Online Class: Tea Parties 101

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.

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Course Description

"Timeless Teas: Crafting Memorable Tea Parties"

Tea, one of the world's most ancient and cherished beverages, has for centuries been the nucleus around which countless memories, conversations, and social interactions have flourished. From the bustling tea houses in ancient China to the exquisite tea rooms of Victorian England, the culture of tea drinking has evolved and transcended boundaries. This online course seeks to immerse participants in the rich tapestry of tea traditions and guide them in orchestrating their very own unforgettable tea experiences.

Course Highlights:

  1. Journey Through Tea Time: Traverse the intricate annals of tea, from its discovery in ancient China to its influential role in global events such as the Boston Tea Party, and the iconic Japanese tea ceremony.

  2. The Art of Tea Selection: Unravel the world of teas – from aromatic Earl Greys and soothing chamomiles to the full-bodied Assams. Learn the nuances of selecting the right tea for the right occasion.

  3. Tea Etiquettes and Traditions: Dive deep into global tea-drinking rituals, understanding the nuanced etiquettes from various cultures – from the elegance of the English afternoon tea to the simplicity of the Tibetan butter tea.

  4. Menu Mastery: Whether you're envisioning a classic spread with scones and clotted cream, or envisioning innovative culinary creations, we provide a culinary roadmap. Explore delectable recipes, from dainty finger sandwiches to heartwarming quiches and pastries.

  5. Pairing Perfection: Just as wine connoisseurs value the art of pairing, tea aficionados recognize the importance of complementing teas with the perfect morsels. Delve into the science and art of tea pairing to elevate your tea party experience.

  6. Tailored Tea Events: Understand the flexibility of the tea party format. Be it an intimate brunch affair, a serene evening gathering, or a lively mid-afternoon festivity, we guide you in crafting tea parties suited to various moods, themes, and audiences.

  7. Decor and Ambience: Beyond just the brew and the bites, delve into the aesthetics of setting up a memorable tea ambience, replete with décor tips, music selections, and thematic ideas.

  8. Social Significance of Tea: Explore the tea-drinking habits of different cultures, and the social and political implications that this seemingly simple beverage has had on global history.

The beauty of a tea party lies not just in the beverage but in its power to adapt, evolve, and remain relevant across ages and cultures. A well-executed tea party can be an enchanting blend of tradition and innovation, elegance and comfort, conversation and contemplation.

Join us in this class where we'll not just sip on brews but steep ourselves in the timeless charm of tea traditions. Whether you're a novice to the world of teas or a seasoned connoisseur, this course promises to elevate your appreciation for this age-old elixir and empower you to host tea gatherings that will be cherished for years to come.

Course Motivation

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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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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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
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: 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
  • Assessment: 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
  • Assessment: 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
  • Assessment: 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. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: 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. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: 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
  • Assessment: 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. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: 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
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Quiz

Lesson 10: Tea Etiquette

The original purpose of etiquette was a focus on consideration for other people’s feelings and comfort. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: 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
  • Assessment: 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
  • Lesson discussions: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Quiz
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
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Learning Outcomes

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

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Course Title: Tea Parties 101
Course Number: 8900215
Lessons Rating: 4.7 / 5 Stars (874 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: September 2023
Course Type: 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
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "This was an extremely informative and beautiful course. The lessons I learned provide me the confidence to properly host tea parties. It also generated a lot of creative ideas that I can incorporate in doing so. The instructor was prompt in communicating with me and grading my exams." -- Pamela S.
  • "The online learning of this course exceptional and motivated my interest about teas and the proper setting, preparation, and food and tea selections and quality and quantity. My instructor very courtesy and professional, really knows how to give honest and clear feedback, structure and fair." -- Louise F.
  • "This course was fun, well organized and so informative! I enjoyed every lesson!" -- Carrye W.
  • "It was a very interesting and educative course. I learned a lot." -- Cristina G.
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