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Transcript of Tea Time
Tea Time's Requirements
Facts a Hostess Must Know
What a Tea is Made of
Tea Time! Time for Tea!
The Mustache Cup
The Tea Plate
Milk, Sugar, and Lemon
Is it Over Yet?
Tea is still very popular today on every continent.
Tea during the Victorian ages
An Emperor was traveling, and when water was being boiled, some leaves fell in and created tea.
Tea was popular throughout China. A man named Lu Yu wrote a book on tea called the Ch'a Ching.
Yeisei brought seeds to Japan, and is known as the Father of Tea.
Tea was elevated to an art form, and everyone was excited about tea's prospect.
Tea makes it to England!
Arrived between 1652-1654.
Became popular enough to replace ale as the national drink.
Even though tea was expensive, it was still a favorite.
The Creation of Afternoon Tea
Anna the Duchess of Bedford created afternoon tea in 1840.
It was intended as a way to stop
How did she start tea?
She had servants sneak her a pot of tea and baked goods. she invited friends, and tea became popular.
Guests, a NICE tablecloth, cloth or linen napkins, a table and chairs, and invitations.
Utensils are important
Cups, saucers, plates, tea pot, tea spoons, sugar bowl, sugar tongs, tea strainer, lemon dish, serving spoons, forks, knives, and spoons.
You want to keep the guests happy?
You will need tea,
Go the extra mile, get toppings.
jams and curds,
Teas that you might enjoy!
Some Teas you might Enjoy
Teas to wake you up
Teas to calm you down
Before afternoon tea, there was only breakfast and dinner. Breakfast consisted of ale, bread, and beef. Dinner was a huge meal at the end of the day.
How to Properly Hold a Tea Cup.
Don't hold the cup with your pinkie extended.
Place pointer finger through the handle to your knuckle.
The thumb should be on top of the handle with the middle finger on the bottom.
Other fingers should be curled towards wrist.
How to Drink Tea
Step 1. Lift the cup from the saucer.
Step 2. Hold the cup the proper way.
Step 3. When sipping, don't look around.
Step 4. Lay it down on the saucer gently.
How to eat Scones
Step 1. Split scone with knife.
Step 2. Place jam, or curds on scone.
Step 3. Top off with clotted creme.
Step 4. Eat daintily.
When Drinking Tea, What do You Lift?
If seated at a table, only raise the tea cup.
If standing, lift the cup in your right hand, the saucer in your left.
In either case, NEVER wave it in the air.
When greeting each other, remove the glove from your right hand, and shake hands skin to skin.
Also remove gloves before dining.
Pick up napkin and place in your lap.
If you must leave, place on your chair.
Don't wipe, or blot your lipstick on the napkin.
Swirl, or No Swirl
Do NOT swirl the tea in the cup. Tea can stain, and it is easy to spill.
The Mustache Cup
A 19th Century tea cup variation invented by Harvey Adams.
The cup had a slit projecting from the rim, allowing the tea to flow while keeping a gentleman's mustache dry.
The Tea Plate
A plate that was invented to hold a tea cup without a saucer.
Do you Drink or Take Tea?
You DRINK tea. Take tea was a expression used by the lower class. It was considered vulgar by the upper class.
Correct Placement of the Tea Pot
When placed on the table, the spout should face the hostess.
What to add to tea
Add milk, not creme. Creme is too heavy for tea.
You can add sugar, milk, or lemon, but not milk and lemon together.
Is it Over?
The hostess will signal the end by lifting her napkin. The guests will follow her lead, and everyone should place it on the left side of their plate.