up or print out your favorites to decorate […]

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A trio of Plum Deluxe loose leaf teas, a gift bag that says "Yes, Please," a wooden tea scoop, and a card are scattered on a red mat.

Secret Santa Tea Gifts: 5 Thoughtful Secret Santa Gifts for Tea Lovers

As the weather turns colder, it becomes the season for warm tea and the season for secret Santa gift exchanges. If you are tasked with finding a gift for a tea lover, check out these five thoughtful secret Santa gifts for tea lovers. $5 Gift: Heart Infuser Our first recommendation for secret Santa tea gifts […]

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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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Thank You Tea: How to Express Your Gratitude by Gifting Tea

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I am grateful for tea every morning when I brew my favorite cup, but tea can also be used to express a deeper sense of thanks to a friend. Use these ideas to send some thank you tea to someone who’s meant a lot to you. If you need to get started right away, Plum […]

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Tea sandwiches and cookies are arranged on a tiered server. Bowls of berries and olives and jars of iced tea surround it on a blue tablecloth.

How to Throw a Summer Tea Party

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While we here at Plum Deluxe believe that any time is a good time for a tea party, summer really has stolen our hearts. When hosting a summer tea party you have so many options. Hot or cold? Inside or outside? To play games, or not to play games? The options are only as limited […]

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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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Loose leaf teas, sweeteners, and honey and tucked into a purple basket and surrounded by flowers.

Tea Lover Gift Basket Ideas

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A great way to celebrate a friend is with a gift basket. And if your friend is a tea lover, we have plenty of ideas to help assemble the perfect gift basket. Choose a Theme At the top of our list for tea lover gift basket ideas is having a theme. Tea and snacks are […]

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A cast iron kettle, french press, and mug sit on a wooden table at a camp site.

How to Take a Solo Camping Retreat for Mindfulness and Healing

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Sometimes life requires that we navigate it in the thick of things, with the world humming around us as we meet deadlines and fulfill responsibilities and care for those we love. But other times we get a moment to catch our breath, to step away from the hustle and bustle and ground ourselves in the […]

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overhead view of an evening tea party table with turkey chili, cornbread, salad, crackers, and tea.

An Effortless Evening Tea Party

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We typically think of hosting our tea gatherings in the morning or afternoon, but sometimes the best fit for our schedule is right after work, in the evening. You can host an effortless evening tea party with these simple but heartful menu and entertainment suggestions. Stress-Free Food Commit to just an hour or so for […]

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Tea Gifts for Birthdays

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Do you have someone’s special day circled on your calendar? Share some marvelous tea gifts for birthdays during your next celebration. Tea-Infused Birthday Cake Cake is almost synonymous with birthday celebrations. If you are looking for great tea gifts for birthdays, bake a tea-infused cake for the person. For a cake that pairs sweet honey […]

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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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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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The Best Tea Gifts for Students

Back in class again! Whether in high school or college, students lead active lives with jam-packed schedules, from listening up during class, to focusing during study time, to heading to after-hours extra curriculars. A cup of tea can help improve any situation, so if you’re looking for something special to share with a busy student […]

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How To Throw a Mystery Book Club Tea Party

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It’s no mystery why we love our mystery novels: it’s the thrills and suspense, the adventures that let us escape from everyday routines. We get to mingle with the good and bad guys, and hunt for clues as the plot unfolds. If you’re a super fan of the mystery novel, then check out how to […]

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Support Plum Deluxe with a Membership

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Do you follow and enjoy all the great recipes and mindfulness tips we share here on the Plum Deluxe blog three times per week?  Then please consider supporting us with either a purchase from our online shop, or joining our tea of the month club (gift subscriptions and caffeine-free options available.) Not only do your […]

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La Ville Lumiere: How to Host a Paris Tea Party

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Paris’ most famous nickname is “La Ville-Lumière” — literally, “The Light City,” though most often translated as “The City of Light,” a name it owes to its fame as a center of education and ideas. These gray winter days are enough to make one dream about and long for the beautiful, bright lights of Paris […]

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If you, your partner, or your friends love tea, be sure to pick out the best Valentine tea gifts to make them smile.

Valentine Tea Gifts for All Your Sweethearts

Valentine’s Day is upon us, time for a celebration of love and appreciation for your partner, your friends, or even yourself. If any of those people love tea, be sure to pick out the best Valentine tea gifts to make them smile. Tea Accessories Any time of year is a good time for new tea […]

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We’ve got some ideas for tea enthusiast gifts to bring new joy to even the most intense tea hobbyist.

