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May Birthday Giveaway: lovely tea towels from mirror mirror

tea towels from the mirror mirror shop

What’s going on here? My site started ten years ago this month and to celebrate I’m giving away something each weekday. Because I like you.

Today I’ve got a set of colorful Atelier LZC Tea Towels from the mirror mirror shop, which currently spans both the UK and the US. I known Paola because I read that she moved with her family from London to my old neighborhood here in Seattle so I sent her a very long email describing where I thought the best food shops and parks were. Happily she didn’t think I was a crazy person and I’ve had an excuse to visit my old home, including this one bakery that makes good soups, ever since. I absolutely love the way she has curated what is offered in her shop, and I continue to have a crush on the stacking egg cups which are, if you’ll allow me, the most practical of all egg cups I’ve seen.

f you’d like these two lovely French-designed tea towels to grace your kitchen please leave a comment with this entry, and if you’d like something to chat about (I love reading all the comments) answer this question: Have you ever been to a high tea? I have, twice, and I have to say I found the little sandwiches confounding each time. Your turn, you’ve got until Saturday, May 28th at 10 a.m. PST to enter, the fine print applies. Good luck! Closed, thanks for entering!

· comments [387] · 05-27-2011 · categories:shopping ·

387 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Amy // May 27, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    I love high tea. I live in HK and it is common to go here for special occasions throughout the year. One of the best traditional places to go in Hong Kong is to the Peninsula Hotel. You can’t beat scones with clotted cream and lemon curd!

  • 2 Casey // May 27, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Not yet, but in one month at The Willow Tea Rooms in Glasgow!

  • 3 Jessica // May 28, 2011 at 12:03 am

    The design on those towels is fabulous. Never been to high tea but maybe someday.

  • 4 Katrina // May 28, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Yes, a few times at hotels – I love it! I adore lounging, sipping champagne and tea, and eating dainty food :) I also have very fond memories of my grandmother hosting high teas for special occasions … lots of little sandwiches and cakes, biscuits and tarts.

  • 5 Cindy // May 28, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Nice to meet you! I’m enjoying your zest for life and willingness to share it with others and to shine light on others talents and products. I have a lot of catch up reading to do. I will be making the marble magnets this weekend. Thanks! No high tea for me, I beleve it Earl Grey Tea as a rule, sandwiches with no crust and I can say that I do love cucumber sandwiches. Missed the opportunity when in Hong Kong at the China Fleet Club that was managed by the English due to the peaceful protesting in the streets during the outbreak of Tianamen Square. We were amazed at how quiet the protest was as everyone marched through the streets but felt unsure of what might occur if we stayed out too long. Now I’m going to have to make a cucumber sandwich this weekend! Wishes for a Happy Memorial Day to all the troops serving, retired, passed, and their families. The sacrifices they make for our country should never be taken for granted.

  • 6 Cindy // May 28, 2011 at 2:26 am

    In case anyone else wants to have a cucumber sandwich…here are two versions you can try, (I add dill weed to mine and finely diced red onion).
    Cucumber Mint Tea Sandwiches

    •1/4 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
    •2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    •2 tablespoons cream cheese
    •6 slices of bread
    •3-inch length of cucumber
    Recipe from

    Best Cucumber Sandwiches

    •1 medium cucumber
    •1/2 cup cider vinegar
    •1 cup water
    •8 ounces of cream cheese
    •1/4 cup mayonnaise
    •1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    •1/4 teaspoon onion salt
    •dash Worcestershire
    •1 loaf sliced, firm-textured bread
    •dash of paprika
    Recipe from Dayles Incredible Links.

  • 7 Jenn // May 28, 2011 at 3:50 am

    Yes! In a grand old hotel in NYC

  • 8 Kylie // May 28, 2011 at 4:06 am

    High tea is fabulous! I replicated a high tea as my baby shower with an eclectic collection of second hand vintage tea sets we found in charity stores around the east coast of Australia. Each guest got given the tea cup and saucer home as a party favor. We made random table runners and turned old clocks into table decorations inspired by the mad hatter himself. Great afternoon in the back yard with the girls!

  • 9 Jen R // May 28, 2011 at 4:27 am

    I’ve never been to high tea, but it sounds like fun!

  • 10 Anne with an e // May 28, 2011 at 5:15 am

    So pretty! Never been to a high tea, but that fanciness sounds kind of fun.

  • 11 Beth S. // May 28, 2011 at 5:20 am

    Unfortunately I have had the honor of attending a high tea. What a shame. I would love it!!! And I would love those beautiful tea towels. They would look great in my kitchen!

