For Americans, it's more common to slurp a coffee in a plastic on-the-go cup during a morning commute than to sit down with friends for a proper tea, so that explains why we don't know mluch about English tea etiquette. Some of the rules and behavior expected at afternoon tea are not intuitive, so it's necessary to learn them. While a few of these customs may seem silly, many serve the important purpose of avoiding spills and hot-water burns. If you find yourself sitting down to afternoon tea, whether in England or otherwise, then here are a few tea etiquette pointers.
It's Sunday, the brunch day, and one of the last days of Summer, meaning that as much time as possible should be spent outdoors enjoying the sun and the blooming garden. This garden tea party setup in an old walled garden just looks perfect with its pretty-in-pink décor and that ribboned parasol. What a great idea!