Christmas Tea Party! {Bigelow “Constant Comment” Tea}

Christmas Tea Party with Bigelow Constant Comment Tea

For as long as I can remember my mom has brewed Bigelow “Constant  Comment” Tea for her guests around Christmas time.   I have many memories of the sweet and spicy aroma filling the air as she brewed it!   It just smells like Christmas to me and it is not the same without it!  “Constant Comment” tea has always been her favorite and it’s a tradition that she has passed along to my sisters and I.

Bigelow Tea Selections

To keep up with tradition I had a Christmas Tea Party with Bigelow “Constant Comment” Tea this year!  Christmas can be full of such hustle and bustle so I wanted a get together that would be relaxing.  The Bigelow brand of teas is always smooth and soothing!   Along with the Bigelow “Constant Comment” tea I had Bigelow Cinnamon Stick Tea and Bigelow “Vanilla Chai” Tea.   As you can see from the picture;  Bigelow has their teas packaged in foil.  This extra step really makes the tea taste fresh all the time!  I purchased all of the Bigelow tea from my local Walmart and you can see my shopping trip on Google Plus.

Rock Candy as Tea Stirrers

I had rock candy for my guests to stir their tea with if they wanted a their tea sweet.  The pic below is my teacup.  I had the “Constant Comment” tea with a red Rock Candy Stirrer.   It tasted SO good!  I am craving another cup right now!  I love how the tea has such a calming effect on me.  I love the hints of orange and spice in it because  they pair perfectly together!   This is a tea that I drink throughout the colder seasons when I need something to warm me up!

Rock Candy as Tea Stirrer

Everyone loved the rock candy because you could just stir until you had the desired amount of sugar!   Some also enjoyed the tea without any sugar.  My mom always says that the “Constant Comment” tea is the ONLY tea that she will drink with sugar, but she likes it equally both ways!   I have to admit that I am just like her… I love this tea hot , cold, sweet or unsweet.  It’s simple divine any way that you choose to make it!

Christmas Tea Party with Bigelow Constant Comment Tea 4

Since I was going for “tradition” I wanted to keep that theme going with all the treats.  Rock candy, striped soft peppermint sticks, and ribbon candy all adorned the table!  I also made Valencia Orange Scones with “Constant Comment” glaze, Cinnamon Tea Bag Cookies and Chex Mix too!

Valencia Orange Scones with Constant Comment Glaze

The Valencia Orange Scones with “Constant Comment” Glaze were wonderful!  Not everyone even knew what a scone was before they came, but they are all officially hooked now!   Just FYI: scones are a soft biscuit type dessert and they are just heavenly paired with tea.  I made these scones mini sized, but they can be made any size that you want.  {Recipe is at the bottom of post}

Cinnamon Tea Bag Cookies

Another big hit was the Cinnamon Tea Bag Cookies!  Aren’t they SO cute?  Everyone loved how festive and perfect for the occasion they were!  {recipe is at the bottom of post}

Now onto the party… 
tea party drinking

My Kare Bear loved her choice of tea!  She picked the “Constant Comment” tea!

tea party eating

 Pinkie Pie dug right into the scones.  Everyone mentioned how the little bit of Bigelow “Constant Comment” tea in the glaze really made the favor great!

tea party drinking 2

 J really liked the tea as well.  She wasn’t too sure about drinking it at first (she’s not a big tea drinker), but enjoyed it after she tried it!

tea party drinking 3

I was so happy that my mom enjoyed the scones with her tea.  I had her in mind when I was making them!  She had the “Constant Comment” tea with them… of course!

tea party drinking 4

 My sister is also a “Constant Comment” girl.  She drinks hers unsweet and loves it that way!

tea party drinking 5

 Bri loved the Bigelow Chai tea and drank it sweetened with the rock candy!  She was ready to try anything and really loved this tea!

