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I love hats and used to wear them all the time in the ’80s and into the ’90s, but then, they sadly fell out of fashion, and I put my hat boxes away. Lately, they’ve made somewhat of a comeback and the Women of Chapman, of which I am a longtime member, took advantage of it by stating on their Tea Party by the Sea invitation, “Hats are a Must!” Eighty lovely ladies showed up wearing a variety of chapeaus to the beautiful contemporary Corona del Mar home of Sandi and Doug Jackson, with its breathtaking views of the Pacific. Tea chairs Donna Di Bari, Donna Bianchi and Kim Smith orchestrated a beautiful affair, with lofty white orchid centerpieces and luxurious tabletop linens and runners. Engaging Ellie Snyder of Sweet Heaven as caterer was a touch of genius. Her English tea china was exquisite, to say nothing of the elegant tea buffet she created with its sumptuous tea sandwiches and sinful desserts. I loved the lavender honey lemon madeleines, and the whipped cream teapot cake was over-the-top (thank you, Janeen Hirson for the photo!). Tiffany Liu, a very talented Chapman University piano performance major who recently won a state-wide piano competition, tickled the ivories for us, with Dean William Hall of the College of Performing Arts speaking in glowing terms of the groundbreaking for the college’s new $64 million hall due to happen September 6th. Joyce Wegner-Gwidt won the raffle prize – four clubhouse season passes to Del Mar’s Thoroughbred Racing season – and everyone received a Lancome skincare gift set from Neiman Marcus, thanks to Vice President/GM Layla Vokhshoori and Public Relations Director Michaele Hall.