Friday, March 5, 2010

Receiving "T. I. P. S." in the Tea Gardens of England

Did you know how the term "tips" came about?  Small locked wooden boxes were placed on the tables through out the Tea Gardens in England.  Each box was carved with the letters
"T. I. P. S." which stood for "To Insure Prompt Service".  Guests were encouraged to drop a coin in the box on their table when the 
tea arrived hot and satisfactory.  Thus began the custom of "tipping".

I took this photo last summer..........

11 comments:

englishteacup said...

What a nice relaxing place to have tea

Southern Touch Catering said...

Oh, I love it! Thanks for the "tip"

ellen b. said...

Still love that garden tea scene! How very interesting about tips! Thanks for sharing...

KarenHarveyCox said...

What a lovely garden, and your tea is lovely. I never knew that about the word tips.

Karen

emilia. said...

Oh! So lovely! I'd love to have tea in the back yard. :)
Blessings,
Emily

[email protected] said...

What a beautiful place to have tea! Lovely!
Debbie

Marlena said...

What an absolutely cool idea with the tablecloths on the chairs. Great thing to do with ones that have "seen better days" You are so smart!

Carolyn said...

Hi Bernideen,
Very romantic garden tea! I never knew where tips all started.
Have a good weekend,
Carolyn

Lady Katherine said...

So lovely! I loved the info on the tip!
I also love my book I bought from your shop!
Thank you so much for the tea samples.
I'm doing much better, and now following my dreams!
I going to have fun and enjoy life!
I starting a meme on my blog for Tea Time Tuesday, wish you would join me sometime. For all your Teas are lovely!

Atelier de Charo said...

Tomar té al aire libre. Beautiful!!!
Hugs
Charo

La Tea Dah said...

What a beautiful scene --- and a lovely Easter header. Thanks for the TIPS history. I didn't know that before.

LaTeaDah