Dolly & Me Tea

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:

Sandy’s Tuesday Teatime at Rose Chintz Cottage
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Kathryn’s Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Ruth at Antiques & Teacups Tuesday Cuppa Tea

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at and blogs at


  1. What a lovely fund raiser … all those beautiful tea cups and tea pots. All the lovely ladies … young and old … and teddy bears! Wonderful! Happy Tea Day!

  2. Looks like such a fun time! I did this once for my daughter when she was only 7 and they had a wonderful time.
    Love Tasha Tudor! Do you own any of her DVDs? My favorite is her Christmas one, but both inspire me when I’m feeling listless.


  3. I love seeing you in costume Kathryn and I’ll bet the little girls will remember the event for a long time.
    Everything is so pretty and decorated, I feel like I was there with your photos.

  4. What a marvelous post Kathy…you must have had so much fun! The teacups are lovely and what wonderful settings. It looks like everyone thoroughly enjoyed it! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  5. Hi Kathryn, thank you much for stopping by my blog. What a sweet tea you had, those little girls look so darling. I also love the tea cup pieces, beautiful.

  6. This looks like the MOST delight-full time! Makes me want to put on my *pretties* and grab Snippy (my stuffed elephant that I got when I was 1) and come on over for a spot of tea.

    Isn’t it fun how we girls just love getting dressed up?!

    And, the icing on the tea cakes? It’s all for a good cause.


  7. Oh my, what fun you had! I love your frock, Kathy! You must have the most fun of anyone I know in blogland. Those little ladies just had the best time, I know and oh goodness, those tea treats looked amazing. So happy you could join me for tea this week. Thanks for sharing with us.


  8. The dresses are amazing and the teacups so delicate!

  9. Hello Kathryn,
    This is just so delightful! You look beautiful. And the clubhouse too! lol! What a fun way to celebrate.
    I am sure they were thrilled with you and your storytelling.
    Your outfit is gorgeous! You are so lucky you have so many reasons to dress up : )

  10. I just have to tell you how much I love visiting you each week. You always show us such amazing things. I love the lamp at the top of the post. You lead a full life. Thank you so much for letting us be a part of it. Blessings, Martha

  11. Hi again, thanks for getting back to me.
    It is really good to be back blogging and working with my hands again. The past few years have been a lot of ups and downs, which took a toll on my being inspired to create.
    It feels so refreshing to get back into it. Glad to see you’re keeping up with it all too!

  12. Oh how wonderful you made it all so very special – Loved seeing all their gorgeous faces!

    Hope all is well!


  13. Well, I’m late to this tea party, but I think the whole thing is utterly delightful! I would love to do something like this here.

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