Creating Afternoon or High Tea menus takes a little bit of work...... the end results are rewarding. I had annual international tea at my home for close to a decade. Summer International Bible Conference. An average of forty woman would come from Russia, Argentina, Holland, Zambia, Kenya, Czech Republic, Canada, Romania, South Africa, Australia, Great Brittan, India, Philippines, Mexico, and national ladies. A different set would come every year.
|Naomi, my daughter, at a friends afternoon tea.|
Then the fun part and the easiest, is pulling out my china for presentation. The tiered and cake plates, champagne flutes for the lemonade, tea cups and saucers, bowls, dessert plates, dinner plates, utensils, pressed napkins, tablecloths all done in the same night. Through the whole night I would have to drink Dilmah Tea. An English Breakfast when I would begin to wane. I would be alert again and would be able to methodically finish thoroughly. My last 2 annual Afternoon Teas were accompanied with Dilmah Teas. Ceylon Supreme, Rose with French Vanilla, Earl Grey, Natural Green Tea with Lemongrass and English Breakfast. Each teapot sat on a teapot warmer with a porcelain plate with the given tea. When the teapots were in place I could rest.
I love working with young girls to teach them to be attentive to the guests needs, to serve properly, how to make a perfect pot of tea, to be responsible to bring something to the table and at their age I would expect them to keep their word if they were to offer their hospitality at the Afternoon Tea. The most gratifying thing for me to see. Is to see the younger girls and ladies having conversations with the older ladies listening to their stories of living over seas or mingling with the ladies visiting from represented countries. I knew the Afternoon Tea was successful when all the ladies and myself were able to work together harmoniously that I was able to sit down myself and enjoy my cup of Dilmah Tea. The tea would do its magic. I would recollect, relax and I was able to give my complete attention to whom I was speaking with. I can almost feel its magic moment now; tea and conversation. To many of these ladies that came to my home it was a highlight and they looked forward to the next Afternoon Tea.
To serve tea in my home, you may walk in as a stranger but you will leave as a friend.
Lorraine Elliot on her 2nd Episode of Dilmah Real High Tea that will cover Tea Menus. Remember to steep your Dilmah Tea before you begin your video and do not forget to go to the side bar and pause the Music Play list.
I hope this inspires your desire to open your home to serve and prepare an Afternoon or High Tea . Nothing to be afraid of amongst friends to have it to be perfect. Begin with good quality tea like Dilmah Tea. The aroma, the taste of a garden fresh single origin Ceylon tea will have your guests coming back to Dilmah Tea. Enjoy having your own Afternoon or High Tea and it will be great fun.