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May Birthday Giveaway: lovely tea towels from mirror mirror

tea towels from the mirror mirror shop

What’s going on here? My site started ten years ago this month and to celebrate I’m giving away something each weekday. Because I like you.

Today I’ve got a set of colorful Atelier LZC Tea Towels from the mirror mirror shop, which currently spans both the UK and the US. I known Paola because I read that she moved with her family from London to my old neighborhood here in Seattle so I sent her a very long email describing where I thought the best food shops and parks were. Happily she didn’t think I was a crazy person and I’ve had an excuse to visit my old home, including this one bakery that makes good soups, ever since. I absolutely love the way she has curated what is offered in her shop, and I continue to have a crush on the stacking egg cups which are, if you’ll allow me, the most practical of all egg cups I’ve seen.

f you’d like these two lovely French-designed tea towels to grace your kitchen please leave a comment with this entry, and if you’d like something to chat about (I love reading all the comments) answer this question: Have you ever been to a high tea? I have, twice, and I have to say I found the little sandwiches confounding each time. Your turn, you’ve got until Saturday, May 28th at 10 a.m. PST to enter, the fine print applies. Good luck! Closed, thanks for entering!

· comments [387] · 05-27-2011 · categories:shopping ·

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  • 1 Kim // May 27, 2011 at 2:31 am

    I have actually been to two high teas, which I think is quite an achievement for a person born and raised in Kentucky, where tea usually means something cold and sugary. At the first one I discovered that I really don’t care for cucumbers. By the way, did you know Benedictine was invented in Louisville? I hate it, but at least it’s local. :)

  • 2 Alison // May 27, 2011 at 2:34 am

    I’ve been to high tea once. It was surprisingly expensive. That probably explains why I’ve only been once!

  • 3 Kim // May 27, 2011 at 2:40 am

    These are beautiful! I’ve never been to high tea but I bet I would love it.

  • 4 Intlmetromom // May 27, 2011 at 2:44 am

    I love high tea. I’ve only been two or three times in the UK, but I think I’ve had high tea at nearly every place that offers it in NYC! Lady Mendl’s is my favorite!

  • 5 Gemma // May 27, 2011 at 2:53 am

    I have been to a high tea and was there with small people, so it was a rather stressful time trying to make sure they behaved!

  • 6 Gemma // May 27, 2011 at 3:10 am

    I’m in the UK – we’re quite good at high teas! been to plenty of ‘em

  • 7 Rachael // May 27, 2011 at 3:16 am

    I had tea at Herrod’s once. It was the first time I ever put milk in tea. I remember liking it, but I never think to do it here.

  • 8 Toni // May 27, 2011 at 3:19 am

    Pretty towels! I have never been to high tea and I really have no idea where I could around here. Not exactly high society in rural Indiana!

  • 9 Christina // May 27, 2011 at 3:23 am

    Love these towels! I’ve been to tea, but never to high tea. I so want to go sometime!

  • 10 Marie Biswell // May 27, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Ooh, yes! I’ve been to two high teas. The very first I had a voucher & was 15 weeks pregnant & dragged along my hubby & we had fun looking at all the really pregnant ladies. The 2nd time I was 37 weeks pregnant and shouted my wedding party (all 6 of us) to a very fancy high tea where I know doubt that the girls in their early pregnancies looked at my bulging tummy in awe like I did months before!!!!!

  • 11 Bonney // May 27, 2011 at 3:36 am

    I would love to attend a high tea but never had the opportunity. I don’t understand the sandwiches either but I’m willing to try to figure them out!

  • 12 Amber F. // May 27, 2011 at 3:47 am

    The closest I’ve gotten is a high tea themed baby shower…

  • 13 Jamie G // May 27, 2011 at 3:59 am

    I’ve never been to a high tea. I don’t even remember having a pretend tea party when I was little. Am I missing out?

  • 14 KJ@letsgoflyakite // May 27, 2011 at 3:59 am

    What a great way to celebrate your birthday! How generous of you! And yes, I have been to a high tea at the Windsor Arms in Toronto as well, we held a high tea to celebrate the recent Royal Nuptials (scones, cream, lemon curd, cuke sandwiches, and of course tea)

  • 15 Margaret // May 27, 2011 at 4:04 am

    I’ve been to high tea once and was rather confused as well. My girlfriends and I had a good time, but something felt a litte ‘off’. That being said, I have an somewhat compulsive love of tea towels and these are wonderful!!!

  • 16 Katie // May 27, 2011 at 4:05 am

    I’ve never been to a high tea, but it sounds right up my alley! Maybe I’ll arrange one! In any case, these tea towels are adorable! Love!

  • 17 Kate // May 27, 2011 at 4:11 am

    I haven’t, though I heard on NPR the other day that what we call High Tea was originally called Low Tea (High Tea was what they called supper).

  • 18 Steph // May 27, 2011 at 4:20 am

    I’ve never had the pleasure of high tea but I do fancy myself a nice cup or two each day…even in the summer!

  • 19 Leah F // May 27, 2011 at 4:21 am

    I’ve been a few times at various fancy places, but a local tea shop does a really nice one that’s actually pretty casual. It’s just the scones and sandwiches that are fancy (smoked salmon! asparagus! really.) That being said, the last time I went was the “office christmas party” – four of us at a table mid-afternoon, none of us particularly fond of each other. Talk about feeling off? I just stuffed my face and drank two litres of tea.

  • 20 Ann // May 27, 2011 at 4:22 am

    I have never been to high tea, but I’d love to try it!

  • 21 Wendy // May 27, 2011 at 4:24 am

    I have not been to a high tea. My sons school hosted a high tea in honor of the royal wedding but I was unable to get a sitter for the baby. Btw I love your blog

  • 22 Karin // May 27, 2011 at 4:27 am

    No, but I had a whole lot of masala chai in India!

  • 23 Megan P // May 27, 2011 at 4:36 am

    sadly no high tea for me, but I could host one with these towels :)

  • 24 Jennifer W. // May 27, 2011 at 4:40 am

    I’ve been to high tea once when I was studying abroad in England (fitting, no?)
    Those towels are beautiful!

  • 25 Jen W. // May 27, 2011 at 4:47 am

    Yes to high tea. The Four Seasons in Philadelphia was my favorite, but that may be because I was with my sisters and Mom.

  • 26 Leigh // May 27, 2011 at 4:49 am

    Eight friends hosted a high tea at a quaint restaurant around Atlanta for a mom-to-be and it cost us $180 each for around 20 attendees! No small sandwich is worth that much money. It would be fun to host one at home, though…perhaps as a “mock” baby shower for Princess Kate when she is expecting.

  • 27 APayne // May 27, 2011 at 4:50 am

    Nope- never been…not sure I’d want to either.
    Beautiful tea towels!

  • 28 Tara // May 27, 2011 at 4:50 am

    Yes, I have been to high tea in Buchart Gardens in Victoria, BC.

  • 29 Lou // May 27, 2011 at 4:53 am

    I have been to tea, and it was so much fun! I find the little sandwiches a little disturbing because they all seem to be packed with cream cheese, but it’s still great fun.

  • 30 darlene // May 27, 2011 at 4:56 am

    The best high teas I’ve experienced were in London (Marriott Hotel) and New Orleans (Windsor Hotel).

    Thank you for offering these gorgeous towels.

  • 31 Kristi // May 27, 2011 at 4:56 am

    I went to high tea once at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC. I was an awkward teenager and felt a bit out of place. But the sandwiches were lovely!

  • 32 Julianne // May 27, 2011 at 4:57 am

    I have never been to high tea, but it is something I’ve always wanted to do.

  • 33 Lauren // May 27, 2011 at 4:58 am

    i have never been to high tea.. one day though, i will! and it will be lovely. and, these tea towels… are gorgeous.

  • 34 Lisa // May 27, 2011 at 4:58 am

    Just one, in London. I never knew something that contained the descriptor “clotted” could taste so good :D

  • 35 Laurie // May 27, 2011 at 5:01 am

    No, done plenty of “low” teas, though. Visiting my thoroughly-workingclass grandmother in Birmingham, England, we had a lot of biscuits from Tesco with our endless cups of tea.

    I have long wondered what all the fuss about cucumber sandwiches was. Maybe will have to try them some time.

  • 36 Andrea C // May 27, 2011 at 5:08 am

    i have major tea towel love at the moment…. i have been to high tea, twice also…i was quite a bit younger…oh man, did i love it…i thought this must be how royalty lives…the most darling little treats. i went to a high tea at the Peninsula in Hong Kong a few years ago…felt like royalty again…my daughter had a high tea birthday party this year… so much fun… yep, i’m feeling the high tea love.

  • 37 tracylee // May 27, 2011 at 5:10 am

    I haven’t, but I’d like too. Especially if pretty towels like this one are involved!

  • 38 Danielle // May 27, 2011 at 5:17 am

    What beautiful towels! I’ve never been to high tea, but I’m not a tea drinker (or coffee, for that matter). I know, scandalous stuff, but if you had a mother who drank coffee like mine, you might feel the same. Her latest crazy coffee comment – after drinking 4 cups during breakfast at my sister’s? “But I never got a warm-up!” Um, weren’t 3 of those cups the warm-up??

  • 39 Martha // May 27, 2011 at 5:18 am

    I have never been to high tea, because it is expensive for what you get. I had some friends who liked to go in Vancouver. I can see the appeal though!

