I thought wouldn't it be great if Teapunk became a subset all it's own? If people made tea time a part of their day and proudly announced their love of tea? When I was a girl, my English mum would revert to the British tradition of tea time, when we were on summer holiday. We would eat a large dinner at noon, then at 4 or 5 have tea time of sandwiches and dessert. I really like this.
Tea time was started by Anna Duchess of Bedford, one of Queen Victoria's ladies in waiting. She experienced a sinking feeling in the afternoon, so would order tea, sandwiches and cake to her room. From this the Victorian tradition of tea time emerged. I also experience that "sinking feeling" in the afternoon and enjoy having a nice cuppa at around 4pm.
I thought about hosting a Victorian tea party. Since my move I have sadly fallen out of hosting my parlour, but would love to do a tea party. Here's some tips on hosting one.
- Invitations - handwritten one's are suggested, but I think even a nicely designed Facebook one can suffice, with Victorian imagery. You can encourage guests to get dressed up as well.
- Decorations - a nicely set table is a must, with tablecloth, place settings, beautiful tea cups, saucers, and teapot, creamer, sugar bowl and a bowl for lemon wedges is also suggested. Of course, napkins, plates and cutlery for the snacks too. A nice centerpiece of flowers or seasonal decorations is also suggested as a Victorian touch.
-Menu - a traditional tea has 3 courses. Tea of various varieties can be offered throughout. Traditional one's like oolong, Earl Grey and English or Irish Breakfast tea ate all acceptable, and these days there are so many wonderful varieties you can pick up, why not try something new?
The first course is sandwiches. These are usually served without crusts and cut into small triangles or with a cookie cutter into fancy shapes. Cucumber, tuna, salmon and cream cheese, egg salad and watercress are traditional varieties.
The second course is scones. These are usually served with clotted cream and jam or lemon curd.
The final course is cakes and tarts. Jam tarts, sponge cake, and Cherries Jubilee were popular tea time desserts. In fact Cherries Jubilee was invented to celebrate Queen Victoria's jubilee year.
What is your favorite tea and accompaniments?
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