Skipper Highlight Reel: Skipper Tea Sets

When Barbie was new and still growing into the brand it has become, they released some pretty awesome licensed merchandise. Some of those early products were tea sets. Between 1963 and 1967, Mattel released a number of Skipper themed tea sets. These tea sets included branded plates, along with generic accessories.

Skipper Tea Set

There’s no way to tell which specific sets my plates came from, as they used them across the board in some cases. My collection includes 5 small plates featuring Skipper’s face and 4 large plates with Skipper in her School Days outfit (possibly).  Barbie and Ken can be seen in the background of the plates.

Skipper Tea Set

Skipper Tea Set

One interesting thing to note is that while the design is the same for the plates, they don’t look identical.  Some are painted much heavier than others.  Were they in different sets?  I couldn’t tell you, since none of these were packaged mint in box.

Skipper Tea Set

Skipper Tea Set

Finding plates like these is easier said than done.  Their thin plastic makes them very fragile if stored improperly.  One of mine has a crack running through it, so I am always very careful with where these are displayed.

Skipper Tea Set

Skipper Tea Set

Do you own any of the vintage Barbie and friends tea sets?  Why do you think the paint differs plate to plate? Share your thoughts below.


September 16, 2015. Tags: . Uncategorized.


  1. DeeDee replied:

    Love looking at your skipper collection! Your blog is the best.

  2. Heather R. Holden replied:

    Wow, these are so cute! Never knew about these tea sets from Mattel before…

  3. Blackkitty replied:

    The red one is so cute! I used to have plain white plates which I loved, I can only imagine what a hit these must have been!

    Hey, it looks like you weren’t tagged for the Liebster Award! Why don’t you give it a try?

    • kewpie83 replied:

      Thanks for the tag! I’ll fill that out soon and share my answers with you!

  4. barbielea replied:

    I love these! So cute ❤

    • kewpie83 replied:

      Right?! And they’re so rare to find at a good price. I feel lucky to have these!

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