Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Texas Tea (well, sort of)

In honor of National Hot Tea Month, I had planned for this week's blog to be about all of my favorite tea things.  As I typed - and typed - and found pictures, I realized that each tea has it's own memory and I decided to share each individually.  Hopefully you won't nod off in the middle of the blog that way.  So here is the first in a short series.  I will call this one . . .

Texas Tea

Dessert at The Gaylord Texan BeautiControl luncheon
A few years ago, I attended my first Celebration.  Celebration is an annual conference held by BeautiControl for their consultants to receive training and discover what is new for the coming year.  It's a lot of fun just being at Celebration, but being able to enjoy the Gaylord Texan while you are there, well, that just makes it one of the best weekends ever.  Besides incredible service and ambiance (the place is gorgeous), there are some great restaurants with delicious food.  Most were sit down restaurants in or around the atrium, but one was a little cafe with coffees, teas, sandwiches and pastries.  It was a perfect little stop on the way to a training meeting.  It was also the halfway point in my walk from my hotel room to the convention center.  I needed a pick me up.  The place is huge.  :)

The first year I stayed at the Gaylord Texan, I tried a "new to me" tea at the cafe.  It was called Tuscan Garden.  It was wonderful.  So wonderful that I found myself craving more Tuscan Garden all year until the next Celebration meeting the following year.  My problem was that I had forgotten the name of the tea so I couldn't even look it up.  I may have gone to Celebration the following year more for the tea than the BeautiControl goodies.  Ok -- they were tied.  This time, however, I was smart.  I found that they still carried that tea so, without hesitation, I purchased this wonderful tea and kept the tag.  Yep.  I hung onto that tag until I could look up the company and I order that tea.  Tuscan Garden by White Lion Tea Company is still a favorite of mine and I have 2 containers of it in a box to enjoy during warmer weather.  Yes, my tea has a season.  Some of them anyway.

Mad Hatter Festivites at Gaylord Texan meant a decked out atrium
As I was looking for pictures, I remembered the photos I took from the Alice in Wonderland theme at the Gaylord Texan a few years ago.  

Giant Chess Game.  Wouldn't this be fun?

They were hosting Mad Hatter Tea Parties while I was there. 
Each year, Gaylord has some type of event going on.  This time it was Alice in Wonderland complete with the hosting of Mad Hatter Teas. 
These displays were in the windows.

I loved them so much, I felt it necessary to take pictures.

 If I wasn't booked solid that weekend, I would have so enjoyed having tea with the Mad Hatter.  I was able to peek at one of the teas but I neglected to get a photo of it or the Mad Hatter himself.

I may need to try this myself sometime.
Thanks for walking down memory lane with me.  I hope the photos inspire some creativity in you as they do me.  I had completely forgotten about them until I started typing this blog.  I think now the sipping of Tuscan Garden tea will bring memories of not just the Gaylord Texan, but also the Mad Hatter and all of his beautiful displays.

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