Long, long ago back in the 19th century a great tradition was started. Afternoon tea wasn’t a thing until Anna Maria, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, is said to be the first to introduce it in England, in 1840.
Anna, The Duchess, would become hungry around four in the afternoon since evening meals were served fashionably late (around eight). Apparently, there were only two meals each day -- a mid-morning- brunch meal and the other was an increasingly late dinner… This left a long period of time between lunch and dinner to honestly get a little hangry. So the Duchess asked for: a tray of tea, bread, butter and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit and she began inviting friends to join her.
This idea of afternoon tea gatherings spread across high society, became a favorite pastime leisure for ladies and eventually became a fashionable social event. During the 1880's upper-class (who called it low tea) and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon/high tea which was most commonly served in the “drawing room” between 4-5.
Tea parties were created for all sorts of different occasions….just for fun, girl time/high tea, gatherings, birthdays, house warming, weddings, bridal showers, baby showers & some hotels serve a classic vintage style high tea.
Afternoon teas are an excellent way to entertain elegantly.
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