The Bee’s Knees Summer Tea and Sweet Beehive Cakelets

Find buzz-worthy ideas for a bee-themed tea for summer, including Bee’s Knees iced tea, bee-studded teapot flower arrangements and mini beehive cakelets.

The Bee's Knees Summer Tea | © #tea #summer #bees #sunflowers #tablescape

Welcome to “Tea on Tuesdays”!

I’m happy to *bee* joining Pam at Everyday Living

 for our inaugural post in a celebration of tea today.

Tea on Tuesdays, third Tuesday of the month | © #tea summer #bees #sunflowers #tablescape

We’ll be sharing all things “tea” including table and recipe inspiration on the

third Tuesday of every month and invite you to join us for a virtual cuppa!

Bees on lamb's ear | © summer #bees #garden

If you’ve been a follower of my blog for any length of time then you know

I love all things *bee* including seeing them buzz and bumble

around the garden!

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The Bee's Knees Summer Tea | © #tea #summer #bees #tablescape

I’m having tea with the bees today, which makes for a

fun tea-themed party for summer!

The Bee's Knees Summer Tea | © #tea #summer #bees #sunflowers #tablescape

We’re sipping Harney & Sons Bee’s Knees Tea today, a Roaring Twenteas-inspired tea,

and play on the 1920’s cocktail, The Bee’s Knees. It’s a white tea and blend

of botanicals, including juniper berries, lemon peel, honey and lemon flavors.

The Bee's Knees Summer Tea | © #tea #summer #bees #tablescape

Bees, in the form of gold bee magnets, were added to the tin

for a little buzz-worthy embellishment at the table.

Bormioli Rocco Quattro Stagioni canning jars with bee skep | © #tea #summer #bees #tablescape

With temperatures in the 90s, we’re enjoying our tea iced instead of hot today,

and sipping from Quattro Stagioni canning jars

that have a bee skep design on the jars.

Bormioli Rocco Quattro Stagioni canning jars with bee skep | © #tea #summer #bees #tablescape

When I spied these jars at T.J. Maxx a several years ago,

I made a beeline for the checkout counter! 🐝

 Bee's Knees Summer Tea | © #tea summer #bees #sunflowers #tablescape

Refreshing for summer, served over ice with lemon, a sprig of pineapple mint

and sweetened with honey from a Bee Sweet Honey Pot!

Bee's Knees Summer Tea and Bee Sweet Honey Pot | © #tea #summer #bees #tablescape

Bees are buzzing on the tablecloth, placemats and on a

bee skep cookie jar, serving as a centerpiece for the table. . .

Bee's Knees Summer Tea | © #tea #summer #bees #sunflowers #tablescape

Bee's Knees Summer Tea and Bee Skep Cookie Jar | © #tea #summer #bees #sunflowers #tablescape

More bees are buzzing on my favorite

Wallace Napoleon Bee flatware. . . 

Bee's Knees Summer Tea and Tablescape | © #tea #summer #bees #tablescape

And on napkin rings and embroidered Napoleonic Bee and laurel wreath napkins.

Bee's Knees Summer Tea and Tablescape | © #tea #summer #bees #tablescape

Embossed salad plates are abuzz with a bee skep design.

Placesettings are a adorned with a teapot-shaped mini teabag holder,

which would make a fun little takeaway for a bee-themed tea!

Bee's Knees Summer Tea and Beehive Cakelets | © #tea #summer #bees #tablescape

Help yourself to a sweet beehive cakelet!

Bee's Knees Summer Tea and Beehive Cakelets | © #tea #summer #bees #tablescape

A beehive shaped cloche was a HomeGoods find several years ago. . .

Almond Beehive Cakelets with Lemon Glaze | © #tea #summer #bees #tablescape

A Nordic Ware Beehive Cakelets Pan

was pulled into service to make

Almond Beehive Cakelets with Lemon Glaze.

Almond Beehive Cakelets with Lemon Glaze | © #tea #summer #bees #tablescape

This recipe, courtesy of Nordic Ware, makes 12 mini cakelets.

I used a simple lemon-confectioners’ sugar glaze to drizzle

on the cakelets.