  • 40 Michelle // May 27, 2011 at 5:18 am

    I’ve been to several high-teas in different cities in Canada, and my favorite was the first one with my son who was nine at the time. On that day we sat on the porch of a very old farm house on the banks of the Ottawa River, ate tiny food offerings and drank our teas out of cups decorated with roses. We both had such a wonderful time that we made it a monthly event until we moved to the city a year later.

  • 41 Remmus // May 27, 2011 at 5:23 am

    The closest I have ever been to a high tea was the one my husband and I created at the request of our goddaughters. It wasn’t the real thing but I am sure ours was much better.

    Love the towels!

  • 42 mollysusie // May 27, 2011 at 5:24 am

    Love the colors in these tea towels! I’ve been meaning to updating my kitchen, think I’ll use these as inspiration. (I’m still stuck in the “Tuscany” theme with beige, eggplant, and forest green … it’s a little dark.) I’ve never been to a high tea (gasp! I don’t really like tea!) but I love cucumber sandwiches … I just make them with cream cheese and cucumber on ciabatta, not sure how they’re officially made. I’ll look it up!

  • 43 mari // May 27, 2011 at 5:29 am

    Beautiful towels! I have never been to high tea, which is crazy considering I’m a huge Anglophile. I think I’m intimidated by all of the daintiness.

  • 44 Mary Ellen // May 27, 2011 at 5:31 am

    Gorgeous towels! And no, I have never been to a high tea. I’m not super fan of tea (other than chai) but I would love the small sandwiches!

  • 45 Lorri // May 27, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Wow, those towels are beautiful!! Had high tea at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Canada. Breathtaking view and tasty treats.

  • 46 Cindi // May 27, 2011 at 5:36 am

    I went to high tea at the Boston Ritz Carlton way back when. My boss wanted to reward our team for a job well done. A teetotaler with a sweet tooth, she thought it would be a nice treat. It was amazing, but there were almost TOO many choices – dozens of types of little sandwiches, scones and clotted cream, petit fours, etc. I wished I had been smart enough to fast for days in advance.

  • 47 Elena // May 27, 2011 at 5:40 am

    I think I had high tea once or twice as a teenager with an Anglophile friend.

  • 48 Marilyn // May 27, 2011 at 5:40 am

    I love the towels, my kitchen can’t have enough of them. I have been to a few high teas; several years ago I used to prepare them.
    j dot marilyn dot evans at gmail dot com

  • 49 Christa // May 27, 2011 at 5:43 am

    Oh honey! Along with bonnets, high teas were the fabric of my youth. Every Saturday before youth orchestra (yes, I am a nerd) my mom would take me to high tea at our favorite little tea shop. Also, along with anything BBC, tea is what bonds my grandmother and I together. The towels are so darling!

  • 50 Michelle // May 27, 2011 at 5:47 am

    yes! my boyfriends family is from England, so when we went to visit last summer we had an entire week of high tea. I felt very proper! :)
    love the towel!

  • 51 Heather // May 27, 2011 at 5:48 am

    In like Flynn. Yes, I have done high tea a few times. Once in a place so lousy with doilies and fancy tea pots that I had the cold sweats until I finally got seated and felt certain that I would not break anything.

  • 52 Nicole // May 27, 2011 at 5:50 am

    Never been to high tea. Would like to try sometime!

  • 53 Alison // May 27, 2011 at 5:56 am

    I think I’ve had high tea. It was at the American Girl store in Chicago. Sandwiches: yes, there were many.

  • 54 Kerry // May 27, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Never been to high tea, but I would love to go some time.

  • 55 Tina-Marie Venus // May 27, 2011 at 6:01 am

    I’ve been to a tea shop a few times that claimed to do high tea, but to be honest, it felt like a bunch of grownups playing dressup. And the shop had hats and boas for us to wear. Not exactly elegant!

  • 56 Molly // May 27, 2011 at 6:06 am

    I have never been to a high tea. But, I did try to duplicate one for my mother’s 95 th birthday party! Also, my daughter’s Girl Scout troop did something similar and presented the “tea party” to several senior citizen homes. It was a big hit and brought joy to the residents!!!!! thank you for offering the prizes.

  • 57 Hayley // May 27, 2011 at 6:08 am

    I haven’t – surprisingly, since I love tea. But, I have my own little high tea in the office nearly every afternoon. I use our electric kettle to boil the water and then choose one of my assorted tea cups I keep on my desk. Sometimes my coworkers join me. Not as fancy, but just as lovely!

  • 58 Kristina L // May 27, 2011 at 6:08 am

    The closest thing to high tea I’ve ever had was in the parlor of my Canadian aunty’s house. The whole tea procedure was much more dainty than my tomboy sisters and I were used to.

    Love the towels! They might inspire me to have a tea party of my own.

  • 59 ladywild // May 27, 2011 at 6:09 am

    Just once, in college. It was lots of fun. Went with a british professor of mine. Perfect company.

  • 60 Bethany // May 27, 2011 at 6:09 am

    Beautiful tea towels. No high tea experiences. Lots of tea parties with neices and cousins though. :-)

  • 61 KJ // May 27, 2011 at 6:11 am

    I have never been, but it sounds a bit fun… maybe like playing dress-up & having tea as a kid :)

  • 62 Laura // May 27, 2011 at 6:12 am

    I’ve never been to high tea, but it seems like so much fun! I’d love these towels.

  • 63 J Strizzy // May 27, 2011 at 6:12 am

    I’ve never ever been to a high tea, though I do aspire to it. Maybe when my daughter is old enough to appreciate a special outing with mommy…

  • 64 latenac // May 27, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Yes, I have at a Biltmore hotel in Florida. It was quite lovely just like these towels.

  • 65 Meg // May 27, 2011 at 6:13 am

    I have never done a high tea, but I would love to!

  • 66 Courtney // May 27, 2011 at 6:16 am

    I had the chance to study abroad in England one year and had high tea a couple of times. Simply lovely!

  • 67 A // May 27, 2011 at 6:17 am

    Never been to a real high tea, but I have organized a tea party once! :)

  • 68 patricia // May 27, 2011 at 6:18 am

    I’ve gone to high tea at Fortnam & Mason a few times in London – it’s a very touristy thing to do but I love the finger sandwiches and little cakes.

  • 69 Tamara // May 27, 2011 at 6:18 am

    My maid of honor’s bridal shower was a High Tea held at the Ritz Carlton in Boston in a very grand room. The small army of white porcelain tea pots on carts in the hallway as we entered was striking. The delicate tiered plates of sandwiches and macarons were very colorful, if not terribly filling. I sat on a tufted sofa at the back with a relative who had a brand new infant to snuggle and soaked in the sunshine streaming through the very tall old windows.

  • 70 Chelsea // May 27, 2011 at 6:19 am

    I have not been to a true high tea. But I did get to have tea at Claridges Hotel in London in 1992. It was fabulous and I really enjoyed the little sandwiches.

  • 71 chris // May 27, 2011 at 6:23 am

    I’ve been to high tea only once and it was very lovely! I certainly wouldn’t want to do it every day though because I found it very stuffy!! Love those tea towels!! And great Blog!!

  • 72 Emily // May 27, 2011 at 6:23 am

    Nope never been – not fancy enough, I guess! Maybe one day…

  • 73 sara // May 27, 2011 at 6:26 am

    No, I’ve never been, but I would love to sometime! Those towels are gorgeous! :)

  • 74 Katie // May 27, 2011 at 6:26 am

    My in-laws love going to tea, so I’ve gone with them a few times. My favorite was high tea at a vanilla farm in Hawaii.

  • 75 MK // May 27, 2011 at 6:27 am

    No I have never been to a high tea, but maybe it’s time. South Seattle Community College offers a reasonably priced high tea next month. I should take my mom…

  • 76 Christine G. // May 27, 2011 at 6:33 am

    When I lived in New York, I sometimes took out-of-town guests for tea at Tea and Sympathy, and when I lived in LA we sometimes went to the tea on Sundays at the Huntington Library and Museum. I would love to have high tea in London someday!

  • 77 Valerie // May 27, 2011 at 6:35 am

    I’ve been to a very informal high tea, on the porch of the Empress Hotel in Victoria. It was so lovely!

  • 78 Robyn // May 27, 2011 at 6:37 am

    I have never been to high tea. The only tea occasion I’ve ever attended was a surprise tea party for my friend’s birthday in 6th grade.

  • 79 Emily M // May 27, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Yes please! I have a bit of a tea towel obsession brewing. These are so bright and cheery – love them!

  • 80 Bonzaï // May 27, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Yes, I have been to a high tea in the wonderful Moorside Tea Room in the Mackenzie King Estate (Gatineau, Québec). Now a day, it is a nice tea room with large gardens that belongs to all Canadians, back in the days, it was the country retreat of the former canadian Prime minister Mackenzie King.

  • 81 christene // May 27, 2011 at 6:41 am

    yes, at harrod’s of course, while in art school in london. i have been hopelessly addicted to scones and clotted cream ever since! those tea towels are lovely.

  • 82 Susan // May 27, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Oh man, those tea towels are really beautiful. I have been to high tea at a fancy hotel in Chicago.

  • 83 Dusie // May 27, 2011 at 6:42 am

    I love these!

