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The History of High Tea

Lady Fredericks, the 7th Duchess of Bedford is widely credited as the first to establish the ritual of afternoon tea in the 17th Century to entertain her female guests while the gentlemen attended to the issues of politics and business. 

The Duchess recorded details of hosting delightful tea parties to allow women an elegant social opportunity to meet and discuss issues that were usually unsuitable to discuss in the company of gentlemen.

Since this time, the practice of afternoon tea, or high tea as it came to be known in Britain, become a well loved tradition.

For the ladies of the English 'leisure class' high tea served a practical purpose of allowing ladies the pleasure of enjoying a delicate meal before attending the theater or a club.

Today, the practice of high tea continues with the modern 'Lady of Leisure' enjoying a high tea party at bridal and baby showers, gathering with best friends to celebrate a hens party or birthday party and sampling delicious cakes and pastries at kitchen teas.

La Petite Soiree Events High Tea
La Petite Soiree Events High Tea

La Petite Soiree’s High Tea provide a fully mobile tea service by creating a delightful and relaxing experience for the party host and guests in your own home, workplace or special location.

La Petite Soiree creates, fun Vintage High Teas in Melbourne, we set-up and serve our delicious sandwiches, savouries, cakes & pastries with a variety of tea and coffee.

So ladies, gather your friends and allow us to entertain your guests with our modern take on the tradition of high tea at your next Baby Shower, Bridal Shower, Hens Party, Birthday Party, Wedding Celebration, Morning Tea or any other special occasion. 

Your High Tea Soiree would not be complete without our range of beautiful vintage cup, saucer and plate trios, assorted linen napkins or signature Petite Fours.

Ask us about our full event styling service to create a magical garden party, provincial indoor living or theme of your choice.

See our packages or let us know if you would like us to custom design a menu especially for your event. 


La Petite Soiree Events are looking forward to hosting your High Tea Soiree.
La Petite Soiree Catering & Events 

High Tea, Canapés and Petite Desserts
Catering for all areas of Melbourne
Phone: 0409 003 575
Email: events@lapetitesoiree.com.au

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