Experience the Afternoon Tea Class Presented by Etiquette Etiquette

At The Historic Willard


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."

Featured Article by Tasting Table

Karene A. Putney of Etiquette Etiquette is honored to have been recognized and featured by Tasting Table in a prestigious article titled '12 Etiquette Rules to Enjoy Afternoon Tea Like a Royal.' This well-crafted piece includes insights from Karene herself, an expert Etiquette Instructor.

Discover the refined art of enjoying afternoon tea with a royal touch by delving into this featured article. Learn from the insights of Karene A. Putney on creating unforgettable and sophisticated tea moments.

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Discover the Unmatched Value of Etiquette Etiquette's Tea Class at The Willard

Elevate your experience with our exclusive Tea Class at The Willard. Here's why your investment is indeed worth it:

  1. Expert Guidance: Led by certified etiquette trainer Karene A. Putney, our class provides specialist guidance on tea traditions and dining etiquette. Benefit from Karene's wealth of knowledge, ensuring a comprehensive learning experience.
  2. Historic Ambiance: Immerse yourself in the stylish and historic ambiance of The Willard. Our class is set against the backdrop of this iconic hotel, enhancing the overall atmosphere and making your investment a unique and memorable occasion.
  3. Delectable Delights: Indulge in delicious cakes, scones, and sandwiches meticulously curated for our tea setting. Your investment includes learning and a delightful culinary experience, making it a well-rounded affair.
  4. Practical Skills: Beyond tea rituals, our class focuses on practical dining etiquette skills. Gain valuable skills beyond the class, enhancing your overall social grace.
  5. Confidence Building: Whether you're a seasoned tea enthusiast or new to this refined tradition, our class is designed to boost your confidence. Navigate the intricacies of the tea table with ease, making your investment in social refinement worthwhile.

Invest in an experience beyond the ordinary – join us for the Etiquette Tea Class at The Willard and let the unmatched value unfold.


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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
  • Afternoon Tea Course features: licensed etiquette trainer.
  • Table etiquette guidelines.
  • Willard afternoon tea service, assorted scone sandwiches, decadent treats, and unlimited tea.

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

Registration and Location:

For registration inquiries, email [email protected] or call 866.556.5290. The course is held at The Willard Hotel, located at 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, just two blocks from The White House.

Your Investment Includes:

Your investment covers tuition, all taxes, formal afternoon tea, etiquette training, a book, and a certificate. Group discounts of 10% are available for groups of 5.

Ticket Information:

Tea class fees are nonrefundable. In case of low enrollment, afternoon tea sessions may be rescheduled.

Ticket Transferability:

While tickets are nonrefundable, we offer the convenience of ticket transferability. Notify us at least seven days before the event's start date for two options:

Rescheduling for a Future Date:

Let us know your preferred date, and we'll make arrangements for your continued enjoyment.

Transferring Tickets to Another Individual:

Provide details of the individual taking your place, and we'll gladly accommodate their participation.

Flexibility and Service:

At Etiquette Etiquette, we aim to provide flexibility and exceptional service. Contact us for 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.



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″
  • 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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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.

Afternoon Tea Dress Code Recommendation

Discover the Advantages of Attending Our Afternoon Tea Class: Hear from Our Graduates!

Afternoon Tea Etiquette Class & Book Signing featuring Lailee McNair Bakhtiar

Afternoon Tea etiquette class at the prestigious Willard InterContinental Washington DC, featuring a special appearance by renowned poet Lailee McNair Bakhtiar. This unique event combines the art of tea etiquette with the charm of poetry, offering an unforgettable experience for all attendees.

  • Date: Sunday, July 28th, 2024

  • Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Location: The Nest, Willard InterContinental Washington DC

Event Highlights:

Poetry Reading: Enjoy a captivating session of poetry by Lailee McNair Bakhtiar.
Book Signing: Lailee McNair Bakhtiar will be available to sign copies of her latest book.

Registration Details:

Join us for an delightful afternoon on Sunday, July 28th, 2024, at the prestigious Willard InterContinental Washington DC! Etiquette Etiquette is excited to present an exclusive Afternoon Tea etiquette class featuring the renowned poet Lailee McNair Bakhtiar. Delight in Lailee's captivating poetry reading and book signing, all while enjoying a refined tea session. Reserve your spot for just $20 per person, and take advantage of our pre-order special to secure Lailee's book at an exclusive rate. Don't miss this unique collaboration that promises elegance, inspiration, and unforgettable moments. Secure your place now and be part of this extraordinary event!

Afternoon Tea Etiquette Class & Book Signing

Featuring Lailee McNair Bakhtiar

Price: $25 per person
Includes tea session and poetry reading

Book Special:
$20 onsite, Accepted form of payment: Cash - Zella Venmo 
Pre-order for $20
Reserve your book by emailing [email protected]

Register Now to Secure Your Spot!

Don’t miss this opportunity to refine your tea etiquette skills in the company of a celebrated literary figure. We look forward to welcoming you to a delightful afternoon of culture and elegance!

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Join us for the Afternoon Tea Etiquette Class, which offers valuable dining etiquette training. Hosted by Etiquette Etiquette at the Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C.

Date: Sunday, July 28th, 2024 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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