Ladies and Dollies and Tea

I breathe a sigh of relief knowing winter surely is past and spring has come, when it’s time for the annual Dolly & Me Tea, sponsored by the Woman’s Club of Vineland


I look forward to my gig as Tea Mistress, bringing stories and a lesson in teatime etiquette to ladies and dollies and well loved stuffed animal friends. Spending an afternoon in splendid Victorian style decor–with no small amount of pink and lace and a plethora of stunning collector dolls–is restorative to one with an appetite for all good things and beauty!





With great delight I packed up my story bin with Mother Chicken’s Eggs, a few props, and a copy of Eric Carle’s, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I planned to use that tale as my first story–with interactive elements–teaching “butterfly manners at tea time.”


If you are familiar with this award winning picture book, a very hungry caterpillar makes a pig of himself with little to no table manners, before hiding away in his cocoon–exchanging his caterpillar ways for butterfly wings. The concept of a caterpillar hatching out to grow into greater things as a butterfly is a significant facet in the storyline of Mother Chicken’s Eggs: Growing into Greater Things, which I performed after our tea and treats.

But, before we served, it was important to discuss the care to be taken when handling fine china cups and saucers, the removal of white gloves before partaking, and the importance of never adding both lemon and cream to one cuppa. This, apparently, has been an issue in the past.


Thankfully, our very young ladies learned their teatime etiquette lessons well. No lemon cream teas were to be had this year.

However, there was a great deal of variety in tea treats. Traditional egg salad and cucumber sandwiches were complimented by elegant ham and orange marmalade with cream cheese. Delicious! Nutella with marshmallow fluff added a bit of sandwich sweet contrasted with roast beef and cheddar savory.


But, it was the scrumptious tier of sugar goodies that were tempting to one and all. Chocolate fudge, mini-cakes, tarts, lemon squares, and more were readily consumed with relish. A choice of black tea or chocolate milk were made available to meet the needs of taste buds young and old.


Young ladies were accompanied by their best dolly or stuffed animal and a loving mom or grandmom. But, special guests arrived in vintage teatime attire–a group of ladies from the Somewhere in Time Ladies’ Tea Society


Woman’s Club representative and coordinator of the event, June Lang, is a friend of mine, and a member of this group.


They plan monthly social events, dressing in vintage attire from the Victorian/Edwardian era, and visiting elegant gardens, restaurants, or tea houses, for a few hours of refined retreat.


I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with these kindred spirits, whom I’ve had the joy of connecting with on various occasions. We share a love of all things elegant, vintage, British, and period attire. And, of course–there must be photos to mark the occasion.


To be sure, a good and graceful time was had by all!

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Sharing Ladies and Dollies and Tea this week with:

Kathy’s Return to Loveliness at Delightsome Life

Martha’s Favorites Tea Cup Tuesday

Ruth’s Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups

Bernideens Friends Sharing Tea

Beverly’s Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound

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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. How very fun! I have seen girls and doll teas before, but I onlu had grandsons… 🙁 not that I don’t love them to pieces, but dolls and tea??? Naa-aah….The hungry Caterpillar was a favorite book when I taught kindergarten! That brought back memories! So glad the book tour is going well! Blessing, dear sister, and thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  2. Hi: I also love to see you all dressed up for a tea. Your group looks like it has so much fun. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

  3. I want to be there. I even have a guest that I would bring – my little stuffed elephant that I received as a gift when I was 1!! Snippy and I would promise to be on our best behavior!

    Thanks for sharing this precious event, and for regaling us with pictures galore. I loved every single moment!!


  4. I REALLY enjoyed your post today. So special to help the young ladies learn about tea time. And oh the “dollies.” As a collector of dolls I appreciate them. I even recognize one that I own as well.

  5. Oh, my! I can just imagine how much fun this must be. Pretty tea cups, too. Happy Tea Day!

  6. What a lot of fun. i loved every aspect of it and i’m sure the little ladies did as well.


  7. What a wonderful event and great pictures that show so many facets. I love the outfit you have on as well!

  8. What a joy it must have been to attend this event. I love the dolls, the hats, the dresses….everything. Thank you for sharing it with us.
    Blessings to you,

  9. So fun, and every detail so pretty.
    Glad you shared on pink saturday.
    Happy pinks!

  10. Never been to a party like this. Glad you let us attend through your lens.

  11. My goodness, such a beautiful and fun time! I have a brand new Kentucky Derby hat and I need to host a tea party. I so love them and I have so much tea related treasures. HPS and a beautiful post! Thanks for sharing, Enjoy your weekend.

  12. I am so happy I happened across your post today. What a delight. I love the dolls, the tea party and all its goodies, the vintage clothing. What a wonderful day. I love all your photos. Thank you so much for sharing.

  13. What a fun time ,Love the dolls I collect Annent Himstead dolls
    Your dresses are so nice. HPS

  14. What a well planned and executed event. Your photos really capture the event with style and elegance. Happy Pink Saturday!

  15. What a fun and fabulous time you ladies, all young at heart, had! The dollies are adorable and the treats look delectable. Love the frocks and hats! I have been away for a little bit but back now. Thanks for sharing, Kathy, and enjoy your day.


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