James Street Bakery, James Street, Geelong | Sunday 25th October 2015
Come and join etiquette expert and former serving member of The Queen’s Royal Household at Buckingham Palace, Ana Retallack, to learn about the history and customs of this gracious pastime.
This traditionally English custom is just as popular here in Australia, so sit back and enjoy a sumptuous tea (and a champagne for those who wish), whilst you learn about the history and customs of this gracious pastime. Discover how the sandwich came about through a love of gambling and how to stir your tea correctly! Ana will guide you through the rich history of afternoon tea, the tea itself, the accompaniments, finessing the food, napkin etiquette and other tidbits of fascinating information.
Notes will be provided following your course with The Standard Companion.
THE HISTORY OF AFTERNOON TEA
- Anna Maria Russell, seventh Duchess of Bedford
- John Montagu, fourth Earl of Sandwich
- How the introduction of the clipper ships changed tea trading forever
- Afternoon tea or high tea? All explained!
- How tea is served at Buckingham Palace
THE ART OF TEA
- Black, red, green, white? Knowing the difference
- Tea-making, brewing and steeping
- Milk in first or last? Discover if you are ‘to the manor born’ or forever ‘downstairs’!
- Teapots, teacups, strainers & caddy spoons
- Teaspoon faux-pas
- Handling your cup & saucer
- Stirring tea correctly
- Dealing with spills gracefully
- Napkin history and etiquette
- Tiered stands and how they came about
- 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!
TEA HOSTING ETIQUETTE AND BEING THE PERFECT GUEST
- Invitations and traditional tea times
- Knowing when to start
- “Shall I be mother?”
- Polite tea talk
- When should I leave?
- Invitations to Royal Garden Parties and what you might expect
- Thank you letters
Date: Sunday, 25th October
Venue: James Street Bakery, James Street, Geelong VIC 3220
Time: Starts promptly at 2pm, ends at 4pm
Price: $75 per person
Price includes tuition, afternoon tea with a glass of champagne, and notes on completion of the afternoon’s event.
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