In-Room Tea Service

The late Anthony Bordain said- “Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks – on your body or your heart – are beautiful.

In the late spring of 1997 my husband and I traveled to England and during that trip- marks were left on my heart.  I saw so many beautiful and different ways of doing everyday life-.   From the delicate lace curtains that I saw hanging in English cottage windows- to the warm down comforters wrapped in crisp duvet covers.  I wanted to come back to my home and emulate everything.

One of the favorite things that I remember from that trip was the “ in-room tea services” that were in every bed and breakfast and hotel we stayed in.  England can be a little chilly in May and it was so wonderful to snuggle up in a warm bed and listen to the kettle heat our water while we waited for morning tea.

It is so easy to add a tea service to your bedroom.  You probably have many of the items already, but if you don’t.  Most things can be found at garage sales and thrift stores.

I used a small folding table as my base and added a pretty table cloth.  Next, I added a tray to hold everything.  You’ll need a teapot, a warming kettle, fresh water, teacups, an assortment of tea or instant coffee. And if you like, cream and sugar.  I love that you can get creamers like this a the grocery store now.

In the evenings, I like to fix a nice pot of lavender and chamomile tea to drink before bedtime and I enjoy starting the morning with a good Darjeeling or Earl Grey.

Simple setups like this tea service- make tea time ritual effortless, and having tea in bed while reading a good book makes living a beautiful life easy.