Spring has arrived in San Jose! Tea is the perfect refreshment for the rainy spring days as well as the beautiful sunny ones. You can enjoy a simple cup or mug of tea at work or at home, make an event of it and plan a tea party for friends, or attend one of the following tea events in the San Jose area.
1. “Time for Tea” Exhibit: Thursdays through Sundays, noon to 4 p.m., from March 1 through July 1, 2012 at the Ainsley House and Gardens, 300 Grant St., Campbell. “This Ainsley House exhibit explores how the English tradition of taking tea took on a new life in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.” Tea in the Carriage House is available before each tour; the cost is $25 for tea and museum admission, and reservations are required. Call Karen Lange at (408) 866 – 2758 to make a reservation or for more information. Museum admission is $6 (adults), $4 (seniors), $2.50 (youth ages 7 to 17).
2. Pardee Hat Exhibit and Afternoon Tea: every Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., second Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and second Sundays 2 to 3 p.m., through April and May, at the Pardee Home Museum, 672 11th St., Oakland, CA 94607. Featuring hats worn by the Pardee ladies in the past. Reservations required for Afternoon Tea. Call (510) 444 – 2187 for more information.
3. Easter Bunny Tea Party: April 7 at 11 a.m. at Treehouse in the Glen, 1275 Lincoln Ave., Suite 2, San Jose. Tickets are $35.99 for one adult and child, $18.99 for each additional adult and $16 for each additional child. There will be an art project, photo opportunities, and the Easter bunny. Reservations required; call (408) 294 – 8690.
4. Etiquette Tea for Young Ladies and Gentlemen: Tuesday, April 10 and Thursday, April 12, 4 p.m. at Lisa’s Tea Treasures, 1875 S. Bascom Avenue, Suite 165, Campbell. Come and meet Erika Robertson, Miss Silicon Valley, have an etiquette lesson and afternoon tea. Cost: $35 per adult, $25 per child, tax and tip included; advance reservations required. Call (408) 371 – 7377 for more information.
5. Naglee Park Vintage Home Tour and Tea: Saturday, April 21 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the San Jose Women’s Club Clubhouse. Tickets: $25 – $35. “SJWC’s Third Naglee Park Vintage Home Tour includes historic homes, a boutique of hand-made items and antiques, a chat with local historian April Halberstadt about her recently completed history of Naglee Park, and an elegant tea served in the garden of the Bishop of San Jose.” To order tickets by mail, include a note describing the ticket types required and a check, payable to SJWC, to SJWC, Att: Tour, 75 S. 11th St., San Jose, CA, 95112.
On top of these events, there will be several Titanic centennial commemoration events held throughout the Bay Area, some involving tea. On a lighter note, springtime is a great time to take kids to tea, as well! Lisa’s Tea Treasures at the Pruneyard in Campbell, and at Santana Row, have seasonal spring afternoon tea menus that sound delicious, and Satori Tea Bar in San Pedro Square is also putting together some fun spring events, like a Steampunk tea! Easter and Earth Day are also in April and are good opportunities for having tea. Pull out some treats from your tea party pantry, and make your Easter brunch into a tea brunch, an afternoon tea buffet, or even a tea picnic for the family and friends. Use tea to your advantage to enjoy the season, and to stay hydrated and healthy!
Copyright 2012, Elizabeth Urbach.
For more information:
“Even 100 years later, Titanic disaster still captivates” by Angela Hill, Oakland Tribune.
“Take your tea into one of San Jose’s gardens”
“5 ways a tea-lover can be environmentally friendly”
“Easter tea party ideas and tips”
“What should I keep in the pantry for tea parties?”
“Tea 101: how to have a tea party for children”
“Review: Lisa’s Tea Treasures – Campbell location”
“Review: afternoon tea at Satori Tea Bar”
“Review: Afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge in San Jose’s Fairmont Hotel”
“Review: tea tasting at Peet’s Coffee & Tea’s downtown San Jose store”
“Tea 101: what do we mean when we talk about tea?”
“San Jose’s British population celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with tea”
“Bring a ‘steampunk’ tea to Santa Clara’s Steampunk Exhibition”