Tea Party in a Box

Every Christmas, I make it a point to look through Harrod’s online catalog of Christmas hampers. Getting a glimpse of those gorgeous gifts always puts me in the Christmas spirit. Inspired by those collections, I’ve put together some ideas for homemade tea gift boxes, otherwise known as Tea Parties in a Box.

Inside each package are some of the tea products I’ve discovered, tried, and love. All you need is a large box and some wood or paper shred, and the canvas is set. Let the tea parties begin!

Tips for Creating A Tea Party in a Box:

* Place items in the box like they are pieces of a puzzle

* Make sure all the items fit in the box and under the lid

* Buy more shred than you think you need

* Include edibles with non-edibles

* Mix the fancy with the everyday

* Include at least 2 kinds of tea

* Use ribbons and cellophane to add a color and texture

* Pretty packaging is always a plus

* Use candies to fill empty space

* Think about a lifestyle of tea, not just the tea itself

Gift Box Idea #1: Matcha All Day 

Bonnie’s Favs: Malebranche’s Cha no Ka Cookies, Minamoto Kitchoan’s Matcha Senbei, Black Cast Iron Teapot from World Market, Republic of Tea’s Double Green Matcha TeaMizuba’s Daily Matcha

Gift Box Idea #2: Spot of Tea 

Bonnie’s Favs: Wedgwood’s Everyday Earl GreyRepublic of Tea’s Downton Estate Blend, Vintage Shelley Blue Teacup, Fortnum & Mason’s Earl Grey Classic, Tea & Cake London by Zena Alkayat

Gift Box Idea #3: Paris in a Cup

Bonnie’s Favs: La Mere Poulard GalettesPalais des Thés’ French Press Teapot, Tea in the City: Paris by Jane Pettigrew & Bruce Richardson, Eclair Pastry Limoges (to carry loose tea!)Ladurée’s Thé 1001 Nuits

Gift Box Idea #4: Yum Cha, Drink Tea!

Bonnie’s Favs: Numi’s Petit Bouquet, Adagio’s Yunnan Golden Curls, Yixing Clay Teapot, Radiance Tea’s Black Dragon, Red Blossom Tea Company’s Heritage Bei Do Grand Scarlet Robe

Gift Box Idea #5: The Detox Box

Bonnie’s Favs: Kusmi’s BB Detox, Paromi Tea’s Detox with Me, Teavana’s Oprah Chai Herbal Blend, 2016 Mindful Living Date Book, Believe Inspirational Quote Cards

Gift Box Idea #6: Fresh and Fragrant

Bonnie’s Favs: Cinnamon Chai Candle, Feet Tea Foot Soak, Caldrea Green Tea Verbena Hand Soap, ModernaTea’s Herbal Bath TeaTea Forte’s Skin-Smart Sampler, Fresh’s Black Tea Perfecting Mask

Gift Box Idea #7: Cozy Christmas

Bonnie’s Favs: Harney & Sons’ Holiday Tea, Williams-Sonoma Mulling Spices, Spode Teacup Ornament, Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Green Tea, Roasted Tea Salt Almonds, Homemade Currant Scone Mix