Frequently Asked Questions

Basic Questions

Q: Where is The Old Capitol Tea Room located?

A: The Old Capitol Tea Room is a privately owned home located at 501 N Capitol Avenue in historic downtown Corydon, Indiana.

Q: Is there a dress code? 

A: No. People use the tea events as an excuse to dress up. They are themed tea events after all. Costumes or dressing up is not required but always encouraged.

Q: Is the Tea Room a restaurant? 

A: No. The Tea Room is a privately owned residence and an over 100 year old historic home. The dining room and living room of the house are transformed for each tea event. The owners, Jeff and Carrie Ketterman live in the house and have operated the Tea Room out of their home since May of 2016. Therefore The Old Capitol Tea Room is not a traditional restaurant that is able to have regular hours every day of the week. Being an actual home and requiring advanced planning for seating and catering, the Tea Room is not open daily but for special events and private parties.

Q: How much are tickets? 

A: Tickets are an all inclusive $25/person (kids and adults). The ticket includes our sweet and savory tea tray, selection of teas, and tax. All ticket sales are final upon purchase. No exceptions. 

*Murder Mystery Tickets are $30/person. Tickets must be purchased in advance and include a heavy appetizer buffet, teas, and the interactive murder mystery show.  

Q: Is the Tea Room handicapped accessible? 

A: No. The Old Capitol Tea Room is a private residence that is a registered historic home so no changes can be made structurally to the front of the house and grounds. 

Q: When is the Tea Room open?

A: The Tea Room is NOT open daily. We operate out of our historic home in downtown Corydon and host themed events as well as private parties for groups of 10 or more. 

Q: Is The Old Capitol Tea Room open for walk-ins?

A: No. We are not open for walk-ins because all of the food for the tea room is prepared by our caterers and requires at least a week's notice to order and pick up, therefore we are not able to seat walk-ins. 

Q:How many does The Old Capitol Tea Room Seat?

A: We can seat up to 32 people comfortably between our two rooms that make up The Old Capitol Tea Room. 

Q: Where is parking for The Old Capitol Tea Room?

A: There is parking along the front of the house on Capitol Avenue but be mindful of the yellow line that prohibits parking towards High Street. There is also parking along the side of the house on High Street. 
 

Q:Where do I enter the Tea Room? 

A: You will enter and check in at the front of the house off of Capitol Avenue. We have a sun room entrance that acts as our check in area. Please wait to check in and be seated. For a private party, you may enter the main front door.

Q: When should I arrive for tea?

A: Most of our themed events are at 3 pm, 7pm, or 8pm (Murder Mystery Events) and we open the doors 10 minutes prior to each event.  

Q: When is tea served?

A: Our themed teas are typically served at 3pm or 7pm. Doors open 10 minutes prior to the event start time. Private Parties can be served as early as 1pm and as late as 3pm. We cannot allow guests to enter earlier than 10 minutes prior to the start time. 

Reservations

Q: How do I make reservations?

A: We have several options for making reservations at the Tea Room for our themed events. 

By phone: You can call us at (812) 734-0076 and leave a voicemail with your name, number, email, and how many tickets you would like, and for which tea you would like to attend. We will call you back to process payment and confirm your reservation.

By email: You can also send us an email with your name, phone number, and how many tickets you would like for which tea. 
By Facebook message: You can also send us a message via our page, The Old Capitol Tea Room. 

Q: Are tickets prepaid?

A: Yes. When you make your reservation for the Tea Room, we take payment for the tickets over the phone via credit card or by sending an invoice using PayPal or Venmo. Tickets are final sale upon purchase and must be purchased to confirm reservations. No tickets are sold at the door. 

Q: How much are tickets?

A: Tickets are a prepaid all-inclusive $25/person both kids and adults. The ticket includes our sweet and savory tea tray, teas, and tax. 

Themed Teas 

Q: What are some of the themed teas and how can I find more information about when they happen?

A: In the past, we have hosted such themed teas as Mad Hatter's Tea, Sing-Along Tea with Mary Poppins, Downton Abbey Tea, Story Time with the Grinch and other seasonal/holiday themes. All of our events are posted on our Facebook page, The Old Capitol Tea Room.

Q: How can I stay up to date with the next themed tea?

A: Our tea events tend to sell very quickly so the best way to stay in touch is to make sure you are following our Facebook page. Tickets are sold on a first come first serve basis. The Old Capitol Tea Room Facebook is where all of our events are posted and information about each event and ticket updates are shared. 

Q: Do I need a minimum to attend a themed tea?

A: No. Our themed teas do no require a group of 10 or more to attend. We do need to have at least 10 people to open the Tea Room for each event. If for some reason we do not reach that amount, you will be notified and refunded if there is a cancellation of the themed tea. We are not able to seat single tickets as our tables are for groups of 2 or more. 

