I attended another high tea but at the finest tea room in Etobicoke. This one was arranged by QM Brenda Parkes for Queen Nadia Andreijew.
Nadia heralded in the beginning of a new era in Redhat high teas - Downton Abbey with a swish Victorian/Edwardian dress with a red hat so very "Downton Abbey" made for her from gifts from family and friends.
Brenda, our Victorian specialist, was wearing something younger looking and more Edwardian - a sheer overdress with lace above and below to cover a lavender underdress looking very much the part. She gave us an extended, authoratative talk on "Downton Abbey".
I wore my old lavender plaid Victorian dress I made in time for the high tea at the Victoriana Show in Cobourg back in the winter of 2011. Once again, I wore my red hat with the lavender brim trimmed in red, and my new tomato red ballet slipper shoes.
The high tea was executed without a hitch by Michelle who owns and operates the V--- G --- T-- R--- with the greatest interest in high teas. Michelle is a retired English kindergarten teacher and does tea well. She wore a long fitten black dress flared at the bottom with a white bolero-style jacket and finished the ensemble with a chain belt with intermittent large drop pearls. So in keeping with the atmosphere we all enjoyed.
Tea consisted of everything English from the bone **** to the slice of tiny Battenburg cake beside the best butter icing covered genovese cake. Of course, their age old specialty, the teapot-shaped cookie fully iced in our colours - lavender and deep pink. The scone was delightful and warm. The butter was piped. With the daintiest crustless sandwiches including not one, but two cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches and the daintiest ham and cheese sandwich amongst other dainties.
We all wore what we had and what a fine time pretending it was so very long ago - so very Downton Abbey with ever so many thanks to Bees.