Hostessing a Tea is a fun, creative way to share Tapestry of Grace with your friends in the comfort of your home.
Invite a few of your friends over for tea (or coffee), and use your choice of our promotional flyers,
videos, sample week-plans, or other online aids to help you explain what Tapestry is and how it works.
When you share with friends in this way, it's win-win for both you and your friends. They get to hear about an award-winning
way to breathe new life into their homeschools, and you may receive cash benefits if they order
using your affiliate code. (See more on this on the tab above: "How do I benefit?")
If you would like to learn more about Tapestry itself, click here.
If you love the idea of sharing Tapestry, or have ever wanted to start a co-op in your area,
then hostessing a Tapestry Tea may be just right for you.
In this Tapestry Tea resource center, we offer a variety of aids from which you can choose the ones most helpful to you as a hostess.
Guest packets for easy printing (or you can order them already printed)
Short streaming video sessions that explain various aspects of the curriculum
Links to three-weeks samples of a year-plan and its supplements
Longer webinars that give specific homeschooling and co-op assistance
In order to get credit for being a hostess, make sure that you've signed up with our Affiliate Program.
(See more on this on the tab above: "How do I benefit?")
How do I hold a Tea?
Before you have your Tea,
sign up for our Tapestry Affiliate program (see the above tab: "How do I benefit?" for details).
As a hostess, think about the following questions:
Whom do you want to invite to your Tea?
Where in your home do you want to host the Tea?
Are there Tapestry assignments from your children that you'd like to show?
Prepare Guest Packets that contain brochures and flyers that guests can take home for further perusal. Items to include in your Packets are listed in the tab above called “What do I show my guests?” If you prefer to purchase these items, they are part of the Tapestry Tea Kits that you can purchase from the Lampstand Press Store.
Prepare for your Tea
by thinking through a few key details.
Consider your seating arrangements, especially if you plan to use a TV or computer monitor.
Will all the guests be able to see the screen?
What refreshments will you serve? Remember, keep it simple and neat—finger food is better
than gooey delights for this event!
You can also plan to set out some of your own Tapestry materials.
Remember to make your display manageable: this is not the time to overwhelm guests with all the fantastic
work your kids have done. Consider setting out only small samples of various aspects of the curriculum
to give guests the gist of how the curriculum works for your family, and emphasize that all families
implement Tapestry differently!
Plan to visit our website (or give us a call) to see what sales or specials we have available at the time of your Tea. This will be very valuable information to pass along to your guests.
Peruse the tab above called "What do I show my guests?" to see the resources available for your Tea.
During your Tea you have a good deal of flexibility in your demonstration and explanations.
However, we do have some specific recommendations:
Make sure to share your own experience with Tapestry!
Use some or all of the videos online (or on the purchased DVD) if practicable.
Briefly go through the Guest Packet, and let guests know that they
can take it home for further perusal.
Specifically highlight the curriculum supplements (Map Aids, Writing Aids, etc.)
and Bookshelf Central information in the catalog.
We encourage you to show your own copy of the curriculum, supplements, books Tapestry recommends,
and a few of your children's projects to the guests. This is a chance for them to get
a hands-on look at Tapestry!
You may want to highlight certain parts of our website that you've found helpful,
and show them the great support available at the Forum and at our Help Center.
Keep your talk short: no more than a half-hour is our strong recommendation.
Give guests a chance to ask questions and feel free to direct them to our friendly customer
service staff for anything you're not sure about. If your Tea is during the daytime, you could even
call us at 1-800-705-7487!
If any of your guests would like to make a purchase, encourage them to use the Buying Guide at our Store. This way, moms will not miss out on a supplement they will need later.
Make sure that your guests have your affiliate code, and remind them to use it when
placing their orders, so that you get credit. Your guests will want you to be rewarded
for your time and effort in letting them know about such a great homeschooling resource!
After the Tea you may also want to consider using the Follow-Up Links in your Tea Resource Center.
Many moms will want to talk to their husbands before making a buying decision,
and may have new questions after doing so.
Be sure to contact each guest at least once to make sure they understand the available options for Tapestry products and specials.
There is no time limit on guests' orders in terms of your affiliate credits,
so encourage them to take their time, and assure them that they can call you at any time.
What do I show my guests?
The idea is simple: We have provided a host of resources using various media.
Choose the ones that work best for you and your guests! During the half-hour that you talk,
simply share some of your own experiences, then use the brochures and videos provided below to
explain more detailed points. Most important of all: have fun!
Use these three-week samples of the Tapestry curriculum to access and print
as much of the content as you wish. Learn the benefits of Tapestry for your family by
working your way through these guided samples. You'll discover that there are also samples of the supplementary products: Map Aids, Writing Aids, Evaluations and Pop Quiz.