  • 84 Andie // May 27, 2011 at 6:44 am

    I have not been to high tea, but my mom enjoys tea so much that I would gift these towels to her… or maybe not. The towels are just beautiful.

  • 85 Carol // May 27, 2011 at 6:44 am

    I’ve been to high tea at a Ritz hotel in DC for a bridal shower. It was lovely, but a tad fussy for my taste. :)

  • 86 Melissa // May 27, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Nope.

  • 87 Elisabeth // May 27, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Thanks for yet another lovely giveaway!
    I had high tea once, in Stratford-upon-Avon. Very classy and a lot of fun.

  • 88 Anne // May 27, 2011 at 6:50 am

    No official high tea for me. But, a southern high tea with ice cold sweet tea and fresh from the garden cucumber sandwiches with homemade mayonaise is an almost daily event for me in the summer.
    The tea towels are lovely!!

  • 89 Allison // May 27, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Pretty! I’ve never had high tea, and I’m a little intimidated by the idea of it. Like I’m worried I’d suddenly get all crazy and behave like some kind of hillbilly and embarrass myself.

  • 90 Abby // May 27, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Twice – once as a teen with my father in NYC while visiting, and once at a fancy hotel here in Toronto during TIFF.

  • 91 Erin V // May 27, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I love going to tea! It feels so fancy. :)

  • 92 Jill // May 27, 2011 at 7:03 am

    I went to high tea with my mom a couple of times in the year that we lived in England. The fact that the Brits butter their sandwich bread is what confounds me, but I otherwise *love* the entire affair. And, like another commenter, I only take milk in my tea in England!

  • 93 NolaLeBlanc // May 27, 2011 at 7:05 am

    I have been to high tea on more than one occasion. However, I am not a fan of tea either hot or cold. It was the company of my companions that have made each experience enjoyable and increased my willingness to do it yet again.

  • 94 Rachel // May 27, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Pretty tea towels! Never been to a high tea myself.

  • 95 Jen // May 27, 2011 at 7:09 am

    La, la, la, lovely!

  • 96 Laura J // May 27, 2011 at 7:12 am

    i’ve never been to a high tea, but I like the sounds of it. Tiny sandwiches & scones are 2 things I adore

  • 97 Kate // May 27, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Never been to high tea, but being Russian, my family brews tea every night and eats little snacks or chocolates or sandwiches while drinking tea, so it’s kind of the same thing except less fancy. It’s half the reason I love visiting them.

  • 98 Heather // May 27, 2011 at 7:23 am

    There is a tea room in Chincoteague, called the Channel Bass Inn – it’s also a bed and breakfast. The lady who runs it is from England and her husband is a chimney sweep (for reals!). She serves the most amazing three course high tea, and it is awesome and you should go. The End. (Fresh scones + clotted cream= awesome!)

  • 99 Kerry G // May 27, 2011 at 7:27 am

    I think I’ve been to plenty of my own version of “high tea.” When I was little my sister, our friends, and I would never miss the special opportunity to put on our most glamorous gowns, hats, and gloves (my mother really knew how to hook a girl up). My mother would bring out the china for us and make us tea and finger sandwiches and cookies. We even had this little porcelain cow-shaped milk jug that I adored. I’m really happy you asked that question, because that’s one of those memories that has been tucked away, forgotten, for some time! :o)

  • 100 Courtney // May 27, 2011 at 7:28 am

    i love these! i have never been to high tea! ever!

  • 101 Lori E // May 27, 2011 at 7:28 am

    I think my only high tea experience was for my ex-sister-in-law as a pre-wedding festivity. Seemed contrived at the time. I wish I could have a nice high tea experience to set me straight. Little sandwiches are the best and I’d love to know what a real scone tastes like.
    I’m moving into a new home and need some kitchen textile inspiration. What a great start this would be!

  • 102 Jenny K. // May 27, 2011 at 7:28 am

    When my little sister graduated from high school, we went to high tea at the Drake Hotel (in Chicago) to celebrate. We had always wanted to go there when we were younger, so we dressed up and took ourselves to tea. Such a fun, girly time.

  • 103 Brandi W // May 27, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Never been to a High Tea. Been to a high tide but not tea. :-)

  • 104 Em // May 27, 2011 at 7:31 am

    I’ve never been to a high tea, but it sounds like fun!

  • 105 Patricia // May 27, 2011 at 7:32 am

    These are adorable! I’ve never been to high tea, but there is a local place that I’d love to take my little girl to once she’s a bit older.

  • 106 Liz // May 27, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Those are really pretty. :)

  • 107 Allison Sch. // May 27, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I’ve never been to high tea, I wouldn’t even know what that really means. Maybe one day I’ll go.

  • 108 Betsy // May 27, 2011 at 7:35 am

    So pretty! I’ve never been to high tea. It sounds fun but also mildly stressful, no? I prefer lower-stress splurges!

  • 109 Liz J in Central Illinois // May 27, 2011 at 7:35 am

    No, I have never been to a high tea, but it sounds interesting!

  • 110 JB // May 27, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I’ve never been to a high tea, but if I win the towels I will plan one post haste!

  • 111 Alysia // May 27, 2011 at 7:40 am

    I’ve been to a high tea once, some of the best tea I’ve ever had in my life. I will always be craving more of their chocolate chip scones!

  • 112 kelli // May 27, 2011 at 7:40 am

    I’ve had tea in a tea shop, but not really high tea. I was just reading about a routine of baking at 2 to be ready for tea when the kids come home from school. Maybe I’ll have to do that — minus the tiny cucumber sandwiches. It’s just a bit delicate for my family.

  • 113 mrscharlemagne // May 27, 2011 at 7:42 am

    no high tea yet, but every time I go to Victoria, I really want to go to the Empress!

  • 114 Laura // May 27, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I’ve never been to high tea, but I have a bit of a tea towel fetish! Hope I win.

  • 115 Johanna // May 27, 2011 at 7:47 am

    The high teas I’ve had have been more of an early, cold supper. The teas I really like, though, are afternoon/cream teas. Those are the yummy ones!

    Happy anniversary : )

  • 116 Ann // May 27, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I have been to tea once on a vacation to Victoria BC, but not the full on high tea. I would love to try it some time, as long as there are crumpets!

  • 117 Emily // May 27, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I’ve never been to a high tea, but I did have a fantastic tea-themed bridal shower thrown by my amazing mother and sister!

  • 118 elaine // May 27, 2011 at 7:56 am

    i’ve never been to an ‘official’ and ‘proper’ tea, but love to make tea…does that count?

  • 119 molly // May 27, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Yup, in London! Probably never get to repeat it so the towels would be a good substitute!

  • 120 Lisa // May 27, 2011 at 8:00 am

    I have been and skipped most of the tiny sandwiches. The scones were lovely and served with clotted cream, jams, and lemon curd on the side. I discovered the joy of lemon curd as a spread!

  • 121 Kim // May 27, 2011 at 8:00 am

    I just went to high tea with my mom, grandma, and aunt for Mother’s day. It was lovely – I absolutely adore the tea pot sets and we got an itsy bitsy tiny fruit salad and soup before our lovely sandwiches, scones, cheese, crackers, and cakes came on huge pedestals! It was so wonderful and it was such a perfect girly thing to do on Mother’s day, I would recommend it to all!

  • 122 Jarrah // May 27, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Sadly no but it looks really fun!

  • 123 Steffy // May 27, 2011 at 8:02 am

    No, I have never been to high tea. But I’d love to! Maybe I should do that this summer.

  • 124 Lauria // May 27, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I’ve never been to a high tea, but I LOVE the little sandwiches. My mom and I visited a tea shop and had tea and we both were enamored of the sandwiches and figured out how to perfectly replicate them. So tasty! Mmm cucumber sandwich!

    Susan Gibbs’ Ravelry group – Boston Contingent – is going to have a tea party this June! Should be fun!

  • 125 Isabel // May 27, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I’ve been to a few high teas in fancy hotels and stuff. I actually LOVE them and would do that every day if I happened to be made of money!! :)

  • 126 Ketra // May 27, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Wow, what a great intro to mirror mirror! Really cute tea towels. I used to take my daughter to tea when she was little. Our local has a kid-friendly tea menu (balckberry tea, PBJs)We had some wonderful times.

  • 127 Jessica // May 27, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I haven’t, but I’ve been dying too! I do host my own tea parties though, more laid back (although we do dress up!) and not at high tea time.

  • 128 melissa // May 27, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I’ve never been to a high tea, but I’ve had cucumber sandwiches!

  • 129 Sarah // May 27, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Yes! A few times in London. My favorite was at Kensington Palace.

  • 130 Kaela // May 27, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Once for my birthday when I was a little girl my mom took me to high tea. I remember the most delicious sandwiches & cookies were served.

  • 131 Laurel // May 27, 2011 at 8:16 am

    I’ve been to the Empress in Victoria several times and to the Queen Mary in Seattle once, then my ILs threw me a wedding shower tea party as well. I could take or leave the tiny sandwiches as long as I can eat my weight in scones and clotted cream.

  • 132 Rosie // May 27, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Yes! In London. It was amazingly delicious (I mean it was just tea and scones and sandwiches. But amazing). And elegant. (and, yes, expensive) So much fun!

  • 133 Gweneth // May 27, 2011 at 8:19 am

    I don’t think I have ever been to high tea, but I love tea and I just discovered David’s teas. Yes it is online and it is fabulous!!!

