As the Summer continues to heat up, I always like to head right back into the AC and climate controlled environments. That said, a perfect opportunity for fabulous interactive fun is a classic tea party. I know what you’re thinking. Teas are just for the ladies. That’s an absolute NO. Here’s a bit of history about High Tea and you’ll find out why it’s for everyone.
Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, therefore, leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
Plates and bowls: Set your table with a nice white table cloth and lay out a mixture of decorative plates to set the scene. You can grab a matching set or mix and match with a few complimenting patterns.
Tea pot and tea cups: It’s nice if you can have several tea pots out so your guests will have the opportunity to brew a variety of teas served in decorative tea cups.
Tea: An assortment of loose leaves and tea bags plus other drinks including hot chocolate, coffee or champagne, if it’s a special occasion. Everything is better with Bubbles!!! Accompany the tea selections with cream, sugar and lemon slices to accommodate the varied tastes of your guests.
Cutlery: You’ll need everything from a cake knife to teaspoons for stirring in the cream and sugar.
Napkins and doilies: An assortment of napkins for mess and doilies for decoration.
Three-tiered cake stand: Cake stands are a great way to display the three “courses” by allowing your guests to easily pick and choose while making them look extra fancy. A large serving plate would work just as well if you don’t have one or you can always make your own.
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