With having twin two year old nieces, sharing tea with them has always been top on my list. One of the first presents I bought for the girls was play tea sets. I was so happy when I heard they played with them all the time.
So the other day when I asked them to have a tea party with me, they both said “We are ‘cited!” When I told the that I had a princess book to go along with our tea- well squealing was their reaction with lots of clapping.
Bellasia: Once Upon A Tea is a book with an incredibly lovely message. The story more or less is a story about a queen and king who couldn’t have a baby on their own but with the help of some magical friends they are able to achieve this dream. The story is based on the author’s (Mercedes) real life story. Her and her husband struggled to have a child on their own and decided to adopt a little girl into their lives to provide them with their fairy tale ending. When it was time to read princess books to her daughter, Mercedes noticed along with her daughter, that there was a lack of stories about adopted princesses. Hence, Bellasia Tea was born.
As far as the actual story goes, the story is quite heart warming and knowing the background of the creation of the story just makes the experience even more so. The princess is grown from a magical brew that the magical friends created. As the princess grows up, she learns she has special powers to make her the defender of their realm. I will say that my twin nieces did have trouble sitting through the story since the book is on the longer side but these girls are more on the go kinda gals so I probably should have waited until nap time instead of smack dab in the middle of play time.
But, they did love drinking their tea while listening to the story. I cold brewed Dragon Berry to accompany the story time and the girls flipped out over this tea as well as most of the adults that tried the tea. Dragon Berry is a fruit tisane consisting of berries, cherries, hibiscus and other flavors.
Yes, this tea has a tart flavor but not an overwhelming one, which surprised me. It was more of a fresh tasting fruit punch with a tart background. The hibiscus was not overwhelming and the sour cherry flavor was a delicious twist. Everybody loved the tea and I had to brew up more. I think next time I would throw in some orange slices to really dress the tea up.
All in all, this is such a great book and one with such a lovely story. I think the story may be better suited for older kiddos than my 2 year old sweeties, but it is a wonderful story to share with children, the illustrations are gorgeous, and the tea is delicious!
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Fruit Tisane
Where to Buy: Bellasia Tea
My name is Mercedes, Yep the queen in the book and as you’ve might of guessed I have a beautiful daughter named Isabella. I started Bellasia for a few reasons. My husband and I could not conceive so we adopted the most beautiful little girl in the world, she’s a shining star that completes our lives. I grew up on Fairytales and Happily Ever After’s so naturally so did she. I noticed that she was quite distraught that there were no adopted princesses and even in some case shed a not so flattering light on non-birth parents as a whole. I felt pretty bad for her, so I would think of fairytales that had adopted princesses and that made her smile.