Afternoon tea: elegant yet easy - Families & Lifestyles

Afternoon tea: elegant yet easy

Linda Morel | Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 10:33 am

There is nothing cozier than inviting friends for afternoon tea. It’s a stylish way to host book clubs, bridal showers and people who like chatting. Admittedly, tea rituals are more popular with women than with men.

The British tradition of sipping tea while nibbling petit sandwiches and sweets caught on during the mid-19th century when businessmen brought tea to England from China, along with teapots and tea sets known as “china.” Originally served around 4 p.m., this refined snack fell halfway between lunchtime and dinners that started at 8 p.m.

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