With lemon and sugar?

Not only am I a coffee drinker, I am also a tea drinker. One of my favorite things to do is to have tea with my friends at the O. Henry hotel in Greensboro. They serve an Americanized afternoon tea every day, and the trays are loaded with goodies like scones and truffles and strawberries. I love to drink Darjeeling tea – it’s a black tea. I am not as much into the fruit flavors, although I have tried a few lately that I really enjoyed. I buy Twinings tea, mostly, but I also like a few of the Celestial Seasonings blends. The O. Henry only serves Twinings, since there is a plant here in Greensboro.

As a Southerner, I am also a big iced tea drinker. But it better be sweet tea if you are offering it to me. None of that, “You can add sugar at the table.” No. Thanks, but . . . no.

Why tea today? Two of my friends and I threw a tea party shower today at the O. Henry for a third friend of mine who is getting married this summer. This particular friend and I had a birthday tea party one year (our birthdays are ten days apart) and she told me that she wanted me to throw her a shower there if she ever got engaged. So we did. It was a lot of fun. I am not the most outgoing person, but I really made an effort to make sure everyone felt included and welcomed. Showers are the worst when you feel excluded. Combine being outgoing with losing that extra hour of sleep (and staying up late to watch basketball last night) and you get one tired Kari. But it’s a good tired . . . happy that everything worked out so well, and very very full of tea.

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