In the busy hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it’s important to take a step back, breath deeply, and take time to appreciate what’s important. Life isn’t about material things or empty promises. It’s about meaningful connections with the people we love and appreciate. It’s about letting friends know that we honestly care about them and their well-being. Instead of texting, emailing, or Facebook messages, we should all make the effort to strengthen the bonds of friendship in person.
The only way to truly connect and nurture a friendship is through personal interactions and meaningful conversation.
Meeting for an elegant tea party is a charming way to celebrate a friendship through a timeless tradition. In the United Kingdom, no other daily routine is more sacred than tea time. It’s an opportunity to relax from the busy day, while enjoying the company of a dear friend. Tea garden parties first became popular in the 18th century. Ladies and gentlemen gathered to enjoy the sunshine, Mozart, and pleasant company. While spending quality time nurturing a friendship, it’s fun to follow the classic tea time etiquette found in Jane Austin novels.
There are various recognized “tea times” in the United Kingdom. Cream Tea is served in the morning with scones buttered with marmalade, lemon curd, or clotted cream. In the early afternoon, Low Tea consists of glowing scones and delectable sandwiches. High Tea is often viewed as the most regal, due to its variety of elegant food. Because of its many courses, High Tea allows you and your friend the perfect amount of time to visit and bask in your companionship.
Sip tea and champagne while sampling buttery scones, muffins, and assorted pastries stuffed with truffle cream cheese. Talk about your dreams and goals over cooked salmon, and cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches. Discuss the nostalgic days of the past, the excitement of present day victories, and hopes for the future. The most important aspect, however, is the beautiful atmosphere that is soothing and conducive to creating lasting memories. There are no distractions. It’s just the two of you telling stories, laughing, and enjoying one of life’s simplest pleasures — true friendship.