Monday, October 26, 2015

October tea corner

EVOLUTION OF THE AFTERNOON TEA

Of course one can not mention the words "afternoon tea" without immediately associating it with merry England. 


For it was there that, over two hundred years ago, a  Dutchman brought with him from the Orient a peculiar little leaf which, with a little hot water and sugar, made a delicious drink.
At first lordly Englishmen would have none of him--but he didn't care.
 He exhibited the powers of the little leaves, made his tea, and drank it with evident relish.
Others were curious; they, too, drank, and once they started it was difficult to do without it.


Someone spread the rumor that this new drink from China contained drugs and stimulants--and no sooner was this rumor spread than everyone began drinking it! 

Even the ladies and gentlemen of better society finally condescended to taste "the stuff"--and lo! before they realized it, it had been unconsciously adopted as their very own beverage!
 
Through two generations the idea of the afternoon tea has been perfected, until to-day we have cozy, delightful, ceremonious five-o'clock teas that are the pride of the English and the joy of everyone who follows the custom.


And so we find the afternoon tea enjoying a vogue of unrivaled popularity here in America.
 
When a debutante daughter is to be introduced to society, the mother plans an elaborate afternoon tea (and they can certainly be elaborate!) 
 When guests from out-of-town are visiting, the hostess can think of nothing more appropriate than a chummy tea to introduce them to her friends. 
So charming a way of entertaining is the afternoon tea that it has usurped the evening reception almost entirely, except when the occasion requires special formality.

So, I encourage you to plan an October Afternoon tea with friends, to celebrate the harvest season.

Tasha Tudor

This is a beautiful story of an amazing lady. I wish I had meet her. She is a perfect example of growning old gracefully.