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!
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?