Topic | How do you do a Tea Party?

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  • CJKJ

    I am going to be teaching a manners/etiquette class for K/1 and 2/3 grades this fall in our homeschool co-op.  The culmination of our class will be a tea party.  I am looking for a list of rules that are proper and not proper to do at a tea party (or in polite society in general.)   I feel very socially inept at times since I wasn’t taught proper manners as a child.

    Any help would be appreciated. 


    The Emily Post website is very helpful in all matters of etiquette.  Here is their homepage: Also, a good book is A Little Book of Manners for Girls by Emilie Barnes.  I hope that gives you some good information, a tea party sounds like a wonderful way to display all those excellent manners you will be helping them learn.  Have fun and please let us know how it goes!

    Rachel Smile


    Emilie Barnes actually has a little book called Let’s Have a Tea Party.  It’s full of great stuff, and we got it off Amazon fairly cheap.



    Thanks guys, the Emily Post website is great.  My library has the Tea Party book so I am in the process of getting it.


    I’m wondering if anyone here does tea on a regular basis and knows what would be a faux pas.  I remember reading one of my girls story books where a lady was teaching some girls how to have a proper tea.  There was a way to place the cup when you did not want more and certain things were impolite to do.  I’m not sure what book it was though.

    Betty Dickerson

    We have informal tea parties often here.  Just by holding china the children act more careful and considerate!  There are lots of books out there that make it fun.  But for that age, I would work on please and thank you, pouring for each other, passing the plate to each other, putting the napkin on your lap, not speaking too loudly, appropriate conversation, etc…

    Also, the American Girl movie Felicity has a scene with an etiquette class in it regarding tea parties.  Also, Lucy in Lion, Witch & Wardrobe (the newer one) has very good manners when having tea with Mr. Tummnus. 


    Hope this helps,


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