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High tea is a must for every young lady. To invite ladies across the land to join her and be hosted by a real Lord and Lady just adds to the event.
Royal Tea Party Special guest  Lord William Ray and Lady Joan Marie Fuller of Chaol Ghleann
The tea party was larger than the royal dining room could hold, so we had to extend the table into the adjoining room  Each girl had plenty of room to enjoy the tidbits of the day.
All the young ladies who attended were dressed in lovely dresses, and most wore tiaras or hats.  A few of the mothers came along as guests, but didn’t sit at the tables with the young ladies.
Some of the royals, being royals, were reluctant to have photos taken.  They expect their privacy, but became a little more relaxed as the day went on.
You can see the vast expanse of the royal dining room table.  the attendees sat quietly waiting for the final guests to arrive before being served.
When the steaming teapots came out and were placed on the tables, the ladies became more fascinated with what was happening.  We at first let them try to figure out how we made the steam, but eventually explained the fact that we used dry ice to achieve the effect.  We served the actual teal from other pots, not the decorative ones.
Each girl wanted to feel the steam to see if it felt hot.
Lady Joan explained proper etiquette for having high tea.  We told them that even though you see it in movies, you do not hold your pinkie finger out when sipping from your teacup.
She also explained the various courses served during high tea.  We did not have all of the courses, but we told them how a real high tea would be served.
The girls had fun looking at their royal names and trying to pronounce some of their titles.  It made them feel special to have a royal title.  We decided not to have any princesses in attendance, because each girl would probably want to be a princess.
Lady Joan personally served the sugar cookies to the girls.  She had baked them from scratch, frosted and hand decorated each one, and they were all slightly different.  Some of the girls had a hard time choosing which ones they wanted. In addition to the tea sandwiches and sugar cookies, we served small shortbread cookies in the shape of stars, and petite cranberry scones.
Lady Joan also made the finger sandwiches.  We had cucumber sandwiches with cream cheese spread, and ham and cheese sandwiches cut in the shape of little flowers.
A variety of china was used for serving the tea.  At first we served the tea without sweetening it, but the girls wanted it to be sweet, so we added the sugar bowl later.  Some used lots of sugar and much less tea, but most of the girls drank more than one cup of tea.
All of the young ladies had hats, hair accessories or tiaras.  They had fun showing off their outfits and letting us know the history behind the things they wore.  As a part of the afternoon’s activities, we had them tell a little story about their stuffed animal or doll that they brought with them.
The girls were willing to try new tastes and foods they hadn’t eaten before.  None of them left anything on their plates, so we think this was a good learning experience for them in expanding their palates.
Lord Ray was a perfect host.  He educated the girls on the history of some of the titles given to nobility.  He also took the time to admire the clothing and accessories the girls wore and he got the history of the toys they brought with them. 
At the end of our time together, each young lady thanked us properly for the day and for the party.  It was a wonderful day and we were happy we were able to do it for them.
Ray likes to make up his own games.  For the tea party we made a Bingo game where the girls had to put a marker on a Bingo card that was filled with different references to royalty and royal artifacts. In the second game, the girls were broken up into teams and given 5 items to use in making up a story.  They had several minutes to compose their story and then a speaker from each team told the story using the items to illustrate their tale as they went along.  We found that there are a lot of girls with very vivid imaginations.. 
© vintagedapperday.com 2015 to present
High tea is a must for every young lady. To invite ladies across the land to join her and be hosted by a real Lord and Lady just adds to the event.
Royal Tea Party Special guest  Lord William Ray and Lady Joan Marie Fuller of Chaol Ghleann
Lord Ray was a perfect host.  He educated the girls on the history of some of the titles given to nobility.  He also took the time to admire the clothing and accessories the girls wore and he got the history of the toys they brought with them. 
Ray likes to make up his own games.  For the tea party we made a Bingo game where the girls had to put a marker on a Bingo card that was filled with different references to royalty and royal artifacts. In the second game, the girls were broken up into teams and given 5 items to use in making up a story.  They had several minutes to compose their story and then a speaker from each team told the story using the items to illustrate their tale as they went along.  We found that there are a lot of girls with very vivid imaginations.. 
The tea party was larger than the royal dining room could hold, so we had to extend the table into the adjoining room  Each girl had plenty of room to enjoy the tidbits of the day.
All the young ladies who attended were dressed in lovely dresses, and most wore tiaras or hats.  A few of the mothers came along as guests, but didn’t sit at the tables with the young ladies.
Some of the royals, being royals, were reluctant to have photos taken.  They expect their privacy, but became a little more relaxed as the day went on.
You can see the vast expanse of the royal dining room table.  the attendees sat quietly waiting for the final guests to arrive before being served.
When the steaming teapots came out and were placed on the tables, the ladies became more fascinated with what was happening.  We at first let them try to figure out how we made the steam, but eventually explained the fact that we used dry ice to achieve the effect.  We served the actual teal from other pots, not the decorative ones.
Each girl wanted to feel the steam to see if it felt hot.
Lady Joan explained proper etiquette for having high tea.  We told them that even though you see it in movies, you do not hold your pinkie finger out when sipping from your teacup.
She also explained the various courses served during high tea.  We did not have all of the courses, but we told them how a real high tea would be served.
The girls had fun looking at their royal names and trying to pronounce some of their titles.  It made them feel special to have a royal title.  We decided not to have any princesses in attendance, because each girl would probably want to be a princess.
Lady Joan personally served the sugar cookies to the girls.  She had baked them from scratch, frosted and hand decorated each one, and they were all slightly different.  Some of the girls had a hard time choosing which ones they wanted. In addition to the tea sandwiches and sugar cookies, we served small shortbread cookies in the shape of stars, and petite cranberry scones.
Lady Joan also made the finger sandwiches.  We had cucumber sandwiches with cream cheese spread, and ham and cheese sandwiches cut in the shape of little flowers.
A variety of china was used for serving the tea.  At first we served the tea without sweetening it, but the girls wanted it to be sweet, so we added the sugar bowl later.  Some used lots of sugar and much less tea, but most of the girls drank more than one cup of tea.
All of the young ladies had hats, hair accessories or tiaras.  They had fun showing off their outfits and letting us know the history behind the things they wore.  As a part of the afternoon’s activities, we had them tell a little story about their stuffed animal or doll that they brought with them.