Slowing Down With Afternoon Tea

Lately afternoon tea has been on our mind. Why? Maybe it has to do with the lovely ritual, the slow deliberateness of it, or just the pretty dishes and respite from the day it provides. This past weekend, The New York Times published a little piece on afternoon tea (and drew a distinction between that and "high tea;" the latter has been historically associated with the British and would take place later in the day with heartier foods). Afternoon tea is what so many of us think of: little sandwiches, lovely sweets, and sterling silver.

Depending on where you live, you can probably still hunt down a spot to enjoy a good afternoon tea. The New York Times detailed many favorite spots in Manhattan, but we like the idea of creating your very own little afternoon tea at your desk, cubicle, or kitchen table. Because when it comes right down to it, afternoon tea is really all about taking a moment to breathe and break away from the day, isn't it?

What routines or rituals do you have to allow yourself to step back for a moment?

Related: How to Brew Loose-Leaf Green Tea

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