Posted by: Alycia Nichols | October 12, 2010

Tea Roses

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I have a close friend who is a 14-month breast cancer survivor. Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and because I love my friend dearly, I held a pink ribbon & roses high tea in her honor. The weather cooperated (thank goodness!) and graced us with 78-degree weather at 4 p.m. so that we could enjoy high tea on the deck.

We know that many people confuse high tea (heartier fare served later in the day) with the more delicate afternoon tea, which generally includes lighter food offerings at an earlier hour. My friends and I LOVE to eat, so a high tea seemed most appropriate. Because we were all so full, some husbands were a bit surprised to find salads for dinner later in the evening! (My husband was spared as he worked late into the evening and ate at the clinic.)

To my sweet friend and to ALL breast cancer survivors and fighters, may you stay in the pink for years to come! And in memory of those who lost the battle, including my great-aunt Genevieve, this one’s for you.

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 TEA TIME TUESDAY I am pleased as pink punch to once again join Lady Katherine and all the lovely ladies (and gentlemen!) in her tea parlor for Tea Time Tuesday. For those of you who enjoy fine tea time activities, just click on the link!


Responses

  1. Thanks for remembering “Aunt Genevieve”, my mothers oldest sister who passed away in 1982 with breast cancer. I had the opportunity to visit her on several occasions and on her death bed. She had lived a long, successful life in Minneapolis where she gave back to the community.

  2. You are a beautiful friend. Such a lovely tea set and tea party. Well done as usual.

  3. What beautiful roses to commemorate Breast Cancer AWareness month.

    You are right, there is a lot of confusion over tea terminolgy. Especially here in America. Some tea shops even get it wrong.

    This hopefully explains the different teas:

    Low Tea (aka Afternoon Tea) was served in between the noon and evening meal, usually in mid to late afternoon. It might have included sweet or savory foods, perhaps cakes and pastries and maybe sandwiches and fruit or other goodies. Or it might have been very simple with only bread and butter and a cup of tea. It was sometimes served in the drawing room (a living room space, not a dining space) on a low table (why it got the name low tea) on what we today in America might call a coffee table. Ladies would rest their teacup in their lap and nibble on a few goodies and visit with their friends. Afternoon tea could be simple or fancy. A little bit of food, or a lot of food would be served. But it did not a substitute for a regular meal.
    Sometimes it might have been called a Cream Tea if only scones and jam and cream are served. Or it might be called a Garden Tea if it was served outside.

    High Tea, on the other hand, was the same thing as supper. It was served at a high table (the dining table or kitchen table) and a meat was served. It WAS the evening MEAL, and probably would have been served between 5- 7 pm. It was what the common folks did. Eat supper (high tea) early and go to bed early so they could get up at the crack of dawn to work.
    The upper class, wealthy Europeans would have eaten their evening meal much later… 8pm, 9pm. That lateness is what started afternoon tea (low tea) to begin with.

  4. Thank you to Miss Garden of Daisies for expouding upon my much-abbreviated explanation. I, too, have noticed that some tea shops get it wrong. I suppose it just sounds so grand – HIGH tea – but it is really the less “foo foo” of the two in question. I often take afternoon tea alone as I work from home. For a fun ladies evening, though, a high tea is “highly” recommended! :-) Thanks again for putting it all out there for anyone who is unfamiliar. That will come in handy, I’m sure! Have a wonderful week!

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