  • 134 rebecca // May 27, 2011 at 8:22 am

    i have been to high tea once – when i was younger my grandmother took all the female grandchildren to a special tea at a fancy hotel. i don’t remember the details, but i do remember feeling really special.

  • 135 Elizabeth // May 27, 2011 at 8:22 am

    I’ve had what I think you are calling high tea (tea, little sandwiches, tiny pastries, served in the afternoon) twice, once for my sister-in-law’s wedding shower, and once for my daughter’s 7th birthday treat. I loved it both times. Why are sandwiches so much more delicious when they are tiny?

  • 136 Elaine // May 27, 2011 at 8:24 am

    How pretty! I have, unfortunately, never been to high tea. I would like to, though!

  • 137 Sarah // May 27, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I’ve always wanted to do a high tea at the Drake in Chicgao… that needs to go on my to-do list!

  • 138 Kristen // May 27, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I have a little love affair going on with tea towels lately, and these are wonderful! I’d love to add them to my collection :)

    I haven’t been to high tea in years, but when I visited London long ago we did go to high tea, and when I lived in NYC I did attend high tea at the Ritz on occasion….love all the pastries.

  • 139 Theresa // May 27, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I love going to tea with my sissie! We try and find new ones in San Diego that we have not been to before. Always a lovely time, and fun to get dressed up! Bad part… carb overload!

  • 140 Karen // May 27, 2011 at 8:30 am

    I’ve never been to high tea. I find the very idea of it a little intimidating!

  • 141 kristin // May 27, 2011 at 8:33 am

    The tea towels are so pretty! I totally agree with you about the egg cups, too. I’ve been hunting for egg cups for over a year. Those would be really perfect! I’ve never been to high tea, but I think I’d like to!

  • 142 K // May 27, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I love afternoon tea, which if I’m correct is what the British call what Americans call high tea when they are not advertising to American tourists.

  • 143 hannah // May 27, 2011 at 8:36 am

    i’ve never been to high tea but i sure do love those tea towels! gorgeous! thanks for the giveaway :)

  • 144 Stacy // May 27, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Nope. But those towels are gorgeous!

  • 145 Sarah S. // May 27, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I have been to several – my mother adores high teas. The clotted cream is just to die for.

  • 146 Lindsay // May 27, 2011 at 8:42 am

    I have been to a high tea. The little sandwiches always leave me hungry for more…

  • 147 Barbara P. // May 27, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Never been to a high tea. But I’ve helped our local theater group host Princess Tea Parties for little kids and their guardians. Those are fun.

  • 148 Selena // May 27, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Love your blog!

  • 149 Tonya // May 27, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Those towels are beautiful and would look great in my kitchen! =)

  • 150 Danyelle // May 27, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I have never been to high tea, I don’t think anyone I know ever has.

  • 151 Erika // May 27, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I have been to high tea several times and really enjoyed it. The last time was when my aunt-in-law threw a wedding shower for me at the Ritz.

  • 152 cheryl // May 27, 2011 at 8:52 am

    What lovely towels. Yes, I have been to a high tea. The year was 1967, my best friend Katies’s aunt took us to the Empress Hotel in Victoria BC. We wore sleeve less shift dresses in flower patterns, small hats, white gloves, and I had my first pair of dressy shoes with a tiny heel. I remember the tower placed on the table with small sandwiches, tiny cakes and fancy napkins.

  • 153 Emma // May 27, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Lovely!!! I have never, though, I am British and sure do love my tea!

  • 154 Liz // May 27, 2011 at 8:55 am

    These towels are gorgeous!

    I’ve been to high tea three times – one I served at, one I was taken to by a family friend (who did so for all the girls she considered family as they finished high school), and one with a friend I was visiting in Scotland. Each was very different, and I learned that I actually like cucumber if it’s sliced thinly enough.

  • 155 Keely // May 27, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Nope, never been to high tea…very sad…

  • 156 Sara P. // May 27, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I love high tea! My Mother took me for my 12th birthday, and I have gone every couple of years since. So much fun!

  • 157 Elis // May 27, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I went once, when I was in middle school. It was fun but what I remember most is being fascinated by the piano player & spending all my time pestering him (I was really into music at the time).

  • 158 Joanna // May 27, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I’ve never done the high tea but would like to….though I’d likely power through more of the sandwiches than one is supposed to.

  • 159 Amy // May 27, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I’ve never been to a high tea, but I should put it on my list of things to do!

  • 160 marta // May 27, 2011 at 9:02 am

    i’ve never been to high tea, but i used to host tea parties for myself while watching british sitcoms!

  • 161 Rebecca // May 27, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I’ve never been to a high tea, but I do love tea and drink a lot of it. Perhaps I should go!

  • 162 kimu // May 27, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Lovely towels!

    I’ve been to high tea once – in Bath, England. Fantastic! I felt very Jane Austenish.

  • 163 Anne-Marie // May 27, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I’ve been to a Christmas Tea but never a High Tea.

  • 164 marilyn // May 27, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I have never been to a high tea. I have had afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria BC. It was elegant and wonderful.

    I understand that high tea is actually a meal-with hot dishes served on a side board. What we Americans consider to be tea-tea with little sandwiches, scones and dessert, is not considered high tea.

  • 165 Erin L // May 27, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I have been to high tea once. A girlfriend had a baby shower at a hotel that served high tea. It was very cool.

  • 166 Alyson // May 27, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I have never been to hight tea and I grew up in Victoria, BC where the Empress does it delightfully. Maybe next time I go home.

  • 167 Ayelet // May 27, 2011 at 9:14 am

    yes, many times! My mother and I love the tradition and try to find a tea room wherever we are. My favorite was at Fortnum and Mason in London, followed closely by the tea at the Shangri-La in Manila.

  • 168 Jen // May 27, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Those are lovely. My now husband was in England for grad school, and every time I visited (six times) we intended to go for high tea, but never did. I feel deprived :)

  • 169 cindy r // May 27, 2011 at 9:15 am

    When my daughter was 7, we went to London. I took her to high tea at some lovely little hotel. Unfortunately, we had gone to the Doc Martens store the day before and my daughter. Naturally, my daughter wanted to walk the many blocks from our hotel to the lovely little hotel our high tea reservations were at in her new shoes. The tea, tiny sandwiches (especially the egg salad sandwich) and scones were as lovely as the lovely little hotel. The blisters on my daughter’s little feet, however, were not.

  • 170 Jennevieve // May 27, 2011 at 9:16 am

    ooh, yes! My all time favorite was a high tea at the Hilton in Dubai, UAE and it was the loveliest little thing. Elegant petit fours and delicate mini cucumber sandwiches and buttery rich scones and serious looking waiters with white gloves.

  • 171 Courtney // May 27, 2011 at 9:16 am

    I have indeed been to high tea, but the sandwiches were full of mayo, which grossed me out :(

  • 172 Cherish // May 27, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I’ve never been to a high tea but I would surely enjoy. I love the little sandwiches and what’s not to love about scones and lemon curd?

  • 173 Jessica // May 27, 2011 at 9:19 am

    No, but I’m planning on going when I visit England in September!

  • 174 Cynthia // May 27, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Never been to a high tea, though they put on some fantastic ones here in Vancouver and nearby in Victoria. I love the ceremony.

  • 175 Sarah S // May 27, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I have been to a couple at my moms church. Too uppity for me – I don’t really care for tea either so that might have something to do with it too…

  • 176 nomi01 // May 27, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I would love these! I started decorating with flowers and butterflies all over anyway :)

  • 177 megs // May 27, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Yes! I had a fancy high tea for my bachelorette party kind of thing. It was very fancy and delightful.

  • 178 Suzanne // May 27, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I’ve been to tea with my mother a few times – one of my favorite mother/daughter activities! I also tend to make tiny sandwiches, scones, and pots of tea on a regular basis…but maybe that doesn’t count.

  • 179 jenn // May 27, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I haven’t been to high tea yet, but my girlfriend wants to go! We’ll probably do that soon. I love those towels–so pretty!

  • 180 Mitra // May 27, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I love the high tea at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel in Rehoboth Beach, DE. You get your own pot of tea and a tall tray of goodies – sandwiches, scones and chocolate covered strawberries.

  • 181 Cristina // May 27, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I have been to two high teas, both times I had plenty to take home, because it was just too much food. The better of the two restaurants had sandwich quarters (4 varieties), homemade pickles and chutney, a scone with jam and cream, and then also 3 delicious pieces of cake–per person! If you’re going to do high tea, arrive hungry.

  • 182 Jessica // May 27, 2011 at 9:34 am

    My mother used to take my brother and me to afternoon tea at the British Pantry (in Redmond, WA) a few times a year. It wasn’t super fancy but it was a good chance to practice good manners!

    I love tea towels and have been trying to start a collection – these are great!

  • 183 Jacquie // May 27, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I love the towels and shop. Thanks for sharing. I have been to high tea a few times but the best is having tea with my family at home.

  • 184 Minerva // May 27, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I’ve been to countless teas, both on this continent and abroad. I’ve also hosted teas, now reduced to just an annual event, for the same group of friends since we were in middle school. Not to mention a few bridal teas for friends.
    A note though, the term ‘high tea’ actually refers to a meal served to the working class in the early evening, similar to ‘supper.’ You are actually thinking of afternoon tea.

