Next Wednesday we will be having a trial tea party. While I was in Denver, The Brown Palace would have “high tea” where they served tea, scones, tea pastries and tea sandwiches in a beautiful setting (which, by the way, I found out is a misnomer – they should have called it “Full tea” – see explanations at the end). We thought this would be a great idea for a party – either for grown ups or little people.
- Salmon Canapes
- Cucumber and Grapefruit on a Canape
- Mini sandwiches
- Lemon Meringue Tartlets, Raspberry Tartlets
- Almond Crusted Tartlets
- Petit Fours
- Baby cupcakes and mini cakes
- Cherry and Almond Scones
- Currant Scones with lemon curd and orange butter
- Or Sparkling Wine with Peach Schnapps
- A selection of green teas, black teas and herbal teas
A little history of afternoon tea (this has not yet been fact checked, so I’m not sure it’s accurate)
Apparently – before tea became popular in England there were 2 meals – morning and night. I don’t know what they did in the middle of the day, perhaps they were already eating some kind of snack (but I haven’t seen any information on this yet). Morning was ale (they didn’t have good clean water, as far as I’ve been told and the ale wasn’t so alcoholic), bread and beef. Dinner was a long, huge meal.
Anna, the Duchess of Bedford (1788-1861) is credited with creating afternoon tea. She wrote that she had a “sinking feeling” in the late afternoon. Thus, she invited friends over for an additional afternoon meal at four o’clock in her rooms at Belvoir Castle (which is not in London).
She offered small cakes, bread and butter, assorted sweets, and tea. The Duchess continued this practice when she returned to London after the summer, and it gained in popularity there as well.
There are apparently 3 types of afternoon tea (none of which are “high tea” which means that the tea service includes meat): Cream tea (tea, scones, jam and cream), light tea (tea, scones and light sweets) and full tea (tea, savories, scones, sweets and dessert). We’ll be making the “full tea.”
If you would like to be part of the trial run, either email us or call us. If you would be interested in hosting a party yourself -let me know and we can cater it to your needs.