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The evolution of ceremony and social etiquette has not been without purpose, for without rules and regulations there would be no order. The rituals of ceremony and etiquette are not meant to be intimidating, overwhelming, nor pretentious. Quite the opposite. When one understands the rules, there are no misunderstandings, no insults, no one is left out, nor made to feel uncomfortable. When we are made to feel welcomed and appreciated, whether it is in the home, workplace, or a social setting, one will strive to achieve oneÂ’s full potential and a good time will be had by all -- and with good results.
Throughout past centuries, the pursuit of tea has been universal. From the early Chinese in 2737 B.C., to the early American settlers of New Amsterdam in the mid-1600s, to the present day, tea has been a welcome sign of hospitality. One would be pleased to discover the commonality we share with our international neighbors through our mutual love for the rituals that tea has to offer.

Afternoon tea may be presented in an informal or formal service, as tea for two, or a dance for five hundred. Whether the settling is in your home, a tearoom, Inn, restaurant or grand hotel, there are no limits as to how one can entertain with this wonderful format. Occasions of all kinds may be celebrated in this manner including weddings, engagements, showers, birthdays, anniversaries, a new home, a new baby, picnics, holidays, office and theme parties. Tea can be as unique as your imagination will allow.


Remember good tea begins with good water.


1. Preheat a teapot or hot the pot by rinsing it out with hot water. By insulating the teapot, it keeps the tea hot during the brewing process.

2. Bring the fresh cold water to a full rolling boil. Remove from the heat quickly as to not allow the oxygen to escape from the water. Water that has been reheated gives tea a flat taste. Only boiling water can extract the full flavor and benefit from the leaves.

3. Use one teaspoonful of tea or one tea bag per cup {about 5 or 6 ounces} of water. Pour boiling water over the tea.

4. Steep for 3 to 5 minutes or the recommended brewing time as per the instructions of your blend. Do not judge the strength of your tea by its color. It takes time for the leaves to unfold and release their flavor. If you prefer your tea less strong, add hot water after the brewing period. Always decant the tea before serving.


Follow the same rules as for hot tea, but use 50% more tea to allow for melting ice cubes.

Allow to cool and pour over ice into a tall glass.


More of Ellen's Articles:

Planning a Tea Menu

FAQ About Afternoon Tea

A Spring Tea Menu

Tea and Silver

Tea at the Holidays

Understanding Tea Time Service

The Afternoon Tea Gown

The History of Chocolate

A Summer Rose Tea

Etiquette Faux Pas


About The Author

Ellen Easton, author of TEA TRAVELS(TM), TEA PARTIES and Good $ense For $uccess(TM) published by RED WAGON PRESS, 45 East 89th Street, Suite 20A, NYC, NY 10128-1256: (212) 722-7981, is a consultant and designer of related products, to the hotel, food service, special event and retail industries. She is also available for speaking engagements. Please contact her for more information.

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