Online Class: Tea Parties 101


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Course Description

The simple words "tea party" can conjure a variety of different mental images: Alice in Wonderland, Teddy Bear Tea, a bunch of older women in floral dresses wearing gloves…each person probably has a different idea of what a tea party is, which is one of the great benefits of hosting a tea party: you can adapt it to suit any type of crowd, any budget, and any tastes.

Tea parties generally happen in between meals. The most common time frame is between 3-5 pm, but there's no reason you couldn't have a brunch tea or a dinner tea. In fact, the tradition known as "high tea" is actually just a simple dinner that was once common of miners and factory workers when they came home at the end of the day.

The menu at your tea party can include simple scones and sweets, or you can get creative with finger sandwiches and quiches, or even serve a full, simple meal--depending on the occasion, time of day, and how hungry your guests are likely to be.

This course will provide an introduction to the vast array of teas, the history of tea and tea parties, and the surprising social and political impact of this simple beverage. It will also provide tips for planning your own tea party, including food suggestions, tea-pairing ideas, and tips for tailoring your event to the intended audience and budget.

Tea parties are often stereotyped as women's events, but there is no reason men can't attend or host a tea party. However, if you do host a mixed-company tea party, it is probably wise to avoid overdosing on frills like lace doilies, chintz chair cushions and finger sandwiches cut in the shape of fluffy bunnies. 

Food preparation at a tea party is usually very simple, featuring the kinds of items you can make ahead of time, like sliced fruit, simple sandwiches, cookies and sweets. The food can be served buffet style or passed on plates for a smaller group. Since the foods are small and easy to eat standing or sitting without a table, you don't have to worry about providing a proper table setting for each guest, which allows you to comfortably host a large or small number of people at your tea party. 

The scalability and simplicity of this type of party makes it an excellent choice for a wide variety of events from children's parties to bridal and baby showers and engagement parties, as well as birthdays, anniversaries, and even fundraisers. At one time, tea dances were quite popular, and they could still be a great occasion for teens and adults to dress up, practice their dance steps, and enjoy a light meal in the mid-afternoon.  

The advantages and disadvantages of tea parties

Tea parties can work with any size crowd and budget. You can have one friend join you for tea at home to catch up on her life story, or you can have 250 people come together for tea and sandwiches at a silent auction fundraiser. You can adjust the budget by changing the types of foods and teas that you serve, and how they are presented. To keep it inexpensive, make your own muffins, scones or cookies and serve with the cups and mugs you already own. If you have a large budget, you can have a caterer prepare all the food, and you can invest in attractive china and table linens. 

Tea parties can also be a great excuse to get dressed up. In an age when ties and dresses are, for many of us, a rare item indeed, a tea party is a great time to put on our finery. (We understand that, for some people, this may actually be a disadvantage). 

One obstacle that you will have to overcome if you host a tea party is perception that a tea is a women's event. If you are hosting an event that already tends to appeal to women more than men, like a baby shower, choosing a tea party theme will definitely reinforce the notion that it is a women's party, which is fine if that is your intent--but if you want the guys to come too, you would do well to make sure they are clearly included in the invitation, and make sure to include something that appeals to guys--or at least avoid making the invitations overly cutesy or lacy.

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Lesson 1: Introduction

This course will provide an introduction to the vast array of teas, the history of tea and tea parties, and the surprising social and political impact of this simple beverage. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Tea Party Ideas; How to Host an Afternoon Tea Party; Hosting an Afternoon Tea with Victorian Elegance
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Quiz

Lesson 2: History of Tea

Tea has been around for nearly 5,000 years since it was first discovered in Asia. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: The History of Tea
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Quiz

Lesson 3: Party Planning

The central purpose of most parties is to entertain guests, but you may also be celebrating a birthday, retirement or baby shower. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Punchbowl; Evite
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Quiz

Lesson 4: Logistics

Logistics is the art of getting everything where it needs to be by the time it needs to be there. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: Tea Party Recipes
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Quiz

Lesson 5: Types of Tea

All tea comes from the leaves of one type of plant: the camellia sinensis. However, the way these leaves are processed and blended, and the region of the world in which they are grown, produces an astounding variety of flavors. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: 6 Healthy Types of Tea; International Tea Drinks
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Quiz

Lesson 6: Selecting Teas and Planning the Food

With so many teas in the world, it can be a little overwhelming to decide what to serve for your tea party. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Quiz

Lesson 7: Savory Menu Ideas

Although it can be tempting to prepare 30 different types of snacks for your party, it will help keep costs down and simplify your preparation process if you select a handful of sweet and savory items, like two or three types of sandwiches, one type of qu 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Steps to Creating a Memorable Tea Party Menu; Tea Party Menus
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Quiz

Lesson 8: Sweet Menu Ideas

For cream teas or dessert teas for a small group, you need only select one or two options. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Bite-Sized Desserts
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Quiz

Lesson 9: Service

Planning the menu and preparing ahead are wonderful, but at some point you actually have to serve the food?generally at the same time you are also trying to entertain guests and resolve a million questions. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Videos: Serving Scones at a Tea Party; Making Little Party Sandwiches
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Quiz

Lesson 10: Tea Etiquette

The original purpose of etiquette was a focus on consideration for other people?s feelings and comfort. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Tea Party History and Etiquette; Drinking Tea the Proper Way
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Quiz

Lesson 11: Tea Parties for Kids

Your child?s party does not have to be elaborate or expensive to have fun. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Article: Kids Tea Party Ideas
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Quiz

Lesson 12: Tea Parties for Adults

Tea parties work quite well as business and networking events. As with any other meeting for busy adults, however, it is important to manage time well. 41 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Take Poll: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Quiz
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Total Course Points
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know the history of tea.
  • Describe party planning processes and logistics of doing a tea party.
  • Know types of tea, selecting teas, and planning the food.
  • Describe tea etiquette, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 

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Course Title: Tea Parties 101
Course Number: 8900215
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: How To (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.3 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cathleen Chouinard
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $75.00

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