Have been invited to a "High Tea" which will have a 5 course small portioned things, example, "cucumber soup," etc. Wondering how do I handle this? I am in phase 1. I don't want to pack my own snacks since I think that would be tacky! lol. Thanks!!!
Hmm. I wonder if they are using the term correctly.
In the past whether you took "afternoon tea" or "high tea" was a peek into your social standing. Afternoon Tea was a light elegant meal served between a light lunch and late dinner, usually between 3 o'clock and 5 o'clock, and was mainly confined to the aristocracy with their leisurely lifestyle. High Tea was a more substantial meal, including meat and/or fish, and was really a early dinner which well suited the middle and lower classes after a long day at work.
Do you actually need to eat at it? Have a good lunch before hand and then sit and sip your tea. Or even better, it it is a fundraiser, get up and help.
Look at the menu beforehand. Something like cucumber soup likely fits in. Otherwise, go prepared to chat, just ignore the food and be ready to say firmly and politely, 'oh it looks all so lovely but i'm not hungry right now'. Repeat as often as needed. (which may be very, very often).