High Tea & Its History

No doubt you have heard of the posh afternoon treats known as ‘High Tea’, but have you ever taken the time to find out what it is all about?

Shrewsbury Biscuits

The history of it all dates back to as early as the mid-1700s in Great Britain and was initially taken each day at around 3 pm. These days there is a very feminine theme surrounding the high tea but did you know that in the 1700s it was originally taken by working class males, and the ‘high’ in high tea came from the fact that they sat on high stools to eat it. Betcha didn’t know that! 🙂

The event grew in fame and eventually became the thing to do amongst high society ladies and gentlemen, a great way to get some sustenance before your long evening out dancing or at the opera 🙂

The popularity of the High tea has only gone from strength to strength over the years and now is taken across the globe, for a lot of special events such as birthdays, Mothers Day, wedding brunches etc. A fantastic reason to get out all the vintage cookbooks and bring the flavours and delicacies of the ‘good old days’ to your table.

Ginger Gems

High tea comprises of many different elements; beautiful serving plates, delicate sandwiches with delicious fillings, mini cakes and scones and your favourite people to share it with. Don’t forget the vintage teacups and saucers for an authentic high tea.

If the thought of creating such a spread leaves you a nervous wreck you can always contact us here at Sweet Sensations-Homemade Delights NZ #sweetsensationsnz #sweetsensationshomemadedelights to whip up a lavish spread to adorn your table for your special celebration. Make your guests day and give them the gift of reliving their best childhood celebration memories.