Little girls . . . dollies . . . teddy bears . . . and tea . . . A perfect combination!
|Tasha Tudor Illustration|
Miss Kathy was delighted to enjoy a room full of such ingredients – and more – at the first annual Dolly & Me Tea sponsored by the Woman’s Club of Vineland as a fundraiser for Family Promise – an organization that provides shelter and essentials for homeless families.
My friend – and president of the Woman’s Club this past year, June Lang – coordinated the affair with a very enthusiastic staff of volunteers, transforming their clubhouse into a Victorian inspired tea parlor!
The tables were set with some of the loveliest china teacups and saucers – and vintage place-cards that had been stowed away in a cabinet awaiting this day since the 1950’s!
|Old Country Roses Pattern – a personal favorite!|
A plethora of teapots lined up like good little soldiers in the kitchen . . .
While the three tiered, floral decked servers were prepared with all manner of delicious tea sandwiches, cookies, and cakes!
A sunshiny day provided the perfect weather for a steady stream of dressy little girls and their moms – and grandmoms – to be welcomed and escorted to their table. Each brought a “guest of honor” – their favorite doll or stuffed animal friend.
From the tiniest little palm-sized kitty-cat . . .
To the biggest, floppiest bunny . . .
To the most proper of American Girl Dolls sitting very mannerly in her chair . . .
And, look who came with her grand-daughter – Linda, a local blogging friend at Grandmalay’s Day Dreams (far left)! It was Linda who – in this very clubhouse – first encouraged me to blog over two years ago! Her few tips on how to get started – got me started – and I’ve never looked back!
Tea and treats were served and duly devoured by all!
But, not before Miss Kathy shared some important tips about teatime etiquette through story . . .
There were plenty of opportunities for picture taking . . .
And, even our little ladies got into the game as amateur photographers!
After drinking tea and eating treats to our fill – and some Miss Kathy stories – Miss June instructed each little lady in a craft to make a teatime bead necklace as a keepsake of the special day.
The event was a great success and the Woman’s Club was able to award a generous check to the Family Promise charity in the end – with hopes to make this an annual event!
Oh! I hope they invite Miss Kathy to come tell teatime stories again!!
Sharing Dolly & Me Tea this week with: