With the arrival of the adorable Jonathan Adler Utopia tea set, we felt that it was only fitting to do a tea post. The boy/girl design of this tea set makes it a playfully chic perfect wedding or housewarming gift. It is so unique and a guaranteed conversation piece. The pieces are handcrafted brown stoneware, finished with a sheer white glaze. Crafted by Peruvian potters through Aid to Artisans, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating economic opportunities for crafts people in developing countries around the world.
Is there really any better gift than a tea set? It’s the rite of passage into adulthood. As children we loved to play tea, using everything from imaginary tea to fruit punch. Whether you dressed up for tea in a floppy hat and feather boa, or just gathered your favorite stuffed animals, having tea has always been a special treat.
Tea time has long been a symbol of aristocracy as well as routine formula for health in Eastern cultures. Depending on the country in which it is observed, tea has many different meanings. First discovered in China, tea is known and used for its medicinal qualities. Once the use of tea migrated to Europe and Great Britain, the monarchy wanted to reserve the consumption of tea for itself and imposed such high taxes on the tea that the many commoners could not afford the luxury. Thanks to the Boston tea party, we can now all enjoy tea everyday.
The Utopia tea set is so uniquely fabulous and durable, it can be used for special occasions as well as every day! So pinkies up and break out the crumpets…it’s time for tea!