Afternoon tea is on the menu for Mother’s Day
There’s no point keeping mum in the hospitality industry when there’s a celebration in the offing.
Instead, use it to boost business by creating a special menu to mark it. Now’s the time to start advertising your 2013 Mother’s Day offering (Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, March 10th). What could be simpler than serving a scrumptious afternoon tea on and around the day for all the family to enjoy together?
Traditional Afternoon Tea Menu
- A selection of freshly prepared, crust-less finger sandwiches (cucumber, egg mayonnaise with cress, smoked salmon with cream cheese, Coronation chicken, ham and mustard)
- Warm scones with clotted cream and preserves
- A variety of home-made cakes and pastries
- Choice of teas (Assam, Earl Grey, Darjeeling, Lapsang Souchong). You might also like to add the option of a glass of Champagne or a specially created cocktail into the menu for an additional charge.
What is Afternoon Tea?
The ritual of afternoon tea became popular in Britain in the early 1840s when it was taken up by Queen Victoria. It evolved among society ladies to stem hunger pangs while waiting for their evening meal (dinner) that in these higher echelons of society wasn’t served until 8 p.m. at the earliest. Nowadays, it’s usually enjoyed to mark a special occasion.
Mother’s Day is celebrated throughout the world, but not always at the same time. The Norwegians celebrate it in February, while the Kenyans wait until June and the Thais until August. Mother’s Day as we know it today is a 20th century American invention. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made the second Sunday of May an official national holiday following a campaign by Anna Jarvis, of Grafton, West Virginia, who wanted a recognised celebration of all mothers in memory of her own mum.
Some countries already had celebrations honouring motherhood that were rooted in religion, history or legend. These celebrations then evolved to take on characteristics of the American holiday, such as giving mums cards and gifts and bringing her breakfast in bed. This is what has happened in our country. Back in the 16th century, it had become tradition for everyone in Britain and Ireland to make an annual visit to the church of their mother on the fourth Sunday in Lent. As a result of this, most mothers were therefore reunited with their children on this day as even young apprentices and young girls in service were released by their masters to observe the ritual. The day became known as Mothering Sunday but the influence of the American Mother’s Day means that now, its religious roots have largely been forgotten.