Q: What ages can attend teas?

A: We suggest ages of 4 years old and up for attending tea parties. 

Tickets 

Q: How much are tickets to the Tea Room?
A: Tickets are $25/person for our themed teas and for private parties. They are an all inclusive pre-paid fee that includes the tea tray, teas, and tax. 

*Murder Mystery Teas are $30/person. 

Q: Why are the teas prepaid?

A: Being that we are operating out of our historic home, we do not prepare any of the food at the house. Due to health code regulations, all of the food for the Tea Room must be catered and therefore we are not able to add or have any cancellations once the tickets have been purchased. 

Q: What if I can no longer attend a themed tea?
A: All ticket sales are final upon purchase. No exceptions. We have a no cancellation policy once the tickets have been purchased. If you are unable to attend the tea after you have purchased the tickets, it is your responsibility. You are welcome to send someone else in your place or incur the cost of the ticket(s). Just have the person(s) attending check in under the name the tickets were originally purchased with. 

Q: Are ticket sales final?

A: Yes. We have very limited seating and are a small operation of two staff members. In addition to having to purchase the food in advance and plan for seating, we cannot refund any tickets that have already been sold. 

Q: What is served at The Old Capitol Tea Room?

A: With none of the food being prepared at the house, all food is catered. We serve a sweet and savory tea tray which is a sampler of traditional bite size afternoon tea treats such as scones, finger sandwiches, and desserts. 

Q: Is there a kids menu? 

A: No. We do not have a kid's menu or kid's price for the teas. If your child is under the age of 4, they may share one of the adult's tea trays but we do not have a separate children's menu. 

Q: Is there a gluten free menu?

A: No. Unfortunately we are limited on what we can offer as all of the food for the tea room is catered  and we operate with one main menu for our teas. Being a traditional style tea room, that menu is primarily tea sandwiches and sweets and the majority not gluten free. 

Private Parties

Q: How many people do I need to book a private party?

A: We require at least a group of 10 to book a private party. If you have less than 10 but would like to host a private party, payment for 10 people must be submitted to fulfill our minimum catering order.

Q: When can I book a private party? 

A: Private parties are based on availability of the house but can be scheduled weekday or weekends. We typically schedule teas between 1pm-3pm.

Q:How do I book a private party?

A: To book a private party, message via our Facebook page, The Old Capitol Tear Room or by email at theoldcapitoltearoom@gmail.com. Please send your desired dates(s) and number of people attending. We will check your desired dates with our calendar and confirm your booking. 

Q: What kind of private parties does the tea room host?

A: We host baby showers, bridal showers, birthday parties, book clubs, company meetings, church groups, and other special occasions. 

Q: Is there a deposit to book the Tea Room for a private party? 

A: No. We do not require a deposit to book the Tea Room. We require a final headcount and payment submitted for that final headcount one week prior to the tea event. Once final number is submitted all payments are final for catering purposes. 

Q: What if I have a cancellation after I've booked my private party? 

A: To fulfill our catering requirements, we must have at least 10 paying guests to place our catering order. If you have a cancellation, it is your responsibility to either fill the seat or we can box up the remaining tea trays for your party as a to go order. We cannot take food back to our caterers once the final headcount and payment has been submitted. Once food is ordered and purchased all transactions are final. No exceptions. 

Q: Can I bring outside food to my private party?

A: No. Due to health code regulations we are not allowed to have outside food brought into the tea room. We can, however allow special occasion cakes if from a bakery.

Q: Can I decorate for my private party? 

A: Yes. We frequently set up a gift table for such occasions as bridal showers or baby showers that you may decorate as you wish. You may also bring other decorations and items such as balloons or table decor. The tea room is always decorated in a vintage style so decor is not necessarily needed. 

Q: Is there entertainment at a private party?

A: No. A private party is a booking for your own group to have a tea party. Your group will be the only private party booked at the tea room. 

Q: Do you have kids birthday parties? 

A: Yes. We do have kids birthday parties, ages 4 and up, but we do not have a kids menu. We do have the option of choosing just desserts for $15/child or the full sweet & savory tea tray for $25/child. We also have the option to book a character(s) for your child's birthday party. We currently offer single character bookings of Alice (Alice in Wonderland), Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Mary Poppins, Rapunzel, or Snow White for an additional fee of $80. You can also book two characters for your child's tea party for an additional fee of $160. We currently offer Alice & the Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins & Bert, Belle & the Beast, and Captain Hook & Wendy.

Q: How long are private parties?

A: Private parties are booked for 2 hours. If more time is needed, additional time can be arranged at a cost of $100/hr. 

*If you still need more information that we have not answered, please feel free to send a message via The Old Capitol Tea Room Facebook page or by email at theoldcapitoltearoom@gmail.com

 

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