I have always enjoyed the ritual of afternoon tea, as there is so much more to it than tea!!! I also love Crate and Barrel, as so many others do, and was very thrilled to know that they are celebrating their 50th year anniversary with a range of interestingly designed teapots. The story behind this is quite touching, as it is simply about a young college student called Gordon Segal who bought his mother the original Arzberg teapot as a present because she loved making afternoon tea. When Gordon and his wife Carole opened the doors of the first Crate and Barrel in 1962 in Chicago, the teapot became a store classic and has been sold ever since.
Afternoon tea for me is taking the time to be mindful and staying in the moment. It allows you to take a deep breath and just enjoy being present in life, a moment of reflection to uplift your mood. Each of us needs touchstones daily that allow us to emotionally regulate. So often we spend our time trying to race into the future or staring hopelessly into the past. Often the elusive search for happiness can be found in making good positive decisions in the 'now'.
Crate and Barrel has 12 limited edition teapots for each month of 2013. They are all the same shape as the original German teapot, but each has an artistic expression coming from 12 International designers. Each of the designers has an interesting message behind their presentation.
If you find your life is always in racing mania or an emotionally checked out state, it might be time to start the soothing routine of afternoon tea. They say it takes 30 days to break a habit and 90 days to create a new lifestyle.
Maybe it’s time to think about your own lifestyle and consider if you could change something up to create more positive emotional and mental health.