An English tea is a freakin' feast!!
First of all, I learned today what the difference is between "tea" and "high tea." A tea is what you have in the afternoon (3:00-4:00) and consists of tea and food. The amount of food varies according to the serving time, and the choice of the hostess, mostly what we would call "finger foods" or snacks. "High tea" occurs later, and includes something cooked, a meal, something that we would call "dinner" or "supper," depending on the community where we live. It is the final meal of the day.
Pearl had a spread that was un-freakin'-believable!! There were little sandwiches with marinated cucumbers, cream cheese and other yummies; scones with raisins or blueberries; prosciutto e melone, or cantaloupe with ham; fresh raspberries (cream or whipped cream, if desired); chocolate dipped strawberries; banana bread; a couple cheeses with crackers; condiments such as strawberry preserves and lemon curd; almond meringue cookies; a selection of teas (we tried several, a pot at a time). I know I've forgotten some things, but you get the idea. It was fabulous!! I did not need dinner when I came home!
We had such a wonderful time. Two Brits and four Yankees for two hours of chatter, laughter and so much fun. Pearl's husband came out of hiding toward the end, poked his head in the dining room, and quickly exited, in fear of his life, I'm sure! He didn't stand a chance with that much estrogen in one room.
At the end, we even read our tea leaves! Yeah, I'm coming into some prosperity! Woo Hoooo!
We've talked about doing this again, perhaps once a month. If we do, we will all bring goodies so Pearl isn't stuck with all the preparation herself. She thought that was a smashing idea!
Now the bad part .... I have no pictures. Seriously! As I flew out the door (1) I forgot to pick up my hat (who goes to an English tea without a hat???) and (2) I grabbed the camera case, which was empty! duh.
One last thing. DO NOT confuse my recent penchant for English tea parties for anything vaguely related to being akin to the (cough, cough) Tea Party. Every attendee to this are somewhere between moderate with liberal leanings to L.I.B.E.R.A.L. Jes' sayin'.
LOL! What could possibly be better than good food, good drink, fine China and linens, a beautiful lace table cloth, good friends, and actually "getting dressed" for the fun of it all?? Nuttin' that I can think of!