Bridgerton “Teatime” Blog – In Regency Tone
April 28, 2022
The Regency refers to the period of 1811 to 1820 when George Prince of Wales governed the Country as a Regent. More importantly the regency period ushered in great social and cultural development, a time where teatime was popularized. Teatime – more appropriately tea out of one’s home means social status has blossomed just like Camilia sinensis (tea plant) that offers its bounty to the kettle and pot. Getting invited to tea for the first time, is truly a special event. From here one’s social status can rise as high as a ladies’ garb, from the menus that were served and in whose presence one partakes.
A time where tea sits atop the social strata and stands as a time to see and be seen as well as to dine. For the ton, drinking tea means more than just quenching one’s thirst and filling. It is an opportunity for gossip and best friends to catch up on their weekly goings-on.
While teatime is in many ways trivial — a habit of queens in more ancient times — it is also something that gives the gentry comfort in a mundane and overly structured day. What then, encompasses the crux of teatime as a social gathering. This author believes, contrary to what you might think, the following:
Rules of Etiquette are More Relaxed at Teatime
Teatime is considered a more relaxed occasion than other meals, so there are fewer rules about how to behave. Young people are allowed to speak freely, so long as scandalous topics or politics were not on the agenda. Though you may find in certain circles, even this etiquette is left adrift. Women are also allowed to pour their own tea; a privilege usually reserved for men.
The Hostess Shall Take the Lead in Deciding Which Tea to Serve
The hostess shall choose the type of tea that will be served at her teatime gatherings. There are several types from which to choose, ranging from Intoxicating hibiscus teas all the way to delicate white teas. The hostess will also choose some light foods for her guests, such as toast and buttered breads or scones. She will typically serve these items on small, dainty plates.
So how best to enjoy this respite? To be sure, one could do little better than to include a tea the quality of which can be found in The Republic of Tea’s Bridgerton-inspired collection. These teas exhibit the traits of those by whom they are inspired. I believe that one should always strive to learn and to teach; after all, as Jane Austen would say, “It is a pity that for want of a little knowledge, we are always fearing to oblige.” Other than the different types of tea, along with the way of making and serving it, now is a time when people make certain they are presentable and appear properly.
In short, the time is now to, with the utmost patience, exhibit the grace that afternoon tea inspires.