Catherine's Afternoon Tea 

White Plains, New York

High tea, catered, teapot, tea cup


Let Catherine Treat You Like "Royal-Tea!"


Welcome to Catherine's Afternoon Tea!

Do you want to host an elegant “High” or Afternoon Tea for your friends or family, but don’t know where to start? Are you planning a Bridal Shower; Open House; a Birthday; Baby Shower; Christening; Job Promotion; Graduation; or Professional Gathering? Let Catherine help you create, plan and host an Afternoon Tea that will leave you and your guests feeling like royalty.


Catherine’s Afternoon Tea, offers consulting and planning services; rentals of fine bone china and 19th century crystal; silver; fine linens; teapots; Zaruchi water heaters; delivery & pickup services and more! Host a luxurious and elegant Afternoon Tea affordably in your home or office. Email Catherine today: 

Catherine’s Afternoon Tea brings the entire Afternoon Tea experience, with all of its elegance and ambiance, into your home or office. We can provide everything!

  • Bone China—Teacups & Saucers, Teapots, Plates
  • Vintage Crystal—Champagne and Port Glasses
  • Linens— Tablecloths and Napkins
  • Vases & Flowers
  • Music
  • All Setup and Cleanup

Proprietress Catherine Noonan's discerning eye for the "small details," is enhanced by her rare ability to find the most beautiful, delicious, classic and rare accouterments. Let Catherine show you how to host an inclusive, memorable experience for all of your guests.

Private Tea Parties, Birthdays, Bridal Showers, Christenings, Anniversaries, Business Meetings & Employee Appreciation Parties! Email:

A Short History of “High” and “Afternoon” Tea.

Tea was introduced to England, in the early 1600's. At first, tea was considered a medicinal beverage and was sold mainly in apothecary shops. Some believed tea would cure almost any ailment known. Herbal teas, usually referred to as a "tisane," were often prescribed if someone became ill or didn't feel well.

By 1658, tea had become a fashionable drink of royalty and the well to do. Contrary to popular beliefs, the serving of afternoon tea originated in France, rather than England, around 1680.

According to historians, Madame de Sevigne, wrote a letter to a friend about a “five o'clock tea” she had attended earlier that year. In the letter, she mentioned her surprise that some people “took milk in their tea.” Afternoon Tea would not become popular in England until the mid 1740's. Anna, the “Seventh Duchess of Bedford,” is given credit for beginning the tradition.

“High Tea,” is often a misnomer. Most people refer to Afternoon Tea as “High Tea.” Although High Tea sounds regal and lofty, High Tea or, "Meat Tea" is in reality, dinner.

During the Victorian Period, working families would return home at the end of the day to find the dinner, or “High” table, set with any manner of meats, bread, butter, pickles, cheese and of course, tea.

“Afternoon Tea,” eventually became known as "Low Tea," because it was usually taken in a sitting or withdrawing room where low tables (like coffee or end tables) were placed near sofas or chairs to accommodate guests.

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Catherine Noonan, Proprietress

Save $$$ by doing your own Afternoon Tea! Consult with Catherine and plan your own tea! Require more information? Please click the Blue hotlink above. We look forward to treating you and your guests like "Royal-Tea!"