ORIGINALI-TEA FRESNO SINCE 2003

The crisp tang in the air and a fresh, stiff breeze have rushed in to announce the arrival of Fall. The beginning of a new season presents an opportunity to invigorate old routines and improve existing habits. What better way to revitalize the hum-drum of back-to-school season or soothe away the loss of summer Fridays than to throw a tea party and revive an elegant and enduring tradition?

Before there were fondue parties or martini parties, the quintessential get-together was the tea party. With the many different types of teas and tea parties that exist to tempt groups of all tastes and ages to indulge in the comfort of taking tea, it is no wonder this classic tradition is still popular today.

For variety, try one of these variations on the timeless tea party:

Afternoon Tea: served at four o’clock and can be served formally in a dining room or more casually in the kitchen or outdoors in a garden. Afternoon Tea can include many different treats such as cookies, sandwiches, scones or fruit tarts. Many mistake Afternoon Tea for High Tea.

High Tea: served at six o’clock and was originally used as a light supper. An entrée is usually served along with salad, cheese, fruit, biscuits, breads and topped off with sweets. High Tea is traditionally a formal get-together.

Cream Tea: Afternoon Tea featuring scones and clotted cream.

Light Tea: a lighter variation on Afternoon Tea and is best served with scones and sweets.

Full Tea: a complete four-course Afternoon Tea with sandwiches, scones, sweets, and concluded with a dessert.

Royal Tea: Full Tea with a glass of champagne.

Farmer’s Tea: popular in British Pubs, a combination of heavy grained bread, sharp cheese, fruit, sausages or minced meat pie (also referred to as a Ploughman’s Lunch), and served with a sweet.

Try one, try two, try a few of them out! Find the tea party that fits your new tradition.