As with all things ritualistic, afternoon tea does inspire certain behaviour and there are certain etiquette dos and don’ts to be aware of while enjoying your sandwiches and scones.
Do Use Your Fingers
This may be controversial by other etiquette standards, but we promise we’re not making this up. At afternoon tea, sandwiches and scones can be eaten with your fingers – so dig in! It’s expected you will use a knife for the cream and jam, of course – just don’t worry which order to apply them to your scone. Jam first and cream first are both completely acceptable!
Do Enjoy the Moment
Yes, there is etiquette associated with afternoon tea, but it really shouldn’t impact your experience of a wonderful afternoon of fun. Shift your focus from how you should behave, to the delightful conversation with friends and deliciousness of the food. Then everything will be just as it should be!