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Start Your Own Tea Party Hostess Business Seminar

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2005; June 2006; October 2006 ; Summer 2007 ; Summer 2008

Join Susan Asher in beautiful, historic Quincy, Illinois and learn how you can start your own tea party hostess business. Susan has developed a 2-day training program to help get you started on your tea adventure.

Dates: TBA

One-on-One Tea Seminars

If you're unable to come to the scheduled classes, please see our One-on-One Tea Seminar!

We will start at 8:30am on Day 1 and end at 3:00pm on Day 2. The location is the Stoney Creek Inn in Quincy, Illinois. Class size is limited to 12 students, so please register early.

Tuition includes:

•  2 days of classes

•  Comprehensive training manual

•  Meet and Greet reception on Wednesday night, June 25th at Stoney Creek Inn

•  Dinner at a Quincy restaurant on Thursday night

•  Tea luncheon on Friday

•  Transportation to/from the Quincy airport or Quincy train station to/from Stoney Creek Inn

•  Class Certificate

•  Phone and/or email consultations with Susan Asher

The first day of the course will cover the following topics: 

  • Tea Definitions

  • Reasons for a Tea Party

  • What is a Professional Tea Party Hostess

  • Who You Should Contact and What You Need Before You Start

  • Kitchen Utensils, Place Settings and Service Ware

  • Dry Goods

  • Office & Business Supplies

  • Start-up Costs Estimates

  • How to Host a Tea Party

  • What to Serve at an Afternoon Tea

  • Menus

  • Recipes

  • Table Setting Ideas

  • Decorations

  • Tea Party Etiquette

  • Getting Organized for a Tea Party

  • Booking a Party (examples of booking worksheets)

  • Putting a Contract Together (contract examples)

  • Party Preparation Timeline

  • Shopping and Packing Lists

  • How to Analyze Your Market

  • Advertising and Promotional Ideas

  • Press Release example

  • Running Your Business

  • Business Plan Outline

  • Record Keeping (Profit/loss worksheet)

  • What to Charge

  • Tea Talk Outline

  • Types of Tea, History of Tea and Tea Parties

Day two of the training program will be a hands-on cooking class and tea luncheon held in downtown historic Quincy. You will enjoy a full 3-course afternoon tea while you learn how to prepare the perfect pot of tea, scones, and time saving, tasty finger sandwiches, savories, and desserts.


$649 per person, which includes a copy of the manual "How to Start Your Own Tea Party Hostess."
** This manual is required for the seminar.

For persons who have already purchased the manual, tuition is $450 per person. Please bring your manual to the seminar.

A non-refundable $100 deposit is required to hold your reservation. Payment in full is required 30 days prior to seminar start date.

**Lodging and other travel costs are NOT included.

Quincy, Illinois is easily accessible by air, rail or car.

Stoney Creek Inn has blocked rooms for the seminar at very reasonable rates. You can make your reservation by calling 217-223-2255. Please mention the tea seminar to get the special room rates.

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