  • 185 ann // May 27, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Years ago on a visit to London, a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.

  • 186 Delia // May 27, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I have never been to a high tea, but I would love to some day!

  • 187 Monica // May 27, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I’ve never been to high tea, low tea, or any other kind of tea. I need to get out more.

  • 188 Erika // May 27, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I love these towels- they match my kitchen!!!

    I haven’t been to high tea, but i like to go to a place in San Francisco called Samovar, that has teas service and food/sandwiches from all regions of the world, depending on where the tea is from. I have had the Moorish and english tea service. YUM!

  • 189 Jacqueline // May 27, 2011 at 9:48 am

    High tea at Bacchus in Vancouver with my friends visiting from Australia was spectacular. I love eating tiny things. Lots and lots of tiny things.

  • 190 Jennie // May 27, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Ah yes… three different bridal showers were at a local shop’s high tea. Clotted cream is the best!

  • 191 lani // May 27, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I have never been to a high tea, but we have a tea shop in town that serves a pretty nice Queen’s Tea… This just makes me want to go, or invite friends over and serve my own.

  • 192 Maureen // May 27, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I LOVE high teas. Definitely fancy and awesome in London but there are some fun ones in the US at some of the nicer hotels. Thanks, Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

  • 193 Andrea // May 27, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I adore high tea! I really want to go up to Victoria and have High Tea there. I hear it’s great!

  • 194 Kath // May 27, 2011 at 9:54 am

    High Tea in York, England with my mom and 8 month old son. It was absolutely lovely – they even brought organic baby food for my son!!! I would go back there in a heartbeat!

  • 195 Dana // May 27, 2011 at 9:58 am

    No, but I would like to. :-)

  • 196 Lisa // May 27, 2011 at 10:00 am

    LOVE! No, I have never been to a high tea, but these towels might just inspire me to host one. Thanks for the chance to enter, and have a great weekend!

  • 197 Ann Stevenson // May 27, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I love the towels! I was lucky enough to have High Tea in London. Beforehand, I thought clotted cream sounded awful, but I ended up loving it! Especially spread on Sally Lund buns or scones! Congratulations on your anniversary, I love your site!

  • 198 Lucía // May 27, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I’ve never been to a high tea, but I love going to cute tea houses with friends! There are some very nice places in Uruguay which I’ve visited and recommend to anyone visiting my country: Lavender, Philomène Cafe, Adolfo Cafe, Soa Art Cafe, La Casa del Té… My favourite blends are often floral, citrus or spice flavoured, and I like to pair them with carrot cake, scones with butter and jam, or brownies… yum!

  • 199 Beth K. // May 27, 2011 at 10:13 am

    These are lovely.

    I’ve never been to a high tea. But one of my favorite memories as a child is my mother preparing “children’s tea” for my friends and me…tea w/ sugar and milk. We would sit at my little table and have a tea party. I don’t think any high tea could compete w/ that! :)

  • 200 Shannon // May 27, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Those are stunning! I’ve never been to high tea, but my mom and I used to occasionally go to lunch in the tea room on the top floor of the old Meier & Frank in Portland and I always got the assorted tea sandwiches. Adorably tiny food with tasty fillings – what’s not to like?

  • 201 Sarah Jane // May 27, 2011 at 10:17 am

    My Grandmother used to do high teas every weekend. I wore gloves. I should be in therapy!

  • 202 Jamie // May 27, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Yes! In Glasgow! It was marvelous. Id do it again in a heartbeat.

  • 203 chandel // May 27, 2011 at 10:18 am

    i’ve never been to a high tea, i don’t really drink tea (except iced of course) but i collect Tea Towels…is that weird? :)

  • 204 Amy // May 27, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I’ve been to few high teas and I just love all the little tid bits and yummys. Too much tea though can make me a little jumpy.
    Thanks for the giveaway-gorgeous towels!

  • 205 K // May 27, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Never been to high tea, but I do love drinking tea. Rooibos is my favorite!

  • 206 Nana // May 27, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Never been to high tea…but going to London tomorrow, so it could be the first time!

  • 207 Britt // May 27, 2011 at 10:22 am

    We went to Europe with my four (!!) year old daughter this fall and had big plans to do a high tea, but scheduling with other family didn’t permit. A month ago, we went to a “Tea Cottage” in Meridian Idaho when I was visiting family (in Boise) and *I* was confounded because the sandwiches and desserts and everything were huuuuge – not just not tiny, but larger than average. Humph.

  • 208 Shelley // May 27, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I have never been to a high tea before but I do have plans to go in July with some girlfriends. We’re planning on wearing our “Sunday Best” and our fancy hats! (I actually think I’m more excited about my fancy hat than the finger sandwiches and tea, but I’m sure we’ll have fun!

  • 209 Darci // May 27, 2011 at 10:36 am

    A tea is my very favorite Bridal shower theme…I have hosted a high tea for a dear family friend.

    I love the towels

  • 210 aubrey // May 27, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I’ve never done what Americans would call high tea, with all the frills and formality, but I did once go out to a tiny tea room for a casual afternoon tea of sandwiches, scones and clotted cream.

  • 211 Emjay Kay // May 27, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I’ve never had the pleasure of being to a high tea,
    always wanted to. Love the towels. Happy Anniversary to you, and thanks for all the great
    info and writing you’ve shared with us all through the years!

  • 212 Gini // May 27, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I went to a “high tea” bridal shower once. It was actually rather impressive and fun, except for the part where none of us knew proper formal etiquette!

  • 213 Amy S // May 27, 2011 at 10:43 am

    lovely towels! I’d have to be nicer to them than I usually am to my towels! :) perhaps host my own ‘high tea’
    We have a High Tea offered daily in Portland at the Heathman Hotel …. except it’s the wrong time (noon daily, noon & 2pm on weekends). Is there a High Tea offering in Seattle somewhere?

  • 214 Hollis // May 27, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I haven’t been to high tea, but on NPR I heard it’s actually called “Low Tea” and commoners have “High Tea.” go figure.

  • 215 George A. // May 27, 2011 at 10:44 am

    My wife is British but we don’t really do Tea.

  • 216 Jennifer Hoyt // May 27, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I’ve never been to high tea, but I’d love to. Closest I’ve been are the impromptu tea parties my 3 year old throws. Super fancy…

  • 217 Amy // May 27, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I’ve eaten little sandwiches and drunk tea from a delicate, floral tea cup, all while acting ladylike and talking softly in a decidedly Victorian atmosphere. I have no idea if that’s the real deal, but it’s the closest to British I’ve ever gotten.

  • 218 Deirdre // May 27, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I have NEVER been to high tea! It always seem so decadent and spring-like, for some reason. Pastels galore, big feathery hats and white gloves, and brocade chairs. Am I way off base here? I would love to attend high tea at some point in my life.

  • 219 JM // May 27, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I went to one as a kid for a tea-themed birthday party for one of my British friends. I suspect that I didn’t properly appreciate it since I didn’t like the taste of tea at the time!

  • 220 Rae // May 27, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I haven’t. I did however, get to go to my first Mother’s Day Tea this month, and I may have shed a small tear from being so excited about it.

  • 221 Kat // May 27, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I have beeen! Most memorably at the Empress Hotel in Victoria. I was on a romantic weekend with my sweetie so it was kind of wasted on him… but I enjoyed it! Overall they are pretty pricey for what you get though. Luckily that was included with our trip which was a gift! :)

  • 222 erin // May 27, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I haven’t been to a high tea, but did have the experience of a cream tea when we visited a hotel in Cornwall. Here is wikipedia’s definition of it: “A cream tea, Devonshire tea or Cornish cream tea is tea taken with a combination of scones, clotted cream (or in some instances whipped cream), and jam.” It was rich but good.

  • 223 Bethany // May 27, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I was at a high tea once, when we lived in England many years ago. The highlight of the afternoon was when the bulb fell out of the light fixture and exploded right behind my aunt!

  • 224 Patsy // May 27, 2011 at 11:07 am

    High tea with my mom & sister is on my life list. I so want to do it!

  • 225 Frances // May 27, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I am an Anglophile of the Victoria era. My Mother arranged a High Tea, as a surprise party for my 30th birthday.
    It took place in a restored Victorian home in Orange, CA. The guest were encourage to dress up and my Mom created beautiful hats/bonnets for every single guest!
    I would love to have these towel grace my home and remind me daily of that special day.
    Mad Hatter: Clean cup, clean cup. Move down!

  • 226 Devin // May 27, 2011 at 11:08 am

    As a tea fanatic, I am sad to say that I’ve never been to a high tea, but it IS on my to-do list!

  • 227 Carola Rodrigues // May 27, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Hight Tea? In Brazil? hohoho
    Never ever. But I do enjoy a lovely tea in the afternoon, with some cake and toasts.

    Lovely stacking egg cups, btw.

  • 228 Gwen // May 27, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I went to a baby shower at a tea shop last summer, and it was not quite what I was expecting — it was kind of a Southern/shabby chic interpretation of high tea, and there was a lot of ham involved. But the baked goods were delicious!

  • 229 Maggie // May 27, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I’ve been to high tea only once, in my province’s capital! The restaurant was decorated with pictures of Brit royals around the walls, definitely made for a pseudo-authentic experience!

