Many churches, schools, and clubs/organizations have held traditional "Mother's Day Tea" events over the years. Whether it's formal or casual, it's a great way for a mother and daughter to create memories, and share a special time together! There are also high-end hotels, and special "Tea Rooms" also designated for such events. In our country, tea has not been as ritualized as it is in England, France, or other European countries. Americans typically have hot or "iced" tea at ANY time of the day, with any meal, ( and anywhere), where as for centuries, "taking tea" in other countries is serious business! It began centuries ago as something that only royalty, dignitaries, or anyone of high society enjoyed at specific times of the day, and served with specific items. For the full history on tea etiquette, click here:
The most traditional American "Tea Party" is what would be considered "Afternoon Tea", or "low tea". Tea is served in the afternoon between 3-5pm, at "low" coffee or side tables, and in beautiful porcelain or china, cups and saucers. Mini sandwiches, (or savory bite-sized food), are served first, then scones with jams and cream, and then lastly, an array of cakes or small pastries are typically served on a tiered platter. Sometimes, punches, coffee, or even hot chocolate are also served in addition to the tea. "High" tea is actually traditionally served after 5:30pm at dining, or "high" tables, with heartier food items. So, whether you attend a "Tea" event, or you create your own special tea party with your children at home, I hope Mother's everywhere feel like a "Queen" for the day! Pinkies up!
Happy Mother's Day to all of you moms, and please fell free to leave a "comment" telling me a favorite "tea" story or memory you may have.