Afternoon Tea

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Sweet-Tea Celebrations

 

 

Please Note:

In-House Afternoon Tea is Not Currently Available, as of May 3, 2020.  Keep checking back!

Full Afternoon Tea

Per Guest    ($25)

 

Mini Quiche

Selection of Finger Sandwiches

Chicken Salad Bites

Fruit skewers

Mini parfait

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Assorted Sweet Cakes

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Scones & Sweet Cream

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Pot of Tea

 

We serve Afternoon Tea during any of our open hours.  But please, make a reservation so we can have everything just right for your experience!

Served Monday through Saturday

Reservations Required

call 727.498.0590

Our speciality is providing Afternoon Tea for those who don't just love tea, but relish the experience of time spent and memories made with great friends and family, along with great food and beverage.  Come, relax, and enjoy. 

Let us do the rest!

Here's a little background on Afternoon Tea, from a historical perspective.  True to Gulfport's vibe, ours is just a little less formal -- but you'll feel right at home in your favorite hat if you're looking for something closer to fancy.

Afternoon Tea...

 

... is a light meal typically eaten between 4 pm and 6 pm (but available anytime at Sweet-Tea Celebrations!). 

 

Observance of the custom originated amongst the wealthy classes in England in the 1840s.  Anna Maria Russell, Duchess of Bedford, is widely credited as transforming afternoon tea in England into a late-afternoon meal. 

 

By the end of the nineteenth century, afternoon tea developed to its current form and was observed by both the upper and middle classes:

 

"The table was laid… there were the best things with a fat pink rose on the side of each cup; hearts of lettuce, thin bread and butter, and the crisp little cakes that had been baked in readiness that morning."

(Fun Fact!  At Sweet-Tea Celebrations, all meals come complete with an orchid from our friends next door.)

Traditionally, loose tea is brewed in a teapot and served with milk and sugar.  For the more privileged, afternoon tea was accompanied by luxury ingredient sandwiches (customarily cucumber, egg and cress, fish paste, ham, and smoked salmon), scones (with clotted cream and jam, see cream tea) and usually cakes and pastries (such as Battenberg cake, fruit cake or Victoria sponge).

(Fun Fact!  At Sweet-Tea Celebrations, every Afternoon Tea or lunch comes with these luxury ingredients).

(Above historical information about Afternoon Tea, and more, is available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_(meal)#Afternoon_tea) 

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