Miss Manners set me on the straight and narrow regarding techincal definitions, and most Americans, I suppose, could be forgiven for not knowing proper terminology; I myself have fallen prey to confusing the definitions of various kinds of teas, and our local tea shop has also not helped.
The difference between Afternoon Tea and High Tea is that, ironically, Afternoon Tea is the “higher” affair of the two; “High Tea” comes from a reference to the meal being served on a high table, and it’s more of an actual meal than a sort of delicate snacking social affair.
What most of us think of as “tea” is, in fact, “Afternoon Tea.”
The previously shown pink tea set comes with a metal tea strainer that fits in the tea pot (into which tea bags are going to be popped in my case) as well as teaspoons specifically designed for the set; customer reviews for the set are high, and customer photos for the set make it look like an exceptional choice.
In fact, it would be much easier to set a white table cloth and have the pink set on it to create a lovely affect than to try to find something that specifically matches the white and blue sets.
But they are gorgeous.
Now on to deciding what kind of food to go with the tea! A trip to get some Digestive Biscuits is definitely in order, and something my husband likes would do us well.