Afternoon tea is one of our favourite things, so we were thrilled to discover there is an entire week dedicated to celebrating it.
To mark the occasion, we decided to slow things down a little bit and take some time out of our busy week to grab some cosy knee blankets and settle in with a cup of tea and a tasty treat.
Sometimes afternoon tea can be overdone, with so much emphasis on the glamour and not enough on the coming together. We want to encourage you to use afternoon tea as an opportunity to put some extra mindfulness in your life.
Here are our top three tips for a more mindful afternoon tea.
1. Pause as you brew your tea
How many cups of tea do you drink in a day? If you're anything like us over at TBCo., it's a lot. But, how often do you pay attention to making your tea?
Mindfulness can (and should) be applied to our simple daily activities, and drinking tea is no exception. Instead of going for whatever is always in the cupboard, occasionally slow things down and choose a nicely flavoured loose tea.
This week, we mixed things up with a flavourful cherry blossom white tea. Brewing loose tea in a glass teapot allowed us to pause and watch as the leaves opened up and the water changed colour. White tea is shown to have even more antioxidants than green tea, also making it a healthy option.
2. Choose local treats
Think about the yummiest cake you've ever tasted. Chances are, it didn't come from your around-the-corner supermarket chain.
Choosing to buy from a small, local business not only means you're more likely to discover your new favourite scone, it means you're supporting your community. What could be more mindful than that?
For our afternoon tea, we enjoyed a delicious raspberry mousse from La Cerise, a sweet little Leith cafe across the road from our HQ.
3. Get cosy & take your time
We've developed a poor habit of always rushing, and too often we fail to slow down and enjoy a meal with the people we love.
As you sit down to your freshly brewed tea and tasty local snacks, take the time to get comfortable and truly enjoy your afternoon tea. Having a soft wool knee blanket on hand for each of your guests encourages you all to snuggle up, take your time, and enjoy each other's company.