Ever since I was little I have loved putting on high teas. On a side note, I had the opportunity to learn how to properly organize one beginning in Seventh grade when I joined the philanthropic organization, National Charity League, with my Mom. National Charity League’s mission is to foster mother-daughter relationships through community service, leadership development, and cultural experiences. It also provided social activities and educated us on various forms of protocol. If you have a daughter, and there is a chapter in your area, I highly recommend the organization (the program runs from 7th grade to 12th grade). My sister went through the program as well, and my niece is currently going through it.
Okay, back to high tea. If you are looking for an event to host this month to bring some of your friends together, consider a winter tea one chilly afternoon to warm things up. It’s a great opportunity to use your china (which for many often sits unused in a cabinet languishing away); to eat delicious scones, jam, and tea sandwiches; and to fill your house with some fresh and colorful flowers. Fresh flowers, especially in the winter, always make me feel refreshed (try white roses with silver branches to accent the winter theme). If you don’t have matching china – that’s ok. It’s fun to mix and match your tea cups and Anthropologie has a great and interesting selection.
If you are interested in the history of high tea, it originally started in England as a light meal to hold one over between lunch and dinner. Many British friends have told me that it is one of their favorite meals of the day when they have time to sit down and enjoy the lovely tradition.
Scones, cucumber and cream cheese tea sandwiches, and clotted cream are always a delicious staple at the high tea table. Here is a link to the Food Network’s top 50 tea sandwich recipes for inspiration! Enjoy the delicious ritual.