I am on a fundraising committee that is considering doing a "Tea" as part of the campaign. I wanted to hear from American Chowhounds about their expectations.
My opinion is a little biased because my grandparents were from France. Growing up, we had tea, (we called it just that, "Tea") that was a late afternoon snack and then later, we had supper. My husband is European and this is what they do, as well, in his native country (often just for the kids). I always enjoy the "Tea" that his sister puts out for us every day when we are there visiting. I do know the different terms for Tea for English-speaking countries and what is served at them.
We have one group wanting to call it "High Tea" because it SOUNDS more refined. We have one group wanting to call it "Afternoon Tea" because it is more accurate. There will be only light snacking foods served, and it will be in the early afternoon.
I don't care, I'd be fine just calling it a "Tea"... I just think we should make sure our contributors know what is being served. This is a fundraiser, so the other side of it is that we don't want people upset if they expected substantial food then were served meager fair because they were misled by the terminology. We need these people for future endeavors. I thought I'd get the Chowhound's opinions on this.
So, all of that to ask...
Do you think Americans know the difference between High and Afternoon Tea and does it make a difference what you serve? If we call it High Tea and don't serve food of substance, do you think that is misleading or it doesn't really matter?