Tuesday, February 7, 2017


Tea party. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.
quest.eb.com/search/132_1252872/1/132_1252872/cite. Accessed 20 Jan 2017.

Last month was National Hot Tea Month, and that got us thinking - how much do we know about tea? Between types of tea (green, black, white) and types of tea service (afternoon tea, royal tea, cream tea), it's a lot more than just pouring boiling water over your teabag in a cup. There is a whole complicated etiquette if you are taking tea, more so if you are preparing it! And what about the long and winding road that is the history of tea?

The library catalog can help. We have recipes for teatime! We have books about varieties of teas! We have books that discuss tea's (sometimes unsavory, pun intended) place in culture.We even have a book for those tea-loving knitters assured enough to make their own cosies for teapots and books to read to your children about taking tea, so you can inspire a new generation of tea aficionados. And, if you want tea party inspiration, we highly recommend the Vintage Tea Party books by Angel Adoree of London's Vintage Patisserie. The recipes will make you drool, and the crafts are delightful, even if, like us, you never have the time to recreate her magical tea wonderland.

For Adults

For Children 

Fancy Nancy Tea Parties by Jane O'Connor

Tea Ceremony by Shozo Sato

Tea Rex by Molly Idle  

Mad Hatter's Tea Party by Jane Werner 

Tea for Ruby by Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York 

Tea For Me, Tea For You by Laura Rader 

Teatime With Emma Buttersnap by Lindsey Tate

Tea With Grandpa by Barney Saltzberg 

Tea Party Rules by Ame Dyckman 

How To Behave At a Tea Party by Madelyn Rosenberg  

Tea Party Today: Poems To Sip and Savor by Eileen Spinelli 

Pinkalicious: The Royal Tea Party by Victoria Kann 

A Royal Tea by Debbie Dadey

There are many locations in Albuquerque to take tea - the St. James Tearoom was featured the other day in Huffington Post, but you can also enjoy a cuppa at Hadley's Tea, the Ivy Tearoom, the Fragrant Leaf, and Figments Tea Shoppe and Gallery

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