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.

Course Requirements

At least a high school reading and writing educational level is required.

Course Topics


Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2: History of Tea

Lesson 3: Party Planning

Lesson 4: Logistics

Lesson 5: Types of Tea

Lesson 6: Selecting Teas and Planning the Food

Lesson 7: Savory Menu Ideas

Lesson 8: Sweet Menu Ideas

Lesson 9: Service

Lesson 10: Tea Etiquette

Lesson 11: Tea Parties for Kids

Lesson 12: Tea Parties for Adults

Course Materials

All course materials will be online and no outside purchases will be required.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz. Some of the lessons will also include an assignment. Students will successfully complete this course with an overall average of 70% or higher.

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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Quiz10
Lesson 2 Quiz10
Lesson 3 Quiz10
Lesson 4 Quiz10
Lesson 5 Assignment2
Lesson 5 Quiz10
Lesson 6 Assignment2
Lesson 6 Quiz10
Lesson 7 Quiz10
Lesson 8 Assignment1
Lesson 8 Quiz10
Lesson 9 Quiz10
Lesson 10 Assignment2
Lesson 10 Quiz10
Lesson 11 Quiz10
Lesson 12 Quiz10
The Final Exam31
Total Points:159

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