Afternoon Tea Etiquette
Recently we where asked to run a tea etiquette workshop and while we love tea its always good to brush up on the key points for a well executed english afternoon tea! This tea etiquette point list comes from Oh How Civilised make sure you sign up to their email alerts for everything you need to know about your tea etiquette whether you are making tea for yourself, your mum or even a Queen or King!
1: DRESS APPROPRIATELY
Most afternoon tea spots have a smart casual dress code. You don’t have to go decked out in party dress but stay away from jeans and sneakers. You should look neat and put together.
2: KEEP PHONES OFF THE TABLE
Phones, glasses, and any other personal items shouldn’t be on the table. Instead, place them on your chair to your left or right.
3: PUT YOUR PINKIE FINGER DOWN
Should the pinkie be up or down when sipping tea? DOWN. The proper way to hold a teacup is to hold the handle with the pinkie finger down, never up.
4: HOLD THE TEACUP BY THE HANDLE
Don’t cup your hands around the teacup. The teacup should only be held by the handle. (With the pinkie finger down.)
5: STIR UP AND DOWN, NOT IN CIRCLES
Move your teaspoon up and down (6PM and 12AM), gently folding in the sugar or milk. Making noise with the teaspoon is frowned upon so make sure your spoon doesn’t clang and touch the sides of the teacup. Also, don’t tap your teaspoon on the side of the teacup.