Generally when I go to a tea I dress up just a bit from my normal everyday style (jeans and a top) I’ll put on my black pants and try to wear something more interesting on top. I am not a hat person because a hat does not compliment me at all. My daughter Katie can wear any hat out there and look cute but not me!


We had tea at The Gilded Rose Manor Tea House for my mother’s 85th birthday on Saturday. I took a few photos of some pretty accessories they had around the tea room to share for “Dressed-To-A-Tea! This hat rack with the hats and boa’s was in the front entry.


This was something for a little girl to wear.


And some other pretty vintage children’s dresses.

More typically our Tea apparel is “to each his own” as you can see from the tea guests above. There are more pictures from my Mother’s birthday tea here.

This is my daughter Katie dressed for a Winter Tea with her vintage hat, gloves and pearls.

I’m hoping to be able to share a tea post with my daughter dressed for her Japanese Tea Ceremony class soon. She’s taking this class from the University of Washington and travels to a Japanese Tea-house in Seattle at the Arboretum each week for her instruction.

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Photobucket is holding all my photos from 2007-2015 hostage and they have blacked them all out. I’m slowly working at restoring my posts without their help. Such a tiresome bother!

About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

19 thoughts on “Dressed-To-A-Tea!

  1. Oh, how festive. I love all the hats and the vintage children’s dresses!

    Your daughter’s choice of black and white is both classic and dramatic. She travels to a Japanese Tea-house each week? What fun! Has she been to the Japanese Tea Gardens in San Francisco? I live in the Bay Area and have been there many times.

  2. Japaneses Tea Ceremony? What fun!

    The hats are great! At least to look at. Like you, I’m not a hat wearer. But it’s fun to see them on others, like our daughters.

  3. Japanese Tea Ceremony classes sounds very intriguing and fun.

    Your group of friends look very much like my group when we have tea, which is all too rare. It’s a shame that we don’t dress up a bit more. (I can’t wear a hat either, but I’m considering it for this week’s post.)

  4. Ohhh and awwwww — I don’t know where to start commenting! So many things want to spill out at once. Let’s start with your daughter’s class that takes her to Japan for Japanese Tea Ceremony. Wow! How wonderful. I’m wondering. . .what class would that be? A fantastic opportunity! She also looks lovely dressed for tea in her vintage attire. I enjoyed the beautiful tea room outfits as well. And the photo of the women who attended your mother’s 85th birthday tea is precious! Everyone is dressed perfectly. My philosophy is that ‘tea’ should be a part of our daily lives, thus dressing as we do daily is the best way to take tea. The dress up times are fun, but if we had to dress up every time we enjoyed tea we would never get around to having tea! Does that make sense? The tea room looks elegant and fun. Is it in California? Thanks for a great post! I enjoyed it so much and all the sharing you did. Be sure to keep us posted on your daughter’s Japanese Tea Ceremony. What an experience!


  5. Hello Ellen,
    It looks like you had a wonderful time for your mother’s 85th. The Tea Room looks darling also. I like the little hats above the vintage children’s clothing.
    Have you been to the Huntington Library? It may be a wonderful place for you and your daughter to visit if she comes out here. They have a beautiful Japanese Garden as well as an English Tea Room in the middle of the Rose Gardens.
    I hope you’re doing well.
    Cori G.

  6. Those little dresses are adorable!

    Look how lovely everyone looks at tea!

    Love the hat, of course, that Katie is wearing!

    I too look forward to more updates on her Japanese Tea Ceremony class!

  7. What fun ~ a birthday tea for a special lady! It looks like you all had a great time. Your daughter looks so pretty in her tea attire. The class on Japanese Tea Ceremony sounds so intriguing! You’ll have to give us a little glimpse into what it’s all about. Thank you for a very interesting and beautiful post!

    Have a wonderful week!

  8. Katie looks very chic in her tea time finery. What a neat bunch of photos and what a great way to celebrate your mom’s birthday.
    Blessings, Kim

  9. Ellen, You’re daughter looks divine in her tea attire! 🙂 That was such a nice idea for your mother’s B’day! Loved the vintage dress pictures you included! Thanks for sharing! ~Rhonda

  10. How wonderful that the tea place has all the hats and boas and such sweet dresses for little girls! I really enjoyed looking at all the vintage items. 🙂


  11. First off I have to say what a precious family portrait of all those lovely ladies! Ten years from now it won’t matter what you wore but who you were with and how you celebrated and it looks like you gals really did it up right!

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful goodies from the tea house. I think I’d like to have that ruffled pink hat hanging over those darling dresses!

    Thank you for sharing your celebration!

  12. Enjoyed seeing the lovely ladies of your family celebrating your mother’s 85th birthday! And Katie is beautiful dressed for her winter tea. I’m like everyone else, hoping you’ll share more about the Japanese Tea Ceremony after it takes place!

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