Frequently Asked Questions

What type of events can be hosted?

The options are endless! Here are just a few events perfect for The Tea Room:

- Wedding Reception
- Wedding Ceremony
- Business Conference
- Formal Dinner
- Fundraiser
- Cocktail Party
- Birthday Party
- Celebration of Life
- Wedding or Baby Shower
- Fraternity or Sorority Event
- Holiday Party
- Fashion Show
- Recital
- Prom
- Trade Show Exhibit

Can I take a tour?

Yes! We would love to walk you through the space and let you picture how perfect your event will be. To schedule a time, please email us at or call us at (515) 336-1317.

How do I get to The Tea Room?

The Tea Room is located on the sixth floor of the Wilkins Building at 713 Walnut Street in downtown Des Moines. For entrance to The Tea Room, enter the building at the northwest corner on the east side of 8th Street, halfway between Walnut and Locust. Take the elevator up to the sixth floor. If the doors are not unlocked, please call The Tea Room on the buzzer box to the left of the doors.

Skywalk access to The Tea Room can be arranged with management ahead of time. The skywalk entrance to The Tea Room is located in the Des Moines Partnership Building on the second floor of the Wilkins building.

Where can I park?

The 9th and Locust parking garage, as well as the 9th and Mulberry parking garage, are within walking distance of The Tea Room. Rates are $1 per hour (up to $10 per day) Monday through Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. and free on Sundays. Garages accept credit and debit cards only.

Street parking is free after 9:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and all day Sunday.

For valet parking for your event, contact Blake from Keck Parking at (515) 244-5355.

How do I book my event?

Please reach out to The Tea Room through We will contact you to begin the process of booking your event. Once we've confirmed your date is available, we will collect a 50% deposit to reserve your date.

How can I make my payments?

Once we've confirmed your date is available, we will collect a 50% deposit to reserve your date. A check is required for a deposit payment. 

The remaining 50% of the room rental cost plus a refundable damage deposit of $1,000 is due 30 days before the date of your event. Damage deposit can either be refunded or applied towards the final bill.

What is your cancellation policy?

If the reservation is canceled six months or more prior to the reserved date, 50% of the deposit is refundable (25% of the overall room rental cost). If the reservation is canceled within six months of the reserved date, the 50% deposit will be kept in full.

What is your alcohol policy?

The Tea Room has its own liquor license so we are able to serve your hosted drinks (beer and wine) as well as provide a cash bar that will serve mixed drinks, craft beers, and a large selection of wines. No outside alcohol allowed.

Can I bring in outside catering?

Absolutely! We welcome all caterers. Caterers are to provide their own service staff for meal service. While The Tea Room offers non-exclusivity of catering, caterers must be licensed in the state of Iowa. Before booking a caterer we recommend confirming with The Tea Room that your caterer is properly licensed.

Do you have a catering kitchen?

Yes! Your caterer of choice will find our kitchen is extraordinarily equipped and designed to prepare their finest meals possible for your special event.

Kitchen amenities include:

– Walk-in refrigerator
– Two-door freezer
– Vegetable preparation sink
– Six-burner range
– Two double-stacked convection ovens
– Three hot plate holding bays (accommodates up to 100 plates each bay)
– One hot food holding bay
– Speed racks
– Various prep tables and areas
– Plate warmer storage racks
– Ice bins with pushable drop-in roller carts
– Full dish pit with a high-temperature dishwasher and three-compartment sink

What are my d├ęcor options?

The Tea Room is designed in gray, black, and white tones along with gold accents. Whatever color you decide for your event will work in the Tea Room. Please note: We do not allow fire, including lit candles. Also, nothing can be affixed to the walls or ceilings.

Is there a bride and/or groom room?

Yes! Provided with your reservation of the Tea Room, the Rose Room is a secure, private space designed for the bridal party, band, or VIP guests. Two large windows and a 20-inch LED chandelier provide the perfect lighting for photos and makeup application. The Rose Room also has a bathroom and an area accommodating for a bride or speaker.

Do you allow animals?

The only animals allowed in The Tea Room are service animals.

Check availability and set up a tour today by emailing us at or calling (515) 336-1317.