Mid 1800s

It wasn’t until around 1850 “that five o’clock tea in the drawing room became an institution.”¹ Even though, these afternoon tea affairs varied by country and by circle, it was evident that these tea gatherings became an exclusive event for the aristocratic ladies.¹ What started off as refreshments to calm ones hunger turned into a custom of entertainment for visitors and friends with “elegant cups of tea.”¹

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¹Pettigrew, Jane, and Bruce Richardson. A Social History of Tea: Tea’s Influence on Commerce, Culture & Community. Benjamin Press, 2014.