Keep Calm and Have Tea

We’re getting ready for our spring Mrs. Crosby Tea Social next week.
teapartyOur introductory tea social back in February was the event of the season, so we couldn’t wait to do it again!
I’ve picked out a new hat, stocked up on delicious teas, and have been busy knitting away on a new design I’ve created just for this occasion.
Each Tea Social kit will include:

  • one skein of Train Case yarn from Mrs. Crosby, custom dyed in a unique color created just for Sealed with a Kiss
  • pattern for a one-skein project using the yarn in the kit
  • a pretty project bag
  • a pot of fresh lavender

Sign up today – we only have seven kits left!
Last month I trekked to a lavender farm in Apache and selected a variety of lavender plants just for this event. Each variety has a different look and scent, and I think you’re really going to enjoy these.
We’re keeping the yarn color and new design under wraps until next week, and will unveil them at the first party. I do have a sneak peek for you…
In addition to the kits, we will be serving a variety of teas along with scones, tea sandwiches, and finger cakes. After all, a SWAK event is not complete without a delicious spread of treats!
The English Rose Tea we served last time was a huge hit. I stocked up on it and added a couple of new flavors from the Republic of Tea’s limited edition Downtown Abbey line.
Speaking of Downton Abbey, I’m already agonizing over the news that next season will be the last!
If you too are in distress, I have a few recommendations. While there is no substitute for Downton Abbey, these shows will help if you’re going through withdrawal.
selfridgeMr. Selfridge
I am especially fond of this show, centered around an actual London department store. The founder, Harry Selfridge, was a pioneer of modern retail practices so that’s an aspect I find quite interesting. It is currently showing on PBS Masterpiece Theater, and you can catch up on previous seasons on Amazon Prime.
The Paradise
This show is similar to Mr. Selfridge in that it is set in a department store, although fictional. I enjoyed this show too, however when Masterpiece would alternate between The Paradise and Mr. Selfridge I found myself getting the storylines and characters confused between the two shows. The Paradise only lasted 2 seasons, so watch this show first then move on to Mr. Selfridge. Available for streaming through Netflix.
The Grand
Set post-WWI in a luxury hotel in Manchester, The Grand features the family who owns the hotel, their staff, and hotel guests. There’s only 18 episodes, but is worth watching. It is also available for streaming through Netflix.
Now it’s your turn. Do you have any suggestions for those of us going through Downton Abbey withdrawal? Please share!
The Republic of Tea sent some yummy samples, and I’m giving them away to one lucky person who comments to this blog with a viewing suggestion. I’ll pick a winner this weekend.


  • karyndm

    06.05.2015 at 11:08 Reply

    The one I want to watch is Brideshead Revisited. I haven’t started it yet but it looks good. It is supposed to have taken place just before Downton Abbey. You have inspired me to start watching the series. here is some info I picked up online.
    Brideshead Revisted. For emotional and family drama, you can’t really beat classic 1981 mini-series Brideshead Revisted. The series follows the stories of two men: disillusioned painter Charles Ryder and dissolute aristocrat Sebastian Flyte who meet at Oxford. Charles becomes involved with Sebastian’s family, and drama ensures in a slow-moving, lushly British way.

  • jackiehenry

    06.05.2015 at 11:28 Reply

    “Call the Midwife”
    Set thirty years after Downton, the nuns and young nurses of Nonnatus House care for the women’s health needs in the East End of London. I like to think of the young women as what the children of Downton Abbey’s residents and staff will be like after World War II. Maybe one of the old nuns is Lady Edith. It could happen!

  • keely

    11.05.2015 at 20:50 Reply

    Because of the overwhelming response to this post, I had to flip a coin to choose the prize winner. Congratulations Jackie Henry – you can pick up your tea samples next time you’re at the shop.

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