Afternoon Tea

with

Sweet-Tea Celebrations

 

Our specialty 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. 

Coming soon, we will be available for in-person tea demonstrations, or delivering your afternoon tea to your home!

Here's a little background on Afternoon Tea, from a historical perspective. 

Afternoon Tea...

 

... is a light meal typically eaten between 4 pm and 6 pm (but available anytime from 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."

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).

(With Sweet-Tea Celebrations, every Afternoon Tea or lunch comes with these luxury ingredients).

(Above historical information about Afternoon Tea, and more, is available here 

Please Note:

Afternoon Tea Experience is now available to be delivered to your home.

Allow us to take the celebration to you! 

Includes:

 

* Seven assorted finger sandwiches

* Three assorted tea cakes

* A berry scone with sweet cream

* Chicken salad (our most popular homemade recipe)

* Tea Pot Box with two assorted tea flavors.

* Grape Clusters

* Personalized note, per customer request

* Single-use, decorative tea party cup and saucer, plate, and utensils.

*A poem that reads:

 

“I had a little tea party

This afternoon at three

Twas very small-

Three guests in all-

Just I, myself and me.

 

Myself ate all the sandwiches.

While I drank all the tea

Twas also I who ate the pie

And passed the cake to me.”

 

- Jessica Nelson North