I remember going to tea parties when I was a little girl dressed in a pretty frilly frock holding my brother’s hand to make sure he didn’t grab the biscuits off the plate. Yes, those were the days when biscuits were not cookies and tea was served in cups.
Tea parties were generally held late afternoon at around 4 p.m either on a verandah, a grassy lawn or a dining table, with sandwiches, assorted pastries, scones, breads and sometimes fruity treats like stewed peaches or fresh strawberries served with whipped cream. For us children there was hot chocolate or iced tea or may be a fruit punch if the hostess was too adventurous but what we longed for was that cup of tea served ever so elegantly out of the tea pot hidden under an embroidered tea cozy.
Indeed, the tea party and its accoutrements are memories of a bye gone era recently revived by the girls in our home this past Saturday. With the half a century old tea set resurrected from the cupboard, the girls whipped up a spread of home made assorted cupcakes, cheese straws, chicken puffs and gourmet sandwiches. Bright pink and orange gerberas placed in a ceramic tea pot graced our table while the guests enjoyed a leisurely afternoon drinking cups of Assam tea .