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    Editors Note
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    Why afternoon Tea

    History shows that drinking tea became popular in the early 1800’s. The tradition of Afternoon Tea is attributed to Anne, Duchess of Bedford.

    She often experienced periods of hunger between the morning meal and dinner and began requesting light sandwiches be brought to her in the mid afternoon. As time passed, Anne, Duchess of Bedford, began having guests to share her Afternoon Tea. A tradition was started.

    There are various names for Afternoon Tea. I think you may enjoy learning about the different types of Afternoon Tea

    Cream Tea — this afternoon tea is a simple or plain tea that consists of serving scones, some sort of marmalade or lemon curd, clotted cream and hot tea.
    Low Tea/Afternoon Tea — this is an afternoon tea that serves a light meal including tea sandwiches, scones, clotted cream, lemon curd, a variety of sweets and hot tea. This became known as “low tea” because the guests were seated in low armchairs with low side-tables. This was so that would have a place for their cups and saucers.
    Royale Tea — this is a social tea where guests are served champagne at the beginning of the tea or sherry at the end of the tea.
    High Tea—the name alone insinuates elegance and something regal or royal. High tea is in really an evening meal, most often enjoyed by laborers. High tea consists of a hearty meal with meat and potatoes as well as other foods and tea.

    Families with servants often took high tea on Sundays in order to allow there help attend church.

    Afternoon Tea for Mother’s Day

    Afternoon tea for mother’s day is a great way to spend quality time with your mother and have fun too! A small intimate gathering gives you and your mother time to have uninterrupted girl talk and enjoy some tea and delicious tea treats. If there are grandchildren, it is a great way to start a new family tradition for future Mother’s Day.

    The most important first step is to find a date and time that will work for you and your mother. The next step to planning the tea party is to decide a theme. You may want to make it an elegant, casual, or a fun dress up themed tea party. Make and send invitations in keeping with your theme. Inform your guests of the dress expectation.

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    Featured Loose Leaf Tea

    White Tea

    White tea is the rarest and most delicate of teas. It is produced on a very limited scale. The leaves of the white tea bud and mature quickly. There is only a period of about forty eight hours or less between the buds of the tea coming to full maturity and the buds opening.

    It is in this time frame the tea must be picked. After the buds are taken from the bush, they are allowed to dry naturally. White tea buds have a shiny silver appearance. This tea is sometimes referred to as silver tip.

    When brewed white tea is very pale in color. To learn more about white tea click here

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