British Tea Time

9acdbb53b458eab2b989fe9be07df677Wouldn’t it be wonderful to host an Afternoon Tea party? Well, here are some ideas on how to have your own elegant social event. It’s not too complicated and those of you who love planning should find it a fun endeavor. Traditional British tea parties include treats such as finger sandwiches, scones, macarons, cupcakes, cakes and of course tea. However, you can play around with the types of dishes you serve based on your own preferences. Hey, there are many people who serve champagne at their tea parties amongst other drinks. LOL.

Make sure you tell your guests to dress semi casual for the event to keep in like with tradition. Men can wear dress shirts, ties and nice slacks.  Of course ladies should wear dresses and it is encouraged to add a stylish hat and gloves. You may even convince some few people to act as maids and servers if you want to take things up a notch.  Just make sure you promise them something awesome in exchange for their assistance.

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It is believed that credit for the custom of the Afternoon Tea goes to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford in the early 19th century. Serving dinner as late as 9:00 pm which left the Duchess hungry. To stave off that hunger she would order tea, bread, and cakes in her room. The habit caught on and afternoon tea was born… read more

A traditional afternoon tea, whether an Irish tea or an English tea, will start with finger-sized sandwiches, followed by scones with butter, jam and/or cream, then an assortment of cakes and, of course, lashings of tea.

Afternoon tea should not be mistaken for a Cream Tea, or a high tea High Tea or Tea in England is the early evening meal (dinner) and is considered a mainly northern working-class term. As afternoon tea was more often served in the parlour or in the garden, the tea would be served at low tables, High Te was taken at the table seated on dining chairs, hence were known as High Tea. (, 2013)

The Place Settings

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The Food

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The Invitations

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