Friday, March 29, 2019

Mad Hatter Tea Party

Afternoon Tea

My copper kettle
whistles merrily
and signals that
it is time for tea.
The fine china cups
are filled with the brew.

There's lemon and sugar
and sweet cream, too.
But, best of all
there's friendship, between you and me.
As we lovingly share
our afternoon tea.

by Marianna Arolin

The Hatter (also called the Mad Hatter or Hatta) is a fictional character in Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and its sequel "Through the Looking-Glass". He is often referred to as the Mad Hatter, though this term was never used by Carroll. The phrase "mad as a hatter" pre-dates Carroll's works and the characters the Hatter and the March Hare are initially referred to as "both mad" by the Cheshire Cat, with both first appearing in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, in the seventh chapter titled "A Mad Tea-Party".

Lucky for me I didn't have travel down a rabbit hole last year to find a tea party with The Mad Hatter Restaurant-Tea Room in Anoka close by. 
But hosting your own tea party is another great option. The following links are some previous postings to get you started-so grab a hat 

and get started with your planning.  Set your table you already have a theme.

Tea Sandwiches

More food ideas

Continuing Tea Conversations with DIY Decorating Ideas

For more ideas go to search box on HOME PAGE  and type in tea time there are several more tea times DIY ideas and foods.

While you are thinking and planning your tea party start with a slice of fresh lemon bread studded with juicy, plump blueberries and a hint of lemon zest. It's moist and the glaze with toasted coconut is really just an excuse to eat cake for breakfast! The bread is freezer friendly. 
Glazed Lemon Blueberry Loaf  with Toasted Coconut 
Cooking Tip: Toast more coconut than you need for the recipe and store in zip loc in the refrig for future baking. Small blueberries work the best for this recipe.
Bread Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup sugar  
  • Grated lemon peel from 2 large lemons  
  • 1 TB. baking powder
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk 
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • Juice of 2 large lemons, about 1/4 cup 
  • 1/2 tsp. each vanilla and almond extract 
  • 1 cup blueberries, rinsed and dried on a paper towel 
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  • Whisk flour, salt, sugar, graded lemon and baking powder set aside. 
  • In a bowl beat eggs with milk, butter, lemon juice and extracts, 
  • Add eggs to the dry ingredients and combine only until mixed. 
  • Fold in blueberries. 
  • Grease well a loaf pan and pour mixture into a prepared pan. 
  • Bake @ 350 for about 45 minutes. 
  • Cool bread in pan 15 minutes and invert onto a cooling rack. With a long skewer poke holes in top of bread. Slowly drizzle glaze and baste top several times. Sprinkle with toasted  coconut. 
Lemon Glaze
Combine 1 cup confectioners sugar with 2-3 TB lemon juice. 


  1. Hi Sue,
    Sometime in late summer you should try A Tea or lunch at the Panola Valley Gardens out of Lindstrom. Eight of your former parents of students from St. Rose had a beautiful lunch last summer but we found out that the Tea events are even more popular
    I always enjoy your blog and have tried many of your recipes. I also just purchased two books from the author Penny for Your Thoughts for Carla to read. and also..... all of us are loving our Book Club with Nancy.


    1. Great to hear from you and glad you can find recipes you like. Yes I have been to Panola Gardens but for the lunches. Such a lovely setting. Will have to try again for tea. I know the author who wrote Penny for Your Thoughts. I started a new FB offering book reviews by Ever Ready and she was one of my recent clients. Will tell her you purchased both books. I follow Carla on FB and my of my she travels everywhere. She writes with a sense of humor. What happened to Luxembourg? Off her radar?


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