Once upon a time, we found ourselves at a decadent afternoon tea in London – the afternoon tea that changed everything. Realizing that afternoon tea is perhaps the most wonderful thing to have ever occurred, we have since embarked upon a journey to share our love of this delightful occasion with others.
The Tea Decree is the chronicle of our journey, which has been happily filled with tea, scones, finger sandwiches, fine cheeses, embossers, royal seals (what’s that now?), fascinators, and more. Our decrees are but our own opinions, and we encourage you to share your own tea experiences by completing a Tea Decree Form and sharing with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Wishing you many happy afternoon teas!
Gigi and Rachael
For those of you who are new to the world of afternoon tea, let us assist:
1.) What is afternoon tea? Just tea drunk in the afternoon?
Not in the least! Afternoon tea is not a drink, but a meal. Having originated in Great Britain in the 1840s (to prevent hunger before a late dinner), afternoon teas are now commonly composed of finger sandwiches, scones, pastries, and (of course) tea! Learn more about Afternoon Teas here.
2.) Am I supposed to skip lunch and dinner?
Heavens no. Why on earth would you do that. But a valid point – one must train for these types of eating challenges.
3.) Do I have to dress up?
Afternoon teas can be whimsical or luxurious, friendly or approachable, homemade or Zagat-reviewed. Each venue is its own delight. But is a fascinator ever inappropriate?
4.) What’s a fascinator?