Tea for the 4th!

John Adams was 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 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
Trisha’s Tea Party Tuesday at Sweetology
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness Tuesday at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup 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. So Lovely, and such a great tribute to our Founders, and truly educational!. Your yummy red, white and blue refreshments and vintage table setting are so pretty! I just made simple cupcakes, but they are topped with homemade buttercream frosting, blue and red sugar crystals and a paper flag pick! You use what you have! God bless you for the lessons you bring and the love you share!

  2. Hi Kathryn
    I love a post from which I learn something and the history of your founders is an interesting read.
    Your tea and treats have a patriotic flare that appeal to even a Canadian neighbour.
    Enjoy your July 4 holiday.

  3. Hi Miss Kathy,
    Your patriotic tea is just wonderful and I so enjoyed reading about the great founders of your wonderful nation! I really do enjoy a bit of history. Thank you for sharing your tea with Tea Time and enjoy this wonderful holiday.


  4. Hi Miss Kathy, What a pretty tea! I love the Liberty Blue dinnerware – I used it this holiday also. Your patriot tea biscuits are pretty and tasty too I’m sure. Very enjoyable post!
    Blessings and hugs, Beth

  5. Just lovely. Loved reading the history and a peek into the correspondence between John and Abigail. A delightful way to break fast, too.

    May the end of your day be as pleasant as the beginning.

    Thanking God for our country,

  6. Well, Miss Kathy, the moment I spied this post a smile spread across my face. You managed to combine some of my favorite things! I am such a sentimental patriotic fool that reading a snippet of John’s letter to Abigail warmed my heart instantly. What a perfect breakfast for a steamy summer day. Ha! Love the blue and white dishes and I think I have the very same teacups. I neglected to get them out today ~ Thank you for sharing food for thought as well as a sweet feast for the eyes….Uncle Sam ‘done good!’

  7. What a fabulous patriotic post! Your table setting is so pretty, and the GF treats look so yummy! (I am GF too!).
    Thank you for putting this holiday in it’s proper light. I enjoyed reading about your favorite founders!

  8. Wonderful Kathy!

    Love your tea things with the patriotic scenes on them!


  9. Beautiful!! Loving the patriotic setting … John and Abigail would certainly have felt most welcomed… xo HHL

  10. I just LOVE your posts..so informative. Thank you for the time it takes to put this kind of post together. I have found some new scone recipes that are GLUTEN free for YOU!! I will be adding them to my recipes page and I will let you know. Best to you this week!

  11. Hi Kathy,
    Oh this is a wonderful tea in celebration of our 4th of July. Love the history and learning something new. Your dishes are gorgeous and delightfully after my own heart. I have these and blue willow in my kitchen. Your Gluten free treats look so yummy too.
    So enjoyed my visit. Thank you for a lovely tea.

    Hugs from Texas and Blessings to you.
    Celestina Marie

  12. hello Kathyrn,
    Lovely, inspired Fourth of July tea! Excellent quote! Our celebrations should remind us of how blessed our country is! Love Uncle Sam’s tea setting – the blue and white is gorgeous! Great treats too! Thank you for sharing this with A Return to Loveliness,

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  14. Wonderful red, white and blue patriotic tea! Loved the history lesson, too! Happy Tea Day!

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