NOTE: Recently, my buddy Little Yellow Teapot received some teas to review from “Set to a Tea” Consultant Carrie-Ann Brady in Florida (Little Yellow Teapot got to “pose”, courtesy of PhotoShop, on the table beside her). I thought a look at the company was in order, so I did, and here it is.
- Select a location (usually at your home, either indoors or on your patio/deck)
- Select a teatime theme (depends on the time of year and if a special event such as an anniversary or birthday is involved)
- Invite your guests
- Select and prepare a tea appropriate for your theme
- Select and prepare teatime treats (if you’re like me, you head to the store at this point to see what’s available)
- Set up the tea table with tablecloth, napkins, teacups and saucers, plates, and decorations
- Enjoy the party (if you have any strength left, that is)
A “Set to a Tea” Consultant can do most of this for you. In exchange, the consultant promotes the “Set to a Tea” business to your guests and you get credit towards purchasing the company’s products yourself.
The company operates similarly to other direct selling companies like Mary Kay Cosmetics. You and your guests end up being an “audience” to their sales pitch. With “Set to a Tea,” the event is more of a party atmosphere than it is with some others, though. On the plus side, you get someone knowledgeable about tea (or at least somewhat knowledgeable) to help you with the “heavy lifting” of the tea party. On the minus side, to take advantage of “credits” you receive for having the party in your home, you must purchase their products. Of course, if you like their products, this isn’t really a minus. Having reviewed their catalog, I can say they have some attractive items.
Our signature product line is a fabulous blend of tea and teaware. First, we offer whole leaf gourmet teas as well as unique items to prepare the tea. We design and produce our own line of tea cozies, table cloths and napkins. Coordinating tea pots, tea cups and serving pieces make it easy for our customers to set a beautiful table. Pantry goodies help our customers serve treats as well as tea. Finally, we have selected wonderful gift items for our tea lovers.
As a tea drinker, I am happy to see that their teas are not confined to teadust in a bag. They are loose leaf teas (and herbals) in nylon sachets (like such well-known brands as Mighty Leaf). Unfortunately, most of the teas have lots of other items and flavorings added. These tend not to produce a good second steeping, should you wish to do one. Their selection is also quite limited and includes some non-teas (Rooibos and herbals) in among the true teas (those made from the Camellia Sinensis plant).
Generally, I’ve found their prices to be higher than other sources, especially on such basic things as Bombay teapots (sold elsewhere under the name “Amsterdam teapots”), tartlet shells, and cookie cutters.