Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Setting Up Your Tea

Afternoon tea should be served in the living room, on low chairs and sofas, with the food and place settings arranged on a tea (coffee) table.

Kitchen setup: Where you will stage things. Where water is boiled and food arranged. Have enough space set aside for the curate stand, tea pots, tea tins, and trays of savories and desserts.High Tea is served in the dining room in a tradition formal dinner manner.

Tea Table: A linen table cloth is a must for a formal tea. On top of the table cloth sits the Three-Tier Curate Stand (s) somewhere in the middle leaving enough room for the teapot(s) and place settings to be arranged around it. Fresh flowers add a nice touch. Don't forget your printed menu.

Place settings: Small plate in the middle with fork on the left, and knife and spoon on the right. Above the plate sits the tea spoon, and above this to the right is the teacup and saucer. Use a folded twelve inch linen napkin placed to the left of the setting. The napkin should be folded with the closed edge to the left and the open edge to the right.

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