Monday, May 12, 2008

"Breaking the Mold" Hospital-i-Tea Blog-a-Thon Post...

This week for the Gracious Hospital-i-Tea Blog-a-Thon, we were instructed to post pictures of our favorite Tea Rooms. If that was too difficult, then we were allowed to "expand on the theme...and to not be afraid to "Break the mold!"

Warning: Tea Party Post of a less than mature nature!

Being raised in my part of the south, our daily ritual did not include tea parties and tea rooms. I say that with regret, because I think they are just wonderful! I have learned to throw a swanky party or a beautiful luncheon, but teas were just not our thing. Tea rooms have only recently started to sprout in our surrounding cities, and are doing very well! Growing up, teas were typically for little girls celebrating a magical, special birthday, or of a more regal affair associated with the English...the Queen for that matter!

Not sure if they are preparing the Queen tea or a toddy?

I didn't want to miss this post, for the lack of my experience with tea rooms, so as I expanded my thoughts...favorite teas in children's literature came to mind!

After all, children seem to have the sweetest, prettiest teas, no matter how grand or not!

So, let's revert to being girls for a moment and enjoy the simplicity of a whimsical, enchanting child's tea...

I initially thought of the Tea Party in "Alice in Wonderland"!

As the Mad Hatter said, " it's always tea-time..."

But after Alice crashed that party, we all know it didn't turn out too well, LOL!

I recalled the tea in the Hundred Acre Wood, where friends gathered to enjoy a NEARLY TEA, and a PROPER TEA!

"Christopher Robin was home by this time, because it was the afternoon, and he was so glad to see them there that they stayed there until Very Nearly tea-time, which is one you forget about afterwards, and hurried to Pooh Corner, so as to see Eeyore before it was too late to have a Proper Tea with Owl." ~A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner

Recipe for Pooh's Sandwiches

2 slices of Bread

Creamy Peanut Butter

Mini Marshmallows

1) Spread each slice of bread with a thin layer of peanut butter. 2) Sprinkle mini marshmallows onto peanut-buttered slices. 3) Put the two slices together, and ENJOY!

If you would like more recipes to share with your "younger tea party guests," visit

Whether the tea posts shared over the course of weeks have been simple or exquisite, I have enjoyed them so very much, and have looked forward to them each Monday!

A special Thanks to La Tea Da, (Gracious Hospitality), for being such a wonderful and encouraging host!

The journey has been TEA-total bliss, and I hope that all will stay in touch!



Linda said...

Very nice post and a great blog. I love the way the blog visitor can choose the music to listen to while reading. BTW, I listened to fellow Kentuckian, Dwight and his pal, Buck.

Heather said...

What fun! Thank You SO MUCH for stopping by and leaving such nice words. You made me feel SO good! I am having a lot of fun so far here in blogland and everyone is so nice. Blue Moon looks like so much fun! I think I would have a hard time being disciplined in a place like that! Glad you had a wonderful weekend! See ya soon!
-Heather :)

La Tea Dah said...

Rhonda, what a lovely post! Thank you for your hard work in putting together a delightful, delightful children's tea party! And of course I loved the reference to the Queen --- you featured tea from two perspectives. :) Great pictures --- cute verses --- lovely post!

Thank you!


Carrie said...

Your literary quotes are all so charming.

decorator101 said...

Oh sweetie this is adorable. Thanks so much for stopping by my little corner of the world. It slowly getting there, and I'm working harder at it now than ever. Stop again anytime. I'm sure enjoying your blog and the smile it puts on my face. Lynne

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

These teas are the ones most familiar to me, too. Thank you for bringing them to the fore. Don't leave more week, right?

Kelli said...

What a fun post! I love all of the cute pictures and I'm going to remember the Winnie-the-Pooh kids will love that!

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

I love your version of a tea room. This was such a cute posting! I really enjoyed it!!
Hugs, Terrie

Brenda Kula said...

Thank you for the nostalgic post that takes us all back to being little girls. There's nothing more precious than little girls all dressed up in their frilliest finery at a miniature table with miniature cups of tea, chatting with one another.

Lisa said...

Love this post. I am new to tea parties myself and didn't even have any when I was a little girl, but had a mini tea set from my mom and my grandmother often served us tea (not fancy at all). Thanks for bringing up fun memories.

Deb said...

Hi Rhonda, very nice post. How are you? I love Winnie the Pooh and his friends. You know I read Alice in Wonderland a long time ago , but can't seem to remember anything about it other than the tea party. Anyway, I hope you're having a beautiful day! Deb

Charli and me said...

What a great post! So much fun! Thank you.

Pearl said...

Hi Rhonda... What an enchanting post! I have always loved old Pooh Bear and his friends... and, of course, Alice is simply wonderful ~smiles~

Hope you're having a great day!


ellen b said...

Oh what fun. You broke the mold and I'm glad you did. Very enjoyable post...

Charli and me said...

Thank you for visiting my site. I use Merkens candy. I get it at the baker supply store and it's delicious.

Steph said...

What a trip down my childhood memory lane. Thank you!