Winter is the perfect time to snuggle up under a blanket with a hot cup of tea or mug of cocoa and read some poetry. Winter poems often have the most wonderful sounds to them, mirroring the swish of snowflakes and the jingling of bells. Take a moment during your teatime this week to be quiet and listen. Hear the whisper of a snowflake settling on your glove, the crunch of ice under your boots, the tap of icicles melting onto the back porch on a bright blue winter afternoon.
Fall is now in full swing, with the maples reddening in the late afternoon sunlight and the frost painting the blades of grass in crisp silver triangles each morning. Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy nature and poetry together before the cold winds of winter blow by. Take time during your teatime to go outside, breathe in, and enjoy the delights of autumn.
“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary….” With these spooky lines, Edgar Allan Poe begins his classic poem “The Raven.” Poe’s poetry never fails to send shivers down the spine with its dark and beautiful imagery. Poe’s works are a wonderful reminder that October is the perfect time to celebrate the slightly ghostly, magical, and spooky.
When you think of tea, you may think of British high tea or elaborate tea ceremonies in Japan. However, tea is also one of India’s most popular beverages. In fact, tea is so popular in India that the nation not only produces the second largest amount of tea in the world, but it also consumes nearly a third of the world’s teas.
“A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men,” said Willy Wonka in Roald Dahl’s classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Besides nonsense, what else should wise men cherish occasionally? Candy, of course!
Combining candy, poetry, and nonsense makes for a spectacular themed teatime. See the ideas below for decorations and ways to celebrate the hilarious nonsense that is Roald Dahl!
What does summer mean to you? Summer might remind you of running through the sprinklers on a hot July day, drinking lemonade by the pool, splashing up streams, making road trips across long flat farmland, or listening to the ceiling fan whirl and cicadas buzz in the night. Summer memories are so much fun to plan your teatime around. So today, why not celebrate the season with these ideas for a summer-themed poetry teatime.
If your table needs a boost of fun, or your teapots need a snug place to stay warm while you read your poems aloud, we humbly offer you our tea cozies to fill the bill!
Guest post by Daniela Cima Usher
Let’s share some Roman Poetry Teatime together!