Remembering a simpler time when little girls enjoyed having pretend tea parties with their dolls, friends and family members, the Basehor Community Library called upon those fond memories to create its annual Royalty Tea Party on Jan. 29.

Children’s Services Librarian Vickey Long started scouring garage sales and thrift stores for several years looking for pretty tea cups to use. She finally was able to find enough to have the library’s first tea party in January 2007.

“We wanted this program to be a wonderful memory for the children to share with an adult,” said Long. “That is why we invited children and an adult of their choice to come to our tea party. We have had mothers and grandmothers of course, but we have also had fathers, grandfathers and aunts attend with a child as well.”

More than 50 attendees enjoyed the tea party this year.

Finding the right activity to do at the tea party is also a key part of the event. In the past, the kids have decorated their own crowns or made bookmarks. One year, the children were encouraged to bring their doll. The library provided barrettes, ribbons and combs so they could fix the doll’s hair. This year the children decorated jewel boxes to store their treasures.

Manners are also an important part of the tea party experience. Long makes sure the children say “please” and “thank you” during the tea party because manners are always appropriate.

In 2013, Long’s daughter-in-law approached her to see if she would like some princesses to attend the tea party.

“Of course! I would never turn down princesses,” said Long.

Long’s son, daughter-in-law and their daughters have been involved with the Kansas City Renaissance Festival for several years and arranged forQueen Anne Boleynto attend the tea party for the past five years.

“All of the RenFest people who come volunteer their time. They love what they do and as their mom and grandmother, I am proud of them,” Long said.

Beth Kornegay is a freelance writer covering news and events in the city of Basehor. If you have a story idea, email her at