Friday, May 13, 2016

Tea Etiquette and Debutantes

Certain formalities are observed on a special occasion of the sort for the introducing of a debutante. An engraved card is used, having the name of the daughter beneath that of her mother...

How to Give the Popular Afternoon Tea


Afternoon teas continue to be a great feature among the entertainments of the day. Fashion calls on a mother to introduce her daughter. Certain formalities are observed on a special occasion of the sort for the introducing of a debutante. An engraved card is used, having the name of the daughter beneath that of her mother, with the date, the hours for receiving and the address in the lower left hand corner of the card may be the words, "Fridays in January," too.

Indicate other days during the winter for receiving more informally. Cards are about five inches long, by three and a half wide. The usual style of engraving is script. According to recent fashion the form is: Mrs. Archibald Robinson and Miss Edith Hobinton Will Be At Home on Tuesday, the first of December from four until seven o'clock at Seven East Seventy-third Street. 

Cards for large teas or days at home are sent out two weeks in advance; small teas a week or so in advance. Invitations to teas are in the name of the hostess, not in the united names of husband and wife. At a large tea or reception for a debutante, music for dancing is a feature. An orchestra is in the hall or in a room set apart for dancing. The musicians may be screened off by palms. –  The Mariposa Gazette, 1914


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