What’s the difference between low tea and high tea, you ask? Basically, the difference comes from the height of the table and the time it is served. Back in the Victorian period, “low tea” was served on low tables near chairs or sofas, where people ate light fare such as finger foods to tide them over before dinner. Think of it as an afternoon snack. High tea, on the other hand, was served during dinner where a substantial meal was eaten and served along with tea. This “high tea” was consumed at the dining table, where the table was higher.
I was first introduced to afternoon tea several years ago by one of my friends, Lorie. Along with some of our female co-workers, we would get together to celebrate her birthday with afternoon tea at the Veranda at the Kahala Hotel and Resort.
Earlier this year, Lorie and I had gone for afternoon tea during the hotel’s Golden Jubilee celebration, marking 50 years since the hotel’s opening in 1964. At that time, we noticed that the furniture at the Veranda had changed to furnishings from the Tommy Bahamas line. Gone were the delicate Oriental-inspired dresses worn by the female staff as well.
I am no novice when it comes to afternoon tea. I like eating freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam, little finger sandwiches, and petit fours. To me, afternoon tea is a nice way to pass time with friends while enjoying a leisurely and light fare. And lucky for me, my husband does not mind joining me for afternoon tea.