A revival of social traditions of the past has led to the growing popularity of tea parties. Some of the indications of this trend is the increase of tea sales in the U.S and appearance of tea rooms throughout the country. While Jane Austen's books give us a mental picture of what the Victorian tea parties must have been like, we may need to adapt them to modern setting. Contemporary tea party idea must be such that they don't need a house full of staff to set up. One can have an elegant tea partycomplete with a cozy ambiance, quiet conversation, and etiquette, without it being lavish, or time consuming. Tea parties are the perfect, yet unique way to celebrate many occasions, such as a retirement party, bridal or baby shower, a book reading, a birthday celebration, or even just to catch up with good friends.