Victorian High Tea

June 24, 2017
2:00 pm

St. Andrews Episcopal Church
518 N. Alameda
Las Cruces, New Mexico

  • Spanokopita
  • Cucumber Sandwiches
  • Jalapeno Cheddar Bites
  • Curried Chicken Panini
  • Biscotti
  • Pita Bread with Hummus

  • Sweets:
  • Mint Brownies
  • Yon Hagels
  • Mini Cheesecakes
  • Peach Scones
  • Pecan Squares
  • Biscochitos

What is High Tea?
A High Tea is a small meal of savories and sweets typically served in the afternoon that historically also served as a social time for the British upper class.

In England, High Tea is properly referred to as Afternoon Tea, as High Tea is a more fulfilling, less elaborate affair that is associated with the working class. Asking for High Tea instead of Afternoon Tea in London will definitely indicate that you're an American!

For more on tea in England see this NPR article.

What can I expect at the High Tea?
There will be a plate with six savories, followed by a plate of six sweets. And of course tea! There will also be a silent auction, including some fabulous items for people to bid on along with live music.

Why is the tea in honor of Pat Puckett?
In the final years of her life, Pat Puckett devoted herself to planning the tea as a fundraiser for the International Safe Shelter Foundation. It combined many of her talents and interests - cooking, planning events, Victorian England, serving others, and helping the shelter in Juarez.

Up until her death from cancer last December, Pat was optimistic that she would still be able to plan the tea this spring. In honor of their mother's memory, her four daughters decided to hold the tea this year and serve many of the recipes that Pat painstakingly developed in 2016.

All proceeds benefit the Centro de Protección de Mujer a Mujer,
a shelter for abused women and children in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico

For more information, email

This fundraiser is hosted by the International Safe Shelter Foundation (ISSF).
ISSF supports shelters in Latin America that serve abused women and children.
ISSF is classified as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization by the IRS
and donations are tax deductible in accordance with the law.

Donate to support the shelter: