The Don’ts of Tea Etiquette – Business and Social


✿ Don’t place items on the table. This protocol extends to keys, hats, gloves, eyeglasses, eyeglass cases, anything that is not part of the meal.

✿ Don’t overload the fork when eating the foods served at tea.

✿ Don’t chew with your mouth open.

✿ Don’t smack your lips.

✿ Don’t touch your face or head during teatime.

✿ Don’t tip up the cup too much when drinking tea, but keep it at a slight angle.

✿ Don’t extend a pinkie when holding a cup.

✿ Don’t reach across the table or across another person to get something.

✿ Don’t try to remove food from your teeth in the presence of others. If something gets caught in your teeth, excuse yourself and take care of the problem in the restroom.

✿Don’t place your napkin on the table until you are ready to leave.

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About Poisematters

Lori is a recognized Protocol and Etiquette expert who received her training in 1997 from The Protocol School of Washington. Lori is certified and trained in International and Corporate Protocol and Etiquette instruction. Lori began her career with the Disneyland Resort in 1975 and has over 40 years of service with Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. In 2001, Lori Dominguez received the Orange County Tourism Council's Service Excellence award in the area of accommodations (Hotels). Lori continues teaching workshops on Protocol & Etiquette to local schools in Southern California including Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach and Cal Poly Pomona and Chapman University. She enjoys Fashion, blogging, being a dog mom, loves social media and travel. Her family includes two grown sons; a husband who is a high school biology teach; and one very spoiled Bernese Mountain Dog.
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