Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I am not a morning person. Especially on the weekends, I like to get up slowly and take my time to enjoy a long leisurely pot of tea - loose leaf of course! That is why I am a big fan of brunch instead of breakfast.
What is Brunch?
You might ask what is brunch and what makes it so much better - isn't it just a morning meal at a different time? And that is true, as brunch normally starts around ten in the morning, a bit later than the traditional breakfast time of seven to eight am. But it is the feelings that surround brunch - feelings of relaxation, leisure and indulgence, that I really love. So where did it come from? It seems it first appeared in England in the 1800's as a post church meal. Later in 1930 it became a popular past time in America, that allowed for a sleep in, and still provided an opportunity for an indulgent social gathering. And it is perfectly made for any extended break, such Easter becoming a beloved tradition for many families and friends. It's a time to gather together, share a meal, and celebrate the holiday. And it means you can stay up late, sleep in, and still enjoy a fabulous meal without all the rush.
The Brunch Menu
So what food should you include in your brunch menu? Well, it's all about quality and quantity. Full English breakfast, pancakes, waffles, French toast, and sweet pastries. And of course, eggs of all kinds are a must. The most important aspect is that you offer a variety of sweets and savouries that taste wonderful together with plentiful delicacies that are enough for two meals. And of course, it would not be an Easter brunch without a chocolate egg or two!
Why Tea is Essential for Easter Brunch (or any other brunch)?
But while you may have your menu planned out, have you considered what beverages to serve? Don't forget the tea! Apart from being my favourite beverage in the whole world, it is made to be enjoyed and shared.
Tea is the perfect complement to a brunch menu because:
- it is a refreshing alternative to heavy sugary drinks and alcohol. While it's common to serve mimosas or Bloody Marys at brunch, not everyone may want to indulge. Tea is a perfect alternative that is just as refreshing and delicious. Plus, there are many different types of tea to choose from, so you can cater to different tastes.
- it is a soothing drink for those who aren't early risers. A hot cup of tea can be a comforting way to start the day. And if you have guests who prefer something colder, serving an iced tea is a refreshing option
- it can be paired with sweet and savory dishes. For a traditional Easter brunch, consider serving Earl Grey with scones jam and cream, French Earl Grey with banana bread or Morning Tea (English Breakfast) with quiches and other egg-based dishes. And don't forget about making iced tea with a fruity like our Peach Blush, which pairs perfectly with fruit salads and other light dishes.
- If you're a tea enthusiast, hosting Easter brunch is a great opportunity to show off your tea ware collection. Pull out your best teapot teacups and knitted tea cosy, and let your guests experience the wonders of a perfectly brewed cup of tea sipped from a pretty teacup. And if you are like me and have a wide selection of teas, consider setting up a tea station where guests can choose their own blends.
- is is the most relaxing way to finish a big meal. There is nothing better than enjoying a soothing brew like Moroccan Mint, to help digest all those goodies you have eaten. And tea is the perfect way to wind down after brunch, especially if you choose to sip a calming cup like our chamomile blend Fields of Gold. Although you might find that an afternoon snooze will be needed afterwards!
- Something magical always happens when you put the kettle on and make a pot of tea. it encourages conversation and creates a cozy ambiance that encourages guests to linger and enjoy each other's company.
Tips for Serving Tea at Your Easter Brunch.
If you're planning on serving tea at your Easter brunch, here are some tips to make the experience extra special:
- Always choose high-quality loose leaf tea. That way you will ensure that you and your guests experience the best flavours and aromas that tea has to offer. And consider offering a variety of teas, such as black, green, and herbal, to cater to different preferences.
- Ensure a flavourful brew by using a teapot to make your tea. That way your leaves will have the space they need to unfurl and steep, giving rise to the best tasting tea.
- Tea pairs well with a variety of accompaniments, such as lemon wedges, honey, or milk. Offer these options on a separate Easter-themed tray to allow guests to customize their tea to their liking.
- Consider a tea-themed centerpiece. A bright and fun centerpiece, such as a teapot or teacup arrangement, can add a festive touch to your brunch table.
Easter is a time for gathering with loved ones and enjoying delicious food and drinks. While many people focus on preparing a classic Easter brunch menu, it's easy to overlook one important beverage: tea. Tea is the perfect addition to any Easter brunch, and can elevate the experience for both you and your guests. It's a versatile, refreshing, and soothing beverage that pairs perfectly with both sweet and savory dishes. And it is a chance to show off your tea range and teaware collection to your guests. So, hop to it, put the kettle on and enjoy a cup of tea with your loved ones this Easter.