An Elegant Tea – Pulse Spotlight – 05.02.11

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Since it is one of our favourite things to plan with friends, we set out on a mission to research the origin of the afternoon tea. According to what we have read, afternoon tea began in the mid-1800s by the Duchess of Bedford. In her era, lights (gas or oil) were introduced into wealthier homes and eating a late supper became popular. It was commonplace for one to begin the day with a light breakfast meal and then not eat again until dinner, which became increasingly later in the evening.

Legend has it that the Duchess felt unwell as dinner became later and later… she was hungry! She decided to host a mid-afternoon get together for friends, where she served tea and assorted snacks. This idea of an afternoon tea soon became a popular event for ladies of leisure and other high society types.

Afternoon tea by An Elegant Tea

Is this legend true? We hope so, it’s a great story! Whatever its origin, we love afternoon or high tea events. We are lucky to have some fabulous tea houses in the Fraser Valley. This week’s Pulse Spotlight is An Elegant Tea, a mobile (yes!!) boutique catering company that specializes in stylish teas and appetizer receptions. Afternoon and high tea isn’t just for ladies who lunch nowadays! Baby or wedding showers, corporate events, ladies retreats – there are plenty of scenarios where An Elegant Tea would be a fabulous fit.

Afternoon tea by An Elegant Tea

Owner Doreen Buhler has an interesting story of her own. After school, Doreen and her five children used to enjoy tea and fresh baked goods during ‘After School Tea’. It was a great way to connect with the kids after their days in the classroom. Friends, family, even piano students, all became a part of this precious tradition. How lovely that Doreen has been able to take that special custom and turn it into a business!

Afternoon tea by An Elegant Tea

Afternoon tea by An Elegant Tea

We have had the pleasure of attending two of Doreen’s recent afternoon tea events so we can tell you, firsthand, how amazing they are! Of course the food is delectable, but the details of the table settings, the teapots… it is so very well done. Charming china teacups and fresh flowers adorn the tables, as do tiers of pinwheel sandwiches, dainty scones with Devonshire cream, sausage rolls, cucumber cups filled with herbed goat cheese, lavender cupcakes – the works.
An Elegant Tea is also available for stylish hors d’oeuvres receptions. Check out the menu: Turkish apricots wrapped in bacon, spicy coconut ginger shrimp skewers… the list of delicious goes on!

Afternoon tea by An Elegant Tea

We love An Elegant Tea and can’t wait to attend another event where Doreen is catering. Perhaps we will have to host a cocktail reception, to give that service a try, too! Hmmm… :)
An Elegant Tea

Contributor: Kristi Ferguson

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8 Responses to “An Elegant Tea – Pulse Spotlight – 05.02.11”

  1. Sarah says:

    Oh my goodness! I love everything about this! How fun!
    I’m definitely going to start our own little tradition of after school tea with the kids!

  2. Thank you so much for the spotlight on my good friend Doreen Buhler. Her tea is fit for a QUEEN that’s for sure! I too have had the pleasure of attending tea at Doreen’s home in her sunroom and recently worked with her on the Royal Wedding Tea held at a local hotel in Abbotsford. If you’re thinking of hosting a lunch for friends or family or if you just want to have a get together for no reason, call Doreen.

  3. Anne Dix says:

    Super story! Lovely to see ‘Afternoon Tea’ so popular even here in Canada :) Our family were brought up on tea and eats mid AM and PM out in the middle of Southern Africa before we immigrated to Canada a few years back. Do miss those get-togethers as they refreshed many friends and family over the years…

  4. Chrissy says:

    This looks so delicious, and adorable too! Can’t wait to create an occasion to try it out first hand!!

  5. Norma Gosling says:

    I have just booked ‘An Elegant Tea’ for an event next April. It is going to be lovely. I am so looking forward to our Red and Purple Birthday.

  6. Tina says:

    It was a wonderful afternoon and I had so much fun. You can tell Doreen puts her heart and soul into this. I would love to do this again!

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  8. Colette says:

    I LOVE Doreen’s Tea Parties!! The food and tea is absolutely amazing.
    I have had the chance to go to 2 of her tea parties and twice I have been amazed with all the elegance and “deliciousness ” of the day! I recommend everyone to try it at least once! Way to go Doreen. Colette

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