What happened to the old fashioned tea party? Did it get lost in this modern age?
How to bring it back with all of the style and elegance that it deserves.
It all started when I was a little girl, maybe it started with you too. When I was a little girl I used to play dress up. Sometimes I would act like I was going to have a tea party. I would dress up in my mother’s glamorous dresses, high heeled shoes, and I would put her bright ruby red lipstick on my lips. I really felt that I looked so pretty like my mother when she would get dressed up.
I then proceeded to place a cup and saucer on a table and I pretended to pour tea into a cup. It was actually my father that showed me how to hold a teacup with my right hand and extend my little pinky finger while holding the teacup. It looked very feminine and I believe that he was teaching me good etiquette. I would hold the tea cup while I sat on a little chair and act like I was at a tea party dressed in my finest.
As I grew older, the old fashioned tea party had faded into the past. Until, one day I met a lady at my church who invited me to her home for a tea party. “Oh, yes”, I said to her, “I would love to come.”
So the day came for the tea party and I was so excited, because I was able to dress up in my finest, except this time I was not dressed up in my mother’s clothes; I got dressed up in my own. I arrived at the tea party and it was what I always imagined a tea party should look like. As I stepped through the door, I was greeted by the hostess; I looked around to see many women sitting at small round tables. On the tables there were old fashioned tea cups and saucers with beautiful elegant teapots on the side of each table. The silverware was elegant sitting upon crisp white tablecloths made of the finest fabric. Everything on each table looked so perfect, that I was very hesitant to even touch anything, because it was so beautiful and lovely looking.
Rose petal tea was served with real rose petals that were edible and tasted very sweet. The hostess went to each table and brought the pastries that consisted of scones, triangle shaped sandwiches, cheesecake, fruit, and other delicacies. All the women were sitting at different tables talking and fellowshipping with one another while they sipped their rose tea and ate their pastries. We played games in which the person who won received a beautiful gift. Everyone received a boxed cupcake in the shape of a rose.
I was so blessed that day. I will never forget it. I had really felt like I had been to an old fashioned tea party that day. Sipping rose tea reminded me of a time passed, when I was a little girl. Wouldn’t it be wonderful, if every mother taught their daughters the art of having an old fashioned tea party, then it wouldn’t be lost in the past, but we would pass it on for future generations to enjoy and treasure forever.
Philippa Lane is a professional freelance writer and is a staff member of the Cable Muse Network. She is a prolific writer and covers a variety of subjects, such as health, beauty, appliances, travel, food, books, and automotive topics.