For those who wish to showcase their heritage or to explore an unfamiliar one…
All the Tea in China Cuppa
Organise a tea ritual before you go dragon boat racing. Since more people drink tea in China than anywhere else in the world, it is no surprise that they have the largest variety of teas : black, oolong, green, white, yellow and blended tea. Serve crunchy bow ties with one of these refreshing teas.
Heritage Day Egoli Cuppa
We offer a super itinerary for this auspicious public holiday. Hire a bus and a guide. Start the trip at Constitution Hill in Braamfontein. Brown bag a croissant for each guest together with individual iced teas and quiz sheets. Travel to the Kliptown Memorial, Hector Pieterson Museum and Vilikazi street. Stop for some Ntingwe green tea at Sakhumzi’s. Travel back to the city past the mining houses and stop for lunch at the Rand Club where Dimpie Tshabalala can tinkle the ivories. Board the bus again and swing past Newtown to see the Kippie Moeketsi bronze sculpture outside Kippies. Nice photo op. On to the 52nd floor of the Carlton Centre to Nancy’s for high tea. Get it? Highest building in Johannesburg. Results of the quiz will be announced at Nancy’s. Alternately, you can bunjee jump off the Orlando cooling towers, visit Freedom Park or the Voortrekker monument in
Pretoria. Organise a similar Cuppa in your part of the world to highlight its cultural treasures…
Japanese Tea Ceremony Cuppa
Highly ritualised. Get your event decorator to build a façade of a beautiful Japanese tea house. Appoint a geisha. This role should not be taken lightly as she or he needs to practice intellectualising and entertaining beforehand. Do you know that you can make sweet sushi? Ask your favourite caterer or google.
Moroccan Rooftop Cuppa
Most high rises have flat roofs. Hire a bedouin tent, big cushions and a carpet. Sell beautifully decorated Moroccan coloured glasses as bribe for your guests to come to this charming tea. Remember when you pour the tea into the glasses, it must be done from a distance to produce a foam on the tea. Think of this tea as your oasis in the desert of buildings around you.
Russian Tea House Cuppa
Russians like to drink their tea leisurely with friends over a samovar. A samovar is a metal water heating apparatus that has a teapot on the top. Pavlova’s memory lives on in her namesake meringue cream cake and your tea should be taken with it. Find a Fabergé egg to auction off. Alternatively your company, school or club can buy out the Joburg Theatre and watch Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake being performed by the SA Ballet Theatre Company!
Tea Parties of the World Cuppa
Jasmine, Chai and Darjeeling tea for an Indian booth, Oolong and Lapsong Souchong tea for a Chinese booth. Have a Sri Lankan booth, a Vietnamese booth, a Korean booth, a Turkish bath – er booth and a Nepalese booth. Not only are these examples of making a festival festive and unusual, but these countries drink the most tea. A tea merchant or connoisseur could give advice. Bump up the numbers and donations by inviting a celebrity, a sportsman or musicians.
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