Tea Party

Tea Party

Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, created the afternoon tea over a century ago. Dinner was not served until 8:30 PM and Anna would get a "sinking feeling" late in the afternoon. She decided it would be nice to have a cup of tea with some cookies or cake, and she served her lady friends when they came to visit.

Today, many enjoy the daily ritual of afternoon tea. It can be informal and cozy or formal and elegant. The way you serve depends on the number of guests and the location. Both Informal Afternoon Tea and Formal Afternoon Tea is usually served between 2 P.M. and 5 P.M. High Tea, by the way, is not a "fancy" tea as thought by many people. It is called the "working man's supper" because it is served later in the working day, and usually includes meat or a hot dish.

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