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Start Your Own Tea Party Hostess One-on-One 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. This two day personal one-on-one seminar combines classroom with hands-on experience.

This one-on-one seminar is is perfect for people who would like more individual training. Seminars may be tailored to your specific needs or business concept.

Tuition includes:

  • 2 days of classes

  • Hands-on training at a tea party

  • Class Certificate

  • Local transportation in the Quincy area

  • Dinner at a Quincy restaurant on Day 1

  • Future phone and/or email consultations with Susan Asher


Susan will mutually arrange a seminar date with you scheduled around a previously booked tea party in the Quincy area.


Air, rail and bus service is available to Quincy. If traveling by auto, Quincy is approximately 2 hours north of St Louis or 5 hours south of Chicago.


There are many wonderful Hotels and Motels in the Quincy Area including Stoney Creek Inn, The Holiday Inn, Fairfield Inn, and the Comfort Inn.


  • $649 per person which includes a copy of the manual “How to Start Your Own Tea Party Hostess.” The manual is required for the seminar.

  • $450 per person if you have previously purchased the above manual. Please bring your manual to the seminar.

  • Tuition does not include lodging, travel and other incidental costs.


No tuition deposit is required but payment in full is required by the start of the seminar. Manual must be ordered and paid for prior to the seminar.

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

  • An introduction to tea, including the types of tea, the history of tea and tea parties

  • Why have a tea party?

  • What is a Professional Tea Party Hostess?

  • Starting your business

  • Market analysis

  • Developing your prices

  • Business and government contacts

  • Startup materials and cost estimates

  • Insurance

  • Kitchen utensils, place settings and service ware

  • Dry goods

  • Office & business supplies

  • Developing your business plan

  • Hosting a tea party

  • Foods to serve at an afternoon tea

  • Menus

  • Recipes

  • Table settings and decorations

  • Tea party etiquette

  • Tea talk outline

  • Getting organized for a tea party

  • Booking a party, including examples of booking worksheets

  • Booking contracts, including examples of contracts

  • Timelines for party preparations

  • Shopping and packing lists

  • Advertising, promotional ideas and press releases

  • Finances and taxes

  • Financial records and record-keeping

  • Profit/loss analysis

Day 2:

Day two features a hands-on tea party luncheon held in the Quincy area. You will work an actual tea party from start to finish and learn time saving techniques and how to prepare the perfect pot of tea, scones, tasty finger sandwiches, savories, and desserts.

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