At 4am American time a notable moment in English history will occur, Prince William will marry Kate Middleton. So I’ll be up at 4am on Friday morning watching the wedding…and I’m going to track down some English flags.
In honor of this occasion here are 10 simple rules to English Tea Time:
1) The host or hostess must formally invite people to tea. The invitation should inform guests on what to expect at this particular tea time.
2)High tea is served from late afternoon to early evening (4pm-7pm). High tea also has place settings and serves heartier foods. Don’t call your tea “high tea” if it’s not high tea.
3)Essential items for tea time are: tea-pot, cups, saucers, teaspoons, sugar bowl and sugar tongs, tea strainer, lemon dish and fork, and serving utensils.
4) The host must mingle with their guests and not hide in the kitchen.
5)All refreshments must be placed on the table.
6)A formal table has one correct placement for a napkin, to the left side of the place setting. The napkin should be folded with the closed edge to the left and the open edge to the right. NEVER place your napkin on your chair.
7)NO smoking! The smell can affect everyone’s taste of the tea.
9)NEVER loop you fingers through the cup handle or hold the cup vessel.
10)and remember, pinkies up!