The Ladies' Tea Guild

Join the South Bay Ladies Tea Guild

Ainsley House tour guide, May 2005.
Officially the San Jose Area Chapter of The Ladies’ Tea Guild -- a national organization founded in 1999 -- we are a hobby club for women who have a passion for the past, particularly the years spanning 1800 through 1940.  Tea, with all of its history, rituals, and varieties, of course, plays a central part in our activities. 

We meet monthly for events such as lectures, picnics, and historic house tours, just to name a few of our activities.  Four times a year there is a large event, often with a presentation or theme.  Many of our members enjoy dressing up in vintage or historic reproduction clothing, however this is not required for membership.
Tea House at Japanese Friendship Garden, July 2006.

Ladies' Tea Guild Mission Statement:
1. To educate our members about the years 1800 – 1940.
2. To research the customs, culture, and fashions of our time-frame. 
3. To hostess unique and interesting social events where our members have the opportunity, should they so desire, to dress up in their favorite vintage. 
4. Through our events and social gatherings, to create a community of like-minded women who understand the importance of sharing and helping one another. 
5. To create endless opportunities for fun, laughter, and knowledge. 

Join the South Bay Ladies' Tea Guild!  
One year membership in the South Bay Ladies' Tea Guild is $28.  
An $0.84 PayPal handling fee applies.  Click on the link above or e-mail us for an invoice. 
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, September 2008.
Some of the Benefits of Membership in the Guild:
1. Quarterly copy of our newsletter, The Tea Times, filled with the Guild Calendar of events, other local events, articles, and recipes. 
2. A copy of Practical Help: A Guide for New Members of the Ladies’ Tea Guild.
3. Invitation to all Ladies’ Tea Guild events, anywhere in the United States, both members’ only and public gatherings.
4. Discounted ticket prices to events open to non-members.
5. Optional subscription to our chapter e-mail list. 
6. Opportunities to share some of the most pleasant aspects of the past, especially tea, fashion, and conversation, with other like-minded women. 
7. A 10% discount on all purchases from
Satori Tea Bar, November 2010.

Cost of Membership:
Annual dues are $28.00 per year. PayPal fees apply to all internet transactions. 

Each meeting also has an event fee to reimburse the hostess for food and craft supplies provided, speaker's fees, or any other expenses attached to the meeting.  Attendance at all Ladies’ Tea Guild events is by reservation only, and space is usually limited.  Intent to attend, accompanied by event fees, must be received 2 days in advance of the event, or as otherwise noted. 

You may pay in cash, by personal check, or through PayPal.  Advance (minimum 48 hours) notice is requested for cancellation of event reservations.  Fees cannot be refunded.

Join the South Bay Ladies' Tea Guild!  
One year membership in the South Bay Ladies' Tea Guild is $28.  
An $0.84 PayPal handling fee applies.  Click on the link above or e-mail us for an invoice.  

San Jose, CA Chapter
The Ladies' Tea Guild 
Elizabeth Urbach, Director
Ladies' Tea Guild website:

Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,
Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,
And, while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn
Throws up a steamy column, and the cups
That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,
So let us welcome peaceful evening in.
-- William Cowper (1731-1800)
"The Winter Evening" (Book Four), _The Task_ (1784)