I have been thinking lately about tea parties. Wouldn’t it be fun to host a tea party? Partially my never-ending obsession with all things Jane Austen is to blame, but also I have decided it is my new-found mission to bring back old school etiquette and formality to current society (don’t you sometimes wish your guy friends stood up when you left the room ever?).
When you think of tea parties today you think of little girls in opera length gloves and tutus (or, Michele Bachmann), yes? Which is a shame, because actually a tea party is a rather formal, elegant affair indeed, with innumerable rules and requirements and all kinds of stately airs, and oh the possibility for pratfalls and speaking out of turn and being all Elizabeth Bennett-y is too delicious to pass up! I know you feel me on this.
After the jump, how to throw an elegant, fancy, proper tea party. You’re going to be so excited to stock up on those little cubes of sugar and cut off all your sandwich crusts after this, I just know it!
Doesn’t that sound like fun? (And a lot of work?) Would you ever host a proper English tea party for your friends?