Afternoon Tea Reception Menu
Throughout the world’s darkest times in history people have always felt the need to gather together to celebrate life itself. For one to partake in the consumption and presentation of a luxurious table is not to be tone deaf to the suffering and oppression of others. Quite the contrary, it is an affirmation that life can and should thrive.
Afternoon tea, a ritual born to foster friendship, has been a great force in the international political landscape. The suffragette and civil rights movements were funded through tea parties, culminating in the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.
Whether you feel the call to arms to host an afternoon tea reception to raise funds for the causes that you feel are important, have a special occasion to celebrate or just wish to visit with friends and family, here are a few ideas to provide inspiration.
How to prepare a T SAC
Place one heaping teaspoon of loose-leaf tea into the T SAC.
Place T SAC with the edge folded over the rim into the preheated teapot. Pour hot water over the T SAC. Place the lid on top. Steep for the recommended time of the blend being prepared. Remove T SAC from the teapot and pour. Place a tea cozy over the teapot to keep the remaining tea warm.
Afternoon Tea Three Tier Stands
Text and Photos ©2022 Ellen Easton
Floral Sugar Art by Reva Paul
Ellen Easton, author of Afternoon Tea~Tips, Terms and Traditions(RED WAGON PRESS), an afternoon tea authority, lifestyle and etiquette industry leader, keynote speaker and product spokesperson, is a hospitality, design, and retail consultant whose clients have included the Waldorf=Astoria, the Plaza and Bergdorf Goodman. Easton’s family traces their tea roots to the early 1800s, when ancestors first introduced tea plants from India and China to the Colony of Ceylon, thus building one of the largest and best cultivated teas estates on the island.