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Most people when they speak about High Tea, they believed it was the upper class that partook of it, but it was actually the lower class. High Tea is served on high tables, hence the name, High Tea. The foods served are heartier with meats, chicken, cold cuts, cakes, fruits, and tea. It is served between 5 pm – 7 pm.
AFTERNOON TEA – was created by Anna, the Seventh Duchess of Bedford around 1840. She became hungry by 4 pm so asked for a tray of tea, bread and butter, and cakes. Over time she inviting friends over for tea. In the 1880’s the upper class wore long gowns, hats, and gloves for their afternoon tea.
This tea service is served on low tables between 3 pm – 5 pm. The meal served is: Dainty finger sandwiches, like cucumber, served with fresh baked Scones, clotted or Devon cream and jam, cakes and pastries.
HERE ARE A FEW TEA ETIQUETTE TIPS
1. Always place your teacup handle to the right on the saucer.
2. The demi spoon is placed under the handle of the teacup.
3. If the tea is hot never blow it, wait for it to cool down.
4. Never drink your tea with a spoon or straw.
5. Taste the tea first before adding sweeteners
6. When adding sugar or honey to your tea, never stir the tea with the spoon, swish side to side without hitting the sides of the teacups
7. Never loop your fingers through the teacup handle, place your fingers to the front and back of the handle.
8. Always use a china teacup instead of a mug.
9. When standing with your teacup, always hold the saucer under your cup.
10. When sitted at the table you don’t have to hold your saucer
Get your china teacup and enjoy your tea experience.
About the Author: Sharon “Lady Tea” Levy, CEO & founder of Taking Tea InStyle.