London view with afternoon tea in the library
One of the most relaxing things ever…sit back on the comfortable chairs and soak it all in.
# place semi-folded, white starched, linen napkin on ones lap.
# only dainty, miniature food is served. Tiny crustless sandwiches, canapés, and petit fours. Scones with cream or buttered crumpets. Anchovy toast and perhaps a slice of cake.
# offer to pour tea, or pass sandwich plates around to anyone less advantageously positioned. The aim is to show your superior manners, by making everyone feel comfortable.
# good tea is essential, loose leaves are best and don’t forget the strainer.
# do not use a knife to cut the scones. Use fingertips to break open. Jam goes on first, cream on top. Slather generously, but make sure you leave enough for other people.
# do use a knife to butter the crumpets. If the butter is on a shared dish, plop a nice even chunk on your plate and use from there, rather than buttering directly from shared dish. Same with cream & jam. Do not lick knife or spoon – such a waste, I know…
# do not use a knife to cut the crustless sandwiches. It’s finger food for heavens sake, take small dainty bites and chew with supreme elegance.
# use napkin to wipe lips, before taking dainty sips of tea. Dainty & quiet!
# if you are on a low table, pick up saucer & tea cup. On a high table only pick up tea cup and leave the saucer well alone. And do not, I repeat do NOT, have your little finger sticking out, when holding the cup.
# milk or tea first? No one cares except the folk at Downton abbey. So don’t worry about it. If you use sugar, use the spoon diagonally to break the sugar cube, do not stir, as that doesn’t do anything.
# keep conversation light, no politics, religion or animal activism towards ones fur wearing friends. (Poor deluded souls…)
# dress is ‘smart casual’, but what the hell, wear a cocktail hat if you must. (Real life fashion post coming up for those kind souls who support our wildlife and subscribe on the ‘protected’ posts.
# do not fold the napkin when you finish. Just leave it loosely scrunched up on the table.
# do not steal the pretty silverware, as a souvenir. Tempting but that’s really bad etiquette. Check here to get your own beautuful vintage tea accesories