“Downton Abbey” the movie releases Sept. 20 amid hype, soirees and authentic period tea parties.

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When the British Masterpiece Theatre series “Downton Abbey” debuted to Americans Jan. 9, 2011, it did not take long for “Yanks” to become hooked.

Fifty-two episodes later, and with a global viewership exceeding 100 million, “Downton Abbey” the movie releases Sept. 20 amid hype, soirees and authentic period tea parties.

Throughout the United States, in fact, Americans will be donning hats — and even authentic clothing from the 1910s and ’20s — to participate in true tea-time experiences.

Kathryn Sellers, a costume seamstress based in Franklin, North Carolina, said a cloche hat, white or cream gloves, Mary Jane shoes and a drop-waist-style dress are all appropriate for a Downton Abbey tea.

“Find a pair of gloves, online or in a relative’s things, and practice wearing them before the tea,” she advised.

Even though authentic early 20th century dress is encouraged, Jan Lantrip, who owns with her husband, Tim, The English Tea Room & Eatery in Covington, Louisiana, said anyone is welcome to a traditional tea in any attire.

“It’s just that to truly become transported to another time and place for a few hours, a costume enhances that experience,” she said. “It’s a sensory experience with the finest china, fresh flowers, starched linens and true British-style foods.”

The English Tea Room & Eatery is just one spot in the United States hosting traditional teas to celebrate the movie. Lantrip encourages individuals planning to attend teas to prepare by:  

• Learning tea etiquette, such as how to hold a cup, how to pour tea from a pot and how to stir.
• Learning why particular items are selected for a tiered plate stand, and which tier to eat from first, second and last.
• Understanding what types of teas are served, and why.

“Tea selection is very important,” said Lantrip, “and to be taken seriously. We create premium blends for loose tea in a pot, which is much better than tea from bags. The temperature is even important … the whole experience is a ritual, a tradition, a culture.”

Some tea rooms, such as Lantrip’s, offer etiquette classes, but there is also instruction on such sites as Twinings’ UK site, twinings.co.uk. Or, Lantrip suggested viewing “Downton Abbey” episodes and paying close attention to how the characters “take tea.”

She added, however, “People attending teas will enjoy the elegance, relaxation and respectability, regardless if they are prepared and in costume. It’s about enjoying a new experience.”