Throw A Memorable Mother’s Day Tea Party For The Elderly
Delight your favorite elderly Mother on Mother’s Day with an afternoon tea party.
The best present for Mother’s Day is not a store-bought present at all….
Here’s the scenario: Your elderly Mom or your Grandmother or whomever really needs nothing for Mother’s Day as they have collected everything they’d ever need in life. It’s an oxymoron that, as we age, our stuff grows in numbers yet our homes shrink, sometimes drastically. Wherever does one put all of those past Mother’s Day, Birthday, or Christmas gifts?
The best present for Mother’s day is simple, cheap and very easy – it’s your presence. The elderly only want to be loved and thought of and appreciated. Showing a special senior citizen that you care may be as easy as spending time with them on Mother’s Day (or Father’s Day) and preparing a special tea party.
In this article, I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about enjoying a Mother’s Day tea party with the elderly when you visit for an afternoon. I hope that you take this advice to heart and share many memories as you brighten the day of an elderly loved one. You may just find, like I did, that the time shared is more of a present to you than to your elderly friend.
Photo credit: all photos on this article are my own and contain, at the very least, a picture of my much adored and much missed, Mom, Gertie. She made every single day a present to me simply by being there. And note: that picture may seem like we’re drinking wine but, well, you can’t prove it, and we will continue to deny it..
A Beautiful New Teacup Is a Great Mother’s Day Tea Party Present
My Mom insisted on bone china to the day she died. For one thing, she loved the delicate patterns and the bright colors in the decorations of bone china tea sets, but she also loved the light weight of the tea cups or mugs. I appear to have inherited her love of bone china also as I have a growing collection of lovely cups (coffee tastes special in them also).
Now, when dealing with the elderly, you might want to consider the dexterity of their hands. If they have acute arthritis, a bone china cup may not be the best bet – it will shatter when dropped. Also, try not to buy bone china tea cups or mugs with dainty handles. That’s not going to work for anyone over 60….
DUSIEC Collectable Fine Arts China Porcelain Tea Cup and Saucer Coffee Cup Peacock Theme Romantic Creative Present (Purple)Gracie Bone China 10-Ounce Trumpet Mug, Pink Grace’s Rose, Set of 4Gracie Bone China 8-Ounce Tea Cup and Saucer, Pink Peony Strawberry, Set of 4Gracie Bone China 10-Ounce Trumpet Mug, Pink Green Rose Bouquet, Set of 4Gracie Bone China 11-Piece Tea Set, Purple PansyAdderley Glamis Thistle Fine Bone China Coffee or Tea MugRoy Kirkham Redoute Rose Fine Bone China Coffee or Tea Mug Set of 2
Brew The Mother’s Day Tea In A Pretty Glass Teapot
I’m a fan of tea of all types so it was quite easy for me to steep a pot, lay out pretty china cups and a few cookies in the dining room and surprise Mom with a little tea party, usually for two but, upon occasion, for many more.
Although this article is geared toward Mother’s Day for the elderly, I suggest scheduling a day every 3rd or 4th week to hold one of these senior citizen teas. Asking various people to come with you will add variety to your party
Here’s some really nice little teapots that I like on Amazon.com. These are all glass which allows the tea ‘bloom’ to show though – more on that below. I personally own the first one below and love it.
Primula Flowering Tea Set with Half-Moon 40-Ounce Pot, Black/GlassPrimula 40-Oz. Daisy Glass Tea Pot, ClearMoyishi Perfect Clear Heat Resistant Borosilicate Glass Teapot & Infuser for loose tea or display tea (pure glass, no metal or plastic parts)Tea Beyond Teapot Fairy with Tea Warmer CozyBlooming Tea Glass Teapot with Infuser Pink Love, 34oz/1000ml Non-drip Iced Tea Pitcher
Flowering Tea Balls
My elderly Mom used to like to watch the flowering tea ‘bloom’ in the glass teapot. It is a very pretty presentation and she delighted in watching to see what the ‘flower’ would end up looking like. These tea balls come in different flavors – jasmine was my Mom’s favorite:
HuntGold 10ps a pack Random Chinese Green Artistic Blooming Flowering Flower Tea BallNumi Organic Tea Flowering Gift Set in Handcrafted Mahogany Bamboo Chest: Glass Teapot & 6 Flowering Tea BlossomsBlooming Flowering Tea (7 Blooms) Gift BagNumi Organic Tea Enchanted Blossoms, 1.29 Ounce10 Blooming Flower Tea – 5 Jasmine and 5 Green
Flowering Tea Pots And Flowering Tea Sets
Perhaps it’s more your style to just buy one item and get the whole kit and caboodle! The below glass tea pots come in a set with flowering tea:
Blooming Flower Tea Set 45 Oz Glass Teapot Includes 12 Tea BloomsPrimula 40-Ounce Glass Teapot with Infuser and Lid with 12 Flowering Teas in a CanisterPremium Flowering Tea Solo Gift Set including Teapot Solo and 1 Pack of Premi…Blooming Tea Glass Teapot Gourmet Gift Set Harmony, 50oz/1500ml with Fab Flowering Tea (4 Blooms)Blooming Tea Glass Teapot Set Pink Love, 34oz/1000ml with Fab Flowering Tea (4 Blooms)
Add Some Tea Biscuits To Nibble On
Don’t just buy Oreo cookies (unless they’re an absolute favorite treat..in which case, by all means, lay ’em in!), but going a little more unusual in the selection of cookies or biscuits can be a lot of fun. I’m always a fan of shortbread, as was my Mom.
Keep Calm and Carry On Afternoon Tea Kit 250 GKedem, Tea Biscuits, 4.2oz Bag (Pack of 6)Walkers Shortbread Highlanders, 4.7 oz. BoxBiscoff Cookies – 1 Pack Contains 32 Individual Cookies 8.8ozKedem, Chocolate Tea Biscuits, 4.2oz Bag (Pack of 6)La Mere Poulard – Red Berries Cookies From France – Galettes aux Fruits Rouges, Gift tin 7ozMcvitie’s Biscuit Selection