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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

I had a little tea party...

I had a little tea party this afternoon at three.
Twas very small- three guests in all-
Just I, myself and me.
Myself ate all the sandwiches,
while I drank all the tea
Twas also I who ate the pie
and passed the cake to me.
   -Jessica Nelson North-

Thursday, September 10, 2015

English Genius...Tea! Yes!.

In nothing is the English genius for domesticity more notably declared than in the institution of this festival—almost one may call it so—of afternoon tea. Beneath simple roofs, the hour of tea has something in it of sacred; for it marks the end of domestic work and worry, the beginning of restful, sociable evening. The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose. ~George Gissing, The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft, 1903

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Henry James Said...

“Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. “ 
               ~Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady, 1880

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Slightly Untraditional


                                (Photo by author)     

   Making tea time fun means we can create out own unique experience.
     No fine china cups? Use what you have, even a favorite mug will do. 
     No tea cakes? Cut up a candy bar or other confection on hand and make finger sweets.
     If you have a frilly hat, put it on, sip your tea, munch your goodies, and enjoy!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Tea Shops and Parlors


        It's always fun to browse a tea shop. Most have a large variety of tea to choose from, along with teapots, tea sets, and tea accessories.  Some sell goodies to have with tea, such as scones and tea cakes. A few have a tea bar where you can linger and have a cup of hot tea too. If you're looking to sit and sip, a tea room or parlor would be more your 'cup of tea.'
     Check your phone directory or go online to see if there's a tea shop in your area.
As an example, here is what I found in New York City:

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tea Bag Trivets-

These pretty trivets can be mixed and matched with your tea table decor.
    (Photo by author)

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Afternoon Tea Hats-

There are so many wonderful hats to choose from to make afternoon tea that much more fun. Department stores tend to charge a high price for nearly the same styles as the more economical priced choices at various discount stores.  I got mine in TELCO for under $10.00.
                                                                  (Photos by author)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tea Cakes and Sandwiches-

What's afternoon tea without 'tea cakes?'  A quick way to present some tea cakes at the last minute is to simply slice mini cupcakes or muffins in half, then top with some whipped cream or frosting. See the pic  below.
                                                              (Photo by author)
Or you can buy some mini tea cakes and pastries at a bakery.
Mini sandwiches are also another option. Just make sandwiches of  cheeses, smoked salmon, and/or various spreads. Even create a few vegan ones using thinly sliced cucumber, mashed avocado, sliced tomatoes and fresh basil. Cut sandwiches in quarters. Or use a cookie cutter for different shapes. Add thinly sliced cucumber, radish and some watercress

Here is a fun link for more recipes and info:

Friday, July 24, 2015

Difference Between Afternoon Tea and High Tea-

What is the difference between High Tea and Afternoon Tea?
Although both meals revolve around the concept of having tea, high tea and afternoon tea are two different meals that share certain differences that aid in telling them apart.
• Afternoon tea is served around 4 PM. High tea is served between 5 PM and 6 PM.
• In the olden days, afternoon tea was more of a ladies’ social occasion that involved table manners, delicate china and lace.
• High tea was more of a working class meal that served as a substitute for afternoon tea and evening meal.
• Afternoon tea consists of light snacks such as cakes, pastries, scones and sandwiches.
• High tea consists of heavier items such as meats, fish and other heavy food such as potatoes and cheesy casseroles.
• Afternoon tea also referred to as low tea was typically served on low lounge tables. High tea gained its name because it was served on the main dining table which was quite high.

Brief History About Afternoon Tea

Legend has it that afternoon tea was started in the mid-1800s by the Duchess of Bedford, (Anna Russell.) Around this time, kerosene lamps were introduced in wealthier homes, and eating a late dinner (around eight or nine PM) became fashionable.
At the time, there were only two meals each day -- a mid-morning, breakfast-like meal and the other was an increasingly late dinner-like meal.

The story goes that the Duchess found herself with a "sinking feeling" (likely fatigue from hunger during the long wait between meals) and decided to have some friends over for assorted snacks and tea (a very fashionable drink at the time). The idea of an afternoon tea gathering spread across high society and became a favorite pastime of ladies of leisure. Later, it spread beyond the highest echelons of society and became more accessible for some other socioeconomic groups.

Welcome to Our Little Hamlet of Maplecrest

The perfect place for a good chat over a cup of tea amidst Nature's beauty.    (Photos by author.)