|Dogs of honor are in, "Cats" the movie is out.|
This upcoming year will kick off what may be another decade of "roaring twenties". In 2020, we'll have a presidential election which, like style décor experts predict in home fashions, there will be little "neutral" territory. Expect a lot from both sides of the aisle, but also a change in how parties come down the aisle - specifically, "bridal parties" for the latter.
Inspired by "Hello, 2020" (Detroit Free Press, December 27, 2019) and the WSJ's "Top 6 Interior-Design Trends for 2020", along with BTS' humble and plentiful opinions, we shine the light on what's in and what's out for the new year.
|Add gray tea towels to a white kitchen|
|Kusmi's first white tea, deliciously in.|
In: Dark blues. Classic Blue and Naval are the 2020 colors of the year. Ahoy, mateys, we'll be back to gray next year.
Out: Gray - again, although, this time the style guru's mean it. (except for tea towels).
In: White tea. We're particularly fond of Kusmi Tea's tea blanc. This is Kusmi's first white tea and it's delicious with notes of rose and raspberry.
Out: White kitchens - Again. . . again! But, white kitchen with gray tea towels from Copenhagen, gets you back "in".
|Tiaras, not just for weekends anymore!|
|Bow ties are in again in 2020!|
In: Tiaras and bow ties! Not just for royal affairs. Great for weddings, home parties or movie theaters.
Out: Yoga pants. Except for yoga or the gym. And, we love Lulu Lemon for that!
|The Willard Hotel in DC. Lobby for more afternoon tea|
In: Election year! This year we're lobbying for more afternoon teas at The Willard in DC!
Out: We'll see. ; )
|Downton Abbey cookbook based on 1920's reality TV|
In: The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook. A tome filled with history, pictures and lots of recipes from the other roaring twenties "reality" TV show.
Out: In the Kitchen with Kris: A Kollection of Kardashian-Jenner Family Favorites. Some may applaud the klever use of the "k" to replace the "c", but we've been keeping up with these folks since 2007. It's been a recipe for disaster for over a decade. We say K'enough!
|Tiaras for evening wear or DA cosplay|
In: Downton Abbey movie. Rumors are swirling that there may be a sequel! Perhaps a Trilogy: "The Crawleys Awaken", "The Last Footman", and "Rise of the Tourism".
Out: The Star Wars Trilogy. . . for now.
In: Baby Yoda
Out: Baby shark. There is no try, only do do do do do do do
|First Downton Abbey tea of the year at Meadow Brook Hall|
In: Downton Abbey teas! Host one of your own with the aid of the DA Cookbook OR join us in 2020 for DA tea talks at lots of great venues! Our first DA-inspired tea is this February at Meadow Brook Hall. For future DA (and other!) BTS teas, watch our events page on the Barb's Tea Service website.
|Astors still visible in New York today|
|Gilded Age exhibit at the Biltmore|
In: Gilded Age teas! Still in and BTS has a lot of new tales to tell from travels from the Biltmore to New York City. Stayed tuned to the BTS website. It's gilded, Jerry, it's gilded!
Out: No tea talks are out in 2020, only in!
|Say "yes" to the dress and dog of honor and "no" to Cats!|
In: Dogs and cats in weddings.
Out: "Cats" the movie. Let's stop it before it trilogizes!
|Gilded Age table at Biltmore|
|BTS will display one new tablescape each month!|
In: Tablescapes captured by iPhones. BTS is committed to one fantastic tablescape a month and we'll upload photos. Watch for upcoming blog posts!
Out: Phoning-in table settings. With just a few extras, like fanciful, folded napkins or the addition of the fish knife and fork (that is, if you are serving fish!), you send an unspoken message to your guests that they were worth the added effort.
|Zen dens and tea garden void of clutter|
In: Zen Dens, Tea Gardens and other designated spaces for meditation and refuge.
Out: Clutter. Seriously, when was this ever in? I keep waiting. In trend lists over the years it always shows up as "out". If it ever gets to be trendy, my home office space will be ready!
|Multi-purpose pillows can light up your life.|
In: Multi-function pillows. If a pillow is going to just sit on your sofa most of time, make it functional as well as decorative. We're quite fond of this moose-and-woods themed pillow that lights up the way to the couch.
Out: More than
In: Etiquette. Once again, good manners never go out of style! May we suggest BTS' "Twelve Dining Essentials: Formal Dining and Tea Time".
Out: Not knowing where to place your fish fork and knife!
|Midwestern good-bye, complete with hand-on-doorknob talk and many hugs|
In: Midwestern Goodbyes. No one escapes quickly. Like a tasty, muli-layered dip, there are seven stages ranging from "welp" to "hand on doorknob conversation". And, like Olaf, we're a fan of warm hugs inbetween. My daughter shared this "recipe" with me last year and I loved it so much, my sister-in-law made it into a wall hanging., Oh, yah, this is how we say farewell to any guests as they are trapped in the hallway on their way "out".
Out: In a Midwestern good-bye, any "out" is going to last awhile, so you might as well hold off starting the car just yet.
As we see 2019 out, we want to thank all of you who stop by and visit us here at the BTS blog or who've come to see us at our teas (or both!) and have shared your friendship as well as a cup of tea. We know you've got the car started and your hand on the doorknob, but we're not letting you go without a warm hug and a cup of tea-to-go!
Happy, happy New Year from Barb's Tea Shop and we're so looking forward to sharing our tea adventures with you in 2020!
|Happy New Year from Barb and Rachel of BTS!|