  • 230 Kaitlyn M. // May 27, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Not yet! But there’s a little place in my city that offers it. It’s on the summer to do list! :)

  • 231 WanderChow // May 27, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Love the towels!
    I’ve had high tea at the former, delightful Scottish Tea Shop; B&O Espresso; and a place in Bellingham whose name I can’t recall. Each was so different from the other and yet all were excellent.

  • 232 Kati // May 27, 2011 at 11:31 am

    I had high tea with my grandparents once at The Wallace Collection, a museum near my old flat in Marylebone, London. I like my scones sans raisins and am not a big tea drinker, so it wasn’t really my thing.

  • 233 Lisa F // May 27, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I’ve had high tea twice, both times in Victoria, Canada. The 1st was at the Empress Hotel with some of my extended family–very fancy and everything was delicious. The 2nd time was at a random tea house we just happened to wander by (I think this place: http://jamesbaytearoomandrestaurant.com/) with my best friend. Not as fancy, but we loved the tea cozies all of the tea pots were ‘wearing’.

  • 234 Sarah // May 27, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I have been to tea at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse in Boulder, CO twice and loved it! I also had a tea for my bridal shower. These towels are beautiful, please pick me!

  • 235 Lindsay S // May 27, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Such pretty towels!! I’ve had low and high tea quite a few times (one side of my family is British and they love to take advantage). So funny how much work they put into tea time…

  • 236 Erin // May 27, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I have, a couple of times. Once when I was very young at an extremely fancy hotel in England and was terrified of breaking the china, and once with friends about a year ago in the US. The second time went a lot better :)

  • 237 stacey // May 27, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I studied abroad at Oxford for three months in college, so I got to do a few high teas while I was there. A lovely experience!!

  • 238 zaynab // May 27, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Hello :) Just came across your website and it is marvelous! I fell in love with your crafts and clever name! No, I haven’t had high tea yet, but who knows?! :D

  • 239 Cynthia // May 27, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I never have, but always wanted to!

  • 240 Barbara G // May 27, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I have never been to high tea, though I would love to. But unless someone wants to offer a gluten free high tea, I don’t see one in my future! sigh…

  • 241 elena // May 27, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I’ve been twice….I love it!

  • 242 Elise N // May 27, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I’ve been to a tea, but it was SF style. In Dolores park- where folks dressed up in fancy lace and drank tea and ate sandwiches. Hipster tea party! My favorite were the gorgonzola with brandy soaked pear sandwiches. And the sunshine. That was nice too.

  • 243 fert // May 27, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    i love these towels! i love high tea!

  • 244 Anna // May 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I’ve been to a couple. I usually go for the scones and stay away from the tiny sandwiches.

  • 245 Bethany // May 27, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Beautiful towels, love it!

  • 246 Dell // May 27, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I went to tea at Harrod’s when we visited London. It was so fun and tasty. Love the tea towels

  • 247 MaryAnn // May 27, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I’ve been to high tea a couple of times. When I lived in San Francisco, I used to frequent a tea shop on the weekends, where every tea cup and saucer were different (and for sale). It was particularly cozy on a rainy day with a book in my lap.

  • 248 Amanda // May 27, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    those towels are beautiful! love them!

  • 249 Amanda // May 27, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    My British mother-in-law demands to go to tea every time she visits! When I was in England, I went after a long walk (aka, hike) and I felt very out of place!

  • 250 Leana // May 27, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I have not been to high tea, even though I lived in the UK for a short time. I did work at a cafe where I served endless pots of tea and scones.

  • 251 Miranda E. // May 27, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I haven’t been to a high tea, but I’ve always wanted to!

  • 252 looloolooweez // May 27, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Adorable towels! But, nope, never been to a high tea.

  • 253 Kate // May 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Coming from England I feel like I should say yes to high tea but honestly I haven’t. I did recently buy my best friend a high tea voucher as an engagement present but have never experienced it myself.

  • 254 RC // May 27, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    no high tea for me, but all the more reason to have beautiful tea towels in my life!

  • 255 Andi // May 27, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    No, never.

  • 256 Mary F // May 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I have not been to a high tea, but I went to a Tea Shop with a friend and had tea, with sandwiches, etc. It was very nice!

  • 257 Sherri S. // May 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Yes, I have, many times. Once in England, no less (though don’t get my British mother-in-law started on all the permutations of “tea”–she’ll talk for an hour about what tea “really” means to a Brit, what Americans do to “tea,” blah blah blah). It was super expensive to do it in a London hotel, but hey, it was fun! (Love the little sammies, but I need twice as many of them as they generally serve!). Thanks for the giveaways this month.

  • 258 Kristin H // May 27, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    I have been to a high tea once. There is a woman in town who ran a tea shop and I went with some friends for a tea around Christmas a couple years ago. My favorite bit was the cream sherry!

  • 259 Jean // May 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I had a tea party for 35 friends for my recent big birthday. it was a lot of fun. I wish I had had these lovely tea towels to use. Maybe next year?

  • 260 Elsa // May 27, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I have not been to high tea, more’s the pity! But a proper cream tea is one of the items on my Life List — with porcelain cups and scones and clotted cream and jam. Mmm, tea.

  • 261 Jen // May 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I think I have. I’ve been to tea. There are a couple of really cute places in Hawaii that I’ve gone to and I love the little munchies.

  • 262 Judi // May 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    While living in Boston, a friend of mine and I tried a few high teas in various hotels around the city. It’s a very nice way to spend an afternoon with some lady friends. I’ve also had high tea in London, while visiting with my mom. My favorite is the clotted cream.

  • 263 Kelly // May 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I never have had high tea. I do drink tea everyday between 3 and 4, but I doubt that counts. The tea towels are lovely.

  • 264 Juliet // May 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I have been to a high tea at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. It was very fancy and being ladies, we brought tiaras to wear. These tea towels would look gorgeous hanging off of the stove in my kitchen.

  • 265 Rachel // May 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I have been to tea at the Empress in Victoria once. The tea was good, the sandwiches dry.

    Those towels are divine!

  • 266 jo-anne // May 27, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Not high tea but a small tea shop overlooking the Globe Theatre in London. Clotted cream? Gack, that sounded awful but is it ever delish with strawberry jam!

  • 267 Courtney // May 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    when i was a girl, i dreamt of attending high teas like samantha in the american girl stories.

    there’s a hotel in my hometown,Richmond VA, that serves a high tea that is supposed to be really wonderful. the hotel is called the jefferson if you ever find yourself in need of high tea in the southern midatlantic region!

  • 268 Allison B // May 27, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Nope, never. Though it’s something I always mean to do with my girlfriends when we get together…

  • 269 Absquatulate // May 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Once, yes, with my mom, but I doubt it was properly presented as it was in a tiny town in Rhode Island. Someday I hope to experience the real thing!

  • 270 Mollie // May 27, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    These are so cute, and no never been to a high tea, but I hope to go to one soon!

  • 271 hailey // May 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I haven’t ever been to a high tea….but maybe I’ll have to host one soon!
    These tea towels are beautiful.

  • 272 Sare // May 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I have never been to high tea, but maybe these towels would inspire me to do so.

  • 273 Rhonda // May 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Wow, I LOVE LOVE L-O-V-E the tea towels!!! I also love tea, but am now feeling the growing need to attend a high tea. I’ve only experienced my lowly tea in the kitchen with slippers and the newspaper. Time to take the plunge!

  • 274 Jillian // May 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    never, but I love cucumber sandwiches!

  • 275 Kathy // May 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I’ve never been to a tea before. Maybe someday! :)

  • 276 Steph N // May 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Only once, with some college girlfriends in the back of an antiques shop in Memphis. We didn’t really know what to expect, but it was lovely!

  • 277 Gillian // May 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Those are gorgeous–would love to stick them in my kitchen and admire them all the time :)

    I have been to high tea, for a friend’s birthday–it was super nice –we got all dressed up and went to town on those sandwiches and tasty things!

  • 278 Kate // May 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Never a high tea before – but proper British cream tea. Delicious!

  • 279 Elizabeth // May 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I haven’t yet, but it is definitely on the list of to-do events :)

  • 280 Ashley // May 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Lovely, lovely tea towels!!!

    I have been to a high tea, but not sure if I ever will again….. the bill caused a minor heart attack! lol

  • 281 Julia // May 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    No high tea for me.

  • 282 Terri // May 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    High tea, fabulous in Ireland!

  • 283 Jo // May 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I don’t really think it was so fancy, but I’ve been to an adorable hippy tea house and it was lovely… Small scones and green tea with rice (I love tea the japanese way!). Loved it!

  • 284 viky // May 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Dressing up for high tea is fun, and as “serious” as it is…with good friends can be a funny and fun.

  • 285 Maura // May 27, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I went to high tea at Harrod’s in London once. I didn’t waste my time on sandwiches, I went straight for the scones and cream!

  • 286 Dawn Richardson // May 27, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I’ve never been to a high tea, but ever since I heard of clotted cream, I’ve been obsessed with attending one.

  • 287 Kim // May 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I went to high tea at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco for my birthday this year. It was so much fun and I didn’t realize how filling those little sandwiches could be (well, it was that or all the Devonshire cream I consumed with my scone!).

  • 288 Cee // May 27, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I have never been to a high tea,but with my impending 45th birthday in two weeks time, my lovely daughter has promised to take me to one to celebrate this life of living simply by celebrating it grandly.

