Experience the Ultimate Afternoon Tea Presented by Etiquette Etiquette

At The Historic Willard

Indulge in the timeless elegance of the Afternoon Tea Academy, where etiquette meets exquisite taste. Join us at the iconic institution, The Historic Willard, a cherished destination that has welcomed countless U.S. presidents since 1853. Located in the heart of our nation's capital, just two blocks from the White House, this is the perfect setting to immerse yourself in the regal tradition of afternoon tea.

Renowned as one of the top ten places to indulge in "Afternoon Tea like a royal" by the Travel Channel, Willard InterContinental stands as the premier venue for afternoon tea in Washington, D.C. Step into the opulent Peacock Alley and prepare to be enchanted. Here, you will be treated to a lavish selection of the finest estate and boutique blended loose leaf teas curated by the esteemed J'enwey Tea Company. Delight in savory finger sandwiches, decadent pastries, and the irresistible aroma of Willard's famous freshly baked scones.

Join us at Afternoon Tea Academy and embark on a journey of refined taste, gracious hospitality, and unforgettable moments. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of Willard, where every sip and every bite is infused with a touch of elegance.

Reserve your place at the Afternoon Tea Academy today and create memories that will linger long after the last crumb is savored.


Etiquette Afternoon Tea Class at The Willard

"The Nest: A Historical Haven for Elegance

Step into the past and embrace the charm of The Nest, a space with a rich history that has been known by various names, including the Ladies Lounge dating back to 1901 and the old Tea Room. This enchanting setting at the Willard Hotel sets the stage for an unforgettable experience of refinement and sophistication during our etiquette afternoon tea class."


Etiquette Etiquette and Willard Intercontinental Washington, D.C. Partner to
Launch the Afternoon Tea Academy

Introducing the Afternoon Tea Academy - Elevating the Art of Afternoon Tea Etiquette

Immerse yourself in a refined experience as Karene A. Putney, CEO and founder of Etiquette Etiquette, joins hands with the esteemed Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C. to launch the exclusive Afternoon Tea Academy. Our partnership brings you a one-of-a-kind opportunity to participate in the captivating Afternoon Tea Etiquette Class, hosted by Karene herself.

Step into the timeless elegance of the historic Willard InterContinental, located in the heart of Washington, D.C., just blocks away from the White House. Renowned for hosting nearly every U.S. president since 1853, Willard InterContinental is the epitome of iconic distinction.

Discover the art of Afternoon Tea with Karene Putney, as she guides you through a live tea party etiquette tutorial during our afternoon tea classes. Delight in the enchanting ambiance of the renowned Peacock Alley, where Willard's traditional Afternoon Tea is served. Immerse yourself in the world of exceptional teas, handpicked from the finest estate and boutique blended loose leaf teas by the esteemed J'enwey Tea Company.

Indulge in a delectable array of savory finger sandwiches, irresistible pastries, and Willard's famous freshly baked scones. Experience the unparalleled joy of partaking in a tradition that has been recognized as one of the "Top Ten Places to Do 'Afternoon Tea like a Royal'" by the Travel Channel and awarded "Best Afternoon Tea" by Modern Luxury DC.

Join us at the Afternoon Tea Academy for an unforgettable journey into the refined world of Afternoon Tea, where etiquette meets indulgence, and every sip is a celebration of elegance.



Participants will experience

Indulge in a Regal Afternoon Tea Experience

Are you seeking a delightful, refined, and interactive afternoon affair? Look no further than our prestigious venue at the renowned Willard Hotel, where you can immerse yourself in a royal-like experience with the finest selection of teas. Join us for a captivating three-hour etiquette tea training led by Karene A. Putney, our esteemed founder, and certified etiquette trainer.

During our immersive session, you and your esteemed guests will embark on a journey of tea appreciation, exploring the vibrant history and customs surrounding tea, delectable cakes, mouthwatering scones, and delightful sandwiches. All of this occurs within the stylish and historic ambiance of our afternoon tea setting.

Whether you are a seasoned afternoon tea connoisseur or new to this exquisite tradition, our session is designed to equip you with the knowledge and confidence to navigate the intricacies of the tea table. Have you ever pondered the pronunciation of "scone" or the proper order of milk pouring? Leave your uncertainties behind, for this elegant and educational experience will provide you with all the answers, ensuring that etiquette becomes second nature.

Join us for an afternoon tea experience fit for royalty, where manners meet luxury, and your newfound knowledge will forever banish any tea-related worries.

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Unveiling the Art of Afternoon Tea

Discover the rich history of afternoon tea,

  • master napkin etiquette, and learn the art of preparing and layering scones.
  • Explore the proper way to hold your cup and saucer as you embark on a journey to deepen your understanding and appreciation of tea.
  • Delve into the world of table etiquette, engage in polite tea talk, and avoid common etiquette faux pas.
  • Enhance your poise with correct posture and learn how to handle spills gracefully.

What your Afternoon Tea Course will include:

  • Approximately 3 hours of training, including a refreshing 5-minute break halfway through

Upon completion of the course, participants will receive:

  • Certificate of Completion

Join us on this enchanting journey to elevate your afternoon tea experience and master the art of refined etiquette.

Space is Limited

For questions on registration, please email: [email protected] or call 866.556.5290

This course is held at The Willard Hotel.

Location: The Willard 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 2004, Two Blocks from The White House.

Your investment includes tuition, all taxes, formal afternoon tea, etiquette training, a book & certificate.  *The afternoon tea class price increases by $50 per person during the holiday season!

