A Whimsical Summer Tea!

Summer is upon us and that means I have two months of weekdays to myself – now that school’s out!  Tea treats, book reading, and creative writing are on my list of things to do this summer!  It has been a long time since I’ve treated myself to such luxuries.  A recent career change has afforded me a return to my muse and I shall feed well this summer reading and writing for the sake of reading and writing.
A lovely late afternoon tea on the deck calls for breaking out one of my more delicate china cups and a playful pot to compliment.  
The gold trimmed cup and saucer are marked Aynsley Bone China from England – numbered – and striking in such a deep shade of robin’s egg blue.  I love the detail in the floral print adorning the interior of the cup!
The pot is just a bit of whimsey I picked up for less than five dollars.  I loved that it was a chocolate cupcake – my very favorite!  Of course, when it comes to favorites, I couldn’t resist a slice of angel food cake whipped up from scratch by my daughter – a budding gourmet cook!  I love her hobby . . .
Top it off with a giant hand dipped white chocolate and raspberry truffle from our local candy maker at Chocolate On Occasion, and I think I have sufficient inspiration for a whimsical little something.  I close my eyes and dream a summer dream . . .
The Setting:  My front garden among the wildflowers.
The Characters:  An antique gold trimmed demitasse teacup from Germany – Bavaria Tirschenreuth.
The Plot:  An unexpected guest comes to tea . . .
I thought I’d have tea in the garden
It was such a nice summer day
A little stone squirrel peeked with wonder
And refused to be shooed away.

He crept up ever so slowly
To inspect my sweet china cup,
  Then licked his lips in pure delight
Sipping every last drop of tea up!
by Kathryn Ross
Dear Lord – Thank You!
For the time to enjoy the whimsical beauties of Your Creation!
Thank you for the gift of a playful imagination!
Thank you for the pleasure of an afternoon tea!
May the words of my mouth and meditations of my heart,
Always be a glory to Thee.
Sharing this Whimsical Summer Tea with:
Sandi’s Summer Dreams on Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Wanda Lee’s Tea for Two at The Plumed Pen
Wanda Lee’s Tea Pots & Tea Things Tuesday at The Silken Purse
Terri’s Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations

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 TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.


  1. What a clever post and what a cute teapot and beautiful tea cups!!!

  2. A most delightful post, Miss Kathy! Love your pretty teacups and the teapot is adorable. Mr. Squirrel is pretty cute too! Thanks for sharing this with Tea Time and have a lovely week.


  3. Hello Kathy,
    lovely post. The story is so sweet and the squirrel plays its part phantastic. It is also an adorable cup you have there. Thank you for sharing this cute post.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  4. What fun! The tea pot is great (I understand chocolate cupcakes)! Two lovely tea cups and a smile giving story to go along. Enjoy your summer of writing and tea drinking. You are off to a grand start!

  5. Hello, I come to you via another friends blog.. allow me to introduce myself, my name is Karen, co~author of http://heartofthehome-blog.blogspot.com/ We are a womens ministry following Gods leading to encourage woman, wives, mothers, caregivers,etc.. I enjoyed browsing through your blog and would like to invite you to stop by and visit Heart of the Home when you have time.. Have a blessed day..

  6. Lovely post!!! YOur cup is so pretty, thank you for sharing.

  7. Both of your tea cups are beautiful! The Aynsley is such a pretty blue and your other cup is really precious! I do love a little whimsy myself! The tea pot is adorable.

  8. What a way to celebrate the Summer Solstice!

    Did I spell that right?

  9. Whimsical is the perfect guest today. I’m drinking blueberry tea, but not in a teacup but in my new goblet with the tiny aqua bird perched on a branch of cherry blossoms. I wish I would have thought to bring a friendly squirrel…

  10. I love your blog! It’s always enjoyable and inspiring to look through your posts! And I love that tea set. It’s beautiful!
    I wonder if you would visit my Mom’s blog. She’s developing herself as a creative writer! I think you would really enjoy her writing and I know she would love your blog as well!
    Her stories: http://wordsbymo.blogspot.com/
    Her blog: http://travelighter.blogspot.com/

  11. Oh how I’d love to sit in your garden and have a spot of tea with you. What beautiful teacups. I have a nice collection of them and should probably use them more. ~ Abby

  12. Oh how I’d love to have a darling squirrel to tea! Your garden is lovely and I’m admiring that gorgeous blue demitasse cup. so glad you joined in! xo Debra

  13. Beautiful blog! I joined as a follower, and thank you for visiting and joining mine. Your squirrel tea party reminds me of a trip we did once to a local garden. They had posted a follow-the-clues-hunt for the kids and we ended up at a fairy land tea party hidden back in the shrubs with statues of woodland animals on a stump having a tea party. Fond memories.

  14. What a lovely post, I think I may need one of those garden squirrels, giggle. Loved it all!Hoping your weekend is a sweet one. Thinking of you and sending ♥

  15. I love the teacup — so very beautiful, and to think you had that sweet little squirrel to share your party with! Something extra magical about tea parties – isn’t there?

  16. linda sua xicara,
    uma bela peça de coleção!

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