Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Mad Tea Party! An Etiquette Lesson...

Among all of this fabulous tea party madness, I felt it would be the perfect time to share some proper "rules" that one should follow should they find themselves at the tea table!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I do not necessarily follow rules ..I had no idea such rules even existed!...but since there are SO many tea parties to attend..you may find yourself needing to know one or two of these little nuggets in order to be invited back.....let me enlighten you with some tea party etiquette....
First and foremost never hold your cup with your pinkie finger extended. This is improper and in most social settings it is considered rude.

When stirring your tea, be careful not to clink your spoon against the cup. Gently swish the spoon back and forth without touching the sides of the cup. When you are through stirring, remove the spoon and place it on the saucer behind the tea cup and to the right of the handle. Of course, never take a drink of your tea without removing the spoon first, and please never, ever sip from the spoon.

When you take a sip of tea, do not look around at the other guests, but lower your eyes so you can see what you are doing.
Scones are a traditional part of a proper tea. Split the scone with a knife. Since the knife is now used, lay it gently on the side of your plate.

Be sure to take small bites and never take a sip of tea to wash down your food. Tea is hot and not meant for this task.
If you ever have to leave the table, place your napkin on your chair, never the table.
Never blot or wipe your lipstick with a linen or cloth napkin.

The hostess will signal the end of the tea by picking up her napkin and laying it to the left of her plate.

Most importantly, enjoy the company of your fanciful tea loving friends.
PS..I believe my next post will be MY RULES for the perfect tea party!!

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