7. February 2013 04:15
Trendy High Tea for a Bridal Shower
High tea was established as a British tradition that dates back to the reign of King Charles II. Both he and his Portuguese bride shared their love of tea for a daily afternoon delight. Their influence made the high-afternoon tea popular among English high society. Soon, high tea mania was sweeping across the English countryside. The popular trend soon evolved into serving cream, light and full teas with savory scones, sweets and desserts. High tea took place in the late afternoon and was usually served in a withdrawing or sitting room where low tables were placed near chairs and sofas.
Today, this traditional afternoon tea has gained steam with bridal showers. Brides and their friends are loving the white-laced tables adorned with decorative china and dainty tea scones, sweets and sandwiches. This British tradition is the ideal setting for gift-opening and friendly conversation. Shower teas can be booked at posh hotels, country clubs and cozy inns, or you can even hold the event in your home.
If you're planning to hold an afternoon high tea for a bridal shower in your home, think roses and daisies with candlelit tables to capture the ambiance of the Victorian era. For some old world charm, English bone china decorated with cottage roses and green leaves are ideal. Even mismatched teacups are endearing and can be purchased at antique shops or garage sales. To display all the teatime goodies, you can set three-tiered silver serving trays on all the tables.
There is no rule of thumb for the blend of tea served, but orange pekoe, English breakfast, earl grey and chamomile are some of the trendy favorites. For a hot summer day tea shower, you can serve a variety of iced teas. When it comes to the food, everything should be mini-sized. Watercress sandwiches and cucumber sandwiches are old-time standbys for high tea. You can even get creative with smoked salmon and cream cheese along with tomato and basil mini-sandwiches. Fruit tarts, assorted cookies and mini-cakes make fine desserts.
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