This Sunday we had a Victorian Literary Tea at my house. It was a very successful fundraiser for the American Association of University Women Legal Advocacy Fund. This fund was established to provide funding and a support system for women seeking judicial redress for sex discrimination. The monies donated are used to help litigants, to acknowledge institutions of higher education and reach out to campuses interested in knowing what rights they have.
At our Victorian Literary Tea those who wish dressed in fancy dresses and a few wore appropriate hats. There was lace and flowers everywhere a fun glimpse at the past.
We started with elderberry flower juice, sparkling apple juice and apricot brandy for mixing if desired, brie and artichoke. With pineapple/strawberry and blueberry teas we had homemade scones with clotted cream and homemade jams; both salmon and bacon quiches; rainbow sandwiches (my grandmother’s recipe); turkey/havarti and crabmeat sandwiches and a six fruit platter. This was followed by strawberry pie, cannole cake, chocolate pecan torte, six kinds of cookies and candies served with cherry vanilla and harvest rose teas.
Out “Literary“selections included readings from favorite books, poetry some had written. Also did you know that the first “Bestseller” was written by Mrs. Radcliff in 1795 and was called “The Adventures of Udolpho” and that Victorian critics felt that women writers were sometimes undervalues and capable of excellent works.