Saturday, May 13, Beginning at 3:00PM
The drinking of tea not only became a social event for the royal and wealthy, but it became the bridge between meals and class divides. Many of the working class wouldn't eat their evening meals until later, near 8PM, so they needed a break later in the day to tide them over. High Tea crossed class divides coming out of the Industrial Revolution, as becoming a regular happening for both the working class and the wealthy.
High Tea usually involved drinking a mug of tea while setting in straight back chairs at a table full of plated items. Serving savory items such as an omelet or small sandwiches, followed by a second course of scones with jam & cream. The tea time would finish with sweets.
Generally, the attire for High Tea is considered "Smart Casual". This falls somewhere between business casual and and casual. Many consider it to be your Sunday Best, but we invite you to have a little more fun with us! Dig out your costume jewelry, fancy hats and gloves! This dainty social occasion is the perfect excuse to pull out the pretty frocks.
At a tea party, you will see light finger foods intended to tie you over until dinner. Tea party food is light enough so you can hold a conversation while enjoying a small snack. Although there are etiquette rules to follow for a proper tea, we want you to come and enjoy the company more, so don't stress if you haven't ever had tea time before. It will be fun to learn together!
- The correct way of stirring tea is to place the spoon at the 6 o'clock position and gently stir the tea towards the 12 o'clock without touching the sides of the teacup. Don't fold the tea back and forth or side to side. After you've stirred the tea, place the spoon on the saucer next to the cup.
- Scones should be broken apart with the fingers, not cut with a knife or fork. Spread cream first, then top with jam. Though this is a debate that will probably never settle, as many have the tradition to do the opposite with jam then cream. SIDE NOTE: never sandwich the scones back together.
- As the name suggests, finger sandwiches and foods should be eaten with your hands, but small delicate sweet morsels require a fork or dessert spoon.
- Contrary to popular belief, when holding the teacup keep the pinkie down!