“The daintiness and yet elegance of a china teacup focuses one to be gentle, to think warmly, and to feel close.”
Who doesn’t want to pretend to be Lady Mary from Downton Abbey for an afternoon and sip tea in a genteel, aesthetically pleasing setting with your closest girlfriends. Clink glasses of champagne and enjoy deliciously dainty morsels of afternoon tea. This is ‘High Tea’.
Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company
High Tea today has become a more elaborate full afternoon tea rather than the High Tea of old that was a working class meal in the UK. Sometimes confused with Afternoon tea, High Tea is quite lavish and completely charming.
Every time I drink hot tea I suddenly feel very sophisticated and I subconsciously begin to gravitate toward a British accent.Keith Wynn
Gather your friends or daughters to enjoy what I find is one of my most favorite pastimes for a celebration or party. It is an elegant, fun and relaxing way to spend an afternoon. Every aspect of a High Tea is enchanting as they are usually hosted in beautiful five star hotels across the world or heritage listed old buildings with stylish interiors and stunning views such as The Gunners Barracks at North Head Sydney.
High tea is usually in the same format. Starting with a welcome glass of French champagne followed by a lavish long afternoon of tea served in delicate, fine china cups and saucers with silver or porcelain teapots. Fresh flowers and linen adorn the tables, creating a lovely ambience of elegance and grace. A three tiered silver cake stand is piled high with a selection of dainty ribbon sandwiches, tiny savouries and usually scones, jam and cream plus petit fours.
What could be a better way to while away the hours with friends or family. Perhaps some good music, a view or an open log fire complete the picture. If you have not been to High tea I can’t recommend them enough.
You are never too old for a Tea party!
High Tea has become a welcome tradition for any celebration, a pre wedding party, baby shower or birthday for groups of women of all ages.
High Tea as we do in Australia is known in the UK , Singapore and Dubai as Afternoon Tea although the term High Tea is becoming more reflective of our tradition. We do also have afternoon Tea in Australia but it is not as lavish as what we know today as High Tea. Afternoon Tea or Devonshire Tea is a shorter tea with scones, jam and cream, coffee or tea also known in the UK as Cream Tea or Cornish Tea.
There is always time for Tea
Content Di Baker 2020
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