Guide to High Tea Parties
High tea parties are incorrectly thought for being the afternoon tea parties, but truly speaking, high tea means the evening supper which generally used to be eaten at around six pm when workers reached back home.
High tea parties are incorrectly thought for being the afternoon tea parties, but truly speaking, high tea means the evening supper which generally used to be eaten at around 6 pm when workers reached back home. It consisted of meat dishes , potatoes and other foods apart from tea. But high tea did not continue to be the workers’ supper strictly and was adopted by the social crowds and high tea parties became trendy.
Afternoon tea or low tea is taken on low tables kept beside or before chairs or sofas, normally in the drawing room. Chiefly it is of three types.
- First one comprising of tea, cream, jam and scones is termed as Cream Tea.
- The second category consisting of tea, scones as well as sweets is called Light Tea.
- The third category made up of tea, scones, savories, dessert and sweets is named as Full Tea.
Time for this type of tea is often 4 to 5 pm. These days in tea-houses this system has been amended regarding time as well as the delicacies served. This tea is provided at three to five in the evening and the dishes comprise of often 3 rounds, 1st of savory snacks, 2nd of scones and 3rd of pastries. Savories include starters like small sandwiches and also appetizers. Scones are given out along with jam and cream, mostly clotted or Devonshire cream. And pastries comprise of shortbread, cookies, sweets and cakes.
If you want to organize high tea party at your residence or in hotel, merely to assemble your old-time friends and spend some time with them, you are at liberty to go for any of the delicacies and time. Nevertheless if the event is more formal, you should be somewhat more careful regarding time, location, ambiance and foods. You should choose to organize the party in a portion of the home which is slightly segregated from the remaining portion, whereby you can have time to chitchat intensely with your guests. Formation of ambiance is vital as your visitors need to feel cozy and pleasurable. Flowers are appropriate for forming a pleasurable ambiance. Display your nicest napkins, tablecloths, doilies and cutlery to adorn the tables in the centre and sides. Choose music attentively, particularly soft and in low tone. In other words, the music should be such as to complement the chat. Other most vital elements of an easy environment are restful chairs, which must be equal to your number of guests, in addition to you as well as your partner.
The most necessary component of the high tea party is tea itself. Go for as many kinds as you are able to and permit your invitees to choose. Next, for an actual tea party, you will need a tea infuser for each of your visitors. It is a small ball of steel or silver and possesses a number of small pores. It seems like spoons with encasement. You can keep tea powder into the encasement and keep the infuser on the cup of every guest for steeping.
The delicacies to be handed out together with tea have to be light and small-sized, generally to be able to hold in between fingers and thumb. Mostly cold delicacies are provided, barring one small hot preparation. The recipes which you can make for high tea party are countless, for example chicken and/or ham, salads, fresh fruits, and all types of sweet delicacies, for example custards, cream puffs, cakes, etc.
When your invitees get in, they should feel stress-free and next you can hold variety of activities such as reading aloud poems, losing in the school days, playing games or simply chitchatting and spend good time in the company of long-lost friends.