Happy Tuesday, dear readers! Today, I am so excited to be a guest for Tea on Tuesdays. My sweet blogging friends, Mary from Home is Where the Boat Is and Pam from Everyday Living, host this wonderful event devoted to all things tea on the third Tuesday of each month. They were so gracious to invite me to join in the fun today.
The theme for my party is a late winter’s tea. Last week was terribly cloudy and cold. Therefore, I chose to set my tea table in the sitting room. Lots of windows create a bright and cheery atmosphere. It is a favorite room of mine to enjoy a cup of tea.
It is no secret that I adore tea. I am not much of a coffee drinker and look forward every morning to my cup of tea. An afternoon cup of tea is also a welcome treat. One of my favorite things to do is take a quiet afternoon break with a cup of tea and peruse a favorite decorating or gardening book. Tea always seems to have such a calming effect. Calm, quiet moments are something we can all use in our everyday lives.
Earl Grey from Fortnum and Mason’s is my favorite tea to drink and the one I have chose to serve today. In the 1830s, British Prime Minister Earl Grey gave his name to this black tea flavored with oil of bergamont. It quickly became a classic English afternoon tea.
Holding my tea, sugar, and cream is a silver tea set by Reed and Barton. The pattern is Winthrop, and I love the whimsical pumpkins and foliage topping each piece. Sadly, it has been discontinued, but I often see pieces for sale on Replacements.com.
White hydrangeas and pink roses placed in an antique blue pitcher add a pretty touch to the table.
The teacups and plates are by Burleigh, and the pattern is Asiatic Pheasant.
You cannot have a tea party without some delicious treats to go with it. I made some vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.
To accompany the sweet cupcakes, I assembled cucumber and pimento cheese finger sandwiches. They are the perfect teatime treat.
Did you know that afternoon tea began in England in the year 1840? It was introduced by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford. She would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. However, dinner was not served until eight o’clock in the evening. Therefore, leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess requested that a tray of tea, bread and butter, and cake be brought to her room in the afternoon. She quickly began inviting friends to join her. The time for tea soon became a social event, and by the 1880’s upper class society began serving tea in their drawing rooms between four and five o’clock in the afternoon.
My friends, I hope that you will take some time for yourself and enjoy a little quite time with a cup of tea. I am so happy that you stopped by for a visit today. Your visits and kind words are always a joy to me. A special thank you to my hostesses Mary and Pam for inviting me to have a cup of tea with them today. Please be sure to stop by and join them for tea as well. They always create the most beautiful settings!