    If I were to win these towels I would cherish them for the longest possible time as I think they are just gorgeous and appreciate the effort that is taken in making them .

    The thought of a high tea just evokes the image of a time and era when life was more simpler yet everything had a time and place to be acknowledged and celebrated,with no exception a high tea would most certainly fall into this category.

    Thanks for your blog and the content you post

  • 289 Jenny // May 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Never been to a high tea, but have had some fun tea parties in my day! I did try clotted cream and didn’t care for it too much.

  • 290 Debbie // May 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I have been to several Afternoon teas, since my mother’s family is from Canada. High Tea isn’t what most Americans think it to be. It’s a faux pas to confuse “Afternoon Tea” with “High Tea”. They are very different servings, but since “high” sounds more uppity the misunderstanding is common. High tea is a hearty rural working class supper consisting of hot meat, cheese, and egg dishes served around 6 pm.
    Sorry to vent, but this one’s a pet peeve. I just want Americans to get it right.

  • 291 Brianna // May 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    God I love having fancy tea towels — they seem to make the whole kitchen look festive.

    I have been to high tea twice — once in Bath England and once in Boston. The Boston time stands out more, the sandwiches were just so twee and special.

  • 292 Rachel B. // May 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I’ve never been to a high tea, but I’d love to go sometime! There’s a really nice hotel near me that does afternoon tea, and I’ve been trying to convince someone to go with me.

  • 293 Mandy // May 27, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    No, but I love the idea of crustless sandwiches and fussy linens! :D

  • 294 Stephanie // May 27, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I have never been to a high tea, but I do have my grandmothers tea cups that I know she used many times over for extravagant tea events.

  • 295 Sara // May 27, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    No high tea for me, but I think it would a tons of fun to go with my mom and sister. Love the tea towels!

  • 296 Laura // May 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Never been before, but seeing as how I’m not really a tea drinker, I don’t think it would be high on my list. But I’m sure I would enjoy the atmosphere and if there’s petit fours, I’m totally in!

  • 297 pey // May 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    no, but i love cucumber sandwiches!

  • 298 Betty // May 27, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Never been to high tea, don’t like cucumber at all, but am a big fan of scones and clotted cream!

  • 299 Andrea // May 27, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    what lovely colors!

    I have been. I do adore mini sandwiches.

  • 300 Rachel // May 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I have never been to a high tea…I have only become a big tea fan in the last few years and think it would be really fun to go!

  • 301 Cheryl // May 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I have not. But now I seem to want to; I’m so easily suggestible sometimes. The towels are absolutely beautiful.

  • 302 sangeetha // May 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    nope although have seen high tea at the drake when it existed as a hotel

  • 303 Megs // May 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Beautiful towels! I have never been to a high tea. Maybe someday… :)

  • 304 Stephanie // May 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Never had high tea, but had daily tea at an Oxford college while studying there. Delicious. Comforting. Civilized :)

  • 305 Holly // May 27, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I lived in England for 7 years and have never had High Tea! The idea of clotted cream always put me off.

  • 306 Cara // May 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I had tea in London, but I don’t think it was HIGH tea… but I’d LOVE to someday!

  • 307 Rebecca // May 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I had High Tea in London once when I was studying abroad. I would like to do it again one day.

  • 308 Kate // May 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Never have…would love to.

  • 309 jessicac // May 27, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I have been to high tea twice. Once informal in a british tea shop, and the other at a very fancy hotel. I loved both, though the harpist at the hotel was a bit much!

  • 310 Kim // May 27, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I did a high tea once! Loved the scones and tiny sandwiches! Plus the clotted cream and lemon curd – yum!

  • 311 Emily // May 27, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    i don’t think i even know what ‘high tea’ really is! but i like sweet tea… do they have that at high tea?

  • 312 Julia // May 27, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I’ve never been to a high tea, though my mother keeps threatening to make my sister and I attend with her and my grandmother. I don’t think it’s so much a threat when it could be so fun! on a completely unrelated related note, these towels are lovely!

  • 313 Lorena // May 27, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Love the tea towels. They would match my kitchen in my new house! The closest thing to a high tea I’ve been to was a friend’s lingerie/wedding shower, and it was lovely! My mom and I would like to open a tea room some day!

  • 314 Marisol // May 27, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Never been to high tea, but love the towels!

  • 315 anna // May 27, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    yay high tea! so delicious!

  • 316 Aja // May 27, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    I grew up in Victoria, BC – a town that is sometimes referred to as being “more British than England” as such I have been to a bunch of high teas. I am in the US now, but I still crave a good crumpet from time to time.

  • 317 Jessie // May 27, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    I’ve never been to a high tea. I do love, love, love cucumber sandwiches, which I’ve always imagined would be appropriate to serve at high tea. I’ve also always wanted to be able to eat scones, but I’m afraid I’ll fall in love with them and end up with another food I must avoid for fear of my waistline continuing to grow!

  • 318 LoLoJo // May 27, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I have not had the pleasure of being to a high tea. But the tea towels are absolutely lovely!

  • 319 Marianna // May 27, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I thought I was attending high tea with some girlfriends at a fancy bed and breakfast in my small Vermont town. We made the mistake of referring to it as “high tea” and were quickly corrected by the snooty B&B owner, it was afternoon tea.

    Whatever it was those cream scones and cookies were amazing! For her baking skills alone, she is entitled to be snooty. Bet she wishes she had such cute tea towels!

  • 320 Sarah // May 27, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Yes I love high tea!

  • 321 Ilex // May 27, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    I’ve been to one high tea of sorts at a historic inn for a bachelorette party. I thought it was a great activity for such an event, much better than carousing. I don’t know if champagne is traditionally served at high tea though, but it was a bit better than tea to toast with.

  • 322 pamela // May 27, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    these are lovely! never been to high tea, but i get nervous i’m doing something wrong every time i have my british friends over in the afternoon.

  • 323 Lindsey S // May 27, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Love the colors of the towels! I’ve never been to high tea. I’m not a fan of tea, and our British family friends prefer wine.

  • 324 amy // May 27, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I have never been to high tea, but the towels sure are lovely!

  • 325 Rachael K. // May 27, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Such beautifully colored towels!

    Sadly, I’ve never been to high tea. . .

  • 326 Beth // May 27, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    I have been to high tea and I loved it! I had a tea for my mother’s 70th birthday. Each attendee brought a favorite tea cup and saucer and told the story of why it had meaning for them. I loved making the food and teas.
    Cute tea towels-hope they are soon mine!
    Thanks

  • 327 Tasha // May 27, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I have been for high tea..4 times, I think. Once as a child in Victoria. I thought I was very posh. The other times were in Vancouver. In fact, I always feel posh having high tea.

  • 328 Shannon // May 27, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!!!!! Never been to an official high tea, but i do love to make my kitchen look fabu with tea towels!

  • 329 Lesley B // May 27, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Yes, At the Beautiful Empress Hotel in Victoria BC. Love it, pinkies up!

  • 330 Kate // May 27, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Nope, but I was able to drink 20+ year old black tea in Hong Kong with a tea connoisseur… amazing the nuances when you have someone to guide you through it.

  • 331 Chelsea // May 27, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Wow, I just found your website and this is amazing! Obviously I’m a little (ten years) behind the times…

    These tea towels are charming. No high tea for me, but wouldn’t it be nice to play hostess to such an affair?

  • 332 jo // May 27, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Nope, never. Sadly

  • 333 Pamela // May 27, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I’ve never been to a high tea party. but i wish i have.

  • 334 Tamiko // May 27, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I have! Once at the (former) Wellington Rm, twice at the Fairmont, and several times at Queen Mary, all in Seattle. And I’ve co-thrown (?) a high tea party once. It was a blast. We bought tea cups and saucers at thrift stores and gave them away as party favors.

  • 335 Betsy // May 27, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I’ve been to high tea three times– Two times here in Pittsburgh and the once at the Ritz in London which was fantastic!!!

  • 336 Cam // May 27, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    What lovely towels!

    I’ve been to high tea a couple of times: once at the Empress, once at the Queen Mary. One of these days I’d like to try throwing a fancy tea party like that myself. The little cucumber sandwiches are confounding to me, too, but mostly because I wonder how many of them I can get away with eating before I look like a real hog.

  • 337 Sandra // May 27, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    No! But I do love little sandwiches. Someday!

  • 338 Stephanie // May 27, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    One high tea – at the Empress in BC…would love to go to another one though!

  • 339 Rebecca // May 27, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Yes! A hotel here in Toronto does a lovely tea.. I’ve been with friends a few times. There was SO MUCH food though both times we had to take doggie bags home!!
    LOVE the tea towels!

  • 340 Jill // May 27, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I love tea towels.

  • 341 Sheri // May 27, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Never, but those towels are gorgeous.

  • 342 Beth C. // May 27, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I have never been to high tea, though I’ve always wanted to go. I have regular tea every day at 3PM, though ;)

  • 343 kristine strange // May 27, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I went to my first tea shop when I moved here in 2000. My MIL and I went, enjoyed our own pots of tea (we shared of course), the finger foods were a delight, and it was such a girly experience. I have two little boys that will hopefully get to experience this at least once in their life :)

  • 344 Adrienne B. // May 27, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    I have never been to a high tea and I greatly regret it. I completed my internship in London and never made it to a tea, but it is on my life list!

