Forget the image of a pinkie-in-the-air affair. Today's tea party gives a nod to tradition but erases the rules. Mismatched china and hand-painted linens loosen the mood, and a tea cart (scrolled and gilded, inlaid or drop-leaf) serves as a delicious focal point. Hand-painted trays call for stacks of crustless cucumber sandwiches, or scones with jam and clotted cream. You might want to raise your pinkie just the slightest bit after all.
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