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The Tea Cocktail Party

It is always such a thrill when an idea that has long been swirling around in your mind comes to fruition.

Our delicious organic teas used as the base for cocktails, creative seasonal food paired with each cocktail and a mix of people ready to gather and celebrate warm Spring evenings and the beginning of the party season... this combination of sumptuous elements combined to make the Tea Cocktail Party!

A collaboration between Nourish and Nest and Reay's Place, it brought together such a fabulous mix of people. My favourite elements of all our gatherings are seeing people catch up, others meeting for the first time, guests laughing, connecting, relaxing and smiling across the table at one another. This event was no exception but with the added bonus of live music and an impromptu dance floor too. Love.

It was everything we had imagined and more. Thank you to everyone who came.. I hope you're inspired to try and mix a few tea cocktails yourself or at least enjoy some iced teas this coming Summer.

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Call us biased, but we think this is really going to be the Summer of the tea cocktail. Need some tea to make your own at home? Shop our delicious, refreshing range here.

Special thanks to Garry & Nicole Reay and their gorgeous staff for looking after us, Event Lighting Hire for the lights, Sasha Crofts for the photos, Marissa Walsh for the styling and Kenny & Amanda for serenading us. 

 

 

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The Tea Gathering

 

We believe in tea as ritual. It is a small pleasure, an ancient and timeless act amongst the rhythm of our days. Tea can allow us to find beauty in small solitary moments or be a conduit for bringing people together to share moments in time.

We believe that when we gather we can connect and engage in conversations that fill our hearts and share moments that inspire our souls.

The Tea Gathering is our next event and it has been born out of this idea of gathering people together around the simple but beautiful ritual of tea.

The event will be held on a winter afternoon in the fabulous Clifton School of Arts.

In collaboration with Reay's Place, we will be presenting tastings of our entire range of organic teas and herbal tisanes, paired with an 8-course degustation created by Nicole and Garry Reay.

It will be beautiful down to the last detail and seats are limited. Why not gather with us? Come alone and meet new folk or bring a group of friends.

Tickets are now on sale in our online store or in-store at Reay's Place.

Photos of our past gatherings can be found here.

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Late Summer

'Wherever you are, be all there'
Jim Elliot

Hello!

It has been a little while between drinks but I am glad to be back in this space and looking forward to sharing some fresh and exciting things here on the blog this year.

Earlier this week, I gathered with a small group of fabulous women for a photo shoot for the Nourish and Nest range of Organic Teas and Herbal Tisanes. It was such a fun, refreshing, inspiring time and we finished with afternoon drinks in the garden. 

It was a perfect late-Summer style of gathering and I will be sharing all the images in the coming days as well as some ideas and inspirations for gathering and celebrating the last of the balmy weather.

Sitting at the table and enjoying relaxed conversation (well, as relaxed as you can be when you're having your photo taken!) and iced teas got me thinking about all that is fabulous about this time of year. I am also aware of how easy it is to get caught up in always anticipating the next season and in doing so, missing what is in the here and now.

The end of every season is a time to relish in the goodness that is unique to that particular time of year. The awareness that seasonal delights may soon come to an end makes them all the more precious, be they Summer's balmy nights, Autumn's crisp mornings, Winter evenings spent fireside or the freshness that comes with Spring.

And so, as we find ourselves in late Summer, I am grateful for the particular pleasures of this time of year. One of my favourite aspects of this season is the ease with which we can gather with our friends. There is a simplicity to Summer entertaining - a blanket thrown on the grass is really all you need.

I am also delighting in the little things - my youngest babe naked in the backyard as she waters the plants, simple dinners based around what's in the garden (which is predominantly chillies at the moment - not that helpful for feeding children!) and the warm evenings that allow us to work on projects around the home late into the night.

Part of the Nourish and Nest philosophy is to align yourself with the seasons. It is so easy to always be looking ahead to the next season (in the cycle of the year and in our lives), to what is to come. To be 'here' physically but not mentally. But in doing so, we often lose our contentment and miss out on the everyday beauty and opportunity that surrounds us.

