Meet Dawnya – My Story


Recently, I did a survey of our Tea Party Girl readers.  One of your requests was a bit more information on me.  So here’s my full bio.  Hope you enjoy it




Dawnya Sasse was raised on the road, the child of musicians and quickly gained from a young age, a unique and creative perspective on entertaining. In 1988 Dawnya began traveling to Great Britain, leading tours throughout the United Kingdom. Her passion for Britain and her love of all things theatrical, led her to the creation of Tea Events in the 1990′s.

In 1997, Dawnya traveled to Cape Cod, Massachusetts for extensive tea consulting. She enjoyed personal training with Donna and Ron Lasko (New England’s Tea Couple). Ms. Sasse went on to study with Pearl Dexter – publisher of Tea – A Magazine and nationally acclaimed tea author James Norwood Pratt, Edward Brahma of the London Brahma Tea Museum among a variety of other tea authorities.

Dawnya opened her first tearoom in 1998 and her second tearoom in 2000 in Bend, Oregon.  The local media dubbed her “Lady” Dawnya and the title has stuck to this day.

In 2003 Dawnya launched (the worlds first online tea training program) allowing students from all over the world to receive tea training from the comfort of their own home. (currently she has taught students in almost every state in the union and 25 foreign countries.)  Start A Tea Business 4.0 was recently launced at the beginning of 2011.

 In 2004 she authored the first complete children’s tea party training program entitled Start A Children’s Tea Party Business , and launched the first internet radio station devoted solely to tea.  (  She also producing a series of exciting tea seminars  on CD. 

In 2006 Dawnya hosted the first Tea Cruise for tea busines owners (hosting a total of 4 so far.)

2007-2011 have been busy writing and teaching various courses online such as:


 Build A Tea Dream From The Comfort Of Your Own Home

Start A Childrens Tea Party Business 2.0

Tea Business (recently sold to a fantastic student!)

Tea Business Dreams Blog

Tea Party Girl Blog

Tea Talks Volume 1

Build A Successful Web Presence

My Club Etiquette

Tea Party Girl Blog


 Lady Dawnya spent the first 7 years of her tea career working full time as the owner and manager of Tea Events teahouse in Bend, Oregon. In the summer of 2004 she sold the teahouse in order to provide tea related education full-time.  

She is a past president of The Ladies Tea Guild – Bend, Oregon Chapter ( and a regular contributing tea author to such periodicals as Bustle, The Gilded Lily ,The Country Register, The Tea House Times and and a regular speaker on a variety of tea, etiquette and historical topics.

Her picture and tea house have been featured in various tea related guides such as Teatime in the Northwest and Tea Journal for Teatime Enthusiasts.  She is the Artistic Director and creator of Victorian Days – A Girl’s Camp.

Dawnya has taught people from around the world.  Corporate CEO’s from companies like Harley Davidson and Shell Oil and professors from Ivy League Colleges like Purdue, Stanford and Georgetown.  She has worked with Senator’s families, stationed military troops and housewives from around the world.  If someone has an interest in tea Dawnya is the “go to gal!”   She hosts a live training event in Kansas City each year in August.

Lady Dawnya continues to pursue advanced tea education in order to bring her clients “extraordinary tea business training.”

Hmmm.. what wonders will this year bring?

In her spare time Dawnya enjoys pouring tea for good friends, traveling, chasing her cats (Mister, Tea’ and Keeper) and relaxing with her husband of 21 years.  (no kids just cats :)

But- a business owner’s work is never done.  Who knows that this year holds….

More on Dawnya:

5 Things About Dawnya, Aka Tea Party Girl

5 Things About Dawnya, Aka Tea Party Girl

Dawnya Sasse, The Tea Party Girl

Dawnya Sasse, The Tea Party Girl

  Over the years I have been pretty open and honest about my life and especially my tea story. Those of you who have followed me online have seen everything from pictures of my swollen feet (after the World Tea Expo) to my kitchen and favorite Kitchen Aid mixer. (which I wouldn’t want to go without.)

But I have been challenged to list 5 things that few people know about me so here we go:


1. Popcorn, macaroni and cheese (Kraft!) and hot buttered toast are the three foods I would hate to live without. It’s not like I eat them every day (well, I eat buttered toast with tea nearly every morning.) but I would hate to not be able to eat them if I wanted to. I am not really sure why these three foods stand out in my mind but I can definitely say that they were part of my growing up years. My sister and I love all three items to this day.



2. I am a proud Star Wars fan. I have seen Star Wars over 30 times and often quote lines from the pre-quels and sequels. I also love the Muppets and the 80’s TV show Remington Steele. Don’t tell me television and movies don’t affect children. These programs influenced my style, humor and spiritual insight for life! (scary isn’t it?)



3. My “flash back” music of choice would be Air Supply. Every song they did seemed to fuse with a distinct memory for me. Another strange musical quirk is my unusual ability to recite words from most songs between the 60s- early 90s including commercials and TV shows. (weird what sticks in my brain!)



4. My favorite thing to do in London is sit on the bridge and stare at Big Ben at night. I love to watch the clock turn 8 or 9 pm and hear the bong, bong, bong. I breathe deeply in and out and sigh. I like to call London my home and America my country. On a side note, one of my first cups of tea in England was drunk out of a tall, pink, plastic, Tupperware glass. I remember hoping it didn’t melt. Luckily for me Tupperware never dies!



 5. When email first became popular I actually said aloud “Who needs email?” My past experience with computers included my B in 8th grade computer science. (the only computer class I have ever taken) The teacher told me not to worry about class, as I would never be the type of person that used a computer. (wouldn’t I like to see his face now J )  Today I average 100 plus emails a day.


 Ok, so now you have it. You know far too much about me and I know so very little about you. The good thing is we share a passion for tea and that is enough to make us friends. If I haven’t said it enough, thanks for reading this blog.