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Little Girls And The Popular Tea Party Game

Giving gifts to a young girl can be pretty challenging but you can’t go wrong with a toy tea party set. A Tea set has many aspects to interest that ...


Giving gifts to a young girl can be pretty challenging but you can’t go wrong with a toy tea party set. A Tea set has many aspects to interest that most girls use as a learning tool of social rituals and decorum. The small size of the toy tea party sets fit into little hands perfectly, making the set more “theirs” rather than the cumbersome kettle and cups of the adults. Doll Tea sets made especially for dolls as part of the collecting world, are often made with more care and detail adult sets.

How Old Is The Doll Tea Set?

1600’s when tea was not only becoming fashionable in European society, but also more easily available the first recorded toy tea sets were in Germany. Porcelain or china was what the first toy sets were most likely made out of. It is not known if children from Orient played a child’s version of the elaborate tea rituals of their respective countries, but since children are so imitative, there probably were. The sets either were a mismatched hodge-podge of materials found anywhere to serve as props or no one bothered to save the toy sets.

The Faience Museum of Sarregumines in France put on an exhibition of toy tea party sets, “Marvelous Dinettes”, in 2000. They displayed good over 80 sets in porcelain and faience which is a kind of tin-glazed pottery. These sets were often hand painted with intricate designs of figures and scenes. There is no room for an identification mark, signature or brand name since the sets are so small unlike other collectables. The highlights of the exhibit were of course the silver and gold toy tea party sets.

The Industrial Revolution And The Era Of Plastic

Before the industrial revolution in the late 1800’s it was very expensive to get a tea set for a child or a child’s doll. After the revolution, the price of toy tea sets became more affordable. At the 1855 Universal Exhibition, the toy tea sets caused quite a sensational demand and soon every kid had to have one. When plastic entered the picture of everyday living in 1865, the prices of sets went down even further.

Today, a toy tea party set is considered a classic children’s toy that almost all children, especially girls, grew up with. You learned coordination, decoration and how punish any hyperactive boys who were forced to play with you after losing a game. It was also something you could play with your dolls or stuffed animals and sometimes imaginary friends that really looked like the toys appreciated. You also got a chance to play grown up when the adults had their own tea parties.

Refreshing AriZona Tea


It is easy to spot an AriZona tea can or bottle because of its pretty packaging. Not only is this iced tea recipe intense, refreshing and flavorful, but the cans and bottles themselves are even more refreshing to look at. AriZona tea containers have gorgeous and intricate designs and come in uniquely shaped cans. In the Orient, it is important for food and drinks to be pleasurable for all of the senses, including sight. A colorful and lovely can or bottle makes you feel as if AriZona tea likes their customers better than any other iced tea companies.

Trend Setter

AriZona Tea was the first national iced tea brand in the United States to incorporate distinctive visual designs in their packaging. They also were and still are a company based in America although mostly European-owned. Europe did corner the tea trade market several centuries ago. But the product fell out of favor around the period of the revolution because of heavy taxation. During those times, drinking tea became synonymous with supporting the British Crown rather than the revolutionary movement.

But tea eventually made its comeback; stronger than ever and in multitudes of varying flavors and blends. While green tea was quite popular in the Asian continent for a long time, it only gained some recognition in the Western World about twenty years ago. America is credited as the inventor of iced tea and it was first recorded as being enjoyed by people during in 1904 World’s Fair at St. Louis. AriZona tea is made from all kinds of tea blends. You can chose herbal tea, white tea, green tea or black tea (all iced and pre-sweetened, of course). The AriZona brand has recently branched out into other food and drink products such as chips and salsa, iced coffee, infused spring water and fruit drinks. However, they are still better known for their iced tea products.

If we consider imitation as the sincerest form of flattery, then AriZona tea has been getting high praise from many other beverage companies indeed. In the beginning, ready to drink iced tea was a tiny market. Iced tea was considered something that was too easy to make for someone to buy the ready made. But canned or bottled ice teas became popular with people who wanted to have a glass of iced tea but can’t get to a kettle because they are traveling. Iced tea also makes for a more thirst quenching and less sugary alternative to the usual carbonated soft drinks. AriZona tea is the uncontested leader in ready-to-drink iced teas, despite being a newcomer, hitting the markets in 1992 in New York, then going nationwide the following year.

For their innovative packaging and design, AriZona tea has won many awards including the industry’s leading award, the MOBIUS, for four consecutive years from 1996 until 1999.