Group Discounts- 10% Off Party of 5 

Nonrefundable Tickets: Cancellation Policy - Flexibility for Your Convenience

We understand that circumstances may arise that prevent you from attending our events. While event tickets are nonrefundable, we offer the convenience of ticket transferability. If you cannot attend, kindly notify us at least seven days before the event's start date. This allows us to accommodate your needs by offering two options:

  1. Rescheduling for a Future Date: We would be delighted to assist you in rescheduling your attendance for a future event. Simply inform us of your preferred date, and we will make the necessary arrangements to ensure your continued enjoyment of our offerings.
  2. Transferring Tickets to Another Individual: If you cannot attend, you can transfer your tickets to someone else. Please provide us with the details of the individual who will be attending your place, and we will gladly make the necessary adjustments to accommodate their participation.

At Etiquette Etiquette, we strive to provide flexibility and exceptional service to our valued guests. Please get in touch with us regarding any changes or inquiries related to your event tickets.

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Afternoon Tea Instructor

Introducing Karene A. Putney - Your Afternoon Tea Instructor

"Nothing encapsulates the true spirit of Britain quite like an afternoon tea. Indulge yourself in a different way."

Step into a world of elegance and refinement with Karene A. Putney, your esteemed afternoon tea instructor. With great pleasure, Karene invites you to join her for a delightful experience of an elegant afternoon tea party course. This is the perfect opportunity to dress up, share smiles with friends, and immerse yourself in an atmosphere of timeless sophistication. The enchanting setting for this extraordinary experience is the Historic Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C., adding a touch of grandeur to your journey.

Karene A. Putney brings a wealth of expertise to the table. She is a certified and licensed business etiquette consultant and trainer specializing in intercultural etiquette and protocol. Furthermore, Karene is a personal development coach and a distinguished graduate of the Speaker Academy - The National Speakers Association, NSA–D.C. Speaker Academy.

With Karene as your guide, you can expect to receive top-notch training and guidance in the art of etiquette and personal development. She eagerly looks forward to welcoming you to this remarkable experience and is excited to share her knowledge with you.

Prepare yourself for an afternoon filled with grace, charm, and the timeless tradition of afternoon tea. Karene A. Putney is here to make your journey truly memorable.

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COVID-19 Guidelines for Your Visit:

We are excited to inform you that Washington, DC is open for business and eagerly awaits your arrival. As you plan your visit, we want to provide you with important information regarding COVID-19 guidelines:

Proof of Vaccination and Mask Policies: Washington, DC, generally does not require proof of vaccination or masks for visitors. However, we encourage you to check with individual establishments and venues regarding their specific COVID-19 protocols. Different businesses may have varying guidelines to prioritize their guests' health and safety.

Stay Informed: For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 guidelines and regulations in Washington, DC, we recommend visiting the official website of the DC government at coronavirus.dc.gov. This valuable resource will provide you with the latest information and guidance to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit to our nation's capital.

Your Well-being Matters: While Washington, DC is eager to welcome you, we kindly ask that you remain mindful of your well-being and the well-being of others during your visit. We encourage you to follow recommended health and safety practices, such as practicing good hand hygiene, maintaining social distancing when appropriate, and staying home if you are feeling unwell or displaying any symptoms of illness.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we navigate these challenging times together. We look forward to providing you with a memorable and enjoyable experience in Washington, DC. coronavirus.dc.gov.


Getting Here

Located in downtown Washington, D.C., two blocks from The White House and steps from the iconic monuments, memorials, and museums on the National Mall, Willard InterContinetal Washington, D.C., is easily accessible by many modes of transportation.

Parking Garage: Colonial Parking®

Parking at The Willard

  • Valet parking is available for all hotel guests 24 hours a day. 
  • Guests may call for their vehicle at least 20 minutes prior to departure
  • The overnight valet parking rate is $59.00 and includes unrestricted in and out privileges
  • The Willard garage vehicle height restriction is 6′ 5″
  • Motorcycles are permitted in the garage only if the hotel guest is staying overnight. Day parking for motorcycles is not available
  • All oversized vehicles, including buses, campers, RV’s, and cars with trailers, are not permitted in the garage. Please see alternative parking options available at Union Station.

Parking Rates

  • 0-2 Hours: $26
  • 2-4 Hours: $30
  • Max/All Day: $35

Address: 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20004

Phone number: (202) 628-9100

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We appreciate your understanding and willingness to participate in our promotional activities, as it allows us to showcase the engaging experiences and valuable insights our classes and events offer. If you have any concerns or questions regarding using your image, please get in touch with us.


Dress Code Guidelines for Afternoon Tea

We kindly request that guests adhere to the following dress code for our Afternoon Tea events:

Afternoon Tea Dress Code: Please dress in formal or "semi-formal" attire, combining elements of formal and informal styles.

To maintain an atmosphere of elegance and sophistication, we kindly ask that you refrain from wearing trainers, jeans, t-shirts, shorts, or sportswear. Gentlemen are encouraged to wear a collared shirt to complement the occasion.

Thank you for understanding and respecting our dress code guidelines. We appreciate your helping us create a refined ambiance for all our guests to enjoy.

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Join us for the Afternoon Tea Etiquette Class at the Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C.

Date: Sunday, September 24th, 2023 Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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The price for our Afternoon Tea Class may raise some questions about its value. Allow us to elaborate on the exceptional experience we offer and why it is worth every penny:

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          Party of Five = $850

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