Guide to Tea Enthusiast Gifts & Tea Related Gifts

So, you know your friend is into tea — really into tea. But maybe you’re a tea layman, or it seems like your tea-friend already has everything they need. What kind of presents are best for these hardcore tea-lovers? We’ve got some ideas for tea enthusiast gifts and tea related gifts to bring new joy to […]

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When you’re planning your cold-weather parties with friends and family, turn to this warming winter foods list for easy and creative small menus.

Warming Winter Foods List for Easy Entertaining

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When you’re planning your cold-weather parties with friends and family, turn to this warming winter foods list for easy and creative small menus. Menu duos offer simplicity to your planning when hosting a party, and they highlight for your guests memorable tastes to truly savor. Gluten Free: Chicken and Dumplings & Rice Salad This hearty […]

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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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Best of 2017 Article Roundup

Every year, I like to reflect on what our most popular blog posts and articles were from the year past. I’ve always done this, but in recent years I’ve started sharing it — and it seems you all enjoy seeing what others enjoy (and perhaps catch a glimpse of something you may have missed.) Last year, the […]

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This build-your-own bagel party is the perfect thing for your next brunch menu or afternoon tea party.

How to Set Up a Build-Your-Own Bagel Party

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Is there a better way to serve brunch to a large group than a build-your-own bar? We aren’t thinking so. After trying out this brunch bagel party setup we are convinced that this is how we should tackle all large brunch gatherings going forward. There’s a bagel and topping combination out there for just about […]

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It’s always a good time to step back and focus on the humans around us, especially those who need a bit of extra love and care. Here are ten ways we can all be good to each other.

10 Ways to Practice Being a Good Human

As beautiful and inspiring as the holidays can be, they can also be a time of loneliness, pain, and grief for many. As Human Rights Day approaches, it’s a good time to step back and focus on the humans around us, those who need a bit of extra love and care. Here are ten ways […]

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If you're looking for something a little more special for the tea fans in your life, you need this guide to Christmas presents for tea lovers.

Christmas Presents for Tea Lovers

The fall and winter seasons are some of the best times of year to drink tea. As we approach the holiday season, you might be looking for something a little more special for the tea fans in your life, and start seeking out the perfect Christmas presents for tea lovers. We’re here to help with […]

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Invest in the future of your community – and spread kindness – with these ten more ways to pay it forward.

10 More Pay It Forward Ideas

Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns. — Unknown When the world feels chaotic and I’m overwhelmed by the magnitude of need, I have to believe in the ripple effect. Whatever I can do to pay it forward within my own community can make an impact here and now, and ripple its way to the rest […]

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Gifts for People Who Like to Entertain

We love parties: throwing them, going to them, wining and dining with people we love. When invited to a party — or even a small gathering of friends or family — it’s good practice to bring a token of appreciation. Or maybe you just need a little something for a party-throwing friend. The best gifts […]

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Orchard Tea Party

How to Throw an Orchard Tea Party

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An orchard in fall is a place of abundance and golden beauty, with trees covered in crisp apples and fragrant pears waiting to be picked and turned into pies, preserves, and hard cider. With such an abundant place for inspiration, an orchard tea party becomes an event of intoxicating scents, delicious foods, and moments for […]

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Diwali Party Ideas

Bright and Cheery Diwali Party Ideas

You may have seen the beautiful colors of India in pictures of the biggest Hindu festival called Diwali. Occurring in October or November of each year, it’s a party that lasts five days, celebrating the victory of light over the forces of darkness. You can host your own colorful and light-filled Diwali-inspired gathering with these […]

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How to Do a Murder Mystery Party

How to Do a Murder Mystery Party

Filled with mystery and intrigue, and dramatic character acting, what could be more fun than a rousing game of who-dun-it? Here’s how to do a murder mystery party of your own. The Party Kit For your first murder mystery party, look for a game that isn’t too complicated. Before you select a game, read the […]

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Diner Themed Party Ideas

3 Ideas for a Diner Themed Party

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Diners are known for their friendly charm and down-home hospitality offered in nostalgic, retro style. Serving American food such as hamburgers, French fries, sandwiches, and soups, they offer hearty fare at a reasonable price. You can host a friendly diner themed party with these three easy ideas. Checkers and a Jukebox Anything checkered is reminiscent of a diner setting; […]

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How to Host a Fall Harvest Tea Party

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Harvest is a time of celebration and preparation before the long, dark days of winter arrive, and a Harvest Tea Party is a brilliant way to rejoice in bountiful food, achingly beautiful weather, and friendship with your loves.   Bask in those luscious Indian Summer days of early autumn with an al fresco tea that […]

