Sunday, November 6, 2011

A Cause for Jubilation: A Spot of Tea [Gifts & NYC Tea Rooms]

    There's something about a simple cup of tea in the early morning or when settling down for the evening that can make one feel completely relaxed. That one little cup of your favorite blend can bring clarity and rejuvenation. I had recently invited a girlfriend over for a cup of coffee to break in our new Keurig, she was up for the qt time but graciously declined the cup of Joe, admitting that she was scared of becoming a coffee junkie and proudly proclaimed she was a tea fan {we unfortunately hadn't bought any tea pods for the Keurig yet, but it's on the shopping list}. Gift ideas for tea lovers have been featured in some of my fave mags over the past two months, two great ones were featured in Oprahs "O" magazine as some of her holiday season favorite things. I think you'll find these Tea lover gifts I've found while flipping through pages of zines & searching etsy & pinterest are spot on! If you live here in NYC or plan to visit you should check out some of the Tea rooms suggested as well!

In  the Dec. 2011 issue of "O" magazine's Favorite Things Edition; Oprah said "I love to give presents that pamper and indulge-and make a person feel really special" and drinking from this giant porcelain cup by Yedi houseware "feels luxurious". Orginally $20, now $16 with code OPRAH.

 Large Herbal Tea Kit with DIY teabags and Recipes found on etsy $22.

Etsy shop : cookoutsidethebox
In  the Dec. 2011 issue of "O" magazine's Favorite Things Edition; Dr Oz listed the Kati Tea Brewing System as one of his faves. Great for brewing loose leaf teas. Originally $15 each now $9 with code OPRAH
Lip Balm Tea set {Earl grey, Green tea + Honey and  Jasmine }. This sweet little Trio of natural, vegan balms will come in a cute little "Tea Bag" muslin bag. Super cute for gift giving, or keeping. $9
Better Homes and Gardens feautred a DIY Tea Kit on their Gift Ideas page of the Nov. 2011 issue. The kit can be purchased in various blends and comes with twine, bags and tags for $16.

Herbal Chocolate Chai Tea found on Etsy shop: Ecomonster
Any type of cookie is A Cause for Jubilation, I can only imagine a Chai Tea one being no exception
1dozen for $7.99 on Etsy.

Etsy shop: LeChicBakeryBoutique
This adorable DIY Tea Sachets and Gift box idea I found on Martha via pinterest.
I was flipping through one of my hubby's fave magazines,  Everyday with Rachael Ray the Nov. 2011 issue {If he and she weren't already married, he secretly wishes they were together} as he was reading over my shoulder. The hubby pointed out what he thought was a pretty awesome mug with a suprise in it. Featured on the fun faves for the home page.

Upon completion of your Lemon Zinger tea reveal a hidden bear, owl or fox. $22 for 3.
Check out for store locations

Sip on your favorite blends or try new ones at these NYC Tea Rooms:

Alice's Tea Cup102 W 73rd St (between Amsterdam Ave & Columbus Ave) 
                              New York, NY 10023 
                             (212) 799-3006 
This whimsical tea room is a great relaxing place to enjoy with girlfriends and children, especially little girls who don't mind rocking fairy wings and being covered in glitter. There's an array of tea's to try {Chocolate Chai, Chocolate Mint, Rooibos Admiral Cup} and the scones are said to be moist and deliscious {Pumpkin, Lemon Poppyseed, Mixed berry,Chocolate Chip - Salted Caramel}and come highly recommeded by Yelp reviewers.  

Tea & Sympathy:  108 Greenwich Ave (between 12th St & Jane St)
                               New York, NY 10011
                               (212) 807-8329
A tiny yet truly authentic British Tea house in the West Village that serves up Bangers and Mash, Sticky toffee pudding, traditional scones with clotted cream and jams and Shepherds pies. Go there and enjoy a cuppa tea! 

Bosie Tea Parlor:   10 Morton St (between Bleecker St & S 7th Ave)
                                 New York, NY 10014

                                 (212) 352-9900 A nice quiet place to spend your time chatting with friends or an intimate date, while listening to music and relaxing. Lots of teas to choose from and yummy sweet treats from macarons to their Dajeeling Tarts. 

For other NYC locations to have a spot of tea click here for yelp reviews

xoxo, Dellah 


  1. I am loving the post!!! And all I've been doing in my head is combining your previous post about libraries with this - daydreaming heaven!!! On a more down to earth note, tea pot sets make great hostess gifts #holidaypartyseason.

  2. It's great to daydream every now and again. Oh yes i do agree that tea pot sets make great gifts. It was suggested that one of the Yedi porcelain sets be used at every seating, possibly in a different color for each guests preferred blend of tea. At $20, I thinks that's a really great suggestion for say a tea party with girlfriends or a bridal shower.



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