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The traditional tea party is a perfect setting for an afternoon event that requires some formality, such as a wedding or baby shower…or in our case, a Christmas open house.
This tea party stems from the British tradition of “afternoon tea”. This gathering involves tea served in a fine china cup and saucer, scones with clotted cream and jam, small watercress and cucumber sandwiches (without crusts) and bite-sized cakes and sweets.
Traditionally, this is a sit-down event, but there were too many people to do that for our open house, so our traditional tea party was served buffet-style. This does add a little more work because the tea in the pots does not stay warm for very long and has to be replaced every 20 – 30 minutes.