This fun, interactive and informative 2-hour afternoon tea experience covers the topics of key social skills, deportment and afternoon tea etiquette. The children will be guided by etiquette expert and former serving member of The Queen’s Household at Buckingham Palace, Ana Retallack, to learn about the art of posture, carriage and bearing, as well as those all-important social skills. It is followed with a simple afternoon tea etiquette; a practical and hands-on learning experience to guide the children through some of the history surrounding afternoon tea, the tea itself, how to eat your tea items properly, and other fascinating tidbits of information. This is a social skills experience with a difference and will help increase general social awareness, poise and confidence in boys and girls ages 9-12 years.
Social Party Tricks
How to give a good handshake
Meeting new people and being confident with introductions
Who shall I approach?
What shall we talk about? Small talk topics
Mixing and mingling
Leaving a good impression
Making a positive first impression
Standing tall and sitting straight with confidence and poise!
Walking with poise (the ‘book on the head routine’)
Afternoon Tea Etiquette
Helping someone into their seat
Afternoon tea or high tea? All explained!
How tea is served at Buckingham Palace
Napkin placement – where and when?
Knowing when to start
Milk in first or last?
How to eat your sandwiches and other savouries correctly
Jam or cream first? The social graces of the scone explained
Sweet fancies fit for a king – or queen!
Royal Garden Parties!
Handling your cup & saucer
Stirring tea correctly
Dealing with spills gracefully
Polite tea talk
Excusing ourselves from the table
What to do when we have finished eating