It's All in the Wrist

Embellish a lace hand fan for use at our upcoming Victorian Secret Society Tea or when playing coy at a swanky soiree. 

We'll enjoy a convivial tea, then divulge a wee bit of history about "the language of the fan" while we craft. 

Friday, April 12, 2024


McKenna's Tea Cottage
237 Main Street, Seal Beach, CA . 562.431.0200
We'll be seated in their intimate private patio

$59.75 Includes sandwiches, tea, and scones, plus basic craft supplies. Amount also includes $5 donation to Whimsicalitea Arts, tax, gratuity, payment fees. As the simple tea does not come with dessert, Joy will be bringing mini sweet treats

Please feel free to bring embellishments to share! We'll be bringing the following in keeping with our pastel color scheme:

  • fans
  • faux & dried flowers
  • faux pearls & beads
  • assorted ribbons
  • tassels
  • hot glue, wire, scissors et al

All sales are final, and there are no refunds, however, if you're unable to attend, please feel free to give your spot to a friend. If you have food allergies or dietary restrictions, please speak with the venue directly at least a week in advance.

Phiendish Phantom Phoul Play!

Happy almost Spring, all. I've been getting questions about postponed events, so I thought it best to send out a general reminder.

For those who don't know, the phantom has derailed our March phestivities, and so we've rescheduled accordingly.

Our new Phantom Phundraiser dates are:
  • Saturday, October 12 at 6pm — Masked Gondola Dinner Cruise in Long Beach
  • Sunday, October 27 at 1pm — Brimming Baskets partea to put together auction & drawing baskets 
  • Sunday, November 10 at 1pm — Phantom MusicaliTea in Fullerton
(Thus, nothing is happening March 2 or 10)

Looking forward to seeing you at these events & more. 

And all who attend our May 18 Victorian Secret Society tea and kept their Phantom reservations on the books will get first dibs on our dreamy August 17 theme tea when we announce it. Cheers!

Shhhhhhh. It's a secret!

Waitlist available via teatravellerssocietea at gmail

It's 1881 on Nob Hill in San Francisco, and a secret society is shaping the course of history under the noses of the city by the bay's robber barons. Join us for a Victorian tea as we expose the clandestime organization with a tell-all book launch 

Saturday, May 18
The Olde Magnolia Tea Room
201 N 1st Ave, Upland, CA
(we'll have the North Dining Room to ourselves)

$79.95 includes afternoon tea service & custom-created specialtea gift (plus tex, gratuity, and payment fees)

Books will be for sale on site, and all who attend will have early-bird access to reservations for our fundraiser tea on Sat, Aug 17

~ Suggest dress: a la 1881 ~

P.S. If you want to read the books (there is a novel and an exposé) before our event, just let us know. There's plenty of time between now & May for us to get them to you xo

Reminders: All sales are final; thus, there are no refunds. However, if you are unable to attend, you are welcome to find a substitute to take your place. No 'tickets' are distributed. Your PayPal receipt represents your confirmation.

Lomita Railroad Friends Tea 2024


Chugga chugga, Chugga chugga .... Choo Choo!

We are thrilled to be hosting a table at TEA WITH FRIENDS hosted by the Lomita Railroad Museum

Sunday, April 28, 2024


Lomita Park in Marc Fosnaugh Gymnasium
24428 Eshelman Ave, Lomita

Here's the description from their site: 

Tea With Friends is our foremost fundraiser of the year and is always a delightful afternoon of enjoyable  conversation, refreshments, and a fun gathering of friends.  We will be serving scones, appetizers, a variety of tea sandwiches (including vegetarian), fruit, and a selection of desserts.  As usual, this event will have lots of fabulous raffle baskets and a prize for the Best Decorated Table with a prize for the 2nd runner up.  This year we will also have a Hat Contest so be sure to have your friends don their best hat for the occasion. 

$45 includes afternoon tea service, payment fees, and a $3+ donation to our own nonprofit, Whimsicalitea 

Reminders: All sales are final; thus, there are no refunds. However, if you are unable to attend, you are welcome to find a substitute to take your place. No 'tickets' are distributed, but you'll receive a confirmation email within 72 hours of making your reservation via the PayPal button provided

We're coming back!

We're coming out of hibernation!

February 2024 commences a whole new slew of tearrific shenanigans!

A fond farewell

To quote the incomparable Douglas Adams, "So long, and thanks for all the fish" ... or in this case, tea. 

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for being part of the Tea Travellers Societea's mission to support and promote places that serve afternoon tea. 

For those who don't know, we started out in 2015 by publishing 5 regional guide books, The Tea Traveller's Constant Companion, and all of the info from those books can be found on our website. Each listing gives all the particulars on any given tearoom, including parking info, photos, even menu at the time of writing. 

During the pandemic, we went berserk doing events at tearooms to get folks in the doors. From 2020 through 2022 we hosted more than 100 events. Zoinks! Now with the closure of tearooms due to retirement, coupled with the changes some other tea spots are experiencing (some are going gangbusters!), it looks like our work is done. 

And, so The Societea too will enter retirement, doing just a couple of events each year in support of Whimsicalitea, the "genteel arts" nonprofit of which we are a part. 

I hope to see you out and about for a cuppa now and again. And if you're interested in quirky theme dining & entertainment experiences, consider taking part in our Omni Club 11:11 outings commencing this fall—yet another activity waylaid by the pandemic. 

For now, cheers from the bottom of my heart & cup,


2023 Cookbook Call for Content


ADDITIONALLY, PLEASE USE A "WOODEN SPOON" AT SOME POINT IN THE PROCESS, even if just as a paperweight or bookmark :)
Be sure to submit a recipe that is either original or "tweaked" (lest we be sued), and include a blurb or short story — factual or fictional.
Here are the applicable dates:
  • Intentions due 04-01-23
  • Content due 05-01-23
  • Publish 06-01-23
  • Launch Party TBD
All proceeds this year go toward our Whimsicalitea nonprofit's brick & mortar fund as applies to renting space occasionally from the new Pamela's Tea Room, due to open late Spring
Submissions should be emailed to
  • Format: Word (preferably) or Google Docs
  • Please do not put words in ALL CAPS, and limit yourself to 1 exclamation mark per sentence!!!
  • "Fancy" fonts and formatting will need to be stripped out ... which means more work for our admin ... which makes her grumpy