Recently I attended an afternoon tea with a couple of friends at a well known club in Toronto. Having attended many such occasions before, I knew what to expect but was not prepared for what we experienced.
Let's start from when we sat down at our table. It was set with all the plates and cutlery for a formal dinner, including a soup spoon. Hmm, that was odd. As we looked things over, we saw a bread and butter plate to one side with several packaged tea bags and also a carafe with hot water.
I became a little distressed at the thoughts of the old tea bag in the teacup, whereas I am used to the finer art of tea made in a tea pot. Chamomile seemed like a wise choice under the circumstances but low and behold, other table guests chose a black tea and desired milk and sugar. No such luck!
Should I mention that the sandwiches were on the top tier where the sweets should have been? Well, not to be totally negative about the tea, the food was good and the tiers promptly filled when they ran low.
Which brings me to the point that surely this club could have rented some teapots for the event, even if they were tea for one. I received the charming pot and cup set below as a hostess gift from a dear friend and call it my grandma's travelling tea set for visiting family.
Now the tea pot and cup set below came from a good friend who will be 90 years young this summer. She knows how much I adore tea things and she thought she'd play a little joke on me with this gift.
Isn't this wild? My friend thought I'd throw it out but as you can see, it is sitting on a beautiful silver tray right on my tea cart as my way of having the last laugh.
Afternoon tea was invented by the Duchess of Bedford in the mid 1800s. To tide herself over for a very late dinner; she asked her maid to serve small sandwiches and cakes with her afternoon tea, and a new fashion was born.
I'm joing for tea today:
Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage
Lady Katherine at Lady Katherine Tea Parlor
Wanda Lee at The Plumed Pen