Formal tea at four p.m. was a Victorian practice, but I am fairly certain that Regency ladies served tea and refreshments when their friends came to call. I had the pleasure of attending a tea at my friend Catherine’s house last Saturday and I could not help feeling a little bit like a Regency lady.
The spread of food was impressive. Homemade scones with lemon curd, cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, ham salad sandwiches, strawberries and whipped cream, crumpets, and biscuits. Well, you can see it all here.
It tasted wonderful anyway!
Like mothers everywhere and at any time in history we talked about our children. Mine are grown, but attended the same school where the other ladies children were attending.
One thing was very un-Regency-like. Each of these ladies, though a wife and mother, had other lives as professional women. Two worked in high-profile government agencies, one worked for a government contractor, and the other was a museum curator. And then there was me, the romance author, doing what authors always do– Be in one place interacting with the people there and, at the same time, imagine stories to spin from the experience.
Perhaps I’ll show ladies at tea in my next book. Or perhaps I’ll give my Regency ladies some exciting un-Regency-like roles.
What did you do last weekend? When was the last time you attended a tea?