The ritual of afternoon tea originated in Victorian England was introduced in the early 1840s by the seventh Duchess of Bedford. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread, butter, and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her.
This pause for afternoon tea became a fashionable private social event for upper society ladies.
It was only when Queen Victoria engaged in the Afternoon Tea ritual that it became a formal occasion on a larger scale, known as 'tea receptions'. These receptions could have as many as two hundred guests with an open house invitation to visit between 4pm and 7pm, during which they could come and go as they pleased.
The upper-class society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room. It was a time for gossip, tea, conversation and sometimes cards.
Currently tea served in the British style includes a light meal with some sweets and typically eaten between 4 and 6pm. The tea is usually served with milk, but it is not uncommon to drink it black or just with lemon.
Afternoon Tea is the perfect way to enjoy an occasional indulgence or to celebrate a birthday, bridal shower, baby shower or just a great way to spend time with a group of friends.
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