Sunday, November 17, 2019

New Holiday Talks with Teas

A full afternoon tea with delicious scones, finger sandwiches, desserts and more, is served at most all of our seminars, presentations and youth manners lessons and adult etiquette classes. 

We’ll be talking Tea Etiquette, Table Setting Etiquette, Dining History, Antiques for the Table and More 
as we celebrate 125 years of 
Graber Olives this year. 
Beginning Nov. 30th, we have several unique presentations scheduled throughout the holidays in La Casita for 
Traditions and Tea at Georgia Belle et Cie 
We still have open seats at the first two seatings, currently scheduled for Saturday Nov. 30th 
and Sunday Dec. 1st, from 2:30-4:30. 
Each talk is just $32.00 and full afternoon tea is served. 
Seating is limited! 
Call the Graber Olive House 
at 909-983-1761 to reserve your spot at one of our seminars.
For more information 
or to schedule a private group or class, 
call Maura Graber at 909-923-5650

“Tea: It’s History and Meaning”

“The story of tea is as strange and as fascinating as any that one can read. A prehistoric event dating back some 5,000 years is bound to be shrouded in many mysteries, but the exceptional qualities of tea are such that many legends developed concerning its beginnings. A highly civilized people like the Chinese considered it a special gift from heaven. In India, too, it was much the same. In Japan, a special ceremony grew around it. The habit of drinking tea is the only purely Asian custom which commands universal interest. Through it, the East and West have met — in a teacup!

Its introduction had a charming influence on our Western culture, even though a great deal of smuggling and piracy helped to bring it about. Discriminating Chinese taste insisted that tea should be drunk from porcelain; and this subsequently had a tremendous effect on world trade and the voyages of clipper ships. Art, politics, and religion were all involved. 

All this mystery and adventure stirred up many superstitions. Even today, some tea companies attach a little saying to each tea bag, such as: "to stir tea in the pot is to stir up strife."

"Floating tea leaves mean 'watch for strangers coming.' To tell the gender and the day of arrival, put them on the back of one hand and tap the hand with the other until they adhere — each tap is one day — and if they are soft leaves, it is a woman; if hard, a man."Fortune-telling from tea leaves is not solely a gypsy custom. Many people have read meanings into the shapes and groups of leaves that form in the bottom of the cup — how accurately is, of course, another matter...’’ - from Table Settings, Entertaining and Etiquette; A History and Guide

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Planning Our 125th Celebrations

Yes we are, Violet! We took some time off, while we’re planning the Graber Olive House’s 125th anniversary celebrations , but we’ll soon be back. Our newest Traditions and Tea schedule (including some Downton Abbey themed teas) will be up later this month on the blog. We have some great talks planned for our 125th year, so check back with us to reserve a spot!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Gloves and Glove Etiquette

New glove fashions for Spring of 1929 and a blog post on glove etiquette, compiled from numerous etiquette authorities 

The prices were most likely comparable to 2019’s, even though this advertisement is 90 years old. The “Highboy” below, from the same newspaper, seems a bit pricey, but is most likely comparable to a modern day “radio receiver” or “mobile phone.”

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

19th C. Napkin Folding

Two napkin folds for the 19th Century housewife to try on her table– the Rose and the Star– from Mrs. Beeton

Entertaining and food ideas from Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management, first published in 1861

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

1920’s Advertising for Mothers

I love to see what life was like for women during Georgia Belle Graber’s days as a mother of young children. I wonder if she used Lydia’s E. Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound. The adverts for the elixir were found in all of the local and larger newspapers.