Teatime has long been a tradition in my family. When Williams Sonoma told me about the launch of their new custom blended tea collection created by Five Mountains, which is based right here in San Francisco – I jumped at the chance to spread the news.
Now to the purpose of our afternoon – spending an afternoon celebrating our motherhood and enjoying some of the best tea I have ever had. I had the opportunity to host tea for an incredible group of Bay Area moms – a reprieve from the busy lives all of us are living today. While many are coffee drinkers these days, I have always been a tea drinker. I love the delicate flavor of tea and the soothing relaxation that pours over me when I sip a good tea. I have great memories of being offered tea in both Istanbul as well as in Marrakech by the owners of stores and markets I was visiting. Let me tell you, the new line of teas that Williams Sonoma has produced is like none other. The Peppermint tea is strong and smooth and the Earl Grey is one of my morning favorites. I think it’s time for us to bring back teatime to our homes. It’s the perfect afternoon pick-me-up that rejuvenates us to finish our day productively.
The setting of our tea was in the lovely and historic Palace Hotel. I felt as though I were stepping back in time. And the tea service they provide in the Garden Court since the early 1900’s is beautiful. The old school elegance and charm in the heart of San Francisco just can’t be beat. Between the delicate tea sandwiches, homemade scones and Williams Sonoma’s Organic Tea – it was one of those afternoons that was truly magical.
Gathering this group of moms together that have both inspired me and provided support while being a new mom was icing on the cake. The day didn’t go off without a hitch – as I was getting all the last-minute details taken care of, including making small bouquets of spring flowers for each guest to take home, my nanny had to rush to pick up a sick daughter. As a new mother, I was momentarily panicked, but it quickly became apparent that I would need to bring Jackson with me.
It was a reminder for me that motherhood isn’t always smooth and there will always be times we need to place our child above our work. Jackson was a sweet boy the entire afternoon – it goes to show you that when you’re a mom you have to roll with the punches.
After an incredible afternoon of feeling like we were transported back in time, I’m already wanting to plan another high tea. I’ve gathered all of the essentials you’d need to create and plan your very own high tea at home.
The essentials you need for hosting a High Tea:
Remember to celebrate being a mom everyday. Pour a cup of tea and enjoy the joys of motherhood!
This post is a partnership with Williams Sonoma. A huge thank you to both Williams Sonoma & Palace Hotel for having us. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.
Images by Emily Scott