TEA & ETIQUETTE
People often form an opinion of others on the basis of first impressions. Because an opinion, once set, can be difficult to alter, it is important to follow etiquette rules that provide others a sterling view of you.
Basic business and social etiquette conventions:
* Do rise, regardless of gender, to greet and shake hands with your guests.
* Do try a little of each course served at tea.
* Do avoid talking with your mouth full. Take small bites, and you will find it easier
to answer questions or join in table talk.
* Do wait until you have swallowed the food in your mouth before you take a sip of
* Do place your napkin on your chair when you breiefly leave the table.
* Do place your knife and fork in the 10:20 "I am finished" position when you have
finished eating. Visualize a clock face on your plate. Place the tips of the
utensils at the number ten and the handles at the four.
* Do convey food to you mouth with an inward, not an outward, curve of the fork.
* Do look into, not over, the cup of tea when drinking.
* Do spread the scone with jam first, and then add cream.
Just as important as the above list is a list of don'ts:
* Don't overload the fork when eating foods served at tea.
* Don't smack you lips.
* Don't touch your face or head when dining.
* Don't tip up the cup too much when drinking tea, but keep it at a slight angle.
* Don't extend a pinkie when holding a cup.
* Don't reach across the table or across another person to get something. If it is
out of reach, ask the closest person to pass it to you.
* Don't place your napkin on the table when you are ready to leave.
* Don't involve your guests in paying the bill.