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Low teaIf you haven’t already guessed, the theme this week is Mother’s Day. This day doesn’t have to be about giving more stuff to mom that will only gather dust. (She’s downsizing after all.) It should really be about spending quality time together. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than afternoon tea at the Windsor Arms. Been there, done that and would do it again and again! It may seem pricey at $38-$50 per head but don’t let the term “tea” fool you. You’ll be plenty full by the time your two hours are up. For a regular weekend, reservations need to be made weeks in advance, so I can imagine the waitlist for Mother’s Day is quadruple booked solid.

So what does this have to do with finding products not made in China, you ask? Everything. Although it may be too late to book at the Windsor Arms, why not pickup some vintage tea cups from your favourite consignment shop and host high tea at your place? The beauty of shopping vintage is that you’re not only saving space in the landfill, but this is the best place to find items made elsewhere. You’re guaranteed to find bone china tea cups made in England. With consignment shops flooded with our grandparents’ tea cup collections and little demand for this once-upon-a-time popular bridal shower gift, you’re also guaranteed a steal. And what to do with these cups once Mother’s Day has come and gone? Well take them out for the next season of Downton Abbey, of course! And if you’re one of the few not yet hooked on Downton, how about repurposing them into candles, like Mississauga company La Vela Bella:

Afternoon tea at the Windsor Arms

Afternoon tea at the Windsor Arms, Toronto, Ont.

Afternoon tea at Venus Sophia Tea Room & Vegetarian Eatery, Victoria, B.C.

Afternoon tea at Venus Sophia Tea Room & Vegetarian Eatery, Victoria, B.C.

All photography & content by me.

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