February 9, 2015

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How to host a @BestOfMeMovie @TEAVANA Tea Party! #TheBestofTea @FHEInsiders @FoxHomeEnt #Sp

Fans of Nicholas Sparks books rejoice when another one of his beloved books come to life on the screen! This time the movie is based on the #1 New York Times Best Seller - The Best of Me.  This is a tender, romantic drama about the timeless power of love, second chances and following your heart.  When former high school sweethearts Dawson and Amanda (James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan) meet at a loved one's funeral 20 years after tragedy separated them, their love is reignited. As they recall and relive the past, they come to a deeper understanding about the choices they've made. Also starring Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato, and featuring beautiful scenery along with music by Lady Antebellum, The Best of Me is a powerfully romantic story of love, hope and second chances.

In honor of the release of this film, I was lucky enough to host a tea party featuring Teavana First Blush tea.  We were able to gather around and eat, drink tea, watch the movie and discuss!  If you are a fan of Sparks and read the book, you know how it ends for Amanda and Dawson.  Well Fox is giving them a second chance at happiness in this release with the Tears of Joy alternate ending!  I don't want to give too many spoilers away, but the storyline is basically the same as the book and has the same outcome.  There are some changes as well.  Amanda's mom was an important character in the book and was rarely seen in the film.  There is an addition to character their storyline as well as a death scene is different.

For the Home Entertainment release, the “Tears of Joy” Edition Blu-ray and DVD will include an all-new storyline and “Storybook” Alternate Ending so Amanda and Dawson finally get that second chance at love. 
Purchase The Best of Me [Blu-ray] on Amazon for $17.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35.

As a child we all pretended to host tea parties with our stuffed animals and plastic tea set.  Well since this movie is all about second chances, why not have a second chance at a tea party!  This time instead of imaginary friends and stuffed animals, call the girls over for a night of laughs, teas and great conversations!  The perfect tea for such a party is Teavana's limited edition First Blush Tea.  It is specifically designed tea for Valentine’s Day featuring naturally scented Jasmine green tea blended with floral orchid oolong complemented by luscious strawberries, crisp rhubarb and effervescent undertones of bubbly rosé.
In each cup of Teavana tea you can find delicious and exotic flavors, and is the perfect pairing to a night in with your girlfriends.  But first when you open the tin, you are taken away with the sweet scents of strawberries and hints of rose.  It is such an amazing scent.  I want to bottle it up as a candle or perfume!

I had no idea that brewing loose leaf tea is so easy, just add 1.5 teaspoons of First Blush tea per each 8 oz. serving and steep in 175 degree water for 2 minutes.  You can either use a Teavana Perfectea Maker or a tea ball! The Teavana Perfectea Maker  is amazing, so easy to use and we loved watching the tea open up and brew all in the maker.    Head on over here for instructions on how to brew different varieties of tea!
Another fun pairing tip is to blend iced First Blush Tea with a glass of champagne for a fun and easy to make Teavana cocktail!  We had a pregnant gal over, so no cocktails for us this time!

You can't have a tea party without treats! Walkers pure butter shortbread has a perfect, crumbly "melt-in-the-mouth" texture, full butter flavor and just the right amount of sweetness, plus the pair perfectly with tea!  A movie about timeless love of course needed a loved themed dessert!  What better way then to make heart brownies.  We took a regular box of brownies and made them according to the box, when there was about two minutes left on the timer, place some heart PEEPS on top. The two minutes give them enough time to melt onto the brownie, but not completely melt so they contain their shape.


Not only did I serve tea and desserts, but a meal too!  Cheesy Potato Chowder and homemade french bread.

Ingredients:
•8 to 12 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
•3 carrots, diced
• One 32oz container chicken broth 
•1 pound process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
•1 teaspoon dill weed
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•1/4 teaspoon pepper
•1/2 pound ham cooked and cubed
•3 cups milk

Directions:
In a large kettle or Dutch oven, cook potatoes and carrots in chicken broth until tender, about 10 minutes. Add the cheese, dill weed, salt and pepper. Cook and stir until cheese is melted. Add ham,  and milk. Heat through. Top individual bowls with shredded cheese and bacon.

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Disclosure: I am a Fox Home Entertainment Insider.  I received a party kit to host my own tea party ! No other compensation was received and any opinions expressed are my own