History of High Tea and Tea Etiquette

I found this on an abandoned/ deleted blog. It had been a site for a tea shop and restaurant in Australia. I like the information, so I have saved it.

History of High Tea

Lady Fredericks, the 7th Duchess of Bedford is widely credited as the first to establish the ritual of afternoon tea in the 17th Century to entertain her female guests while the gentlemen attended to the issues of politics and business.

The Duchess recorded details of hosting delightful tea parties to allow women an elegant social opportunity to meet and discuss issues that were usually unsuitable to discuss in the company of gentlemen.

Since this time, the practice of afternoon tea, or high tea as it came to be know in Britain, become a well loved tradition.

For the ladies of the English ‘leisure class’ high tea served a practical purpose of allowing ladies the pleasure of enjoying a delicate meal before attending the theatre or a club.

Today the practice of high tea continues with the modern ‘Lady of  Leisure’ enjoying high tea at bridal and baby showers, gathering with best friends to celebrate hens and birthday parties and sampling delicious cakes, pastries and gourmet sandwiches wash down with finest teas at an elegant surrounding.

Tea Etiquette

Pick up your cup and saucer together – holding the saucer in one hand and cup in the other. The best way to hold a tea cup is to slip your index finger through the handle, up to almost the first knuckle, then balance and secure the cup by placing your thumb on the top of the handle and allowing the bottom of the handle to rest on your middle finger. Hold the cup lightly, by the handle – your pinky doesn’t have to be extended (Contrary to popular belief, the ring and pinkie fingers should not be extended, but should rest by curving gently back toward your wrist). Hold the saucer under your cup while you sip your tea (lest you should spill or dribble).

When stirring your tea, don’t make noises by clinking the sides of the cup while stirring. Gently swish the tea back and forth being careful no to touch the sides of your cup if possible. Never leave your spoon in the cup and be sure not to sip your tea from the spoon either. After stirring, place your spoon quietly on the saucer, behind the cup, on the right hand side under the handle.

Milk is served with tea, not cream. Cream is too heavy and masks the taste of the tea. Although some pour their milk in the cup first, it is probably better to pour the milk in the tea after it is in the cup in order to get the correct amount.

When serving lemon with tea, use lemon slices, not wedges. Either provide a small fork or lemon fork for your guests, or have the tea server neatly place a slice in the tea cup after the tea has been poured. Be sure never to add lemon with milk since the lemon’s citric acid will cause the proteins in the milk to curdle.

Nancy Farmer Doll Cards

nancy farmer dollsvia – Nancy Farmer Doll Cards

This would be such a great hobby. I did photograph posed dolls for awhile. I didn’t have miniature BDSM or fetish things to make it work like this.

When you want images to illustrate a blog post about a fetish, a kink or something more general – this would be a great way to create an image. They are eye-catching. I wonder how many people would actually read your post after seeing the image you created for it.

I’d buy a set of Nancy’s cards. I can’t think of anyone to send one to, other than my ex-husband or Gracie. That wouldn’t be much fun though.

Tea Cups with Nudes

I was not looking for naked people on teacups but I found them anyway. Not sure how this came up in a search for “gold dot teacup and saucer”. But, it was interesting. What occasion would you use this for? It could work for a D/s tea party but I’d rather have something less nude and more formal and traditional. But, that’s just me. This may be just your cup of tea!

nude tea

 

Upon further exploration I turned up an espresso cup and saucer for those who aren’t tea drinkers. This is from the same artist, Melody Rose, on the same site. If that’s not enough for you there is a whole tea set for the first cup and saucer and… I posted what the site calls a vintage plate on Gracie’s blog.

espresso nude girl

My Favourite Teacups

Gorgeous teacupsThese shiny gold/ orange firey teacups are my favourites. My Mother and I collect them. We have three full sets (cup and saucer) with this pattern. One is more worn and always makes me feel a little sad. Poor old thing.

This photograph comes from a set for sale on Etsy. I love the photo. It’s hard to take a photo of the glow from the finish/ glaze on the teacups.

We only use these cups and saucers about once a year. Other than that they are kept on a shelf which has a glass door so we can see them. Unlike silver they don’t tarnish so you can leave them out to be seen without having to worry about it. (Silver tarnishes faster when it is exposed to air and sunlight). I guess these cups would eventually fade if they were in full sun, but they are safe in their little corner of the kitchen.

It’s nice having a few special things. I think we tend to gather and collect and keep too much nowadays, myself included. I have far more non-fiction books than I will ever read (unless I discover immortality – even then I’d have to not age while I’m busy being immortal).

Vintage Glass Teacups

glass teacupsAren’t they pretty?

I like glass cups, teacups or coffee mugs especially. I like watching through the glass when you add the cream to your coffee. I love the way it swirls. I like to watch how the coffee cream/ milk gradually merges with the darker coffee. Sometimes I just let it sit on top so I can see the two colours, one settled on top of the other.

They make different swirling patterns if you pour the milk or cream in before you add the coffee. Have you ever done that with a glass coffee mug?

These are the little things I like, one of them.

I noticed this vintage glass teacup set on Etsy this morning. The shade of peach glass is pretty in the photo. But, I don’t think I’d like it once the tea was added. The colour would be duller then. Spoiled.

But, they would be pretty for holding white wine, or sparkling white wine with little bubbles flying up to pop on the surface. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Don’t get so wrapped up in the big things that you stop enjoying the little things.

The Tea Set for the Domme Tea Party

This is the set I want. It’s pretty perfect. I like the shade of blue with the white. I love the pattern, botanical. The cups and pot are shaped just right, elegant and yet not too frilly. This is the just right set for the Domme Tea Party.

Botanic Blue by Portmeirion – Being sold for 70 pounds UK.

Portmeirion Online has the set for 50 pounds, UK.

 

Domme Tea Party and Blue Flower Tea Sets

I’m looking for a great tea set for a FemDom Tea Party, the sort where men are nearly nude and serving tea to women wearing Victorian costumes or something appropriately decadent and elegant. I thought a blue and white flower pattern would work best, for my sense of style and colour. Not too girly, kind of old fashioned and traditional but simple and pretty too.

From the Williamsburg Marketplace.

This (above) may be the one I’d pick from all those I found. It’s fancy, yet not overdoing it. I also like the flower, I think it’s a carnation.

I also really like this (Vintage Polish CERGOR Blue Floral Pottery Ceramic Child’s Tea Set) simple, blue daisy pattern. Maybe it’s too simple for the elegant, society sort of tea part I have in mind. But, I still like it.

I like this pattern (Williams Sonoma Blue Floral 18 piece). No pot with it but each cup has a lid. I’m not sure why they have lids. There have been times I could have used one when a fly was buzzing around the coffee shop. But, that doesn’t seem to be the reason for them, officially.