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Tea Party Invitations

Let's Party! All cool party hosts send out Tea Party Invitations. We have created these Tea party invitations so you can be a cool host too. All our Tea Party Invitations come complete with two enevelopes and a RSVP reply card. We hope you like our Tea Party Invitations.

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We have created the beautiful Tea party Invitations above. We hope that these products will fill all your invitation needs. Tea party Invitations are perfect for formal adult occasions or fun little girl dress ups. You can always make your tea party an occasion by printing your own custom tea party invitations . Tea party invitations will make your friends jump at the opportunity to come to your tea party. Tea party invitations are things that you can preserve for a long time. Tea party invitations take you back to your carefree days you spent with your special friends.

A Brief History of Tea...
The raw leaves of the tea tree were surely used as food from very early times by the native populations of the regions where they grew. In Chinese legend, or myth, the qualities of tea are said to have been first discovered by the Second Emperor, Shen Nung (Divine Healer) (reputed to have reigned 2737- 2697 B.C.), who also discovered millet, medicinal herbs, and invented the plough. His predecessor, Fu-hsi, the First Emperor, had given humanity knowledge of fire, cooking, and music, while the Third Emperor completed the Promethean task of human happiness by revealing the secrets of the vine and astronomy.

There is an early mention of tea being prepared by servants in a Chinese text of 50 B.C.. Certainly tea was being cultivated in Szechwan by the third century A.D.. The first detailed description of tea-drinking is found in an ancient Chinese dictionary, noted by Kuo P'o in A.D. 350. At this time the fresh green leaves were picked, then pressed into cakes, that were roasted to a reddish hue. These were crumbled into water and boiled with the addition of onion, ginger, and orange to give a kind of herbal soup that must have been very bitter but was considered to be good as a remedy for stomach problems, bad eyesight, and many other diseases.

And then Tea came to England (and there were Tea Party Invitations)...
According to legend, tea was first discovered by Chinese Emperor Shen Nong in 2737 BC when some tea leaves floated into a pot of boiling water. It wasn't until the mid-1600s, however, that tea finally reached England. Due to its sale being controlled by trade monopolies, and that it had to be imported from China via boat traveling around the Cape of Africa and then north to England, it was a rather costly commodity.

The first known record of tea being imported into England was the charter granted by Elizabeth I to The East India Company. This document recorded ships reaching England in 1637, but dealings with Chinese merchants did not appear until 1644.As with most customs in England, when having tea became an accepted practice of the Royals, it then spread down to the working classes.

By the middle of the 18th century, the tax on tea had risen so high that tea smuggling began. This also lead to the product's adulteration as it was a most profitable commodity. It wasn't until Prime Minister William Pitt had the Commutation Act passed which cut the tax on tea from 119% to 12.5% that tea smuggling ended. Adulteration of tea continued however, until the English Food and Drug Act of 1875 which imposed heavy fines or imprisonment.

The first merchant to sell tea was Thomas Garway who offered it in both a dry and liquid form at his coffeehouse in Exchange Alley in London. The popularity of the coffeehouse grew quickly and there were more than 500 in London by 1700. By the middle of the 18th century, tea replaced ale and gin as the nation's drink.

What About Tea Party Invitations?
Sending custom greeting cards to friends, lovers and family is a tradition that goes waaaay back! People have been sending birthday cards for 200 years. The practice of sending birthday cards gained popularity in the mid 1800's. The first cards were fine pieces of art, kind of like the cards I'm selling on this site (humor intended). The oldest known greeting card in existence, is a Valentine card made in the 1400's and can be admired at the British Museum (London). It's really a work of art.

Before the 1860's, not many people could afford to send funny birthday cards. Affordable colour printing came along during the industrial revolution. Now, at last, we could all send tokens of our love and affection to each other. Funny birthday cards they began to sell by the thousands, creating a new industry for artists, printers and merchants.By the 1900's the Post Office was having to handle an extra 11.5 million letters in Christmas week alone.

As of right now, not many people send tea party invitations. 10-15 people come to this page every day looking for tea party invitations. I've by no means cornered the Internet market for tea party invitations. I bet 4000 people/day are searching for tea party invitations. It's amazing really, but then it's a great big world out there. There you have it, proof that the Internet does indeed know all!

This isn't really relavent, but what the heck, I'll throw it in anyway...
Bluerose Design, a New York City manufacturer of graceful handcrafted stationery, announced today that it has expanded its line of handmade custom greeting cards, invitations and note cards (some available in Spanish) to include one of a kind Floral Collages, which will debut at The National Stationery Show held May 15-18, 2005 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, 11th Avenue at 34th-39th Streets, New York City.

The recent event with the runaway bride, Jennifer Wilbanks, while dramatic is not unusual. Almost one fifth of engaged couples call off the wedding due to "wedding jitters." You know what they need? Lots and lots of tea parties. And the tea parties need tea party invitations. That way, you're well practises for the wedding.

Utilizing data from pre-marital counseling, it is estimated that approximately 20% of couples call off the wedding. That is almost 500,000 people per year. The change of heart may reflect fear of commitment, anxiety over a new role, doubts over the chosen partner or other concerns. One thing is certain, however, many couples spend more time planning the wedding than they do actually talking about the marriage, according to relationship expert Barbara Bartlein, author of Why Did I Marry You Anyway? 12.5 Strategies for a Happy Marriage.

The Pillowtalk Collection is a set of 2 sheets of 9 perforated cards which are each pre-printed with sayings such as, “Good Night! I Love You!” or “Good Night! You Did a Good Thing Today When You _____”. The idea is for parents or spouses to remove one card per day and put it under their child’s or spouse’s pillow, thereby ending the day on a positive note. The idea came to hen and barley’s owner and designer one night after putting her children to bed. She recounts, “Bedtime that night had been a struggle, and ended with what had been a good day on such a negative note. If you're looking for tea party invitations, you might want to give these guys a call...

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