DO'S & DON'TS of Afternoon Tea Etiquette | Baroness Bolsover
Updated: Nov 23
"There’s lots to learn as we Victorians had rules of etiquette for just about anything and everything!"
In the meantime, Her Ladyship shares a few 'DO's and DONT'S' to help you get started.
"Do refrain from resting one's elbows on the table. Despite it feeling rather comfortable, it is most inappropriate at the Afternoon Tea Table."
"Don’t even think about it!!!"
DON'T POUR SLOPS INTO YOUR CUP
"That’s what the pretty little dish on the table is for. If a slop bowl is not provided, the nearest plant might appreciate a drink...but please DO be subtle!"
NEVER SPEAK WITH YOUR MOUTH FULL
"Do swallow your food before engaging in conversation… even when there is SO much to talk about!"
DO AVOID TAKING LARGE BITES
"Or you'll end up in all kinds of trouble. Nibble food daintily. This way one can spend more time chatting rather than trying to discretely remove cream from around one’s mouth."
DON’T WORRY TOO MUCH ABOUT KEEPING UP APPEARANCES
"The most important thing is to enjoy oneself in the company of friends and make some new ones along the way."
Meet the Victorian Baroness
Why not invite Friends, Family or Group to join in the fun and meet the Baroness in person or via Zoom. Her Ladyship can't wait to present her irresistibly interactive, Afternoon Tea Etiquette Talk to you and your guests and looks forward to meeting you all very soon.
"Thank you so much for a wonderful evening, I personally felt like I had been transported back into Victorian times…" (President, Barlborough & Clowne WI)
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The Victorian Afternoon Tea Lady
With grateful thanks to my lovely friend Ann Eley for Zoom Photograph, cup & saucer, slop bowl, Victorian teaspoons, a beautiful string of pearls.