The Rules of Party

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“My hour for tea is half-past five, and my buttered toast waits for nobody.”

Wilkie Collins, the writer (1824-1899)

Tea has become a multi-meaning word in the English language. It could mean the time, place, drink and the whole meal. To sort the inconsistency out, you have to understand who you are. This could be done by looking at the adherence to some kind of a social order. However, tea is a classless drink, a social leveler; it finds its place at work, at home, at celebration and even at war.

Within this get-together we are aiming to address some essential English rites and rituals of partying over a cuppa:

  • What is the perfect time for tea?
  • Is tea actually a drink or a meal?
  • How high is high tea?
  • Is tea an effective means of team-consolidating?
  • What is the dress-code of an “At home” party?
  • Why was RAF bombing the Netherlands in 1942?