Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to lavish your loved ones with some extra TLC. While some may scorn this “schmaltzy” time of year, at Buddha Teas, we love the idea of a love-themed holiday. (And really, who doesn’t love an excuse to indulge on fancy foods, fine chocolates and solo time with your sweetheart?)
This week, we’re doing Valentine’s Day Buddha Teas-style, complete with gifts, decorations and tasty treats. Read on for some magical tea-spiration!
Tempting Tea Gifts
First we start with the present!
If your sweetheart is a tea lover, they’ll be thrilled if you pick up a box or three of their favorite tea. If you’re not sure which kind is right to get, we’ve taken care of the guesswork for you!
Our Valentine’s Day Tea Bundle features a striking selection of three of our most sensational teas. Rich Raspberry Pu-Erh features a sweet, fruity taste with the earthy undertones of pu-erh tea leaves for a rich, dessert-like combination. White tea is a classic tea option with an inviting floral fragrance and a smooth, light taste. Finally, enjoy a more robust taste with a sumptuous Sencha blended with expensive saffron in our Saffron & Green Tea.
Best of all, this delightful bundle comes with its own wrapping and a valentine-themed bow, ready to present to your tea lover straight out of the box!
Now let's make it pretty!
If the bulk of your budget has gone into gifts, flowers or candy, but you still want to spruce up your space, take a trip to the dollar store for a few inexpensive DIY project materials.
Pink party streamers will add some color to your space, and there’s a good deal of things you can do with them. Hang or drape them around the room as accents, or if you feel a little more daring, break out the scissors. You can fold your streamers and snip them into charming arrangements. These heart chains are just one example.
Doilies are another great way to go. Not only do they fit the tea theme (can you ever see doilies without thinking of a fancy teacup sitting on them?), they also add elegance to your space. Grab a pack of paper doilies and arrange them as they are, or snip them into heart shapes. You can also use them as a place holder for some lovely candles – another item you can pick up at many dollar stores.
Grab a box of the $1 puzzles to make a unique and stylish frame! Cut a heart shape out of cardboard and glue the puzzle pieces to it in your own custom arrangement. Fill the frame with a sweet quote or a picture of you and your valentine.
Fake flowers can make an eye-catching wall decoration. Trace out a heart on a piece of cardboard and either glue the flowers into place, or punch the stems through the cardboard (we used the latter method). You can use paper or a hand-drawn design to frame the heart for an even more attractive display.
You can make a real heartwarming centerpiece with a glass vase or mason jar. Write or print out various love quotes, or things you love about your partner, and put them in the jar. Mix them in with rose petals for some added color (our petals are fake, sorry!).
Here’s one you can do with the kids! Trace a heart on a piece of paper and poke holes through in various places along the line. Have the kids thread string through the holes to fill in the heart. It’s a fun activity with very little mess!
Tip: Rub a spot of glue into the end of the string to make it stiff and easy to thread through the holes.
You can also transform many of these classy holiday-themed decorations. Just adapt them for Valentine’s Day with roses or hearts!
Valentine Treat: Sweet Strawberry Ginger Cupcakes
Now let's talk homemade goodies!
If you want to take their valentine’s day above and beyond, homemade sweets are the way to go. Give them something unique with Sweet Strawberry Ginger cupcakes! These do take some time to make, so you’ll want to plan ahead, but the results are oh-so-good!
4 bags Sweet Strawberry Ginger
½ cup Milk
¾ cup Golden Brown Sugar*
1 cup All-Purpose Flour
1 ½ tsp. Baking Powder
2 ¾ tbsp. Butter, softened
Your Choice of Frosting
*Golden brown sugar, or caster sugar, are best here because they don’t clump like normal brown sugar does. White sugar will do in a pinch.
Mixer, Handheld or Freestanding
Total Time: Approx. 1.5~2 hours | Serves 12
Place the milk and tea bags in a small saucepan and gently heat to bubbling. Remove from heat and allow the tea-milk to cool to room temperature.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners.
Using a mixer, combine the butter, sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Mix at a low speed until texture is coarse, like breadcrumbs.
Wisk egg separately in a small bowl, then add tea-infused milk to egg. Squeeze as much milk from the tea bags as you can before discarding them.
Combine milk & egg mixture with dry ingredients. Mix first at low speed, then increase to medium speed until smooth & thick.
With a spoon, divide mixture evenly into the cupcake liners. They should be roughly half-full.
Put cupcake pan in oven and bake for 18-20 minutes. Cupcakes should be springy to the touch. Remove cupcakes from pan and let cool to room temperature.
Top cupcakes with frosting of your choice. If you have them, use strawberries as a tasty topper. Feel free to get creative here!
After that, you’re done! Just serve and enjoy.
What are you doing for Valentine’s Day this year? We’d love to hear about it! Let us know in the comments below.