The tradition of drinking tea in the presence of company is one of the oldest sustenance rituals.
Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, invited friends to join her for an additional afternoon meal at five o'clock in her rooms at Woburn Abbey.
In every respectable English dwelling, be it palace or cottage, tea is served between four and five o'clock every afternoon in the year.
The piazza, made charming with a few bowls of roses, is the most natural place for guests to assemble after hats have been laid aside within doors.
Light the rooms with candlelight and decorate with nosegays of garden flowers and autumn leaves. Seat the guests at round tables.
Emily (Price) Post was a born Victorian, and married during this Era. Her Rules of Etiquette reflect Victorian conduct and manners.
A Gypsy tea is the occasion of entertainment of young men by young women, wherein the young men have nothing to do but come and be treated just as hospitably and courteously as is possible.
A High Tea is one of the most complimentary entertainments to which a hostess may invite her friends. The number of guests is limited, but decoration, daintiness and elegance are unlimited.
A porch tea party given in the summer is a most enjoyable affair. The guests are seated on the porch which has immense jardinieres filled with garden flowers.
In Japan the hostess serves the tea from the table. There is a charcoal burner over which the water is kept lukewarm, not hot.
Here's to a cup of tea.
"We'll take a cup o' kindness yet."
Tea on the Terrace
Tea on he terrace of the Palace of Westminster usually only amounts to cucumber sandwiches and strawberries and cream.