Thursday, March 31, 2011

Join Us for an Open House

Join us for an Open House from 1-4 pm on Saturday May 28th as Fancy That announces, with tea and tea-bread (while supply lasts!), it's new status as a "Tea Boutique"!

Since 2003, we've been providing rentals of vintage china and glassware for tea parties and special events. Now, we're tickled pink to also offer you a myriad of items for your shopping pleasure, such as flavoured teas, tea bread, imported jams and beautiful gifts and accessories.

We invite you to browse the Boutique, sample our lemon tea and some truly amazing lemon tea bread (so delicious we are excited to share it with you as free samples)!

We are looking forward to seeing you on May 28th! No need to RSVP, just stop by our shop any time between 1pm-4pm. Our address is 272 Main Street (RT1A), Walpole, MA. We are on the 34E bus route (click here for bus schedule). There is parking in the front of and in the rear of our shop.

Please note: samples will be offered self-serve; this is not a seated event.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Newest addition to Fancy That Tea Boutique - flavoured sugars

We're excited to tell you about our latest offering: herbal sugars! Lavender, Rose Geranium and Mandarin Orange Spice are the flavours. The sugars add just a little something extra to your recipes - a subtle flavour to make your taste buds sing! Try them in iced teas or lemonade. By far the most popular is the Lavender Sugar. (Remember our earlier post about Lavender? It means "Devotion"!) Each sugar packet comes with wonderful recipes such as for shortbread cookies, lavender whipped cream, and others. Each packet of flavoured sugar will make a cake and cookie recipe. So if you are planning on making more than two cakes, you will simply need more than one packet of flavoured sugar! We can't wait for you to try these :)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Tea Boutique

This morning, Fancy That's sign was installed! We are announcing our new "status" as a Tea Boutique. After all, when you rent fine china and glassware, and when you are a purveyor of flavoured teas, scones, imported jams, beautiful gifts and accessories, what else could you be called? Simultaneously, we have launched our new URL We are proud to have our sign up, proud to soon be offering some of the finest imported items, and proud to continue providing fine china and glassware for rentals, making your special event all the more memorable. Plan to stop by our Open House on May 28th from 1 - 4 PM! We're located at 272 Main Street in Walpole, MA (you can't miss our sign out front :)) You will be able to browse the shop, sample some offerings, and enjoy your afternoon with some tea.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Fancy That gets a Face Lift

Check out the new design for our exterior sign! Love it!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Language of Spices and Flowers - Lavender is Devotion

Lavender Field
In our next post, we will be announcing a new product line being carried by Fancy That in our shoppe. As a preface to our next post and the announcement (are you feeling the building excitement?) we would like to share some old Victoriana with you – what flowers and spices mean.

We all know that a rose means love. Did you know that different colored roses mean a different thing? That is for yet another post. Did you know that Lavender means devotion? Imagine giving a loved one, friend or husband (or bride) a gift of Lavender. You are saying “With Devotion”. Are you excited to hear about the newest item soon to be in the Fancy That Shoppe?

Sadly, a little time to wait will be needed. Until the time that the announcement is made, here are some meanings of flowers and spices:

Almond – Hope
Basil – Best wishes, Love
Coriander – Desire
Garlic – Courage, Strength
Lavender – Devotion
Rosemary – Remembrance
Sage – Wisdom, Long life

More about “Lavender” next week! Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Tregothnan Tea in the USA

Tea House in Tolverine, near the Tregothnan Gardens

Fancy That is pleased to be an authorized retailer of Tregothnan Tea. Let’s turn to Tregothnan Tea for a moment! It is the only tea grown in the UK! A little about the Tregothnan Tea:

Tea was first mentioned in British literature in 1615. The British took it to Africa and India, in fact wherever in the Empire it might be grown. Tregothnan has a history of botanical firsts and is home to original introductions of Magnolia and rarities from Darjeeling. These Magnolias now tower to 60ft and are among the worlds largest in cultivation. Tea comes from a special form of Camellia sinensis: Tregothnan was also first to grow Camellia ornamentally outdoors 200 years ago.From their web site: “The belief in doing things well has persevered at Tregothnan: the Estate has stayed within the same family since 1335. Seven years of trials have been undertaken to achieve these fine teas that really deserve the accolade ‘English Tea’! Tregothnan is putting the English into English tea. The search for the perfect tea was intensified when it was proven that high quality tea really thrives in certain places on the Tregothnan Estate in Cornwall. Translated from the Cornish language 'Tregothnan' means 'The House at the Head of the Valley' and the beating heart of the Estate is the Private Botanic Garden.”

Tregothnan is passionate about growing and collecting plants, including many rare specimens and this passion is the inspiration for our range of English Estate products and experiences, notably the UK's first tea plantation and manuka honey production.

It’s great to see this continuing as part of Tregothnan. The Boscawen Family have lived at Tregothnan since 1335. The Tregothnan Garden is the home of English Tea and the inspiration for the growing range of products.

So there it is! A fine tea from England, actually grown IN England, available now from Fancy That. Not able to come to our Shoppe in Walpole, MA? Fancy That ships Tregothnan Tea Products anywhere in the continental USA (FPO and APO's excluded). Call (toll free 1-888-323-2TEA (2832) or email for more info. Or you can purchase from our Facebook Store! Added to our line of fine imported confits, French Biscuits, and English Devonshire Cream, we proudly offer Tregothnan Tea in sachets: Tregothnan Tea in the USA at Fancy That!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Tregothnan Tea is IN!

Fancy That is happy to say that we are an authorized retailer to sell Tregothnan Tea...the only tea grown in England.
Tea is IN!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Biscuits de Reims soon available at Fancy That's Shop

These delicate little biscuits from France are the loveliest shade of rose; made according to a 300 year old recipe and with natural ingredients. They of course pair perfectly with tea, but also with champagne or red wind. We are so excited to be importing these - can't wait for the first shipment to arrive! Stop by the Shoppe on May 28th (between 1pm-4pm) and sample some :)