  • 12 Beth S. // May 28, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Unfortunately I have not had the honor of attending a high tea. What a shame. I would love it!!! And I would love those beautiful tea towels. They would look great in my kitchen!

  • 13 Betty Anne // May 28, 2011 at 5:36 am

    Never been to a high tea but I do love tea towels.

  • 14 Amanda // May 28, 2011 at 5:59 am

    I have never been to a high tea, but I recently learned there is such a thing as “low tea”!

  • 15 Crystal // May 28, 2011 at 6:49 am

    I live about as far away from a city as you can get in the Lower 48, so I haven’t been to a high tea. The tea towels are fabulous, though!

  • 16 Anna // May 28, 2011 at 7:05 am

    I can’t say I’ve ever been to “high” tea (whatever that means, exactly), but as a kid my Mom took me to one of those tea house places where the sugar cubes had tiny pink roses on them. This is basically the only thing I remember about it – but it’s worth remembering, don’t you think?

  • 17 Joys // May 28, 2011 at 7:37 am

    I love high tea at the Queen Mary in Seattle. It’s oh so funky and sophisticated at the same time. Love those tea towels!

  • 18 Linda // May 28, 2011 at 7:46 am

    I’ve been to high tea quite a few times (relatives in England). It is a lovely, relaxing ritual. One of the more interesting teas I attended was the framework for an etiquette class.

  • 19 AmyS // May 28, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I haven’t been to a high tea before. I think I need to add that to my bucket list!

  • 20 Maria P // May 28, 2011 at 7:52 am

    I’ve been to midwestern tea parties but that is SO not the same :) I love the towels though.

  • 21 Pam // May 28, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I had Christmasseason high tea once at the Peabody in Memphis. Friends and the setting made it memorable but the food was a bit old-lady for me!

  • 22 Megan // May 28, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I’d love to go to a high tea, but I’ve never been. It’s actually something on my list of things I’d like to do.

  • 23 Lori // May 28, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I’ve never been to high tea, but I do like those towels.

  • 24 Gina // May 28, 2011 at 8:29 am

    These would be lovely! I am having a tea in June and need something like this. :)

  • 25 Zandra // May 28, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I’ve been to high tea twice at The Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC. Definitely pricey but fun to do with a pack of Steampunk nerds dressed in their weirdest Victorian finery, The hotel was very amused and accommodating.

  • 26 Fred // May 28, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I adore high tea, always feels so special! My favorite is Lovejoy’s in SF. I have also had high tea in Seattle, Victoria, and London.

  • 27 Rachel (Olalliberry) // May 28, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I’ve never been to a high tea, but I think it would be fun! I’ve been drinking more tea lately in an effort to cut back on coffee. The towels are adorable.

  • 28 Holly // May 28, 2011 at 9:10 am

    I LOVE these tea towels. I’ve been to a high tea once. I was in England with my Mom. It was lovely…and expensive!!

  • 29 Jane // May 28, 2011 at 9:23 am

    My boyfriend and I went to the most lovely “high tea” place in Bali, Indonesia. It was so wonderful! They served us a 3 tiered platter full of little sandwiches and cookies, along with our perfectly brewed tea. Let me know if you ever go to Bali! I will hook you up to the most awesome places!

  • 30 Ruth Ann // May 28, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I’ve never been to high tea, but it does sound like it would be a lot of fun.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 31 wendy // May 28, 2011 at 10:10 am

    My mother and I go to high tea every Christmas season, we have since I was a little girl. It’s one of my favorite traditions!

  • 32 Mikki // May 28, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I have never been for High Tea but I would LOVE to try it! They always just look so pretty and delicious.

  • 33 zzipper // May 28, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I have yet to be to a high tea but I hope there is an opportunity in my future. I have been following Paola since I learned about her blog from her husband – such a great family!

  • 34 Leslie // May 28, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I adore high tea and I collect tea towels!

  • 35 Tina // May 28, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I’ve never been, but the tea towels are gorgeous!!

  • 36 kellosaurus // May 28, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I have never been to a high tea, but i am certain it would be lovely!
    These tea towels would also be lovely, in my kitchen, of course. ;)

  • 37 Laura // May 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I LOVE High Tea! A few years ago my mom and dad found a little tea shop in Alpharetta, GA called Vintage tea. It was so good they started going every month with friends and I came along as often as possible. The tea started with a small soup and salad then the 3-tiered stands came out with desserts on top, sandwiches in the middle, and fresh hot scones and fruit on the bottom. Everything was soooo good, I would eat until I could burst and was always sloshy with tea since you could have as many pots of different flavors as you wanted. When this place closed down a couple of years ago we were all heartbroken, I still miss it, but we make our own “high teas” at home now!