Valencia Orange Scones with "Constant Comment" glaze
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter cut into 8 Tablespoons
  • ¾ cup plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp. Valencia Orange peel zest (I uses the McCormick dried version, but you can use fresh orange zest and it doesn't have to be Valencia)
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ⅓ cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • Constant Comment glaze (see this recipe in the notes)
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well and then add the butter. Break the butter up by cutting it in or breaking it with hands until butter broken into pea sized lumps and mixed with the flour. In a separate bowl combine the rest of the ingredients and cream them together. Slowly mix in the liquid mixture to the flour mixture and combine until it forms a lumpy, but well mixed ball.
  2. Take out baseball sized pieces of the newly formed dough and press it down on a well floured surface. Make a small circle shape about 1 inch thick and cut it into 4 wedges. Repeat until all the dough has been cut. Place the scones onto a baking sheet and bake for about 12-15 minutes at 350 or until the scones are starting to turn golden brown. Let them cool and then top them with the glaze (see notes for the glaze)
Notes
For the glaze you will need ½ cup of hot milk, 2-3 bags of Bigelow "Constant Comment" Tea Bags, vanilla extract, ⅛ tsp. of salt and about 1-2 cups of powdered sugar. Seep the tea bags into the milk until it reaches a brown color. Mix the rest of the ingredients into the tea/ milk until it reaches a creamy consistency. Lightly pour this mixture over the scones and let it set up for a few minutes before serving. ...........................................................................................................................

The Tea Bag Cookies are adapted from these Tea Bag Cookies.
Cinnamon Tea Bag Cookies
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • Your favorite shortbread or roll out sugar cookie dough (I used store bought mixed with enough flour to help it roll out)
  • ½ bag Hershey's cinnamon chips
Instructions
  1. Roll out cookie dough on wax paper or a well floured surface. Cut the dough into a square shape. Start cutting out vertical rows about 2½ inches from one another until you get from one side to the other. Then cut the opposite direction about 1½ inches from each other. You should get about 24 rectangles.
  2. take each rectangle out and cut little triangles at the top to make it look like tea bags. Punch a circle out of the tea bag shape to put a string through.
  3. Once they are cut out put them on a baking sheet and place them in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes. Then bake them at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until they are baked through.
  4. Let them cool and then dip the bottom of the cookies in melted cinnamon chips. (you can melt the chips in the microwave for about one minute and 30 seconds until they are just melted- DO NOT cook any longer after they are melted). Instead of dipping you can also take a knife and spread it on the bottom of the cookies. Place each dipped cookie onto wax paper and let them set up. Once they are set up... put a loop of bakers twine or yarn through the loop and tie to secure. Enjoy! Be sure to take the twine out before eating! ;)
Notes
Tea Bag Cookies are adapted from Party Frosting (frostmeblog.blogspot.com)

We all really enjoyed the Christmas Tea Party with Bigelow Tea!   I feel great knowing that the Bigelow brand is family owned and operated.  They really take pride in what they do and it shows in every tea bag.   This is a tradition that I want to pass down to my kids.  I think traditions like this are great because it helps us stay connected as a family and make great memories together.  Do you have any traditions that you would like to pass down to your children?  Share them here!

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Comments

  1. says

    Rachel, I absolutely love how Constant Comment tea is a tradition that your mom has passed down to you and that you created your whole party around that! This is the stuff memories are made of! Your scones sound AMAZING, I’ve got to make those. And the tea bag cookies are so cute.

  2. kathy t says

    I enjoyed your post , brought back so many memories ,
    Love the quck hot chocolate gifts and your scone recipe looks yummy
    Thanks for sharing this special Christmas post

  3. says

    I am obsessed with the idea of rock candy for tea stirrers!
    I have a candy making app that my nieces love to play and the little one is obsessed with making rock candy. I’m wondering how I can turn this into a treat for her!

  4. says

    I was just browsing through some of the ideas you have here and think I have found some wonderful ideas for Christmas presents on a budget. We really enjoy making gifts for loved ones and I found great things to make and put together gift baskets with.

    Thanks for sharing such wonderful ideas and recipes.

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