magazine Tea Pleasures 2020 · Victoria

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In a frantic and hurried world, Victoria offers a respite from the chaos of everyday life. The pages are dedicated to living beautifully when entertaining, cooking, and decorating and even in artistic pursuits - and now you can enjoy every single page on your tablet! With a distinct personality all its own, Victoria personifies feminity, passion, and an enterprising spirit. Each issue features decorating and entertaining ideas, recipes, travel stories, essays from inspiring women, and much more.

Victoria Special Issues

Editor’s Letter

Opener • From brewing the perfect cup of a fragrant blend to planning a gracious gathering, essentials for preparation and service elevate singular moments of beauty to a cherished ceremony worth observing with friends.

Tea Traditions • Perhaps no invitation opens the door to such lovely moments as this simple appeal: Join us for teatime.

Atmospheric of Hospitality • Tables set, fragrant flowers in vases, and chairs ready to be filled—all the pieces are in place for a lovely gathering.

Setting the Scene • As our primer demonstrates, a thoughtful approach turns social events into special occasions and ensures attention to every detail.

Tasteful Tablescapes • Arranging a beautiful tableau extends a warm welcome—greeting guests with a visual feast that blends a graceful mix of crisp linens, treasured heirlooms, and seasonal elements to make gathering for tea a joy.

Brewing Perfect Tea, Cup After Cup • Use these basic tips for all teas. For the most flavorful drink, follow the specific water-temperature guide and steep time for the type of leaf you are preparing.

The Perfect Cream Tea

Opener • Celebrations shared over tea linger as much in memory as on the palette. These festive menus and tablescapes breathe life into themes chosen to highlight everyday pleasures.

Indigo Splendor • For this special occasion, the cool elegance of alabaster roses, lilies, and daisies serves as the perfect counterpoint to classic blue-and-white china. Gilded accessories complete the sumptuous look—setting the mood for a memorable luncheon with friends.

Welcome Spring • Celebrate the changing season with a stunning tea table that is both regal and inviting. Enticing and beautifully presented tea fare is served on elegant china to make a special day even more memorable.

In the Garden • Bask in the season’s balmy temperatures, and enjoy gorgeous flowers during a late-afternoon party. Beautiful outdoor surroundings are ideal for planning a relaxed gathering where friendship is sure to bloom.

Bon Voyage • An informal tea, served buffet style, is a delightful way to bid farewell to friends who are traveling abroad this spring. Our international menu, inspired by the flavors of Europe, Asia, and beyond, will give your guests a taste of the culinary delights that await them in other lands or provide an armchair vacation for those staying close to home.

An Afternoon Social • The flowers are in bloom, and the sun’s warm rays are shining brightly in the sky. Take time to enjoy the fresh new day by sharing tea with a few friends to discuss an interesting book or to catch up on their lives.

Mediterranean Summer • Amid the golden glow of sunlight falling on lavender and white blossoms, a rustic table positioned beneath a tree and laden with mouthwatering foods inspired by distant lands awaits guests.

Natural Abundance • Host an outdoor tea with a menu dedicated to farm-fresh fare. Verdant scenery, warm sunshine, and a bright, inviting table setting come together to highlight the best of Earth’s bounty.

When Teacups Meet

Opener • Wherever the road may lead, the journey is certain to be unforgettable when it includes a visit to an illustrious tearoom. From coast to coast, here are a few...