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Traditions - Royal Teas with Grace and Style

posted by TeaHouseTimes Admin, ADMINWednesday, November 7th 2012 @ 8:24 PM

Traditions are the establishment and passing down of rituals that nurture us while setting examples from one generation to another.  A tradition may be something as simple as a menu we prepare for special occasions, a favorite place we return to, or an activity or event we enjoy repeating.  Traditions also include special moments we look forward to sharing with family and friends.

For nearly two centuries, afternoon tea has become an established tradition, symbolic of British royalty and the quintessential formality of a by-gone era.  The required social graces associated with this endearing ceremony encourage gentility and inspire us to create an impressive setting, while surrounding ourselves with those we love and things we treasure.

Over many millenium of social development, tea ceremonies have survived the test of time.  Their popularity transcends Asian cultures and remains an elegant affair, reminiscent of the Victorian era, where extraordinary care and service were reserved almost exclusively for people of high social status and great wealth.  When the industrial revolution ushered in ways to make travel, tea, and tea wares more affordable to the common household, afternoon tea became an enlightening discovery across every continent. 

Today, however, an ordinary afternoon can be transformed into a page from the past when presenting delicate china, sparkling crystal, and gleaming silver atop freshly starched linens, defining the ultimate art of entertaining in its finest hour.  Preparing for such an occasion is truly a labor of love; from the gathering of special guests to the careful preparation of flavorful tea blends and delectable foods, taking tea is a dignified process, allowing precious time for peace, comfort and reflection.  The proper etiquette and procedures in which afternoon tea is presented and served captures gracious living, and is indeed a charming celebration all its own.

*Reprinted with permission from Royal Teas with Grace and Style, published by Dorrance Publishing Company.

 

 

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