Who doesn’t want to pretend to be Lady Mary from Downton Abbey for an afternoon and sip tea in an elegant setting with your closest girlfriends? Clink glasses, sip champagne and enjoy deliciously dainty morsels of afternoon tea. ‘High Tea’.
Today’s high Tea has become a more elaborate full afternoon tea than the High Tea of old that was a working-class meal in the UK. Sometimes confused with Afternoon tea, High Tea is quite a lavish, charming way to enjoy Tea.
Every aspect of a High Tea is lovely, so relaxing, fun and refined. Gather your friends, your mum, and your daughters and enjoy what I find is one of the best parties for a special occasion or celebration. High Tea is available in many five-star hotels or heritage-listed old buildings with stylish interiors and stunning views such as The Gunners Barracks at North Head Sydney.
High tea often starts with a welcome glass of French champagne followed by an opulent 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 scones, jam and cream plus petit fours.
What could be a better way to while away the hours with friends or family? Perhaps beautiful 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.
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.
We call High Tea in Australia is called Afternoon Tea in parts of the world; U K, Singapore and Dubai. Afternoon Tea in Australia 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.
Content Di Baker 2020
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