Guess what guys? Next week it’s going to be in the 50s and 60s in Chicago! My mom would tell me that’s still really cold, but it’s a welcome change from the snow we got earlier in the week and I’m not complaining. The most exciting thing about that is that it means that we’ve probably gone through the worst of winter and that spring is just around the corner.
Once spring hits, I go from being a lazy, indoor hermit to a sociable, party host and I already have a few party ideas up my sleeve that I plan to execute once the weather is warm. To get things kicked off, I had a little brunch party with some of my blogger gals a few weeks back. Since it was a Wednesday morning and we all had work to do, alcoholic beverages were not on the menu, but I still wanted to keep things fun and festive! I was so excited to partner with Lipton Tea to come up with a different way to brunch. Lipton Tea has a special place in my heart because it’s the brand of tea I drank growing up. It makes me nostalgic for those hot summer days in Texas sitting by the pool and sipping tea with our lunch of homemade sandwiches and dill pickles.
Sidenote, these tags were really easy to make. I cut out watercolor paper into the size I wanted and painted one color lightly over the top. After it dried, I went back with a slightly different hue of the same color and so on until I got the look I wanted. Then I wrote the name of the tea and glued the tags to string. Once that was dry, I tied them around the pitchers.
Lipton Tea has a wide selection of delicious teas, and for this brunch, I brewed two teas and served them chilled in big pitchers with little watercolor tags so my guests could easily find their favorites. I made the Amazingly Grey, which is a unique twist on you traditional black tea and Berry Hibiscus herbal tea which was easily a crowd favorite. The bright, fruity flavor made us forget that it was cold outside!
I also put some bags of green tea on the table and had a teapot of boiling water on stove. The Lipton Tea GreenTea was light, bright and refreshing! I loved that this version was non-caffeinated which made it perfect for an afternoon pick me up that won’t keep you up all night. You can find the coupon for $0.75 off any 1 Lipton Black, Green, or Herbal 20ct tea here!
I really love the idea of a non-boozy brunch because I’m getting to the point in life when a lot of my friends are having babies. I don’t ever want them to feel left out at brunch because they can’t drink and serving a selection of fun and flavorful teas let me avoid that issue while making it still feel like a party! Plus, I like being productive after brunch and sometimes boozy brunches leave me feeling exhausted.
Whenever I’m doing any kind of party, I always try to keep the food simple, so for this little get together I made avocado toast and a frittata — both quick and easy — and bought blueberry muffins from my local bakery.
We sat down and enjoyed our brunch, talked about what projects we were all working on and what was going on in everyone’s lives. Lauren had just started teacher training and it was so fun to hear about it! I always thought being a yoga instructor would be a cool job — maybe someday.
It was a much-needed break from my daily routine and also so nice to spend an unexpected morning with friends. Having that mid-week break lifted my mood for the rest of the week too!
With spring nearly here, do you get the urge to be more outgoing and social? And what’s your go-to flavor of tea?!
P.S. The dress I’m wearing is from yesterday’s post!
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