The growing middle class was always eager to follow the social patterns of the wealthy and began to imitate Anna's Tea parties as well! Afternoon Tea was then and remains now an affordable way to entertain. Thank you Anna for this special occasion. The photo of Anna was taken from "Afternoon Tea" by Jane Pettigrew.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Anna the Duchess of Bedford: #2 of The Three Honored Ladies of Tea
Anna Marie is noted as one of Queen Victoria's ladies-in-waiting and is always credited with the "Invention of Afternoon Tea". What a lovely invention this was because seated at lower tables and comfy chairs, friends gathered to enjoy cakes, bread and butter, sandwiches and sweets along with good hot tea. This event occurred around 4:00 p.m. to comfort the empty stomach between the light noon meal and heavy late dinner. This became all the rage in the upper class society. Since women did not work and had time on their hands, making social activity a high priority was necessary.