with the history of afternoon tea. Below is a brief excerpt from that article.
“Tea consumption increased dramatically during the early nineteenth century and it is around this time that Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford is said to have complained of ‘having that sinking feeling’ during the late afternoon. At the time it was usual for people to take only two main meals a day, breakfast, and dinner at around 8 o’clock in the evening. The solution for the Duchess was a pot a tea and a light snack, taken privately in her boudoir during the afternoon.”
Later friends were invited to join her in her rooms at Woburn Abbey and this summer practice proved so popular that the Duchess continued it when she returned to London, sending cards to her friends asking them to join her for “tea and a walking the fields.” Other social hostesses quickly picked up on the idea and the practice became respectable enough to move it into the drawing room. Before long all of fashionable society was sipping tea and nibbling sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon.” Read the whole article here. Artwork available at allposter.co.uk
party was perfect! Much mayhem and magic was had by all.
As noted in this earlier post, our own Wormwood Queen is off to ConVocation this weekend. This is a new event exploring a wide range of mystical paths that offers guest speakers, an art show and a vendors room of unique items. Our absinthe gal will be holding a tea salon at high noon this coming Sunday at the event. She will be handing out samplers of our very first (and our signature) Orange Moon Tea! If you’re planning to attend the event please make sure to visit her tea panel and let her better acquaint you with our tea society!
Welcome to the Orange Moon Trading Company – the home of the Orange Moon Tea Society! Come into our parlor and let us share our unique tea flavors with you and tell you a story or two about our little corner of the world. Let us show you the secrets of tasseomancy and all those things to be found hiding among the tea leaves. Give us your tea cup and a moment of your time and let yourself be lost for a spell in our world!
Wormwood Queen is a founding member of the Orange Moon Tea Society and heir to the secret recipe for Mother Henriot’s Elixir, (otherwise known as Absinthe Tea). She was taught the magical art of tea leaf reading by a member of the Royal Court of Fae in exchange for her Illustrious work with the Urban Fairy Rescue League. In an effort to preserve this glorious tradition, she has chosen to pass on her knowledge to those who will join her for this unprecedented tea. This is an opportunity not to be missed!
Learn more by visiting ConVocation online, February 19th-22nd, 2015, for more details and join our Wormwood Queen Sunday for tea!