Today is the worldwide tea party hosted by ArtsyMama. Let's head on over and join the fun! Before we go, above is a photo of some tea related items from around my home. In addition to having fun crafting and creating and making dog treats, I'm an event planner and certified etiquette and protocol consultant at a university. Tapping into my tea etiquette knowledge I offer this tea lesson for your pleasure.
How to Hold a Tea Cup and Saucer
Place saucer in the palm of your left hand and allow it to rest on your four fingers (excluding thumb). Keep your fingers slightly spread apart for balance. Rest your thumb on the rim of the saucer and use it to steady the saucer. If you are left handed, just reverse.
Raising the pinky dates back to the eleventh century and is a sign of elitism (not a message we want to convey!) The proper way to hold a handled cup is with your index finger through the handle and thumb above. Your other fingers just follow the line of your other fingers.
The most important thing is to enjoy yourself and not get too caught up in the "proper" procedure. Just let things happen naturally.
I would take pictures of this but I'm at work right now! A wonderful source for all things tea and etiquette related is Tea and Etiquette Taking Tea for Business and Pleasure by Dorothea Johnson (a wonderful woman who I learned many, many things from).