Tea Time!

highteaAfternoon tea, high tea or tea time is a ritual that has existed since the 1840s as a small snack around 4pm until actual dinner which would not commence until about 8pm for high society life. An afternoon tea meal normally consists of various tea options, pastries, mini sandwiches, cream, jam, scones and cakes. This was initially a sign of high status for elite ladies.high-teaNowadays, it is done mainly for special events such as birthdays, babyshowers or a special gathering. I absolutely love tea time and have experienced it only twice in my life: The Phoenician in Scottsdale, AZ and St. Regis in (Buckhead) Atlanta, GA.high-tea (1)Tea time was ‘invented’ by Anna the 7th Duchess of Bedford who felt a “sinking” feeling in the late afternoon of weakness since it was tradition to only eat breakfast and dinner back then. It eventually became a social event and eventually a regular in the fashionable society.HyattHighTeaThere is actually a difference between “High Tea” and “Afternoon Tea.” High tea was usually for the upper class who sat at tables in proper nice chairs and afternoon tea was casual sitting on sofas or big chairs and usually the middle and/or lower class who had it later in the afternoon around 5 or 6 pm.THTP_logo_GorgeousExcuse_BLKRegardless of the name or occasion, I have always been a fan of tea time. Here are the top 3 hotels in Atlanta, GA to experience the best high tea:

  1. Astor Court at St. Regis Atlanta
  2. Ritz-Carlton Buckhead
  3. Park 75 at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

It’s even a great idea to get your own tea sets and invite over a bunch of girls:


  1. Ruksana says:

    I love High Tea!!!! The Four Seasons was my fave though since I lived close to the area. For a more informal version, check our Dr Bombays in Oakhurst 🙂

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