Steep yourself in rich history and make your wife or “best girl” feel like a princess by seeking out high tea. High tea is a chance for any woman to adorn herself in her finest clothing and accessories to be accompanied by a distinguished gentleman companion. Knowing things are very casual these days, high tea gives the chance to treat the woman of your life to a posh and formal afternoon break.
History of High Tea
High tea began in the mid 1700s in the British Empire. The service began as a small mid-afternoon meal, served between 3pm and 4pm. As the meal began to gain favor, high tea soon came to be associated with the Royals and upper echelon of British Society. Women would dress in fine afternoon dresses and gowns and their gentleman companions would wear formal coats and accouterments. Soon, the meal of high tea became a formal affair; one not to be missed throughout the week.
High tea became a staple of the Leisure Class and became one of the first instances in the world of a new form of dining, the sandwich. The Fourth Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu, decided to have high tea served to his guests with meats and savories wedged between two pieces of sliced bread.
Give a Treat
Modern High Tea is served in many guesthouses, restaurants, hotels and country chalets; all with the intent of upholding the formal High Tea ceremony. With the changing world and all-too-casual dress of people, High Tea today gives women the opportunity to dress formally in the middle of the day.
It is next to impossible to bring a woman to High Tea and have her feel like anything less than a royal princess. The afternoon affair allows her the chance to wear her best, all while being escorted by a dapper and square-jawed gent. To top off the brilliance and delight of the High Tea, surprise your wife or girlfriend with a new hat or piece of small jewelry that goes perfectly with the High Tea and her dress.
Once at the High Tea, allow the wait staff and service to bring the High Tea and meal in full white-gloved indulgence. Nothing makes anyone feel like royalty, male or female, quite like a white-gloved High Tea being served in traditional style.
Enjoy watercress finger-sandwiches with the crusts removed along with the dark tea and milk associated with the afternoon tradition. To make it especially wonderful, give ample attention to the woman so she may feel listened to, appreciated and special.
This is the time to bask in rich history, have afternoon fun and enjoy a slight nod to the youngster’s game of “dress up”.
It is not often “dress-up” becomes a reality in the normal and everyday world. Treating your wife or spouse to the formal tradition of High Tea is guaranteed to bring her to the level of princess in a heartbeat. How could making the most special woman of your life feel like a princess be anything other than wonderful?
Written by Katie Garbett, a self confessed romantic and lifestyle explorer. She enjoys sharing her experiences and insights on various lifestyle blogs. Visit Wish.co.uk for more ideas for the princess in your life.