What Makes Afternoon Tea Week Special?
Afternoon Tea Week is celebrated between August 8th and August 14th, so if you’re looking for an excuse to go out for a treat, you’re in luck.
The week-long activity celebrates socialising with loved ones, trying out local businesses and (most importantly) indulging in large quantities of delectable cakes!
With the UK looking to have hot weather all week, why not get involved?
Catching Up With Loved Ones During Afternoon Tea Week
Over the last couple years, it’s been difficult to keep in touch with loved ones and friends.
So now more than ever, it’s important to get out there and organise events with those you care about.
Being able to sit down, have a cuppa and have a chat with someone special can be extremely therapeutic.
You also never know what’s going on behind closed doors.
A simple message asking ‘would you like to go out for some tea?’ can make all the difference to someone who’s feeling lonely and isolated.
And with a blend of sunny clear skies, good company, and delicious cakes, that combination could even make Scrooge McDuck pop out a smile!
By relaxing outside a coffee shop on a warm day, or inside if it feels too warm, it can help bring out all kinds of difficult conversations.
For instance, talking about end of life planning or how one would like to be buried.
You wouldn’t think that these types of conversations would be brought up over a cup of tea or coffee.
But that’s what makes Tea Awareness Week special.
It allows individuals to have relaxed conversation, of any magnitude, over a calm setting with a nice tea and snack.
Do you have a friend or family member you haven’t seen in awhile?
Send them a message, text, email or call and get something organised.
It’s a fantastic excuse to have a nice treat, catch up on lost time, and try out that local coffee shop you’ve been meaning to visit.
Supporting Local Businesses
In a world of Starbcuks and Costa Coffee now offering delivery and drive-through services, local coffee shops are finding it harder than ever to make their mark.
In a related field, as of this week, Domino’s Pizza officially shuts down all of its stores in Italy, but why?
Dominos is the world’s most successful pizza franchise, so why do they now have zero facilities in Italy?
The answer is local customers, local restaurants and Italians’ appreciation for good pizza.
In a David vs Goliath story, local pizza restaurants not only survived but thrived with the support of their loyal Italian customers.
Italians appreciated the tradition of pizza originating in Italy; the focus on fresh homegrown ingredients, and the rejection of quick, cheap and overly processed Domino’s pizza.
Now the point of this story isn’t to bash Dominos. I like it, for that matter!
But the point being, is that local customers can make all the difference, even in the face of large multinational companies.
Italians knew what they wanted. So they supported their local restaurants and now the large American multinational company has left the market.
So how does this relate to Afternoon Tea Week?
When you’re organising a meet-up with a loved one, choose a local business to support.
This could be one you’ve already been to before or one you’ve always meant to go and see.
In most cases, you’ll find local tea/coffee restaurants to be more unique, fun and cosy.
And even better, you’ll be supporting your local community!
So try it out, support you local, get in touch with a loved one and enjoy some tea and cake!
Yes, we do go out for tea, at last again. And we have a new shop here that sells wonderfully made organic teas. Just recently my sisters-in-law and myself enjoyed a cup and discussing a book we read. Nothing can be better than being out and about, enjoying tea and conversation.
That’s fantastic Pat, you’re right there’s nothing better than having a great conversation in a local restaurant with someone you care about, glad you enjoyed your time.