25 January 2010

HIGH TEA 2010



My first event  that I planned  and made me realize I wanted to start my own company was a tea party. We actually called it a HIGH TEA (and still do) even though what we are enjoying is AFTERNOON TEA. 
HIGH TEA defined ..............
This British tradition is a late-afternoon or early evening meal, usually quite substantial. It originated in the 19th century as a simple, early workingman's supper. High tea can be served buffet-style or set on a table. It includes a variety of dishes such as cornish pasties, welsh rabbit, scotch woodcock and various other meat and fish dishes. Also included are plenty of buns, crumpets, biscuits and jams, as well as an elaborate array of cakes and pastries and, of course, steaming pots of hot tea. (from Answers.com)

AFTERNOON TEA defined...........
Afternoon tea (because it was usually taken in the late afternoon) is also called "low tea" because it was usually taken in a sitting room or withdrawing room where low tables (like a coffee table) were placed near sofas or chairs generally in a large withdrawing room. (from WhatsCookingAmerica.net)

This is the 10th year anniversary for our annual High Tea here in Indianapolis at the historic Canterbury Hotel. Jame Thompson, catering manager for the Canterbury Hotel has assured us this one will be the BEST ever.

My friend and fellow wedding planner, Kelly McWilliams of Weddings by Socialites is hosting a Mothers Tea Party in sunny Florida. I think this is a brilliant idea! How fun to host a vintage tea party for your bridesmaids luncheon? The vintage photo is  from another fellow planner, Aletha Vandermaas of Pearls Events, blog.  She's featuring the Tea Party as a Bridal Shower option. Don't you love it????


I also love this idea as a way to celebrate Mothers Day. Grab your best hat and gloves and a few girlfriends and enjoy a spot of tea - English style!

Photos: Kelly McWilliams, Weddings by Socialites
and Aletha Vandermaas, Pearls Events

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