Simple Pleasures: High Tea

Post by Julie

Front of Kimberly Ann's Tea Room and Cafe

In 1944, Mae Collins opened a tea room and café in the historic district of Glendale AZ. She named the place after her granddaughter, Kimberly Ann. The business started small with a boutique and ice cream parlor and then a café. She later added the tea room after friends encouraged her to serve them tea. She still is there today creating delicious sandwiches, desserts and different blended teas.

I have been to three high tea lunches so far. One was in Cave Creek with Sharon and twice at Kimberly Ann's Tea Room and Cafe with Mom and Sharon. 

I decided to do it up fancy when Mom came with us. I wanted to spoil her so I ordered the high tea package. In the high tea package we got two different teas, desserts, fruit and finger sandwiches which were all made by Mae with love. We enjoyed the food, tea and atmosphere of this wonderful place. All the sandwiches were made fresh as well as the desserts. 

The decor is lacy/flowers/antique/elegance. You feel like you should be wearing a large hat, lacy gloves, and poofy dress while drinking tea with your pinky finger pointing out. You can also walk in and order your lunch as well as to-go orders.

Having high tea with your best gal pals and family is a wonderful way to spend time in elegance while enjoying delicious food and teas.

English Rose Tearoom, Cave Creek, AZ

If you want to do tea time at home, consider things like cucumbers, smoked salmon, deviled ham, cream cheese, proscuitto, egg salad, chicken salad. Cut the crusts off, cut sandwiches into triangles. Your store's bakery might have little lemon curd tea cakes or you can get a scones mix, even order some petit fours online. A course of fresh fruit is also a high tea element - either cut and fresh, dipped in chocolate, or in a parfait with yogurt. You can make a lemon curd, or buy an authentic one online.

If you just must have the three-teired plate (great for any party event), I'd suggest one like this -