Dolly & Me Tea: Part 3

Yet let’s be merry; we’ll have tea and toast;

Custards for supper, and an endless host

Of syllabubs and jellies and mincepies,

And other such ladylike luxuries.

― Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Compete Poems

Yes, there were plenty of “ladylike luxuries” being prepared in the Woman’s Club of Vineland clubhouse kitchen . . . 


In anticipation of fifty six guests coming to tea – not counting their companion dollies and stuffed animal friends! The Dolly & Me Tea 2014 was about to begin!


I shared some gorgeous teacups and place setting preparations of the event in Part 1 and Part 2 – but as I come to Part 3 I am late to posting due to the difficult job in choosing the photos to accompany the post. There are just too many wonderful shots of the actual event that I struggled to pare it down to the few I can feature here. Miss June and I greeted our little ladies at the door and each was escorted to their prepared tables. So many sweet little girls with special friends looking forward to an elegant afternoon!





Addy and her American Girl Doll were dressed in matching outfits!


Nicole and her mommy both brought stuffed bear friends!


I loved seeing a number of grandmas enjoying the event with their grand girls, too!


There was time for picture taking in front of the bride doll backdrop . . .


And, here I am with a three year old cutie-pie – the grand-baby of one of my dear friends from high school who attended.



The festivities began with Miss Kathy’s Teatime Etiquette Lesson where I explained what they could expect for their tea and treats, in addition to the proper way to drink from a teacup.


This was followed by a fun teatime story about manners at the tea table and polite conversation when ten little piggies descend upon a tea parlor shop and end up serving the tea mistress as the guest of honor! And yes – Martha – that’s the teacup I won in your recent Give-away. I took it to use as my own teacup at the event!


Soon, the star of the show was ready to make the grand entrance – three tiers of tea sandwiches, cakes and sweets were delivered to each table!


And, a host of teapots filled with perfectly steeped tea were poured into each cup.


What yum and fun our little ladies had tasting each and every goodie!




Even Miss Kathy had to sample a sandwich or two . . .


I was excited to share a second story – the framework of an upcoming illustrated publication that is part of my Fable Springs Parables picture books of which you shall know and see more in the months ahead. The working title of this fairy tale parody is Goldilocks and the Tea Bears. I narrated as our volunteer actresses mimicked in performance.



The grand finale of the event was the craft. Miss June demonstrated while each girl followed along to make a sweet ladybug bracelet from some lovely beads! Glam ensued.




The afternoon came to a close far too soon. But, before bidding adieu to our lovely little tea ladies, we posed for a group photo . . .


A standing ovation to Miss June and her committee for all the hard work and preparation they put into making this event such a success! The number of attendees almost doubled from last year. I hope to see all our girls back again in 2015!


The annual Dolly & Me Tea Party is one of the fundraising efforts sponsored by the Woman’s Club of Vineland to help various charitable causes. The monies raised from this event will be donated to the local chapter of Family Promise, an organization that assists homeless families in the area and helps them to get back on their feet after unfortunate circumstances strike.

I think I shall have to re-post this to my own Link-up this week – my monthly meme, All Things Bright and Beautiful, is open for “encore performance” posting of your best and brightest works from this past month.

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Do drop over and link up and visit some of the wonderful and inspiring posts featured this week HERE. And, when you do, I hope you have a cuppa tea by your side and perhaps a little friend by your side to share all the good reads with!

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Sharing Dolly & Me Tea: Part 3 this week with:

Kathy at Delightsome Life’s Return to Loveliness

Terri at Artful Affirmations Tea Cup Tuesday

Martha at Martha’s Favorites

Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideens Teatime Blog

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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. Oh my Kathy, this is a totally magical event! You have outdone yourself with the wonderful party of girls and dolls. Every little girl looks delighted to be there. The tea itself looks delicious, and the crafting is fab too. I am sure they were all delighted. I love that you dressed up! You look amazing!

  2. Kathy, what a wonderful event. You could tell by the smiles everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves!

  3. What a wonderful party that was! Wish I could have been there with my granddaughters! This fun event has become a favorite for big and little girls! Everybody looks so pretty! Everything looks scrumptious! What a beautiful job you and June did to make it so special! Love, Linda

  4. Kathy, what a wonderful time! This was my favorite of all three posts about the Tea Party. The little girls with their dollies (or bears) were too, too precious. It must have been such a magical time, an event to create a lifetime memory. And, the little ladybug bracelet as a remembrance – awww.

    Sometimes it’s just so fun to be a girl. Even if you’re all grown up.


  5. Susan K. says:

    I would absolutely love it if there was a Dolly& Me Tea for my granddaughters to attend! And you look so pretty in your yellow dress and hat! Now I’ll be hunting the thrift stores for something similar!

  6. This tea is fabulous! The girls looked like they were having such a wonderful time. The treats looks delicious, colorful, and fancy–the perfect combo 🙂

  7. What a delightful event and your dress is really lovely! Everything looks like a wonderful event!

  8. I just love every dot and tittle you have written here, and every picture to match. This sounds absolutely wonderful, and I really, really wish we did something like this here. I don’t have a little girl around the place, but I would so enjoy helping with it so I could go anyway.

    And aren’t you stunning in the yellow!!!

  9. Kathy, I wish I was a little girl there with the others, they look to be having the time of a lifetime. Wonderful idea, love the craft, the the American dolls, the girls look lovely and you look amazing. Every thing looks so delicious a wonderful idea for a tea party.

  10. This looks like such a wonderful event, Kathy – I know they’ll treasure these memories! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  11. Cynthia says:

    Kathy, these little ladies will never forget this. What a delightful afternoon it must have been for everyone. I have a little grand daughter who is just turning 3 and I cannot wait until she is old enough that we can do tea parties together. I love that you dressed up for them too!

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