2020 A to Z Blog #Challenge – Theme Reveal

The Glories of Tea With Stepheny

The Downton Abbey Tea in Greensboro, NC with Friends. 2019

My first cup of pretend tea was from a child-size tin teacup that included a teapot, creamer, and sugar, and three more cups and saucers. It was the right number to serve tea to my dolls while jabbering away to them as any three-year-old might. Playing ‘tea party’ led to giving larger tea parties when I grew up. I’ve had tea in lovely hotels known for their service and delicious offerings, in tea shops dedicated to this tradition. I’m about finished with a third novel where a famous tea room in New York and London are featured.  I’ve taken granddaughters to tea, go out with friends for tea.  I have been invited to friend’s homes with table settings and food that Queen Elizabeth would pronounce charming and delicious. While in England I vowed that once home I would continue to make tea each afternoon. Like a lot of my good intentions, that didn’t last long.

Throughout April,  I will use the 26 letters of the alphabet to write about the glories of tea. It will include posts on collecting china teapots and teacups, tea locations, art, recipes, etiquette, books, and other surprises. In years past I have written about gardening, historic inns, and hotels, bookstores in the world. I loved every minute of it. For a year I have been researching, tucking photos, artwork, quotations away in order to write about the glories of tea for this year’s #Challenge. I hope you will find it a pleasant spot in your day while blog hopping, making new blog friends, learning new things.

My first A to Z was in 2013. I have only missed one year since. It has made me a better writer and blogger because the #Challenge exposed me to how it is best done featuring interesting information, with uncluttered, easy to navigate sites.  Keeping the posts short has made my word selection keener so that now I say more with fewer words. (Not in person, however.) I still follow and enjoy the blogs I’ve discovered during the #Challenge.

It is my hope that taking tea with me in April will enrich your appreciation on the subject beyond a cup of Earl Gray! Consider this your invitation to join me for the glories of tea.

This little girl reminds me of a time when my tin tea set was in use.

The Tea Party

I had a little tea party
This afternoon at three.
‘Twas very small-
Three guest in all-
Just I, myself and me.

Myself ate all the sandwiches,
While I drank up the tea;
‘Twas also I who ate the pie
And passed the cake to me.
― Jessica Nelson North

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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17 Responses to 2020 A to Z Blog #Challenge – Theme Reveal

  1. scr4pl80 says:

    Sounds delicious, Stepheny! I have tea every night before bed and love different flavors. Looking forward to learning about more.

  2. stev kysar says:

    Hi Stepheny,
    I am inquiring about your father’s black cat press. Do you have a list of all the publications/presses that your father did? Also- is the nephew/grandson relative still in the Chicago are? I would also like to contact him. I am trying to catalogue a large collection of Norman’s material.
    Thanks,
    Steve Kysar

  3. I have tea with breakfast every morning and sometimes in the afternoon. I used my glass teapot with a metal cylinder for the tealeaves. I hate teabags and only use them when camping. My biggest complaint is the difficulty finding loose leaf tea in the supermarket.

  4. I love Downton Abbey- looking forward to your posts. It was such fun visiting exhibition last year.

  5. Dashy says:

    Heyo, I’m a tea lover myself! But I admit that I haven’t had the opportunities to try its wide varieties. This would be indeed an interesting series. Happy blogathon to you! 🙂

  6. This sounds fun, Stepheny!

  7. jazzfeathers says:

    Fantastic theme! I can’t wait to read it!
    I’m more of a coffee drinker, but I enjoy tea too, especially in collusion with a German friend of mine who’s adicted to tea and is trying to drag me down that nasty way. LOL!!!
    I’ll see you in April!

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter – Theme Reveal – Living the Twenties

  8. I cannot wait for 30 days of tea with you! What a delightful theme! Thank you for the gift of something so concrete and pleasurable to look forward to. 🙂

  9. johnvic8 says:

    Looking forward to your 26 tea parties. Cream and sugar, please.

  10. I recently began drinking tea and have been enjoying it. Looking forward to seeing what you write about in your posts during the challenge. Weekends In Maine

  11. theresaly520 says:

    Charming post! I drink tea every day, and I look forward to reading your future posts during this challenge!

  12. Lael-Heart says:

    Oh! This is going to be lovely. I’m so looking forward to tea with you and your readers!

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