Michelle is one individual who understands the power of packaging. She’s been working with Art of Tea for some time, helping with packaging and design. Michelle is also about to get married, which, as anyone who’s recently been through the process can attest to, can be a particularly expensive time. For my wedding a couple of years ago, I remember being at a complete loss when it came to favors. It seemed appropriate that there be something sitting on the tables for our guests, but what? In the end, I succumbed to buying individual chocolates. By that point my creative energies were zapped (I put off favors until two days before the wedding, and paid for it) and I was looking for a quick fix.
Fortunately, Michelle did not make the same procrastination-based mistake that I did. Instead she let her inner Martha Stewart come out (and really, don’t we all have just a little of the Martha waiting to burst forth). In fact, the idea was based on a suggestion from our lady of all things elegant. Using Art of Tea’s loose-leaf tea, Michelle created unique individual tea bags for her wedding guests.
The process is fun, simple and even something a soon-to-be-husband could help with. Here are Michelle’s steps:
1. Get yourself some tea bags. She used bags by T-sac purchased online from Paper Street Teas. These are perfectly sized for one serving and require a single teaspoon of loose-leaf tea each.
3. How much tea? Each tea is a little different when it comes to the weight per teaspoon. For example, Organic Breakfast is composed of small back leaves that pack a punch, whereas fuller white leaves and rosebuds comprise Amore.
The folks here at Art of Tea can help you figure out just how much you’ll need based on how many bags you’d like to make.
4. Additional Supplies: you’ve got the bags and tea, so now it’s time to get really creative. Michelle used chocolate and white baker’s twine, which she bought online from Broadway Paper.
5. Make those tags! If you’re computer literate like Michelle (she is a graphic designer after all) you can use a computer program like Adobe InDesign, or if you’re a little more comfortable in the analogue world – nice handwriting or calligraphy will also be lovely. Either way, her tags were printed to be 1 inch by 2 inches when cut out, and 1×1 when folded in half.
6. Assemble: Using a teaspoon, load 1 teaspoon of tea into each bag. Trim excess paper from tea bag with Scallop or Ric Rac scissors. Using the baker’s twine, tie the bag closed. Fold tag in half, and using a glue stick or hot glue gun, adhere baker’s twine to tag.
That’s it! See how easy it is? And even better, you can match the colors of your twine and tag to the colors of your wedding.
Of course, you’ll want to make these tea bags as close to the event as time allows so that the tea remains fresh. Michelle made hers two months ahead of time and stored them in a dark airtight container. Just make sure you don’t get tempted to use these delicious samples before the big day!