Summer Celebration Tea & Bees

Then followed that beautiful season… Summer….
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


In celebration of the first day of summer, you are cordially invited to tea;
Come to my garden and sit with me among the flowers and honeybees.
Yours very truly,
Miss Prunella Daylily

Prunella sealed the last of her very special invitations to teatime in her garden of fragrant sage, cilantro, lavender, and basil – growing dutifully in pots by the picket fence where Deliah Dovetails had made her nest this season.

What a delightful Bee and Honey Tea she had planned to mark the first day of summer!

All the sweet bumbles from the Wild Rose Hive had made a gift of a Bee Tea Service to her on her last birthday and with summer come upon them, what better way to say “Thank You” than a tea party using her little bits of lovely.

There were the tea mugs – with a wordy reminder to be sure to bring the honey . . .

With fanciful wild roses and busy bees decorating the outside of the mug, wasn’t it an added delight to see a bit of a floral spray on the inside rim – set off by the tiny china spoon with which the honey might be stirred into the brew!

And, where to get the honey?  Why, from her own china hive, of course – complete with Beezer-Bee whose job it was to measure out just the right portion of honey per cup when swirled about on the wooden honey stick.

Now!  What to serve?

“Blueberries, of course,” giggles Prunella.  “I’ve a new recipe for cake, you know!”

Prunella’s Blueberry Cake
3 eggs
1 box yellow cake mix (Prunella prefers gluten free cake mix)
1 can blueberry pie filling
Mix all ingredients together and pour into a greased bundt pan – bake at 350 drgrees for 45 minutes.  Sprinkle with confectioners sugar when completely cooled and serve!

Squirrel Nutkin – having received his invitation at the first, would not be the last in line when it came time for cake to be spread about!  Blueberry cake was his favorite and how ready he was to dig right in!

“Tut, tut,” scolds Prunella.  “All our guests haven’t arrived as yet!”

Thankfully, One Pot Ladybug arrived right on time.

She was always ready to pour out just one cup of tea at a time through her blue tulip spout.  To be sure – blueberry cake was much anticipated on her part!

“Oh! Don’t forget us,” chorused Max and Matilda – the calico creamer and sugar that live down the lane.  “We’re great blueberry fans!”

Prunella was delighted to see them.  “Oh!  I hope you’ve brought plenty of cream Max – and Matilda, so glad you’ve brought some extra sugar.  I have my doubts about the amount of sugar the recipe called for – we may need a pinch or two more sprinkled on top!”

Squirrel Nutkin could not understand why Prunella doubted the sugar.  “Looks fine to me,”  he eagerly chirped.  “Won’t you serve out, now?!”

“Patience, Nutkin,” Prunella looked about in a bit of a dither.  “Someone’s missing . . . why . . . where is Deliah Dovetails?”

Not to fear, Deliah was just smoothing her wings in her nest before stepping out her door to join the party.  Nutkin was decidedly relieved.  Tea and honey and blueberry cake would be served at last!

The cake was displayed in Prunella’s green glassblown Whimsy – another birthday gift from her dear friend Emiline.

Glassblowers created such little bits and pieces to experiment techniques and exercise their skills.

This particular whimsy piece was a souvenir “lily” shape – the perfect present for someone named Prunella DayLILY!

Nutkin flicked his tail.  “Now may we take some cake?”

Prunella pursed her tiny lips and shook her head. “Not until Emiline arrives.”

“Here I am!” Emiline greeted everyone in her pink tea party frock.  There could be no reason to delay teatime for another minute!  Nutkin was beyond bliss as tea, honey, and blueberry cake were passed around while all drank in the beauty of the day in a poetic salute to summer, arrived at last!

 I question not if thrushes sing,
If roses load the air;
Beyond my heart I need not reach
When all is summer there.
~John Vance Cheney

Sharing Tea and Bees this week with:

 Sandi on Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness Tuesday at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Teacups and Tea Things at Antiques and Teacups
Trish’s Heart & Home at Lily Rose Cottage

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. Another lovely, tea with sweet friends! I love those tea mugs!

  2. Tea with Prunella and her friends is such fun! I have a tea for one that looks a lot like your honey/bee teapot … just smaller and I love it. Really like your Spring mugs. I think I can even make the cake! Woot!!! Happy Tea Day!

  3. Am I the first to come to tea? I’m usually the kind who is fashionable late to a party, tea or otherwise.

    Everything is just adorable, and I found myself grinning from beginning to end. (The name Prunella reminds me of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella so I kept thinking of the creaky-kneed step sister, but I digress…)

    It was all lovely, and I love the cups that remind you to bring home the honey. In our busy bee lives, isn’t that a timely reminder for us all? I love that and might just make a plaque or something.

    And the blueberry cake sounds easy and delicious, too!

  4. Hello Kathy,
    I almost used that same HW Longfellow poem. I’m glad to see you used it! Can one have too much poetry? I think not!
    On to your tea; simply charming, my friend! I enjoyed having tea with all the characters in your story. The Blueberry cake looks good and I don’t blame Nutkin one wee bit for his impatience! Thank you for the smile and coming to my party. Hope you have a splendid first day of Summer.


  5. A lovely whimsical tea party Kathryn. The ladybug teapot is cute.

  6. What a lovely story, I could hear the the clinks and rattles of the teacups too, so lovely. Especially so, as we are in the depths of winter here. But then I am sitting in front of a blazing fire, so there are pluses to all seasons.

  7. Oh I just love the whimsey in your post! Your little tea is such a joy to view and the conversations so cute! Wish I had your talent for writing. Thanks for sharing this!

  8. Prunella is such a lovely hostess! I love the cat cream and sugar and your bee! The teapot and mugs are wonderful. Thanks to Prunella for a wonderful tea and spiffing time! Thanks for sharing and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  9. Lovely post Kathryn. I just bought some Manuka honey, the first time I have ever bought it. I’ll think of you when I eat it! 🙂

  10. What a fun and sweet tea party! Everything is adorable and I really love your teapot!

  11. Such a sweet tea post! I’ll be making that cake for sure. Thank you for sharing!

  12. Kathy, that was so delightful!
    Utterly bee-utiful, in fact, lol!
    It was so easy to imagine you reading it out to me with all your wonderful gift for story-telling – I swear I heard your voice!!
    Thanks so much for sharing your lovely tea-tale with us.
    Love and blessings..Trish xx

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