  • 345 Jill // May 27, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    I have been to a high tea. My mom, sister, and I went up to Vancouver B.C. and had high tea at a historic hotel downtown followed by a horse ride through the park. Interestingly enough, I remember more details about the horse that pulled us through the park then what we actually ate during high tea. Lovely experience nonetheless.

  • 346 Lara // May 27, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    No, never been to a high tea – I remember going to the Empress Hotel in Victoria BC as a child and thinking it looked pretty cool but never actually did it.

  • 347 Josephine // May 27, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I’ve never been to high tea :-( But I love those towels!

  • 348 marika // May 27, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    once, in victoria. delicious. but i prefer larger sized food. i think it is the american an me.

  • 349 Lenore // May 27, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    I’ve never been to high tea, but a neighbor growing up held weekly tea parties for all the kids.

    Is that a dowitcher in pink? I think of them as the sewing machine birds, the way they move their bills up and down in the mud.

    Also, I think I need those egg cups.

  • 350 Carly // May 27, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    High tea was a tradition that my Grandma instilled in my best friend, Maddie’s, and my youth. Every Christmas season in Seattle would be completed with a trip to high tea with my Grandmother. For the better part of my childhood, high tea was one of the rare occasions I could be caught seen in a dress. The tradition ended when Maddie and I graduated from high school, but my Grandma’s love for a good and proper outing never falters, and today I even enjoy dresses. (and these towels!)

  • 351 Amy // May 27, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    I love high tea. I live in HK and it is common to go here for special occasions throughout the year. One of the best traditional places to go in Hong Kong is to the Peninsula Hotel. You can’t beat scones with clotted cream and lemon curd!

  • 352 Casey // May 27, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Not yet, but in one month at The Willow Tea Rooms in Glasgow!

  • 353 Jessica // May 28, 2011 at 12:03 am

    The design on those towels is fabulous. Never been to high tea but maybe someday.

  • 354 Katrina // May 28, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Yes, a few times at hotels – I love it! I adore lounging, sipping champagne and tea, and eating dainty food :) I also have very fond memories of my grandmother hosting high teas for special occasions … lots of little sandwiches and cakes, biscuits and tarts.

  • 355 Cindy // May 28, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Nice to meet you! I’m enjoying your zest for life and willingness to share it with others and to shine light on others talents and products. I have a lot of catch up reading to do. I will be making the marble magnets this weekend. Thanks! No high tea for me, I beleve it Earl Grey Tea as a rule, sandwiches with no crust and I can say that I do love cucumber sandwiches. Missed the opportunity when in Hong Kong at the China Fleet Club that was managed by the English due to the peaceful protesting in the streets during the outbreak of Tianamen Square. We were amazed at how quiet the protest was as everyone marched through the streets but felt unsure of what might occur if we stayed out too long. Now I’m going to have to make a cucumber sandwich this weekend! Wishes for a Happy Memorial Day to all the troops serving, retired, passed, and their families. The sacrifices they make for our country should never be taken for granted.

  • 356 Cindy // May 28, 2011 at 2:26 am

    In case anyone else wants to have a cucumber sandwich…here are two versions you can try, (I add dill weed to mine and finely diced red onion).
    Cucumber Mint Tea Sandwiches

    •1/4 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
    •2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    •2 tablespoons cream cheese
    •6 slices of bread
    •3-inch length of cucumber
    Recipe from epicurious.com

    Best Cucumber Sandwiches

    •1 medium cucumber
    •1/2 cup cider vinegar
    •1 cup water
    •8 ounces of cream cheese
    •1/4 cup mayonnaise
    •1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    •1/4 teaspoon onion salt
    •dash Worcestershire
    •1 loaf sliced, firm-textured bread
    •dash of paprika
    Recipe from Dayles Incredible Links.

  • 357 Jenn // May 28, 2011 at 3:50 am

    Yes! In a grand old hotel in NYC

  • 358 Kylie // May 28, 2011 at 4:06 am

    High tea is fabulous! I replicated a high tea as my baby shower with an eclectic collection of second hand vintage tea sets we found in charity stores around the east coast of Australia. Each guest got given the tea cup and saucer home as a party favor. We made random table runners and turned old clocks into table decorations inspired by the mad hatter himself. Great afternoon in the back yard with the girls!

  • 359 Jen R // May 28, 2011 at 4:27 am

    I’ve never been to high tea, but it sounds like fun!

  • 360 Anne with an e // May 28, 2011 at 5:15 am

    So pretty! Never been to a high tea, but that fanciness sounds kind of fun.

  • 361 Beth S. // May 28, 2011 at 5:20 am

    Unfortunately I have had the honor of attending a high tea. What a shame. I would love it!!! And I would love those beautiful tea towels. They would look great in my kitchen!

  • 362 Beth S. // May 28, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Unfortunately I have not had the honor of attending a high tea. What a shame. I would love it!!! And I would love those beautiful tea towels. They would look great in my kitchen!

  • 363 Betty Anne // May 28, 2011 at 5:36 am

    Never been to a high tea but I do love tea towels.

  • 364 Amanda // May 28, 2011 at 5:59 am

    I have never been to a high tea, but I recently learned there is such a thing as “low tea”!

  • 365 Crystal // May 28, 2011 at 6:49 am

    I live about as far away from a city as you can get in the Lower 48, so I haven’t been to a high tea. The tea towels are fabulous, though!

  • 366 Anna // May 28, 2011 at 7:05 am

    I can’t say I’ve ever been to “high” tea (whatever that means, exactly), but as a kid my Mom took me to one of those tea house places where the sugar cubes had tiny pink roses on them. This is basically the only thing I remember about it – but it’s worth remembering, don’t you think?

  • 367 Joys // May 28, 2011 at 7:37 am

    I love high tea at the Queen Mary in Seattle. It’s oh so funky and sophisticated at the same time. Love those tea towels!

  • 368 Linda // May 28, 2011 at 7:46 am

    I’ve been to high tea quite a few times (relatives in England). It is a lovely, relaxing ritual. One of the more interesting teas I attended was the framework for an etiquette class.

  • 369 AmyS // May 28, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I haven’t been to a high tea before. I think I need to add that to my bucket list!

  • 370 Maria P // May 28, 2011 at 7:52 am

    I’ve been to midwestern tea parties but that is SO not the same :) I love the towels though.

  • 371 Pam // May 28, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I had Christmasseason high tea once at the Peabody in Memphis. Friends and the setting made it memorable but the food was a bit old-lady for me!

  • 372 Megan // May 28, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I’d love to go to a high tea, but I’ve never been. It’s actually something on my list of things I’d like to do.

  • 373 Lori // May 28, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I’ve never been to high tea, but I do like those towels.

  • 374 Gina // May 28, 2011 at 8:29 am

    These would be lovely! I am having a tea in June and need something like this. :)

  • 375 Zandra // May 28, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I’ve been to high tea twice at The Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC. Definitely pricey but fun to do with a pack of Steampunk nerds dressed in their weirdest Victorian finery, The hotel was very amused and accommodating.

  • 376 Fred // May 28, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I adore high tea, always feels so special! My favorite is Lovejoy’s in SF. I have also had high tea in Seattle, Victoria, and London.

  • 377 Rachel (Olalliberry) // May 28, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I’ve never been to a high tea, but I think it would be fun! I’ve been drinking more tea lately in an effort to cut back on coffee. The towels are adorable.

  • 378 Holly // May 28, 2011 at 9:10 am

    I LOVE these tea towels. I’ve been to a high tea once. I was in England with my Mom. It was lovely…and expensive!!

  • 379 Jane // May 28, 2011 at 9:23 am

    My boyfriend and I went to the most lovely “high tea” place in Bali, Indonesia. It was so wonderful! They served us a 3 tiered platter full of little sandwiches and cookies, along with our perfectly brewed tea. Let me know if you ever go to Bali! I will hook you up to the most awesome places!

  • 380 Ruth Ann // May 28, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I’ve never been to high tea, but it does sound like it would be a lot of fun.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 381 wendy // May 28, 2011 at 10:10 am

    My mother and I go to high tea every Christmas season, we have since I was a little girl. It’s one of my favorite traditions!

  • 382 Mikki // May 28, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I have never been for High Tea but I would LOVE to try it! They always just look so pretty and delicious.

  • 383 zzipper // May 28, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I have yet to be to a high tea but I hope there is an opportunity in my future. I have been following Paola since I learned about her blog from her husband – such a great family!

  • 384 Leslie // May 28, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I adore high tea and I collect tea towels!

  • 385 Tina // May 28, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I’ve never been, but the tea towels are gorgeous!!

  • 386 kellosaurus // May 28, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I have never been to a high tea, but i am certain it would be lovely!
    These tea towels would also be lovely, in my kitchen, of course. ;)

  • 387 Laura // May 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I LOVE High Tea! A few years ago my mom and dad found a little tea shop in Alpharetta, GA called Vintage tea. It was so good they started going every month with friends and I came along as often as possible. The tea started with a small soup and salad then the 3-tiered stands came out with desserts on top, sandwiches in the middle, and fresh hot scones and fruit on the bottom. Everything was soooo good, I would eat until I could burst and was always sloshy with tea since you could have as many pots of different flavors as you wanted. When this place closed down a couple of years ago we were all heartbroken, I still miss it, but we make our own “high teas” at home now!