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Tea Party History & Etiquette

Updated: Feb 27, 2021

High tea is the most perfect and classic example of English custom. A full English tea with fanciful hats and tiered cake stands full of treats will lighten the hour for an event. Even though a tea party is still an elegant affair, the attire and décor can be modified to suite a particular theme, making it a perfect idea for baby showers, birthday parties or just a simple gathering of friends.

Traditional high tea, tea served in the afternoon, today consists of a selection of dainty sandwiches, scones, cakes, and various pastries. Tea pots and delicate, vintage china are commonly used for this time-honored affair.