Long before ladies who lunch and Eloise at the Plaza, afternoon tea began in British royal society as a way to beat midday grogginess. Now known in the US as high tea– a misnomer since high tea originally meant heavier foods, late in the day– afternoon tea includes light, sweet fare like pastries and finger sandwiches. Regardless of what you call it, holding your own tea service is a fun way to get together with friends or mark a special occasion.
How to create your own high tea:
1. Send out invitations. Teas are usually held in the late afternoon.
2. Find appropriate tableware (teapots, cups, etc.). Think floral or light colored dishes whether real China or thrifted.
3. On the day of, brew tea. Popular choices include Earl Grey and Darjeeling.
4. Prepare (or buy!) food options such as cucumber sandwiches, scones, and petits fours.
5. Set up your table.
6. Don your best Blair Waldorf outfit and enjoy!
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