Whilst as a lover of Autumn I look forward to the season that is to come, I am also choosing to savour late Summer and all that it entails. I hope you are relishing all that is good in your current season - in the year and in life.

Tara x

Image credit: Sasha Crofts

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The Spring Feast // a Nourish and Nest Seasonal Gathering


We had envisioned our Spring Feast to be an under-the-stars communal dining affair. A true celebration of the pleasant evenings we often enjoy at the end of Spring where we can eat outside with friends and linger at the table as long as we please.

But nature had other ideas and the night of our dinner was one of torrential rain and unpleasant winds. But the foundations of the gathering still remained - the fabulous guests, generous people offering up their home, passionate chefs and an abundance of good, seasonal food and drink.

And so we improvised and brought our long table feast inside (at the very last minute of course, just to add a little drama!). The table was set, an abundance of candles were lit and we all got cosy together indoors instead of out.

Lovely folk were met, good conversations were had across the table (not a mobile phone in sight!), and a decadent offering of fresh, seasonal (and local where possible) food was lavished upon us.
Full belly, full glass, full heart would sum things up appropriately.

Our Spring Feast was sponsored by chefs extraordinary Garry and Nicole Reay of Reay's Place, photographer Joe Morrissey of Hindsight Images, Nicole of Concrete Pots who provided the stunning succulents that adorned our table and Kate Baxter who personalised the table with her gorgeous hand-lettering. We are thankful to these good people and to the feasters who gathered with us to celebrate Spring!

Nicole and I are already dreaming up our next seasonal gathering - an end-of-Summer cocktail party. Stay tuned!

 

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Nourish and Nest Seasonal Gathering // A Winter's Feast

It is incredibly fulfilling to see an idea long thought about become a tangible reality. And so it was with a very full heart that I took my seat at the table for the first of our seasonal gatherings at the start of this month.

The concept was simple - to gather in celebration of the season at hand. To engage with good company over good, local, in-season food.

And so, 20 of us ate and drank and talked and laughed in celebration of Winter.

As is fitting for the coldest season, there were multiples fires lit, hearty food, warming wines and teas and a bit of much-needed decadence to entice us away from our homes and encourage us to linger at the table until the very late hours.

We were rewarded with food that exceeded all expectations from our talented chefs, a full blue moon, new people met and the soul-warming goodness that comes from taking time over a meal with no distractions bar good conversation.

The menu focused on fresh, local, in-season produce and was created to highlight the aromas of our Winter candle with its notes of sweet pine forest, earthy cedar wood & smokey campfire.

A Winter's Feast was generously supported by:

Coolangatta Estate Winery

Reay's Place Catering

Hindsight Images

Darkes Cider & Glenbernie Orchard

Moko Design and Construct

We are incredibly grateful for their support as well as that of Amy & Mark who opened their beautiful home to us for the night (the same home we used for this shoot) and (as always) to our fabulous Katelin (of Atolia fame) who is behind the scenes (or in front of the camera) for much that happens around here.

Keen to gather with us for our Spring celebration? If you sign up for our newsletter (left hand side of our homepage), you'll be the first to know when seats are available at the table. 

Here are more images from the night as captured by Joe from Hindsight Images, as well as the menu created by Garry & Nicole of Reay's Catering.

 

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A seasonal gathering - 'A Winter's Feast'

Part of the philosophy behind Nourish and Nest is 'gather and celebrate' and 'align yourself with the seasons'. So, with these two ideas in mind, we have been dreaming for a while now of gathering fine folk each season to celebrate good company, good food and good wine.

The first of these seasonal gatherings that we will be hosting is 'A Winter's Feast'.

Talented chefs Garry & Nicole Reay have created an incredible Winter menu featuring local produce and matching wines. The dinner will be held at a private venue in the northern suburbs of Wollongong, with guests being sent location details prior to the night.

You can secure yourself a seat at the table here

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