Afternoon Tea Party Facts From: If Teapots Could Talk: Fun Ideas For Tea Parties

Afternoon tea is usually held between three and five o’clock in the afternoon. It is also called “low tea” because it’s usually served in a sitting room where low tables (like a coffee table or tea cart) are placed near sofas or chairs.

Many Americans confuse the term “high tea” with an afternoon tea. High tea is actually a supper and refers to the height of the table (a dining table) where the food is served, with everyone seated around the table. High tea is served between five and six o’clock. Unlike the dainty treats served at an afternoon tea, this tea includes more hearty dishes, such as shepherd’s pie.

An afternoon tea party is a festive affair, so plan to use your best dishes and teacups. Dainty tea sandwiches (both savory and sweet) and scrumptious cakes, cookies and pastries will delight the guests at your event.

Use pretty platters and tiered serving trays to present your tea time fare. And don’t forget to include a sampling of scones, which are usually served with jam, honey and Devonshire or clotted cream.

If Teapots Could Talk: Fun Ideas For Tea Parties will show you how to make all the delectable treats you’ll need for a proper afternoon tea, including the perfect pot of tea, plus a bit of tea time etiquette and fun theme tea party ideas.
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