Play Tea Time!

Traditional Chinese Tea Basket, Photo Credit (c) Likeitiz

Traditional Chinese Tea Basket, Photo Credit (c) Likeitiz

While visiting my sister-in-law sometime in April this year, she showed us a Chinese tea basket where traditionally, the teapot and some cups were kept. The basket was generously padded to keep the tea hot as long as possible. She said that the set was a gift from a gal pal who traveled to Hong Kong often.

The sight of the basket brought me back to my early childhood when I used to watch the elders in the family go through their daily tea rituals.  My grandmother on my father’s side was pretty traditional Chinese.

Open Chinese Tea Basket, Photo Credit (C) Likeitiz

Open Chinese Tea Basket, Photo Credit (C) Likeitiz

I remember being about three years old when I visited with my grandmother once. I watched a housekeeper bring out the tea basket to the living room to serve tea to my grandmother and her two guests. They were these well-dressed women in perfect silk cheongsams, with their hair neatly tucked back into a tight chignon at the nape of their necks, and their beautiful earrings dangled from their delicate ears. They wore very little make-up except for ruby-red lipstick.

The tea was served by the housekeeper with her right hand.  The guests were served first and my grandmother last.  The women would lift the cups in unison gracefully with long manicured fingers and touch the tip of the cup to their lips.  Then they would sip slowly and quietly before putting down the cup on the table.  I was so fascinated by the entire ritual.

Chinese Tea Set, Photo Credit (c) Likeitiz

Chinese Tea Set, Photo Credit (c) Likeitiz

On several occasions I tried to steal the basket to explore its contents.  I promise that I did not break anything, ever.  My mother was so amused that once, when she returned from a trip to Hong Kong with my father, she came home with a toy tea set for me!  Complete with its own basket.  When my cousins would come to visit us, we’d play the pretend tea ritual too.

This post was inspired by the Daily Post Prompt by Michelle W.: Toy Story  Do go and see what others may have come up with!

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11 Responses to Play Tea Time!

  1. Writerlious says:

    Love it! So pretty!

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  2. frizztext says:

    I like the finish: “My mother was so amused that once, when she returned from a trip to Hong Kong with my father, she came home with a toy tea set for me! Complete with its own basket…”

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  3. Amy says:

    That is a perfect basket for the tea set 🙂

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  4. Love it! My wife is into tea cups too. A perfect way to build friendships while enjoying a hot delicious drink. Have a great Sunday!

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  5. I love that you shared this ~ I bet you had lots of fun with your own basket as well! 🙂

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  6. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I’ve never seen a tea basket, how lovely as are your memories.

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  7. Terry says:

    what beautiful memories. It sounded like straight out of a wonderful movie

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