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Old 09-13-2014, 11:21 PM   #1
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High Tea

I am adding a new catering option to my menu. High Tea.

My question for those of you who have attended a high tea before is: how many portions do you normally have? I am thinking 6 is fairly reasonable, but that's just me. What do you think?
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Old 09-15-2014, 05:44 PM   #2
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Old 09-15-2014, 05:50 PM   #3
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Here are some images from the High Tea I prepared over the weekend.

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Old 09-15-2014, 07:11 PM   #4
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I didn't know what a High Tea was, but after seeing those pics, I'm in.
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Old 09-15-2014, 07:24 PM   #5
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Believe me, you're getting my best help for menu planning a high tea. My silence.

I've been to zero high teas in my life, though the spread you've shown us here looks lovely and delicious, it looks a bit too precious for my tastes. I admire it though.
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Old 09-15-2014, 07:29 PM   #6
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there is no tea in any of those pictures
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Old 09-15-2014, 08:04 PM   #7
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I've helped cater a number of High Teas in the past ... we typically had three savory sandwiches, some sort of savory open-face hors d'oeuvre, possibly a tiny portion of a cream soup, and then went wild with the sweets - tarts, cakes, etc.

If by portions you mean courses/types of sandwiches/cakes, I'd say you're in the right ballpark.

Your pics look right on. Lovely!

Offer plenty of choice in the teas - a black, a green, and a flavored/herbal. Also coffee and cold drinks. The idea is that it's a late afternoon 'snack' that will last you until a late evening dinner. Simpler 'tea' offers a sandwich or two and a cake, with a beverage ... 'High Tea' offers more savory options and a wider selection of sweets.
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Old 09-15-2014, 08:05 PM   #8
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This was just the table set before the ladies arrived. The tea came later.
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Old 09-15-2014, 08:41 PM   #9
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Yummy! I've never been to one, so I couldn't help anyways.
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Old 09-15-2014, 09:09 PM   #10
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Sorry hon. I missed the original post.
Looks like you did splendidly.

Can't write much now, but for future ref (if you're interested ) search Hartwell and Bettys under my username . Not strictly High Tea, as that tends to be more substantial, but certainly Afternoon Tea.
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Old 09-15-2014, 09:37 PM   #11
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Thanks Sundae. I already have a booking to do another one just after Christmas for a baby shower. I am hoping to grow this arm of the business, because although it all looks fancy, it actually doesn't cost much to prepare, so it's a good money spinner for me, and I can also pay one of the big kids to do the service and clean up. Gives me a chance to help the kids out with their savings as well as make some money for myself.
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Old 09-16-2014, 01:41 PM   #12
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Are those strawberries in the third pic as big as they appear?

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Old 09-16-2014, 01:42 PM   #13
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That appears very well done, to me, btw.

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Old 09-16-2014, 04:47 PM   #14
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Yes grav, they are huge...and the sweetest strawberries ever. I salivate every year when it's strawberry season. They come from a local farmer. Those two aren't even as big as they get. The kids found one in a punnett the other day which was bigger than max's closed fist. Massive!

And thanks.
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Old 09-17-2014, 05:46 PM   #15
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What holds the rolled asparagus sandwiches together?
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