It's time for another kind of tea party! When you think about tea time, cucumber sandwiches and floral pattern china might be the first things that come to mind. Yet, this time honored tradition doesn't have to be a fussy affair. There are plenty of ways to bring tea parties into the 21st century.

It's easy to ditch the Queen Ann tea set and replace it with something more modern — but if you already have a tea set, why not make it modern by integrating some contemporary elements into the set. Once you've updated the serveware, you can change other tea time preconceptions. How about adding formal tea service to your dinner routine? Or try substituting your morning coffee with black tea? Two tea bags have the same amount of caffeine as a regular cup of coffee.

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