I have a personal fascination with all things girlie.What's more girlie than a tea party?? I would say nothing. No matter the age, Girls love tea parties. I have attended and been apart of planning a number of teas, however I decided to research the history of tea time. Let me tell you.... many of us have a lot to learn. The history of tea time or tea parties date back to the 17th and 18th centuries for the wealthy or elite. Present day teas are attended by people from various backgrounds and socioeconomic classes. What remains the same is the ambience. The delicate and dainty manner. When I think of a tea, etiquette is synonymous with such an event. With all of this being said I would like to give you some pointers so that when are planning your next tea with an organization or attending one, you are a little more versed.
There are a variety of Tea Times.
Cream Tea- A simple tea consisting of scones, clotted cream marmalade or lemon curd and tea.
Low Tea/Afternoon Tea- An afternoon meal including sandwiches, scones, clotted cream, curd, 2-3 sweets and tea. ("low tea" due to guest being seated in low arm chairs with side tables to place cups and saucers on)
Elevensies- Morning coffee hour in England
Royale Tea- A social tea that includes champagne or sherry served at the end of the tea.
High Tea- Elegance and regal-ness typically around 6 pm that includes a meal of meat and potatoes as well as other foods and tea.
Now that you have been given a little more info than you had before, just keep it diva with your attire. Style a big hat or fascinator, dress, heels and if you want to go further gloves. Until next time CHEERS!!