Such a quaint English custom! Dainty cakes, champagne and shopping! Shopping? Yep, shopping…this is the New Improved Version of Elegance.
At the end of this month I am exhibiting at the Perth High Tea Party at the Parmelia Hilton. I am so excited, I can’t wait to see you all there. Honestly I can’t think of anything so quintessentially feminine than an afternoon tea.
Did you know Afternoon tea dates back to the 1840s in England? It was first designed by the oh-so-fashionable Duchess of Bedford, Anna Marie Russell, lady of the bedchamber to Queen Victoria. In the early 19th century ladies would rise late, eat breakfast, but would not eat again until the big meal of the day, dinner at 8pm. The duchess found it very difficult to get through the day and during a particularly long engagement at Belvoir Castle at Rutland asked her maid to prepare her something light at 4pm.
Soon, every lady who was anyone would be invited to the Duchess bedchamber to enjoy gossip and cake. Later in 1857 when the Queen lost her beloved husband, Albert, it is believed afternoon tea was responsible for helping her to leave mourning and regain society.
So what is high tea? Well, as the aristocracy enjoyed their repast on the chaise lounge, afternoon tea actually is correctly termed Low Tea. Outside of the stately homes, the industrial revolution was churning black smoke over the Midlands of England. Filthy workers came home from the factories and ate meats, breads and cheeses up at the table with a cup of tea. Often the tea leaves would be third hand. Served once at the big house, a second time in the servant’s quarters, and then cook would gain back some of the cost by selling it out at the door. High Tea then, originally was served sitting at a table and in places like the Black Country and Yorkshire, the tea would take the roof off your mouth!!!
The addition of champagne is a modern twist, shopping a very recent improvement!
Come along to the Parmelia Hilton in Perth on 30th and 31st August
I love exhibiting at this event. The atmosphere is always completely electric. It is women’s paradise. I am cooking up a blast. We have the beautiful Rob waiting to show you just how it feels to have warmed Mind to Body candle oil stoked into your skin! And ladies, what a treat, for a change it’s not virtual champagne we are enjoying. Come and feel the bubbles go up your nose. Have a glass or two on me!
Wear your best high heels ladies, but have sensible pumps tucked away, because The High Tea Party will keep you occupied for hours. There are demonstrations of the latest hair and cosmetics and shopping like you would not believe. Leave your man at home….this is pure unadulterated girlie shopping heaven. It is not for the faint hearted!
Find us at the Mind to Body stand, Parmelia Hilton in Perth. High Tea times are 10.30, 12.30, 2.30 and 4.30pm. Tickets to sit down and have tea are sold out for Saturday, but may still available for Sunday. Access to the shopping and pampering is between 9am to 6pm both Saturday and Sunday and on both days is COMPLETELY FREE.
For more information go to http://www.thehighteaparty.com.au