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Rules of EtiKate: Afternoon Tea

Rules of EtiKate: Afternoon Tea

If you are looking for a way to add a bit of everyday Kate-inspired glamour to your day, you may want to consider beginning a tradition of partaking in afternoon tea. Not only will it help you relax after a long day of work, it can become a fun, social activity. Invite a small group of fabulous friends over and chat over a fresh pot of tea. 

 


 

 

Before you begin this lovely tradition, first read up on some of the do’s and don’ts of how to handle your tea. There are many rules of etiquette surrounding this tradition, but these particular tips focus on English tea etiquette. 

Setting the table

Setting the table for tea is a bit different from setting it for a dinner party. Always place the tray with food and the teapots in the middle of the table. Each place setting should follow this diagram, with a plate and placard directly in front of a person and a teacup on the right, on top of a saucer. Although it may seem like a lot of silverware, all are customary and can be used during afternoon tea!

From antiquetea.com.au

From antiquetea.com.au

Preparing your tea

Whether you are new to the art of tea or not, most tea bags or loose-leaf tea that you buy will have instructions on how best to prepare it. It is customary to steep Earl Grey tea for about five minutes. When preparing your cup of tea, pour in your tea and add whatever you desire, whether that be sugar, lemon, or milk. Place your teaspoon at the 6 o’clock position in your cup and stir tea toward the 12 o’clock position while being mindful of not letting your spoon clank against the side of the cup. Once finished, place the spoon on your saucer, never leaving it in your cup. Now you are ready to drink!

Drinking your tea

While popular culture may have indicated that you are supposed to hold your pinkies up when drinking tea, this is false. The proper way to hold a teacup is to place your index finger in the handle, with your thumb resting on top of the handle and your second finger  resting underneath the handle. The ring finger and the pinky curve in toward the wrist, like in the image below. When drinking tea, be sure to take small sips and be mindful of slurping. 

From theteamaestro.blogspot.com

From theteamaestro.blogspot.com

How to eat at afternoon tea

The best part of any afternoon tea are the delicacies it offers. From scones to tea sandwiches, you most certainly will not go hungry at an afternoon tea. It is customary to take small bites, even when the food itself is already small. Never put a whole tea sandwich in your mouth at once. When eating a scone, spread jam or cream with a knife, never dunking it into the cream. 

 

As with any party or gathering, remember your table manners and etiquette. Refrain from using a cell phone during tea. Enjoy the company of your friends in a new and elegant way!

Charity Spotlight: The HER Foundation

Charity Spotlight: The HER Foundation

As you all know by now, the royal-watching community is buzzing with the exciting news that came from the Clarence House last Monday. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting Royal Baby Number 2! But with that exciting news came a bit of sad news as well. The Duchess is once again suffering fromContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Work Etiquette

Rules of EtiKate: Work Etiquette

I have the privilege of beginning my first internship this fall and while I am excited, that excitement also comes with a bit of nerves. Entering my first “grown-up” work environment is intimidating and so I did what I always do to calm my nerves: I researched etiquette tips for work. I, like many ofContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Royal Party Etiquette

Rules of EtiKate: Royal Party Etiquette

Some people see the royal family as old, outdated, and stuffy. I believe that is a major misconception of today’s royal family. The royals know how to have fun and they definitely know how to throw a good party. What makes them distinct, however, is their ability to party with an air of sophistication andContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Manners for Children

Rules of EtiKate: Manners for Children

During the recent Royal Tour, I stayed up many late nights waiting for live streams and Twitter pictures of the royal family at each event. While most royal watchers were anxious to see what Kate would be wearing, I, like many others on the WWKD team, could not wait to see the adorable Prince George,Continue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Dining Dos and Don’ts

Rules of EtiKate: Dining Dos and Don’ts

Elegant state dinners come with the territory of being a member of the royal family, which is yet another aspect of being a duchess that Kate has taken to beautifully. At her most recent state dinner, at the Government House in Wellington while on tour in New Zealand, Kate stunned in a gorgeous Jenny PackhamContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: The Importance of Etiquette

Rules of EtiKate: The Importance of Etiquette

With all of the rules and regulations regarding etiquette that I have presented in the past few months, I wanted to pause and reflect on why I find etiquette important and how it allows me to demonstrate my inner duchess on a daily basis.  One of the main reasons I find myself so drawn toContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Weddings

Rules of EtiKate: Weddings

If you are anything like me, you are either at the age or approaching the age in which it seems that every other day, a new friend on Facebook is getting engaged. Engagements mean weddings, which are both exciting and nerve-racking. What does Dressy Casual even mean? What is an acceptable gift to bring? WhichContinue Reading

Embracing Everyday Gracefulness

Embracing Everyday Gracefulness

When I was the ripe old age of five years old, I started taking ballet classes. While I was never good enough to become a professional ballerina (even though I dreamed about it), I learned a lot in my ten years of pink tights, ballerina buns, and plies. As I grew older, I had toContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Cell Phones

Rules of EtiKate: Cell Phones

As we have discussed before on WWKD, we rarely see Kate with a cell phone. She does not walk down the street chatting into her iPhone or text while she shops. She focuses on the people she is with and the world around her, something we can all do a little more often. I amContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Traveling

Rules of EtiKate: Traveling

Kate and William are known to enjoy traveling, whether it be for engagements in the US and other parts of the world, or going to Africa on holiday. Wherever you are traveling to this holiday season and beyond, here are some tips and tricks to maintain a regal elegance even when you are 30,000 feetContinue Reading

Regal Reads: The Regal Rules for Girls by Jerramy Fine

Regal Reads: The Regal Rules for Girls by Jerramy Fine

After reading Jerramy Fine’s memoir Someday My Prince Will Come, I fell in love with her witty writing and her “dreams do come true” attitude. I immediately wanted to check out her other book The Regal Rules for Girls.    The tagline for this book is “how to find love, a life- and maybe evenContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Hostessing

Rules of EtiKate: Hostessing

Now that we have all learned how to have a flawless table setting, we can start hosting fabulous dinner parties! Whether it is a small get-together, a swanky cocktail party, or a five-course formal sit-down dinner, here are some etiquette tips on how to be a gracious and regal hostess. Send out invitations far inContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Setting a Formal Table

Rules of EtiKate: Setting a Formal Table

While the last two EtiKate posts have been a bit aspirational (Meeting the Queen and Curtsying), this week’s post will focus on setting a formal table, a skill we can all use, whether it be at our next dinner party or the next time we sit down with our takeout. This diagram from Emily PostContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Curtsying

Rules of EtiKate: Curtsying

This week’s EtiKate will look at the act of curtsying. Curtsying is a gesture of respect or reverence made by women by bending the knees with one foot forward and lowering the body. It is considered the female version of the bow. In the past, women would curtsy to anyone of superior social rank. WhileContinue Reading