Tea time is for enjoyment, but being on your best behavior is good, too. It makes things more pleasant for everyone. Having explored some rather … uh … well … inappropriate tea time behavior in previous articles (10 Egregious Tea Time Behaviors and Top 5 Tea Time Faux Pas), I am expanding on the list with five more. All in the name of service to my fellow tea lovers!
1 Too much bubblegum!
Chewing (usually in a loud, smacking manner) and blowing large bubbles that *pop!* loudly and messily is the top of the list here. If you’re like “Violet” in Willy Wonka, you may find yourself getting dropped off the tea party guest list of all but your nearest and dearest.
2 Slipping a little “something” into the teapot without asking first
Most often, that “something” is an alcoholic beverage. Nothing is more egregious in the annals of teapartydom than lacing the tea with a shot of something without arranging this beforehand with the host and other guests. Flavored teas are one thing, spiked teas are another! But who knows? The other guests may be up for a bit of nip in their tea.
3 The “champagne glass in the fireplace” routine
You’ve probably seen this done in movies as some sort of celebratory gesture. Often it’s champagne flutes but could also be wine glasses, sherry glasses or even brandy snifters. People down the last drop and then slam the glass into the nearest fireplace (plentiful in historic British estate homes). You will want to refrain from this with your teacup and saucer; no downing the last drop of tea and then slamming the cup and saucer into the fireplace (especially bad if there is no fireplace).
4 Sharing your severe head cold with everyone
Hacking, wheezing, coughing, and sneezing are just par for the course with a head cold. However, they aren’t very good accompaniments for a nice tea time with “the gang.” They’re also a great way to drag others into your circle of sickness. Should you be suffering from such an ailment, or for that matter any ailment that isn’t severe enough to confine you to your bed but is severe enough to make you less than companionable, refraining from attending that special tea time event is the civilized thing to do.
5 Taking “come as you are” a bit too extremely
Invitations can often include an expected level of attire. Formal, party dress, casual, and “come as you are” are the most common. Taking that last one to the outer limits can make you less than welcome at that tea party. Especially if you arrive straight from digging a new sewer drain like we had to do here or if you still have grease-covered overalls on from that mechanics job.
Make your tea time more companionable by being a considerate tea party guest!
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