Tea and Etiquette
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Tea & Etiquette: Taking Tea for Business and Pleasure

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The founder of the Protocol School of Washington has teamed up with Tea Maestro Bruce Richardson for the definitive book on teatime etiquette. Third edition. Never make a tea faux pas again!
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The Protocol School of Washington


Taking Tea for Business and Pleasure

By Dorothea Johnson & Bruce Richardson

Introduction by Norwood Pratt


Afternoon tea conjures up both feelings of elegance and gentility. It is, after all, synonymous with civility and blessed with the endearing quality of being part of the world's enduring cup of humanity. The customs and courtesies associated with this most civilized ceremony, however, are disquieting to the uninitiated. Fear of committing "tea faux pas" is on the upturn, as tea is now serving not only a social function, but a professional one as well-an alternative to the business lunch or dinner. This has created an unprecedented demand for learning the essentials of tea etiquette as executives meet in hotel lounges to discuss business over a cup of tea.

This book includes tea history, tea and health information, steeping guides, as well as elements of both social and business tea etiquette. The authors have given you all the information needed to either serve or be served at a host of tea occasions.

  • Over 200 color photographs
  • Tea history
  • Tea preparation
  • Introductions
  • Handshaking
  • Business etiquette
  • Napkin etiquette
  • Dining etiquette
  • Tea stories
  • Recipes

Bruce Richardson is a Contributing Editor for TeaTime magazine. Dorothea Johnson is the Resident Etiquette Expert for the Ellen Degeneres television talk show and founder of The Protocol School of Washington.

Published by Benjamin Press and available wholesale at 800.765.2139

Product Reviews

(30 Ratings, 29 Reviews) Average Rating:
helpful etiquette for not only home tea parties, but business ones, too
nancy ann walters (United States) 6/22/2016 1:36 PM
This book gave some history of taking tea, including etiquette of business teas. I wish it had a few more instructions on how to properly set up a tea table, like where to place cutlery, etc, but otherwise it was pretty comprehensive
The book was informative but I'm looking for the answer ...
Beverly Johnson (United States) 6/22/2016 1:35 PM
The book was informative but I'm looking for the answer to one question. In a low tea, where do you place the teaspoon on the table setting? We had a competition last year on the correct table setting for a low tea and I never found the answer to that question. One lady said it goes in the tea cup but I'm looking for conformation. I thought it would be in the book.
Five Stars
Lori Pollock (United States) 6/22/2016 1:35 PM
Four Stars
Florider 36 (United States) 6/22/2016 1:34 PM
This is a quick and informative read at a great price.
Five Stars
shannon (United States) 6/22/2016 1:33 PM
Every lady needs to know proper etiquette.