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image2  Celebrate National Tea Month in January

The Tea Council of the US designated January National Tea Month.  This is fabulous for tea connoisseurs.  It is another great month of tea celebrations and an opportunity to try new things. 

The mad rush of the holidays are over, it’s a new year with lots of resolutions focusing on wellness and health.  Tea is a great place to start.  There are so many varieties of teas today you can really start a great regimen and can be social while doing it.  Start the celebrations.

  1.  Host a tea party – another great moment to entertain close friends and other tea lovers or those new to tea drinking.  Introduce unusual teas or seasonal specials
  2.  Visit a tea house – there are many all over the world and I am sure you have been meaning to try one
  3.  Create a new habit – they say habits take 21 days to stick so why not try a new variety of tea daily for the next 21 days , alone or with friends
  4.  Instead of meeting for drink as I am sure you may be in holiday detox, meet for a cup of tea.
  5. It’s all in the tea leaves – an old gypsy way of reading your future, try it.

So dedicate the time to yourself and do something different.   Enjoy the first month of the year when we make commitments to be open, try new things and believe that all things are possible.  Happy 2013.

Here at TopIt, we’re so happy to be featured in the Holiday 2012 issue of Matters Magazine. They captured the story of TopIt—our love of a quality cup of tea, our roots, both in England and here in New Jersey, and most of all, our design of a product that filled a need. TopIt is proud to be featured with other local businesses in the issue, and local residents can support New Jersey retailers Kitchen a la Mode in South Orange, and Perch Home in Maplewood by purchasing TopIt there. Remember to tell them you saw TopIt in Matters Magazine!

The holiday season is busy and there’s usually no time to put your feet up and relax with a cup of tea, but at TopIt, we have an idea that both gives you a holiday party theme and lets you enjoy your favorite beverage. This season, throw a party inspired by the tea-loving region of your choice. From India to Russia, tea is considered a drink of ceremony and tradition. Add a festive playlist and décor, and the possibilities for your fête are endless.

For a Russian-themed tea party, brew black tea (the tea of choice in Russia) in a samovar and serve it with pastries like syrniki or fruit-filled pirozhki. For an Indian-theme, brew Chai or Darjeeling (grown exclusively in India) green, white or black tea and serve it with cham-cham or ras malai. Finally, for a traditional English Christmas tea party, light a fire and serve Victoria sponge cake and cucumber sandwiches. Whatever tea you choose, have TopIts on hand for proper steeping (and give them to your guests as gifts!).

For the host, tea parties are less pressure than cocktail parties–they can take place earlier in the day and involve less prep. And for guests, let’s face it–just holding that warm cup is soothing! They are a win-win during a time of year when days are jam-packed and all we really want is to slow down and catch up with friends and family.

We’d love to know if you’re inspired to throw your own holiday tea party, please share photos with your friends here at TopIt!

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Theodore Roosevelt