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Why don’t you come to tea…

 It happened a few years ago (2013 if I remember rightly) about the time that there were lots of virtual events happening in blogland.  I’d been explaining these to my coffee drinking friend and mentioned an afternoon tea that was being planned.over at Mum’s

 Her response was ‘ that all sounds absolutely lovely
but wouldn’t an ‘actual’ tea party be lovelier?

We could have cakes and little tiny sandwiches with no crusts
And cups of tea and all that
I’ll bring the food – it’ll be fun
You know what, we could have it out in your garden 😊

And that…….is when the fun part started
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As the day got closer my friend kept coming up with different ideas
First of all she wanted Low Tea
served on a low table on the deck

 

She thought it would be nice to set up a little table down near the garden – Champagne Tea she called it. With strawberries and cream and drinkies just like at the tennis 😊

Champagne Tea in the garden!
Ready for Strawberries and Cream – and Champagne!

The day arrived and I had everything set up
The strawberries and cream were ready to go
The roses in the ‘Blue Bed’ were looking exceptionally good

My dear friend arrived not feeling too well
No food had been prepared so there was a quick change of plan
We popped into the local bakery and Hey presto
Cream Tea  – casual home style

A cream tea (also known as a Devonshire tea, Devon cream tea or Cornish cream tea)is tea taken with a combination of scones, clotted cream, and jam

A quick change of settings – table on the deck to the ready

So we ended up having scones, whipped cream and jam (with butter for me) along with some little chocolate fancies.
And of course the strawberries, cream and champers 😊

Scones, Jam and Cream!
Cream Tea with a friend!

It was such a fun day
We managed to take part in the virtual afternoon tea party
and have a special real life one of our own!

(click photos to enlarge)

13 thoughts on “Why don’t you come to tea…”

  1. It’s a shame that things like afternoon tea have died out a bit. Our kids used to love tea when they were at home, I used to make loads of various cakes. Those were the days, lol

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    1. As a daily ritual Briony it certainly seems to have gone away but we sometimes sit down to Tea and Cake in the afternoon – we often sit down to Coffee and Cake midmorning as well. Trouble is it all seems to spoil your lunch and evening meal as well. Plus adds to the waistline 😊
      I do think we had smaller portions in those days which meant we could ‘partake of tea’ 😊

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    1. It was a really fun day putting it all together EC – delightful was the way my friend described it too. (When she was feeling better that was)

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    1. Angela I did mention having something similar to various friends but listening to their dietry restrictions made me think I’d just provide the tea pot and they could all bring their own food 😊

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  2. Tea parties and High Tea affairs as well as what used to be known as Pound parties, Pot-luck parties and so on have all been replaced by cocktail parties and also what are known as kitty parties where card games are played and a monthly or weekly raffle is held. I remember the crust less sandwiches and muffins for tea parties with great nostalgia.

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    1. I don’t think anyone has ‘afternoon teas’ in their homes anymore Ramana. People go to hotels and pay ‘big money’ on special occasions for the privilege these days.
      I will have to ask Mr G what Pound Parties were – is it something particular to your country?

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