Afternoon Tea

6 July 2014

I'm thinking about Tea.  Not any old tea, but afternoon tea. 

I have been commissioned to make some little wedding favours - little works of art to explain the origin of afternoon tea.   

There are 70 guests so this has to be simple. I'm going to use Khadi paper with flower petals, lovely and someone else has done the work, with some words printed on the side and a possible Tea Cup print. 

Here are my words ( the first draft) and some of the images I have been playing with in my sketch book.  You can probably tell a few home made stamps have been used. 

That delightful British institution, Afternoon Tea, has it's roots not a million miles from here.  Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, experienced "that sinking feeling" during the late afternoon. At the time it was usual for people to have only two main meals a day, breakfast, and dinner at around 8 o'clock in the evening. The solution for the Duchess was a pot a tea with a little something, and afternoon tea was born.

Later friends were invited to join her in her rooms at  Woburn Abbey for walks and tea.  Other social hostesses quickly picked up on the idea and the practice became respectable enough to move it into the drawing room. Before long all of fashionable society was sipping tea and nibbling sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon.

So what better way is there to celebrate the wedding of X& X? 

Our celebration tea includes:- 

* A range of fruit fizzes and presses

* A selection of fine teas 

* finger sandwiches 

* beautiful and delicious cakes and fancies 

And of course The Wedding Cake 


  1. How lovely - will the happy couple choose their preferred option or will you?

    1. Probably me and the caterers. The Bride is a bit dithery by all accounts.

  2. Ooo - I'll have that single cup - the one that went from great to wow when you colored it all yellow and green with those red flowers! Enjoyed the history lesson - good luck on your project.

    1. Yes I like that too. But I've got to do 70 of these! Individual hand painting is not an option.

  3. What a lovely commission, looking good!


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