High Tea with the Ladies

By Val
@valmnz (13205)
New Zealand
October 20, 2015 1:33pm CST
Once the mention of high tea gave me visions of rich, leisurely ladies of times gone by, dressed in their best enjoying decadent looking cakes and bites to eat over a cup of tea in late afternoon - the sort of image provided by watching too many movies! But high tea is becoming popular again, here in New Zealand anyway. While it's not overly expensive it is a step above average in price, but so is the food provided. It's often held at a good hotel. Groups of ladies get together and splash out their well earned money to dress in the best day clothes they have. The food is usually on a tired plate, with little pickets, jam and cream, small savoury muffins, delicate little sandwiches and a selection of mouth watering cakes. The tea is served in a teapot and china cups. You can even have coffee if you ask. Occasionally my friends and o go to celebrate something special. I haven't been to one for ages. But this post is especially for my South African rugby groupie friends, @Inlemay ands @bluesa. You see, Lany and I think we should celebrate our quarter final rugby match this weekend with high tea. Now, wouldn't that be a nice way to lessen the disappointment that one of our teams will face.
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@garymarsh6 (14731)
• United Kingdom
20 Oct 15
I love afternoon tea. It is really nice and refined!
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@valmnz (13205)
• New Zealand
20 Oct 15
My trouble is my friends and I are far from refined!
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@Inlemay (17163)
• South Africa
20 Oct 15
We wont mind having an Englishman for High tea while we deliberate our end result
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@garymarsh6 (14731)
• United Kingdom
20 Oct 15
@Inlemay I did a super one for the family when it was the Queens Diamond Jubilee!
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@Inlemay (17163)
• South Africa
20 Oct 15
I am always in favour of any HIGH TEA - To me its a celebration of friends and life and the ability to enjoy each other. I love the Idea - I think regardless of who wins or looses - Monday Morning we join in at some time or other and have some tea - lets see who is first to invite.
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@valmnz (13205)
• New Zealand
20 Oct 15
I'm going to have trouble watching the game. I'm away from home and they don't have Sky TV. I'll have to rely on my tablet to give me the score until I can watch it on the free channels later in the morning I think. Not sure what time it will be. Monday morning will be the Aussie Argentina game here, even more crucial to one of us.
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@Inlemay (17163)
• South Africa
20 Oct 15
@valmnz oh the time zones are a killer for us down under - they should play them at our time - Midnight or early morning up there - seeing its only us that will be up to watch - our time is the same, but for you its very off balance.
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@Inlemay (17163)
• South Africa
20 Oct 15
@valmnz my hubby says shame what about Argentina - they have a time crisis as well
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@MALUSE (45938)
• Uzbekistan
20 Oct 15
Your problem will be to find a good time for your tea what with you living in different time zones.
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@Inlemay (17163)
• South Africa
20 Oct 15
Maybe it would have to be Dawn Morning tea - like at Sunrise or something
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@valmnz (13205)
• New Zealand
20 Oct 15
And I'll be out on the farm, so no dressing up for me - I think we're about twelve hours ahead of South Africa. We watch the game in the morning, they watch at night.
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@valmnz (13205)
• New Zealand
20 Oct 15
@Inlemay no, the game won't have started then wish I had enough money to say I'll pop over later in the year
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@bluesa (15231)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
20 Oct 15
That is a great idea! What day and what time? There is quite a time difference between NZ and SA, but I would gladly join you both for a Virtual high tea. :-)
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@valmnz (13205)
• New Zealand
20 Oct 15
Sounds fun doesn't it :-)
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@bluesa (15231)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
20 Oct 15
@valmnz , it really does, Val. A cup of tea and something sweet, and good company! :-)
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• United States
20 Oct 15
i fear i'd be most outta place with such refinery. but sure sounds like a fun time to play dress-up 'n do a bit'f visitin' with ones friends.
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@valmnz (13205)
• New Zealand
20 Oct 15
Come on now, your best hat and boots would set a new fashion
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• United States
20 Oct 15
@valmnz that'd surely be how i'd ride in, my friend!
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@wiLLmaH (8246)
• Singapore, Singapore
21 Oct 15
I only heard High Tea here in Singapore. It quite expensive too.
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@valmnz (13205)
• New Zealand
21 Oct 15
It's above average price here, not too bad.
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@wiLLmaH (8246)
• Singapore, Singapore
21 Oct 15
@valmnz But I miss to wear the proper attire. Anyway next time I will wear a cute dress :)
@valmnz (13205)
• New Zealand
21 Oct 15
@wiLLmaH I'm sure you'll look stunning
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• United States
20 Oct 15
I don't think I'd fit in with a high tea - I'm more a low soda gal!
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@valmnz (13205)
• New Zealand
20 Oct 15
Anyone fits in, in my country anyway. Do you not drink tea or coffee? Some people drink fruit juice. It's not the beverage that counts, but the food and company and getting dressed up a little.
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• United States
20 Oct 15
@valmnz I am a coffee/soda/iced tea drinker so I guess it would be ok!
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@valmnz (13205)
• New Zealand
20 Oct 15
@AbbyGreenhill you'd love it, I know you would
@Jessicalynnt (47879)
• Centralia, Missouri
20 Oct 15
I think this could be fun, with the right people
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@valmnz (13205)
• New Zealand
20 Oct 15
Need to be rugby fans in this case
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• Centralia, Missouri
21 Oct 15
@valmnz Well shucks, I dont know that I have ever even seen a game
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@cpefley (1699)
• Hemet, California
21 Oct 15
That sounds lovely! I wish that was a popular tradition here in the States.
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@valmnz (13205)
• New Zealand
21 Oct 15
You're just not British enough
@celticeagle (121031)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Oct 15
With videos and such now days this could be recorded for generations to come. Good luck on this endeavor. I hope to see updates.
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@valmnz (13205)
• New Zealand
20 Oct 15
You're welcome to come if you're a rugby supporter
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• United States
20 Oct 15
I also envision "high" tea being fancy and the tea is served in those fine bone china cups
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• United States
21 Oct 15
I went to high tea in the V & A Hotel in Cape Town several years ago. It was wonderful.
@gudheart (12740)
21 Oct 15
I have never been to one, but I have heard that they do great cakes and scones along with nice tea.
@glenniah (1201)
• Mandurah, Australia
21 Oct 15
I like the sound of your idea Val.., Wonder who is going to come out on top
@sofssu (18309)
21 Oct 15
It was a rage here a few years ago.. but now its on the decline, as I see it.. I am not one for high tea and finery.
@allknowing (73002)
• India
21 Oct 15
An invitation to tea often results in high tea. High tea would mean a little more than just a cup of tea. It would also mean tray tea with sugar, tea and milk kept separately along with goodies.
@LadyDuck (188298)
• Switzerland
21 Oct 15
Lany knows that I am not a fan of rugby, but I surely like the All Blacks, if there is a team I should support, it's this one.
@sherryeb (585)
• Duncan, Arizona
21 Oct 15
I am always up for a tea party, the delicacies, mini foods and delicious teas.Only problem is after my friends and I attend one of those events, on the drive home, we are all still hungry and wind up going out to a restaurant for a meal.
@Tampa_girl7 (27508)
• United States
21 Oct 15
That sounds lovely.
@jaboUK (55158)
• United Kingdom
20 Oct 15
That seems like stepping right into the past, and it sounds great (even if the plates are tired )