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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.

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In every respectable English dwelling, be it palace or cottage, tea is served between four and five o'clock every afternoon in the year.


No Article of Food or Service is Visible on the April-Fool Table. Pointed Caps Hide Croquettes, Knives, Forks, and Spoons are Wrapped in Napkins and Stood Upright, "Gold Bricks" Contain Bonbons.

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Bouquet Tea

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.


Colonial Tea

Light the rooms with candlelight and decorate with nosegays of garden flowers and autumn leaves. Seat the guests at round tables.

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Emily (Price) Post was a born Victorian, and married during this Era. Her Rules of Etiquette reflect Victorian conduct and manners.

 

Flower Tea

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.


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Gypsy Tea

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.

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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.

It remains with the hostess, whether one shall enjoy the pleasures and privileges of the pretty Five O'Clock. Hostess individuality and artistic instincts are charmingly brought to bear in appointments of her tea-table in this cosy afternoon ceremony.

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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.

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For small, dainty sandwiches served at afternoon teas or breakfasts, bread may be baked at home. Cut slices as thin as possible; when a variety is offered it is well to keep each a different shape; for instance, circles of anchovy, triangles of chicken, ringers of game and squares of fruit butters.

In Japan the hostess serves the tea from the table. There is a charcoal burner over which the water is kept lukewarm, not hot.

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Here's to a cup of tea.
It holds intoxication great for me.
I find it makes me want to dare
To steal a kiss from Phyllis fair,
      as she pours tea.

 

"We'll take a cup o' kindness yet."

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Tea on the Terrace
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Tea on he terrace of the Palace of Westminster usually only amounts to cucumber sandwiches and strawberries and cream.

 

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