Although tea originated in China, the tradition of Tea has a very British history.
Anna, the Duchess of Bedford (1788-1861), one of Queen Victoria's ladies-in-waiting, created what we know today as tea time.
Noon meals were skimpier then, so the Duchess felt a sinking feeling at about four o' clock in the afternoon. The Duchess was sneaked into her room along with a pot of tea and a few breadstuffs.
This later became a fancy. The Duchess started inviting her friends for an afternoon meal at about five o'clock which had tea along with short cakes, sandwiches, assorted sweets.
In India, tea time is also called as nashta, where a variety of food ranging from namkeens to sandwiches to even maggi is served. If you are planning a perfect tea party, here are a few ideas to get you started.