It is believed that the custom of afternoon tea began in the late 19th century, by Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. Dinner then was served at 8-9 at night. By late afternoon Anna would have a “sinking” feeling and to stave off this hungry “sinking feeling” she would order a light snack of tea, bread butter and little cakes. She would have these served in her room and she soon began to invite friends to join her in this late afternoon snack. This was so much fun that this idea of “tea” caught on very fast and soon other ladies were inviting ladies to join them in their homes for afternoon tea.
It was during the Edwardian period, that traveling became very popular with the ladies, so tea began to be served in the new tea lounges of the luxury hotels or high end department stores. Soon the afternoon tea party came to be served more outside of the home then in.
My plan is to bring back the in home tea party. These teas can be as whimsical as the mad hatters, fun and fancy free and full of frivol-tea. Or as sophisticated as the Ritz, prim and pinkie finger proper, they can be as warm and kid friendly as a pooh corner, teddy bear tea, heartea and mighttea mug o’teas for the men or a couples tea, as romantic as tea for two. You choose the venue and the menu and I bring everything needed for you to entertain a cozy group of 4 or an extended group of up to 100!! Though history shows tea was served in the late afternoon, tea parties can be held any time of day, breakfast, brunch, lunch, 4pm, dinner or a late night, nightea night tea. It’s your party you choose the time!
Sound like fun? Sound like something you would like to do? Ring me up or send me an e-mail, I would be thrilled to take tea to you!!!!
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