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What Goes Well With Tea

What Goes Well With Tea

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Tea-lovers know there are plenty of things that pair well with tea, like honey and lemon, or milk and sugar. But let’s explore some less-expected accompaniments and look at what goes well with tea. Teaware A cup of tea always tastes a little better from your favorite mug or brewed with your best kettle. The […]

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Deluxe Date Night In

4 Ways to Make a Deluxe Date Night In

Trying to come up with some fresh ideas for your date night at home? Try these four ways to have a deluxe date night in. If you’re feeling friendly, you can easily add more seats to include your favorite couple for a double-date night. To the Floor In Darling Dates for Two, I was smitten […]

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4 Ways to Host a Party When You Have More Guests Than Chairs

You’ve been watching too much Food Network, or flipping through too many staged dinner party photo shoots in your Facebook feed, and the result? You invite too many people to dinner. Whoops. I applaud your over-eagerness and want to remind you what Maya Angelou told us — people will remember how you made them feel. […]

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Picnic Themed Party Ideas

Three Ways to Have a Picnic-Themed Party

It’s a welcome adventure to grab a friend or two, pack up some goodies, and head to an outdoor location to share some relaxing time together. However, as the summer season comes to a close, you may get your fair share of extreme heat, or just the opposite, an unexpected downpour of rain. Here are […]

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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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5 Unique Tea Party Centerpiece Ideas

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When you’re having a sit-down get-together, it’s fun to decorate the table with a beautiful centerpiece. And while there are many gorgeous ones for sale in floral boutiques, they can often be quite spendy. A homemade centerpiece is unique and special; think of it simply as a collection of things you arrange together, like a […]

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Tea Party Games for Adults

Six Tea Party Games for Adults

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Tea and cookies are more than reason enough to gather friends together for an afternoon. But, why not add the element of good old-fashioned fun to your event with these six tea party games for adults? Door Prize Having a door prize is a super simple way to get your guests involved, even those who […]

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How to Throw a Garden Tea Party

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Nothing says summer quite like a garden party. The sunshine, the flowers, the abundance of food and friendship. Here are some garden tea party ideas to inspire you as you plan a shindig of your own this summer. Location A garden tea party ought to be held in a beautiful garden — yours, a friends’, […]

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Bastille Day Party Ideas

Bastille Day Tea Party Ideas

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With Bastille Day just around the corner, it’s time to jot down Bastille Day party ideas and plan a humdinger of a tea party for your Francophile friends. Known in France as la Fête Nationale or 14 juillet, Bastille Day is on July 14, the day the people of Paris stormed the Bastille prison in […]

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Modern English Tea Party Ideas for Two

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Earl Grey is one of the most popular tea flavors, and the perfect choice for any English tea party ideas. As Andy has reminded us, it was made famous by Star Trek’s Captain Picard. “Earl Grey. Hot!” To celebrate this bergamot-flavored black tea, I chose four must-do recipes to serve at this modern English tea […]

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How to Create a Tea Ritual to Practice Presence

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We all need ways to come back to center! For me (and I’m guessing you, too, since you’re reading this), one of my mainstays is the everyday ritual of tea. Anytime I make and settle in with a cuppa, I feel more present. Sometimes, I like to create more space around my tea time and […]

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trivia tea party

How to Host a Trivia Tea Party

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I have France on my mind. I’m taking a trip to France in May for a two-week vacation (squeal!). I can’t contain my excitement. Of course, this means I’ve been non-stop Googling info and reading my travel books on all things France. This made me think, what could be more fun than sharing an afternoon […]

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Birthday Gifts for Tea Lovers

Finding great birthday gifts for friends and family year after year can be difficult, but finding birthday gifts for tea lovers in your life is downright easy with the following list of birthday tea gifts to inspire and delight. Love and Magic ‘Tea Nest’ Tea Infuser Set Add a little magic to your loved ones’ […]

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How to Interpret Tea Leaf Reading Symbols

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As a tea leaf reader, I often get asked what, exactly, reading tea leaves is and how it works — and how on earth I go about interpreting those tea leaf reading symbols. So I thought I’d share the basics of this fun and relatively simple form of divination. Pop the kettle on and let’s […]

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How to Host a Very Merry Group Un-Birthday Party

Remember when you were a kid, those friends with summer birthdays? They might have missed out on some birthday celebration because they didn’t get it announced in class, and their friends were away on summer vacation. (Was this you?) Well, now that we’re all grown up, we get this fabulous thing called “choice.” We can […]

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How to Enjoy Nature Without Leaving Your House

