High tea is one of the few parties we still give during the day. I recently went to a High Tea birthday party for dear friend singer songwriter, activist and actress Kelly Newton-Wordsworth. We spent the afternoon enjoying cocktails, cups of tea in exquisite antique bone china and a delicious menu of sandwiches and sweets. Hours flew by.
A full tea party is an abbreviated dinner party without the big table. The only real requirement is that you create conditions for happy conversation.
High tea is the survivor even in its modified form! The grand British tea party of last century lives on in places like London at the Ritz or The Peninsula in Hong Kong, but for most of us, the tea party is an opportunity to get out the best china, eat tiny food, drink tea and chat.
High tea is generally taken in a sitting room, drawing-room or living room where coffee tables or occasional tables are placed near sofas or chairs.
There are 3 types of tea party according to What’s Cooking America. The one you choose depends on your guests, budget and time.
Cream Tea - Tea, scones, jam and cream.
Light Tea - Tea, scones and sweets.
The traditional time for tea was four or five o’clock in the afternoon. No one stayed beyond seven o’clock. This is still the case. Your tea party menu can consist of almost anything from sandwiches to savoy sponge. Remember to make portion sizes small to tiny – it’s all about quality and variety.
The Chocoladdict recently held a contest. It’s not a traditional tea party menu but great suggestions if you want something on the casual side. Here are the winners. The Fique et Sardine has a great recipe for Quaker style muffins, Croque Miam has a delicious recipe for Breton cake which lasts for a few weeks and not for anyone on a serious diet. (Use Google Translator for French sites.)
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