Tea time isn’t what it used to be back when Anna, Duchess of Bedford, invited some of the other ladies of Queen Victoria’s court to her private chambers for an afternoon pick-me-up. These days, it’s anything from the Red Hat Ladies gathering at one of the local tea rooms to you taking advantage of a quiet moment in your day to imbibe a cuppa and a treat. In the case of the non-solo tea time, certain etiquette matters are de rigueur and logically, therefore, breeches of this etiquette (known as faux pas, or “missteps”) can mar the event for all.
In the spirit of goodwill towards all tea drinkers, and to save you from either embarrassing yourself or having to endure a tea time companion’s unappetizing behavior, I present the top 5 tea time faux pas:
You say you’ve never done any of these? Great! You’ll be welcome for tea time at my house whenever you want. As trite as these things may seem, they go a long way to having a pleasant tea time, which is, after all, the goal! Tea time is for enjoyment, but being on your best behavior is good, too. It makes things more pleasant for everyone. Make your tea time more companionable by being a considerate tea party guest!
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