Our transition from toddler to Big Girl was decided on the afternoon that our grandmother invited us for a proper tea. No longer a baby, we were deemed old enough to be trusted around the royal warrant china, and that afternoon was our first glimpse into the mysteries of adulthood. Tea is more than a beverage - it is a rite of passage, and both a luxury and a comfort, and for many children, it is their first 'adult' drink. So what better way to introduce your kids to it than with a tea bloom?
Drop a tea bloom into a clear cup, or better still, a clear glass teapot, and something magical happens. As the tea brews, the bloom slowly unfolds from an unassuming block to a glorious drinkable bouquet. This artisan-tea isn't just pretty, either. Silver Needle White Tea leaves are rich in antioxidants and the tea bundles are infused with beautiful dehydrated flowers such as Jasmine, Globe Amaranth and Marigold. There are 13 different blooms to be had, and each is only $3, not a bad deal since they can be resteeped up to 3 times without losing flavor. Personally, this is the tea we would be serving during a home screening of Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia or The Worst Witch. There is always room for making a little magic in the world.