During the colonial era, tea was such a popular drink for the wealthy. The taste of tea was soothing, many could not get their hands off of it. There was an issue during the late 1770s, where tea was now being taxed heavily on consumers. Many people were angry and decided that something had to be done, and so the Boston Tea Party was established. According to the history of the Boston Tea Party, more than 300 cases of tea were thrown in the ocean. This eventually resulted in the lifting of the of the tea tax.
During the 1900s tea was essential in a wealthy household. When a guest would come, tea was the first beverage that was offered to each guest. Similarly, to Clare when she offered Gertrude and Irene tea when they were in her house. Tea parties were very common during this time. Since white females were not allowed to work, they spent their time either doing domesticated work, shopping or simply having tea parties. For every tea party, each person attending would dress up in fancy clothing. For example, wear a fancy hat, dress, and white gloves. Unfortunately, those of the lower class were excluded from these social gatherings because of their low income and race.
“Mrs. G.G. Haines, Dressing Room Tea Party.” MCNY Collections Portal, collections.mcny.org/Collection/Mrs.%20G.G.%20Haines,%20Dressing%20Room%20Tea%20Party.-2F3XC5OPA_U.html.