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The British Tea Formal is Tea for Troy’s first formal event this year. It will feature British tea, British food and dancing.
It will also honor the current leadership team, and inaugurate the new members of the club.
“It’s a way to showcase British tea and just to wrap things up,” said Ashley May, freshman broadcast journalism major from Gulf Shores.
Tea for Troy also collaborated with the Swing Dance club, and they gave the attendees a free dance lesson in preparation for the event.
The dress code for the event is black-tie for men, and cocktail dresses for women.
Tea for Troy is a branch of International Student Cultural Organization, and it does a lot of their events alongside ISCO because both of the organizations are international in scope.
“We’ve been planning the formal since the beginning of the semester,” said Paige Bartlett, a sophomore nursing major from Decatur.
“It’s the last hurrah for the semester.”
British tea parties began as an “afternoon tea” by Britain’s Anna, the Duchess of Bedford. She started doing this because she felt hungry in the afternoons, and at the time, it was typical to only eat breakfast and dinner.
Soon after she started having afternoon tea herself, she started to invite her friends, and thus a tradition began.
The British Tea Formal will be at 7 p.m. in the Arboretum tonight. There will be pickup at Pace Hall by bus at 6:45 p.m.
Tickets will cost $5 per person, and will be sold at the door.