In earlier posts (see July 15th and 28th) we started setting our tea table with flowers, candles, favorite teacups and other lovely pieces.
I think it's time to finish setting our table so that we can enjoy tea with friends!
It's time to place the silverware at each place setting. Use a smaller luncheon sized knife,fork and teaspoon. Forks on the left, with the knife (blade facing out) then the spoon on the outside. I also enjoy placing my pretty tea napkin on the center of my plate with my teaspoon on that, tied with a festive ribbon. Many times I use this as a guest par-tea favor. Remember to always consider your menu ahead of time so that the necessary flatware is at each place setting.
Many guests enjoy cream, sugar and lemon with their tea. Generally you would provide an additional set on the other side of the tea table if you have more than 6 guests seated.
Water glasses, if desired should be placed above the knife and spoon.
Place cards and menus are lovely and helpful with a larger gathering. Consider the space on your table, as it may start to get crowded.
The teapot and cosie should be located to the right of the hostess. She should make the tea and pour for the guests if possible. Or begin with the guest to her right and allow a friend to pour for her so that she can be attentive to the serving of food and conversation.
Remember, you don't need to be a master chef or an accomplished society hostess to enjoy and prepare a tea party! Let your enthusiasm and creativity be your best guide.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KNuKagNdhY&feature=related Just for fun, here's how they taught you the "Rules" in 1946. Thank goodness we lightened up a bit!
Also, if you would like our special Afternoon Tea Menu for a summer tea party, please send us an email with your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org