I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. Probably not unlike many daughters, it took me years to appreciate a lot of the things that my Mom tried to pass down to me. Some never stuck, like the ability to iron, but others, like the appreciation of a good iced tea, are just now ripening into maturity. I’ve long been a drinker of tea, but avoided iced tea. I just didn’t GET it. But now that I’ve tried making it myself with Bigelow I realized (not for the first time): Mom is right!
With Mother’s Day fast approaching, I combined her love of tea and flowers to create a one-of-a-kind gift: a Bigelow tea flower bouquet. It’s bright and beautiful to look at, plus has the functionality of using actual quality tea, all packaged in a pretty carafe that could be used to store iced tea in the fridge. Want to make your own? I’ll share my plan, the actuality, and then some other ideas or suggestions to make your own tea bouquet or basket. I hit up Walmart to snag a few varieties of Bigelow tea (found in the coffee aisle). With so many options for tea, I like choosing Bigelow because in addition to being a family-owned American company, I remember seeing boxes of Bigelow in the cupboard of the house where I grew up. This is #AmericasTea, y’all! Because mom likes to drink in the afternoon, but caffeine keeps her up, I made sure to get a few decaf blends. While there, I also got a pretty glass carafe from the home section of Walmart and a few bunches of fake flowers in sunny colors from the craft section. The plan was to remove the flowers and actually attach the tea bags to the stems and create flowers from the tea.
Once I got home, I realized this was much more complicated than I had thought. I didn’t want to pierce the foil pouch, since that keeps the tea fresh, and I didn’t want to have a bunch of tape showing or glue that might keep mom from actually enjoying the tea. But since I purchased fake flowers (mostly to use the fake stems), I realized that they were actually fairly sturdy and each bloom could hold 2-4 tea pouches. Often the best idea is the one that happens after you discard your original idea and this is definitely one of those times.
I love this gift because I know my mom will love it, but also be able to use it. Pretty AND functional! I also feel a kinship in terms of giving a gift of tea. My mom began drinking the dregs of her mom’s coffee and tea when she was just a girl, getting those sweet sugary and creamy bits at the bottom. When I drink tea (or coffee) now, I know that this is something that has passed down from my grandmother to my mother and to me, even if I didn’t drink tea or coffee until college and just this year began to appreciate iced tea. (Sweetened, of course, because we are Southern women!) This gift, though it seems simple, is also a reminder of heritage and the things we pass down.
Bigelow Tea Bouquet
Supplies 1 carafe, vase, or pitcher (I prefer things you could later serve tea in)
10-12 Bigelow tea pouches (I bought 4 boxes in total to have a variety)
2-3 bunches of fake flowers with sturdy blooms
Instructions Arrange the flowers in the carafe or pitcher, then arrange the tea pouches within the blooms so they are visible, but also won’t simply slide out. For best results, use a flower that has a lot of petals and less of an open center. Keep the boxes so that after you give the bouquet, the tea can be stored in the box until use.
I hope one day Cooper will pass on something that I passed to her that my mother passed to me that her mother passed to her. That seems like the way it should be, right? What are some of the traditions that have passed down through generations of women in your family? What do you hope to pass down to yours?