We all know how good spending time in nature feels; it resets our emotional system and gives us a fresh breath of air — both literally and figuratively. But in every season, there are times when you just can’t get out there; sometimes the weather stands in the way, or work deadlines, or maybe you’re […]

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Tea for Two: Darling Dates for You and Your Sweetie

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Want to do something unexpected with your date? Forget the tired old “dinner and a movie” cliché. Whether you’ve been together a long time or have just met, these tea for two date ideas are great ways to have fun and get to know your partner a little better. Be Romantic Light some candles, snuggle […]

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Frugal Yet Fabulous Entertaining Tips

Fabulous entertaining on a minimal budget is easy and inspiring with the following ideas. Decorations Using what you have is the name of the game for frugal decorating. If the weather cooperates, head outside to the garden and let Mother Nature decorate for you with leafy trees, flowering bushes, or verdant herbs. If it’s too […]

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How to Host a Tea & Letter Writing Party

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There’s nothing quite like receiving a hand-written letter in the mail. It has an old-fashioned sentimental feel in these days of speedy communication. You can host your own fun and inspiring Tea and Letter-Writing Party with these simple suggestions. Supplies To get this party started, you’ll want to provide an assortment of notecards and writing […]

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Host a Positivi-Tea and Ice Cream Social

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We can never be filled too full with words of encouragement and affirmations from those near and dear to us. Invite your own posse over for an afternoon of affirmation — and maybe share the love with some new friends, too — by hosting a Positivi-Tea & Ice Cream Social. Gathering friends together for hot […]

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How to Give Homemade Gifts

Gifting homemade items is one of my favorite things to do for friends and family, but it can get a bit tricky when you’re planning a homemade present for someone you barely know. Whether it’s the postman at Christmas or a teacher on Graduation Day, knowing what to give someone when you don’t have an […]

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How to Host a Fondue Party

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Some food traditions are best left to the distant past, but a good fondue is not one of them. Fondue is not only downright delectable, it is convivial and interesting, a marvelous way to catch up with old friends while dipping all sorts of scrumptious things in smooth as silk chocolate. Throwing a fondue party […]

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5 Mindful & Inspirational Party Favors (No Make, No Bake)

Party favors are such a nice way to tell your guests how much you appreciate them.  But here at Plum Deluxe, we appreciate that not everyone has the time to handcraft artisanal French macarons and paint custom wooden boxes that lavish your guests with the feeling of luxury.  (Ok, I am exaggerating, but you know […]

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4 Inspirational Gift Exchange Ideas to Try

It’s that time of year when gift exchange ideas are in high demand; however, we have learned in our tea club community that having gift exchanges throughout the year is a wonderful way to learn more about someone else in your tribe and to be surprised with a small treat. Sometimes, gift exchanges that are […]

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Stop. Collaborate, and Bake! How to Host a Group Baking Soiree

Now, here’s a recipe for fun! Take a handful of good friends and one cozy kitchen, combine with a few delightfully sweet recipes, the intoxicating smells of baked treats, and quality time spent together. The result of this group baking party will be a memorable day with piles of goodies to share with everyone. Different […]

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How to Host a Royal Purple Tea Party

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Seven years ago I was shopping at a discount store near home and bought nine purple juice glasses. I packaged them so they wouldn’t break on my way home, and that’s where they’ve stayed, in that 6-pack holder for the last seven years. Recently I decided it was time to host a brunch just to […]

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Campfire Couture: Outdoor-Themed Party Ideas

A smoky backyard campfire may not drum up images of “couture,” but with a bit of creative decorating we can take elements of the classic campfire gathering and make a dreamy setting for your next party. Your guests will get the essence of the cookout but be lounging around comfortably inside with glittering lights and […]

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How to Spend More Quality Time with Family, Friends, & Yourself

I recently posted this image quote in an edition of our weekly newsletter, The Blend. It has, by far, been the most commented on quote I’ve authored recently. (If you aren’t a subscriber, you should be – I share an inspirational quote + message every week!) When we talk about the Plum Deluxe mission of […]

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South France Tea Party

Seaside Tea Party in the South of France

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I left my heart in Villefranche-sur-Mer. Where? Why, it’s in the South of France! This gorgeous little seaside village sits between Nice and Monaco, attracting beach-goers to its sunny and relaxed locale. Homes are painted delightful shades of orange, red, and yellow and their reflections shimmer off an azure-blue sea. The pedestrian-only streets are old, […]

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Tuscan Countryside Afternoon Tea Party

