Patriotic Teatime Repeat!


And, what a week ahead of me I have!  Yes – I’m supposed to be taking a summer sabbatical – but that means time off to re-group, re-new – and RE-ORGANIZE!  To that end . . . the basement – and, a great deal of sorting and purging and preparation for a “maybe/maybe-not” yard sale this Saturday depending on how much I actually accomplish this week.  So to prepare a red, white, and blue teatime on top of my “to do”list is simply not going to happen.  So – I share a repeat of a repast I posted in my first few months of blogging which will be quite new to most of you.  A favorite tea that I remember fondly – just me, John Adams, Paul Revere, and Uncle Sam.

And – my tea ladies . . . of course.  PLUS – a sneak peek at our swap group’s vintage patriotic banner project which should be completed soon for an upcoming post!  Here’s a special effect photo of one of my contributions:

The four I have so far are strung up and already grace my mantle – making all my patriotic splendor in the dining room really POP like a firecracker!

And . . . speaking of “firecrackers” – when it comes to our Founding Fathers, no one quite surpasses John Adams – one of the most brilliant minds America has ever produced.  At his doorstep – as with many other notables of his generation – is laid the laurels for their vision, drive, and sacrifice in the founding of our nation.  I love this particular quote of his as it seems almost prophetic in nature, describing the traditional Fourth of July holiday celebrations: 

“It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will triyumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”

John Adams from a letter to Abigail Adams, July 3, 1776 
Noticeably missing, though, is an invitation to tea.  Our good Uncle Sam, takes it from there:

Welcoming us to a lovely tea on the deck in the early morning hours of what promises to be a hot and humid scorcher of a 4th of July this year, we enjoy a repast, remembering the past, with thanksgiving for our present – and a prayer for our future!
Uncle Sam has set the table in simplicity, using the Liberty series of blue and white tableware.  We have a luncheon plate with an etched view of vintage Wall Street . . .

. . . A bread plate with John Adams co-hort in revolution, Thomas Jefferson’s estate, Monticello:
. . . and cup and saucer depicting the good silver smith of Boston, Paul Revere mounted on his historic ride to summon the minutemen when the British were sighted on the march.
Red, white, and blue yummies are served up on a platter with patriotic verse lining the edge: 
Festive and tasty and gluten free for guilt free enjoyment:
Patriot’s Tea Biscuit
1.  Cut appropriate shape using cookie cutter out of 
Gluten Free Rice Almond Bread 
2.  Dollop home-made Cranberry relish on top
3.  Garnish with Blueberries & serve.
Side serving of colorful fresh fruit – heavy on the red watermelon and blue berries – served up with a sweet blueberry tea!  Uncle Sam’s centerpiece is an antique blue Atlas Mason Jar with a bouquet of blue glass whimsey’s, flag, and sprig of lavender:
Oh, yes!  Abigail might have enjoyed just such a tea while reading John’s letter above, her heart swelling with pride – and trepidation – at the unorthodox steps about to be taken by a group of men in Philadelphia, wondering how it all might turn out.
This tea’s for you, John and Abigail!  My favorite of our Founders.  Men and women with flaws, functioning by faith in He Who would lead them Home into “Ravishing Light and Glory”!

God Bless America!
Sharing this Uncle Sam Patriotic Tea for the 4th with:
Sandi’s  Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Martha at Martha’s Favorites
Ruth’s Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques & Teacups

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at and blogs at


  1. Love your patriotic table for one! and it is so good to have a favorite president or founding father. One would have to know something about all of them to have a favorite, and I am afraid that many Americans do not know that much about our history! I like Geo.Washington and his story of crossing the Delaware!

  2. A fun and colourful patriotic tea. Uncle Sam sitting on the chair is priceless!
    Happy 4th of July to you.

  3. Wonderful blog post Miss Kathy! I have always been fascinated with John and Abigail Adams. Love their letters.
    Happy 4th!
    Lady Linda

  4. Repeat or not…a wonderful post! I hope you have a wonderful break and enjoy the holiday with friends and family! Your biscuits are wonderful! And of course I love the blue and white!

  5. I love John and Abigail Adams … read everything I can get my hands about them. Wonderful patriotic teascape and the Patriotic Tea Biscuits look delicious. Don’t work too hard and enjoy the 4th!!!

  6. Hello dear! This is a wonderful patriotic tea, no matter we are revisiting it : )
    It is hard not to be busy in the summer. I too, need to do a great deal of work in the basement and get ready for a summer yard sale. I wish you the best with yours.
    The banner is looking fabulous! I hope we get to see it all done and up.
    Hugs, and happy holiday,

  7. Glad you repeated your posting! Your Uncle Sam on the bench is my favorite. Have a happy holiday!


  8. Hi Kathryn,
    what an intersting post with so many informations. I love the sweet setting. And the patriotic tea bisquits look really yummy. Thank you for sharing. Have a great 4th of July.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  9. A delightful post, Miss Kathy, with a wonderful tribute to John and Abigail Adams! Love your Liberty blue dishes and red and blue tea treats. A most festive tea table to celebrate the 4th. Thanks so much for coming to tea and enjoy the holiday.


  10. Hi Kathryn: That settles it, you have my favorite posts. I always learn or remember something, I long forgot. I love the banner. I want one. Too cute. Have a wonderful 4th!
    Hugs, Martha

  11. Those little tea biscuits look delicious!

    Secretly, I’m hoping you do a yard sale – because I just know that you’ll take the best photos!

    GOD BLESS! (And rest, you crazy lady!!)

  12. Hello, I saw your post over at Sandi’s Teatime Tuesday party. What a clever and pretty post. I like the little bit of history that you threw in there too. Have a great Fourth!

  13. What a lovely post today and beautiful pictures too! I pray you have a safe and fun July 4th. Hugs and blessings, Cindy
    P.S. The goodies look so yummy!

  14. Hello Kathryn, I do so wonder about the wives of these brave men who risked their life, their liberty and their all committing themselves to the marvelous ideal of a government where all were free and all were equal – I do appreciate your marvelous post and the quotes – looks wonderful! so very delighted you shared with A Return to Loveliness,

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