High Tea

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A Real Tea Party

In honor of an English neighbor, my friend Julie hosted a Tea Party this afternoon. As a daily practice, this little lady sips tea at four o'clock every afternoon. Growing up in England, it was her family tradition. Here are the ingredients for a successful party!

Several of us contributed food to the tea party and the end result of our efforts was magnificent. The table was beautiful, full of tasty delicacies. Julie brewed some awesome tea complimented with lemon or milk. I drink my tea with lemon and enjoyed several cups during our visit.

The tables were set with linens and fine china. Using good china is part of the High Tea fun. Tea tastes better in a real teacup!

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Plenty of Goodies

In the English tradition, tea is served with cake and other light delicacies. Our fanfare included an assortment of finger sandwiches, crackers and dip, strawberries, cake, fancy cookies, and an array of other light desserts. The china, the linen napkins and the teacups enhanced the party and its festivities.

As we enjoyed our High Tea, we watched the beginning of a rainstorm. What a perfect day for a tea, the cold front that passed through yesterday had settled in and the air today is nippy!

In honor of the event, we all dressed up. My friend Melinda wore a flowered hat in honor of the tea. She looked festive in her attire and was glad to have the hat as she dodged rain drops on the way to the car!

The Center of the Party

The teapot is essential to a successful High Tea! They come in a variety of styles and sizes. I own several teapots. My favorite pot is hand-painted and has several matching teacups.

I don't drink coffee. When the weather gets cold, I savor a hot cup of tea. If you have a teapot, invite someone for tea and enjoy the cooler Fall weather along with some great conversation. Have a cup for me, would you?

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PaulaK 6 years ago from Austin. Texas Author

Pamela, the Empress Hotel sounds like a wonderful place to have tea!

Chris, you are a serious tea drinker!

One Good Woman, I also like a pretty tea cup! I have some favorites in the China Cabinet.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

I love (herbal) tea and tea parties. High tea is the best fun. Empress Hotel, Victoria, BC -- my favorite place for high tea.


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ChrisLincoln 6 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California

As a Brit who has lived in the US for nearly twenty years, I am still a tea afficionado, but would be shocked if my neigbors did anything as thoughtful as you did here. If I don't get my ten or so cups a day I become seriously teahydrated.

Fun hub, and thanks for the follow,

Chris


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onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

I am a coffee drinker, but I like

a pretty and delicate cup to drink

it from.......can I still play?

I enjoyed this article. It was

simply fun and inviting.


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PaulaK 6 years ago from Austin. Texas Author

Pmccray, my husband has gone to High Tea with me both in a fancy hotel and a tea room. He enjoyed both. I trust you will enjoy some good tea this winter. It certainly warms the body!


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pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

What fun. Recently my husband and I have become tea fans and this sounds like so much fun and relaxing. I must get a tea pot . . oh high tea . . maybe my hubby and I will try this. Great piece.


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PaulaK 6 years ago from Austin. Texas Author

Enjoy your tea Cajunrooster!


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cajunrooster 6 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

Oh man, Paula K what great fun. I do drink tea as I am not a coffee drinker either. It's in the middle of he night right now and you have made me put on the water to boil.


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Jo Deslaurier 6 years ago

Great article, it was fun to read while a drank my morning cup of tea.


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europewalker 6 years ago

Lovely hub.I enjoy a tea party also.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

What fun and how elegant. I love your amazon choices!

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