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There’s a region of Italy that feels like it was stolen straight out of a storybook: Tuscany. In person, it feels like you’ve stepped into the pages of the story, its towns built of ancient stone dotting the rolling green hilltops, tall cypress trees spiking up into the bright blue sky, miles of well-tamed vineyards […]

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The Art of Wabi Sabi: Examples of How This Japanese Philosophy Can Make Your Life Easier

The Zen philosophy of Buddhism suggests that words get in the way of enlightenment. But since this is a blog post, I’ll have to be forgiven for the moment as I try to pen the words to tell the story of wabi sabi. Wabi, loosely translated, means simplicity (in the sense of elegance or rustic) […]

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The Gratitude Dinner: Mindful Conversation Starters for Your Next Small Gathering

We’ve been loving hearing your stories about how you are using our Mindful Moments “Questions Cards” Deck for your tea parties, dinner parties, and journaling prompts. If you’re hosting a small gathering and our questions cards aren’t nearby or aren’t convenient (pool parties, backyard bonfires, or walking parties come to mind), I’ve got some mindful […]

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3 Strategies for Avoiding Troublesome Topics when Entertaining

It’s been an intense year for topics that are generally considered verboten at the dinner table — namely, politics and its quarrelsome twin conversation starter, religion. Whether you are hosting an intimate afternoon tea or a boisterous wine dinner, I believe you have a responsibility as a host to create a safe, sane space for your […]

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Springtime Journaling Prompts

While there are no rules when it comes to journaling, we couldn’t help but notice how much you enjoyed our previous feature: 4 Writing Prompts to Help You Live the Good Life. Thus we continue our seasonal journaling prompts series — this time with a few conversation starters that center around the season of spring. […]

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high tea bridal shower

How to Host a High Tea Bridal Shower

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Bridal shower season is upon us, and with the popularity of television shows like “Downton Abbey” stirring people into a tea-loving frenzy, there’s no better time to break out the teacups. Throwing your bride-to-be a high tea bridal shower is elegant and easy, and it doesn’t have to feel stuffy, either. Choose a Theme So, […]

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Baby It’s Cold Outside: 5 Winter Date Nights to Warm Up Inside

Dreary winter weather got you down? Or worse, blustery sheets making getting out of the house not worth the risk of slip-n-sliding?  Fret not — bucking down for a lovely winter date night at home is not a punishment.  It can be a fun opportunity, if you want it to be. Let Plum Deluxe get […]

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Three Clubs You Can Start (That Aren’t Book Clubs)

As the New Year begins, it’s a good time to reflect on ways to build meaningful connections that will help see you through whatever comes this year. One way to do that is through joining a club of like-minded people who just may become good friends. All you need is an idea, a location, and […]

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How to Host a Tea Party Themed Baby Shower: Ideas, Recipes, and More

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Oh, baby, put the kettle on! If you’re like me, half the gals you know are expecting, and at any given time you could be called upon to host a shower. Never fear — these tea party themed baby shower ideas will have them laughing with joy. Choose a Theme The first order of business […]

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How to Bring Celebration into Everyday Life

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New year’s resolutions are notoriously thorny; we make them and break them as if they’re nothing. More often than not, they’re not even representative of what our hearts truly want. What if, instead of making resolutions that feel crummy, we took the time to celebrate? I’m as guilty as anyone of forgetting to pause. I […]

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Keepin’ It Real Hot: How to Prevent Your Tea from Cooling Down

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You’ve finally settled down with a nice, big cup of tea and you’re ready for an evening of sipping and reading. Or maybe this mug is going to get you through the next phase of that project you’re working on. Either way, it’s almost guaranteed that — unless you guzzle it without consideration for burning […]

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Spice and Everything Nice: 30 Ways to Use Mulling Spices

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With the cold and chill of winter on its way, the time has come to stock up on warm and cozy things like blankets, candles, and Plum Deluxe’s own hand-blended mulling spices. I often get asked how to use mulling spices, and the answer is actually pretty simple: Treat them the same way you treat […]

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How to Create Your Own (Tea Time) Rituals

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Here at Plum Deluxe, you know that we’re really into tea. And we’re really into mindfulness practices and ritual. There is a proven positive emotional impact of rituals and traditions. Carrie has shared with us the most traditional of tea time rituals: the tea ceremony. But, the best rituals are personal; they’re customized to suit […]

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Throwing a Tea Party for Holiday Ease

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Throwing a wintry tea party for friends and family can be a great way to celebrate the holidays, but in the hustle and bustle of pageants and concerts and office get-togethers, don’t worry about making things too posh or complicated. Keep things simple and delicious so your tea party is as much fun for you […]

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