DFW Boas and Tiaras

Barbara Vey -- June 16th, 2010

Sara Reyes

Sara Reyes

Answering the call for Cub Reporters was Sara Reyes of Fresh Fiction.  She’s here today to report on the Dallas-Fort Worth Tea Readers Group.   The DFW Tea Group is a book club for romance, mystery, science fiction/fantasy readers and authors in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. We do a monthly tea at a tearoom around the metroplex, alternating east and west sides, as well as trips to Denton and Duncanville, plus our fabulous Holiday Tea. If you read and love to discuss your books and authors, this is a great group with lively on-line discussion as well as the opportunity to meet in person.

The book club meets on the first Tuesday for dinner and author call-in in Fort Worth, the second Saturday of each month for tea and on the third Wednesday for dinner and an author call-in. Members also attend many signings in the Dallas / Fort Worth area.

DFW Boas and Tiaras

Here’s a recap of our annual Boas & Tiaras Tea held on June 12th at the Chocolate Angel. It’s DFW Tea Readers Groups annual summer gathering. The DFW Tea has been going strong since October 1995 and we initially started the dress-up boas and tiaras when our youngest members were going off to college in July 2002. We had so much fun we’ve been doing one each summer since. In the past years we’ve invited authors to join us as well as friends and family who may not be “big” or even readers at all. We seem to be able to convert them with our fun and festivities. What scamps we are!

This year we held our high tea at the Chocolate Angel Tea Room and Bakery. They serve a delicious tea with fruit cup, tea sandwiches, scones, clotted cream and jams, quiche and puffed filled pastries followed by dessert sampler course with two types of chocolate, plus cookies and mini-cakes. All accompanied with two types of freshly brewed tea, and of course, champagne. So we fulfill our mission: tea, chocolates and champagne!

Joining us were authors Dakota Cassidy, Michele Bardsley, Jaye Wells, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Claire Avery (sister duo of Mari and Michelle) and Kimberly Frost who drove all the way from Houston! A three plus hour drive! And we kept tabs on Michele’s daughter who was giving birth to Michele’s first grandchild in Tampa during the tea. Alas, the baby boy hadn’t quite arrived by the time the tea was over, but we know his name! (Even if her daughter doesn’t agree!) We also had many many baskets and gifts sent to us from authors who couldn’t join us for the tea. Each attendee went home with at least a pile of books, in fact, we had to scramble for bags and boxes for some!

DFW Boas and Tiara Group

We completely filled the private room so we’ll need to seek an even larger accommodation for 2011!

If you like to be a Cub Reporter and write about an event that I won’t be attending, please e-mail me at barbaravey@gmail.com

My upcoming events:

Southeastern Wisconsin Festival of Books - June 18-19

Authors in Motion – June 27 (at the K-Mart in Racine, WI)

Lady Jane’s Salon – July 5th

Thrillerfest – July 7-10

San Diego Comic Con – July 22-25

Romance Writers of America – July 28-31

DragonCon – September 3-6

Eagle Library Author Event – September 25

Emerald City Writers Convention – October 1-3

New York Comic Con - October 8-10

Readers ‘n ‘ritas – November 12-14

Bottom Line: Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.  ~Author Unknown

23 thoughts on “DFW Boas and Tiaras

  1. Shari Anton

    Chocolate Angel Tea Room and Bakery — just saying the name will put pounds on my hips! What a great group of booklovers you’ve brought together, Sara. Kudos to you and Fresh Fiction.

  2. Sara Reyes

    We really know how to pick them, right? Chocolate Angel is one of the best tea rooms around the DFW Area to serve tea.

    And we love our authors and fellow readers. Plus playing dress-up once a year isn’t bad!

  3. Felicia

    It was truly an amazing time! I had never been to one before but I can tell you I will be going to them in the future. It was such a unique opportunity to meet the authors one on one, get to know fellow book lovers, eat some amazing food, and just enjoy the atmospher of “book loving”! I would recommend these events to anyone :)

    Great write up!

  4. Rosemary Clement-Moore

    Speaking for myself–and I’m sure the other authors in attendance–it was the delightful company of such eager and savvy readers that drew me, and not the lure of scones, chocolate mousse, or chocolate dipped strawberries. Not at all.

    Thanks to Fresh Fiction, and all the DFW Tea readers, both for this event and their voracious reading habits!

  5. Sandi

    I was unable to attend last year, and was ever so thankful that I was able to attend this year. I was even able to introduce my future DIL to everyone, so that made a memorable event even more so. Thanks to Sara for always giving me a great time!

  6. Sara Reyes

    Yes, that’s our fiendish plan, entice with the chocolate covered strawberries, scones and chocolate mousse, then trap them with voracious readers. It works every time (sounds of maniacal laughing in the background! )

    Sorry, it’s the imagination again. Between yesterday’s consumption of BURN by Linda Howard and re-read of HIDDEN WIVES by Claire Avery, (from wily kidnappers to horny, religious fanatics, my taste is eclectic) I realized I have to get ready for tonight’s book club! It’s Pamela Clare and she’s high intensity writing as well! It’s never boring here as long as I have my books!

  7. Michele Bardsley

    I had so much fun at this year’s Boas and Tiaras High Tea. Not only was the food and tea delicious, but the company outstanding! I very much appreciate all the support during my white-knuckled wait for Keegan James (he arrived after the tea was over, during the time it took me to go from the Chocolate Angel to home). I will be off to Florida soon to visit him and my daughter (who has informed me: I’m never doing this again).

    I cannot wait to attend the Readers ‘n Ritas this November! Fresh Fiction and the DFW Tea Ladies and champagne? Who can miss that! http://readers-n-ritas.org/

  8. Sara Edmonds

    It was so much fun! It was my first tea even though I have been going to book club meetings for a few years now. The food is always good and the company fantastic. I can’t wait for Readers ‘n Ritas!

  9. Gwen

    I’m so sad I missed Boas and Tiaras this year! It’s always one of my favorite events and the pictures look so lovely! Can’t wait for Readers ‘n ‘ritas

  10. Dianna Love

    What a fab event I wish I could have attended. Sara – you’re a great cub reporter on top of being the queen of tiara events. (I still remember the balloon tiara…) :) You and the DFW Tea Group rock. Looking forward to seeing you this summer (I’m thinking you and the wild women will be in Orlando at the RWA conference) and in November at your Readers & ‘Ritas event.

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