And have a cup of tea,
But since we can't
When you have this one,
I hope you'll think of me." ~Anonymous
Welcome to Cozy Cottage! Today's tea is served in a lovely blue Camark teapot with matching candle warmer and stand. Don't the cups and saucers make you think of pretty blue flowers? Your tea choices today are Earl Grey, English Breakfast, and Darjeeling. To accompany your tea choice I offer freshly baked biscuits served toasty warm with homemade blackberry preserves and fresh creamery butter.
My special guest for tea today is my sister-in-law, Bertha Mae. She is a writer and has published a novel, Redemption of Quapaw Mountain in which she brings back to life the isolated Arkansas highlands of the early 1900s and their unique people, culture and mythology. For a preview of her book please visit BeWrite Books at http://www.bewrite.net/merchant2/4.00/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=B&Product_Code=1-904492-38-X .
Our discussion today centers around proper attire for afternoon tea. Luckily, here at Cozy Cottage casual wear is the norm, but that wasn't always so.
The Afternoon Tea Gown was first introduced, in the 1840s, by Anna, the Duchess of Bedford. The gowns were fashioned on the styles and times of the day. Tea gowns were constructed in several segments, allowing the hostess to change from the lingerie-inspired overtops to the more revealing off-the-shoulder, lower cut silhouette for the evening hours. Fabrics ranged from elaborate gowns with fanciful hand work of embroidery, beading and smocking to the delicate white handkerchief linens accented with pastels. Since Afternoon Teas were mostly attended by family and close friends, the hostess' tea gown was often uncorseted for the first time in centuries, introducing the casual form of dress our society has adopted to the present day. The fashions complimented the Victorian era from which they were born. The gowns were accessorized with magnificently embellished gloves, parasols, fabulous hats and small handbags. The fashions complimented the Victorian era from which they were born. The gowns were accessorized with magnificently embellished gloves, parasols, fabulous hats and small handbags. Fortunately, some of these beautiful gowns and accessories have been preserved by the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. With increasing difficulty, more can be found at vintage fairs and shops throughout the United States. (http://www.seedsofknowledge.com/teagowns.html)
I hope you enjoyed our tea time today! Be sure to leave a comment so you will be entered in the drawing for my roses tea cup and saucer pictured below.
Tomorrow's tea will be extra special so please make plans to drop by Cozy Cottage again!