They say you can tell a lot about a person from the things they have in their kitchen. (Okay, so, really, I don’t think they actually say that. But I do think it’s true!) A look inside my kitchen would tell you that my husband and I love tea and coffee. Probably a bit to much, if we’re being honest.
One of the most hilarious questions I get asked is, “How many tea pots do you own?” I always laugh and make a guess at around five tea pots. I don’t actually keep track. I just know that somewhere along the line, I’ve gathered quite a few tea pots.
Well, today, I decided to drag everything out and share my (unintentional) tea pot collection.
As an undying sentimentalist, I am attached in some way to each tea pot. My little pink tea pot was the first one I purchased, the china Lady Carolina pattern tea pot was the first tea pot that caught my eye as a customer at Queen’s Pantry, the green BeeHouse tea pot was a housewarming gift from me to my husband while we were dating. Each pot means something. They are each special, and significant, in some way to our life.
Which leads to the first principle:
Each tea pot should mean something to you.
You’ve had your eye on a particular tea pot for a while. Why? Does it perfectly match your kitchen? Your favorite tea cup? Does the pot remind you of a memory, a place, a person? Does the color encourage you to slow down and relax?
Not only does each one have a story, but each tea pot is a different size and can be used for different occasions. My pink tea pot is a two cup and I use that when I’m the only one that wants tea. I have a four cup pot that my husband and I use when we both want tea. I use the china 6 cup when I’m offering tea to many people, you get the idea. Having different sized pots makes it easier to justify owning more than one, doesn’t it?
So now we have principle two:
Make sure each pot is a different size.
Not only is this intensely practical, and enables you to share tea with many types of gatherings, it also helps cultivate a unique, varied collection. I own six tea pots. Which, granted, is quite a few. However, having six tea pots each in a different size and shape makes for the beginnings of a very interesting collection.
Maybe I do have too many tea pots. But I think I’ll keep each one. For now anyway.
What does your tea pot collection look like?