‘At Home’ Teas were Afternoon Tea events in the Victorian era held in the drawing room or the dining room.
The Victorian era was a time for explorers, of all different kinds, be it half away around the world hunting for exotic plants, or in the kitchen, conceiving a new dessert.
The art of cooking and baking greatly expanded during the Victorian era and the industrial revolution. It’s during this period preparation with presentation in mind came to the forefront with elaborate food molds, and techniques for beautiful ornamentation.
Specialized societies popped up to cater to those interested in particular fields such as Archaeology, Botany, and so on. The phrase, gifted amateur comes to mind, as members were not necessarily professionals in the field.
I love taking inspiration from the Victorian era and I enjoy using modern means to experiment. That doesn’t mean everything is an interpretation, working with historical recipes, designs, and documents is fun and educational.
Far from being stuck in the past, studying different eras makes the present that much more interesting. Nancy Nikko at Home is both Historical and Modern Victorian.