How to Host a Vintage Tea Party…in a Corporate Conference Room?!

One of my office’s amazing former intern-turned-staff members graduated from her Master’s this spring. We knew we HAD to do something special to make the occasion for her, but we also had to balance a particularly busy and high-stress work period. We regularly go out for lunch as an office but my co-workers and I wanted to try something more fun than the usual.

You know I’m always down with something vintage-inspired and our current intern is also keen to embrace the quirky and historical so we were in quick agreement to plan a vintage tea-party right here in the office.

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Fortunately, my collection of vintage goodies is plentiful so I was able to supply a few pieces that I knew would be easy to bring in to work.

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Can you spot the vintage goodness? There’s milkglass, FireKing, and a gorgeous Yugoslavian enamelware teapot – not to mention the teacups!

And yeah, I know it’s not vintage, but I just adore my Cath Kidston tablecloth.

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For simplicity’s sake we used some cute little paper plates and napkins from the dollar store but made sure the colours coordinated with the vintage teacups and whatnot.

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The teacups were filled with puffs of cotton candy to add to the whimsy of the tea party.

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We served candy, raspberries, and some delicious President’s Choice gluten free strawberry cake.

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We went “local” with the tea and served two choices from the World Tea House and the ever-charming Sense and SensibiliTEA.

Plus, doilies. Obvi.

If we can transform a boring old conference room into a whimsical, sweet vintage tea-party, anyone can! What’s your favourite vintage accessory?

~@halitrax

For the Love of Ginger

Anyone else have memories of sick days as a child? Days when the flu knocked you out and you were forced to spend the day in bed missing out on all the fun going on at school and on the playground? I know the only thing that comforted me then was sipping on a small glass of ginger ale (plus pop was a rare treat in my house).

As an adult I still turn to the spicy, soothing ginger root when my stomach gets upset. These days, though, I skip the processed version and go right to the original source. I get to the root of it – the ginger root, that is. (PUN FULLY INTENDED)

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Ginger is a surprisingly simple food to work with.

Storing Ginger
I keep a large piece of ginger in the freezer and just snap off a chunk at a time for use.

Peeling Ginger
The simplest way to remove the thin skin is to use the side of a spoon. Just scrape the spoon along the edge of the ginger and the skin will peel off quite easily.

Grating Ginger
Because I generally start with frozen ginger, I like to use a microplane for grating. This has the added benefit of allowing the ginger to be combined into whatever you’re cooking almost seamlessly. For people with a sensitive palate, a large chunk of unexpected ginger can be a bit offensive.

Ginger Tea
By far my favourite and most common use for ginger is to make it into a simple tea. The recipe? 1 chunk of ginger and a cup of boiling water. That’s it. So easy! Just let the ginger steep and fill the water with the aromatic, slightly spicy flavour and you’re good to go.

For me, a nice cup of ginger tea helps to soothe my frequently dissatisfied tummy. It virtually eliminates any nausea and helps with digestion. Personally, I enjoy sipping on some ginger tea after evening meals.

Ginger has interactions with some medications so please consult your doctor before indulging in too much tea!

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Krista