<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd"> <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <head> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" /> <meta name="google-site-verification" content="YR-PlaJ50gl-Q5QbRX1tlzRvyuVisAP4Qgh8IqMx0dU" /> <title>Flower Tea - The Victorian Era - avictorian.com</title> <meta name="description" content="Flower Tea, History, Fashion, Sports, Culture and Social History of the Victorian Era 1837-1901." /> <meta name="keywords" content="Flower Tea Time, Victorian Era, Victorian fashion, Victorian pictures, Victorian clothes, Queen Victoria history, Victorian society, Fashion Gallery, British history, English, England, United Kingdom, Victorian England, Queen Victoria, London, historical, Victorian Era, resources, research, monarchy, histories, Victorian, 19th century, victorian, nineteenth century, victorian age, victorian times" /> <link rel="shortcut icon" href="/England.ico" type="image/x-icon" /> <script src="/js/js_liveclock.js" type="text/javascript"> </script> <style type="text/css"> /*<![CDATA[*/ html {SCROLLBAR-FACE-COLOR: #D4C1A1; SCROLLBAR-HIGHLIGHT-COLOR: #6F5942; SCROLLBAR-ARROW-COLOR: #000000; SCROLLBAR-TRACK-COLOR: #FAF2E7;} /*]]>*/ </style> <style type="text/css"> /*<![CDATA[*/ <style type="text/css"> body {SCROLLBAR-FACE-COLOR: #D4C1A1; SCROLLBAR-HIGHLIGHT-COLOR: #6F5942; SCROLLBAR-ARROW-COLOR: #000000; SCROLLBAR-TRACK-COLOR: #FAF2E7;;} /*]]>*/ </style> <style type="text/css"> /*<![CDATA[*/ table.c4 {margin:0 auto; width:895px; border: #6F5942 3px double;padding:5px; font-weight:bold; font-size:14px; color:#6F5942; background-color : #EFE3D3; } table.c4 td { padding:15px;font-weight:bold; font-size:14px; color:#6F5942; text-align:left; vertical-align:top; } table.c4 p { padding:5px 10px 2px 10px; text-align:left;vertical-align:top;font-weight:bold; font-size:14px; color:#6F5942; } table.c4 p.c2 { padding:5px 10px 2px 40px; font-size:14px; text-align:left; font-weight:bold; color:#6F5942; vertical-align:top; text-decoration:underline; text-transform:uppercase; } span.indented { padding:5px 10px 0 40px; font-weight:bold; font-size:12px; color:#6F5942;text-align:left; vertical-align:top; } #table2 { width:400px;padding:5px;} table.c2 {width:400px;padding:5px;text-align:center;} div.c4 {text-align: left} div.c2 {text-align: center} img.c1 {border: #6F5942 3px double; } span.c1 {text-align: center; color:#000000; font-weight:bold; font-size:10px; } table.c3 { border: none; width: 100&; padding:5px; margin: 0 auto;} div.c4 {text-align: left} div.c2 {text-align: center;} img.c1 {border: #6F5942 3px double; } li.c1 {list-style: none;} em.c1 {color : #502A15; text-align : center;padding : 5px; width : 202px; font-size : 0.8em; } /*]]>*/ </style> <link href="/css/tea.css" type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" media="screen,projection" /> <script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.3.2/jquery.min.js"> </script> <script type="text/javascript" src="/web/scrolltopcontrol.js"> //<![CDATA[ /*********************************************** * Scroll To Top Control script- ) Dynamic Drive DHTML code library (www.dynamicdrive.com) * This notice MUST stay intact for legal use * Visit Project Page at http://www.dynamicdrive.com for full source code ***********************************************/ //]]> </script> </head> <body> <img src="/tea/floral_swag02.gif" width="1360" height="165" alt="" class="center" /> <table class="c4"><tr><td> <h3>A Flower Tea.</h3> <p>For early September a flower tea is a most enjoyable affair and is easily arranged with little expense. Have the invitations sent out at least a week before the event.</p> <p>The parlors should be tastefully arranged and decorated with flowers. Wild flowers are in abundance at this time and they are always bright and cheery.</p> <p><img src="/flowers/tea_bouquet.gif" width="1230" height="290" alt="" class="alignright" />Let each guest, as she arrives, be presented with a bouquet of flowers, no two being alike.</p> <p>For amusement there is nothing better and more instructive than the following:</p> <p>Pass to each lady a sheet of paper with a pencil, the paper containing questions. Explain to the company that the contest is to last fifteen or twenty minutes as desired.</p> <p>The printed questions are to be answered by the name of flowers.</p> <p>Here are appropriate questions for the contest, with correct answers:</p> <p>What lady veils her face? Maid-of-the-Mist.<br /> Who is the sad lady? Anemone. <br /> What lady weeps for her love? Mourning-bride. <br /> Who is the bell of the family? Bell-Flower. <br /> What untruthful lady shuns the land? False-Mermaid. <br /> What young lady is still the baby of the family? Virginia Creeper. <br /> What lady comes from the land where ladies bind their feet? Rose-of-China. <br /> Who is the neat lady? Primrose.</p> <p>After the given time expires let each guest sign her name to the paper she holds and exchange with her nearest neighbor. Then the fun begins as one rises and reads the questions and answers.</p> <p>Each lady should mark the paper she holds and in rotation they rise and give the number of correct answers, not mentioning the name on the paper. When it has been decided which paper holds the greatest number of correct answers, the contestant's name is given as winner, and she is presented with a dainty souvenir, such as a flower vase, or a dainty painting of flowers. Other games and contests may follow, all suggestive of flower land.</p> <p>The afternoon-tea should be dainty and appropriate. A big doll, literally covered with flowers, makes a pretty center-piece for the table. Let ice lemonade be served, each glass having a sweet flower floating on its surface. The cakes should be in the form of flowers and the bonbons, flower candies.</p> <p>It is pretty to call each guest by the name of the flower given her when she arrives.</p> <p>If there is music after tea let a song of the flowers be rendered.</p> <br /> <span class="indent">Breakfasts and Teas; Novel Suggestions for Social Occasions. 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