In my latest release, The Cowboy and the Princess, the heroine—Annie—is a princess in disguise working as a wedding planner’s assistance. When a client insists on “high tea” for her daughter’s wedding reception, Annie gets to educate the woman on the difference between “high tea” and “low tea.”
Many people believe that “high tea” is the traditional tea service typically served between 2 and 4 p.m. High tea sounds like something a royal would indulge in, right? This is probably were the confusion comes in.
“High tea” is historically the tea of the working class. It’s a heartier meal served at 6 p.m. and often substitutes for dinner. “Low tea” or “afternoon tea” is a lighter meal, meant to hold people over until a late dinner.
Either way, it’s fun to host a tea. I’ve been to several readers’ teas and it’s always a lot of fun. If you belong to a book club, why not try a tea the next time you have a meeting? Here’s some sample tea menus to get you started.
Lavender scones with lemon curd
Cheddar herb crumpets
Egg salad sandwiches
High tea menu
Fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate
Roast beef sandwiches
Blackberry scones with clotted cream
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