Let the countdown commence to Boas & Tiaras 2017!
Fresh Fiction’s annual afternoon tea at the Adolphus is on Saturday, June 10,
only one month away. From now until tea time, join us online every week for Fun
Facts about all things Boas & Tiaras. Since this is our fanciest afternoon tea
of the year (no offense to our lovely monthly afternoon teas), our
events committee decided the best place to start is with tea time trivia! We
shall begin with a bit of history.
Afternoon tea as we know it was first popularized by Anna, the seventh Duchess
of Bedford, in the 1840s, when breakfast and dinner were the only main meals of
the day. The Duchess was known to enjoy hot tea and a light snack in the
afternoon to lift her spirits. This practice progressed into a social event when
the Duchess began inviting friends to enjoy afternoon tea with her, sparking a
trend and tradition that carries on to this day.
If you are an avid historical romance reader, then you are probably familiar
with the do and do not guidelines of afternoon tea. But if this is your first
experience with the time-honored tradition, in real life or in fiction, perhaps
you would like to know what to do and what to expect. Let’s begin with a common
etiquette misconception: Keep those pinkies tucked in! Contrary to popular
knowledge, sticking one’s pinky out while sipping tea is not proper. Not only
will you look a bit strange to a seasoned tea-goer—you might be more likely to
spill Earl Grey in your lap. (Trust me—I learned that lesson the hard way.)
Speaking of attire, you may be
wondering what to wear to afternoon tea. Dress code typically depends on the
venue. A simple sundress or slacks could do for some tea venues, while a more
elegant ensemble may be required for others. At Boas & Tiaras, the name gives
you all you need to know—toss a boa over your shoulders, don your favorite
tiara, and take this tea as an excuse to dress your best! And do not worry if
you lack a tiara. You can purchase one at Boas & Tiaras for $20 in one of
three styles—Delicate, Princess, or Empress!
Many tea traditions are hotly debated, such as the age-old question, Which
should be spread onto a scone first: jam or clotted cream? Others are fairly
clear, such as instructions to never leave your spoon in your tea cup and to
refrain from slathering chocolate all over yourself during the dessert course.
But the main guideline to follow at Boas & Tiaras is simply this—enjoy
yourself! Savor every bite of petite sandwiches, scrumptious scones, and
delectable desserts without worry or care. You’ll be rubbing elbows with fellow
booklovers and 14 fabulous
authors—including keynote speaker Julie Ann Walker—in the beautiful historic
Adolphus hotel. I imagine the Duchess herself would be proud.
To learn more about Boas & Tiaras and purchase your ticket, simply click here. And be sure to visit us
online again next week for more Fun Facts!
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