Almond Beehive Cakelets with Lemon Glaze | © #tea #summer #bees #tablescape

Almond Beehive Cakelets with Lemon Glaze

Mini beehive cakelets are buzzing with flavor. . .almond extract and a lemon glaze for a sweet treat at teatime.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Course: Dessert, tea
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beehive cakelet, lemon glaze, teatime
Servings: 12 cakelets


  • Nordic Ware Beehive Cakelets Pan


Cakelet Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2/3 cup plain yogurt

Lemon Glaze

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare Beehive Cakelet Pan with baking spray containing flour and use a pastry brush to evenly coat the cavities of the pan.
  • In a small bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
  • Using a mixer with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and almond extract and blend thoroughly.
  • Mix in flour mixture and yogurt until smooth. Pour into prepared pan, filling each cavity 3/4 full. Gently tap pan on towel-covered counter to release air bubbles.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of cakes comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cakes cool in pan for 8 minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack.
  • Wash pan, prepare with baking spray and repeat with remaining batter.
  • To make lemon glaze: Place confectioners' sugar in a medium bowl; stir in lemon juice (glaze should be thick, yet pourable). Add more sugar or lemon juice, as necessary, to achieve desired consistency. Drizzle over cooled cakelets.


Substitute vanilla extract for almond extract if desired. 

Almond Beehive Cakelets with Lemon Glaze and Bee Cloche | © #tea #summer #bees #tablescape

Bee's Knees Summer Tea and Teapot Bouquet with Bees, Sunflowers and Hydrangeas | © #tea #summer #bees #sunflowers #tablescape

Teapots are serving as vases, filled with garden hydrangeas, abelia foliage, pineapple mint

and chaste tree (vitex) seed pods.

Bee's Knees Summer Tea and Teapot Bouquets with Bees, Sunflowers and Hydrangeas | © #tea #summer #bees #sunflowers #tablescape

They’re buzzing with bees and bee magnets. . .

Transform bee magnets with Rub 'n Buff | © #tea #summer #bees #sunflowers #tablescape

 I gave the bee magnets a 2-minute makeover, adding some silver highlights,

transforming them with  Rub ‘n Buff.

Bee magnets attached to binder clips | © #tea #summer #bees #sunflowers #tablescape

Bee magnets are attached to a metal binder clip on top of

 a bamboo skewer, to add a bit of bee ‘jewelry’ to the arrangement.

Bee magnets attached to binder clips | © #tea #summer #bees #sunflowers #tablescape

Bee's Knees Summer Tea and Teapot Bouquet with Bees, Sunflowers and Hydrangeas | © #tea #summer #bees #sunflowers #tablescape

Bee's Knees Summer Tea and Bee Sweet Honey Pot | © #tea summer #bees #tablescape

Bee's Knees Summer Tea and Tablescape | © #tea #summer #bees #sunflowers #tablescape


Bee's Knees Summer Tea and Tablescape | © #tea #summer #bees #sunflowers #tablescape

Table Details:

Harney & Sons Bee’s Knees Tea 

Bee Sweet Honey Pot and Tea Bag Holders / Certified International

Daisy Bee Napkin Rings

Tablecloth, placemats, bee cloche, bee cookie jar / HomeGoods

 Napoleonic Bee Napkins / Crown Linen Designs 

Embossed Bee Skep Plates / Pfaltzgraff Naturewood, retired

Wallace Napoleon Bee Flatware

Bee Skep Jars / Bormioli Rocco Quattro Stagioni 

Bee's Knees Summer Tea and Tablescape | © #tea #summer #bees #sunflowers #tablescape

Be sure to *buzz* over to enjoy a delicious menu and teatime

delights in Pam’s garden at Everyday Living!


Bee's Knees Summer Tea and Teapot Bouquet with Bees, Sunflowers and Hydrangeas | © #tea #summer #bees #sunflowers #tablescape

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  59 comments for “The Bee’s Knees Summer Tea and Sweet Beehive Cakelets

  1. Rita C.
    July 19, 2022 at 6:45 am

    Wow, what a terrific collection and setting for your first tea on Tuesday! I love it all, but the tea itself, inspired from the Roaring Twenteas, is perfect for me, both in the flavor description and fitting the theme.
    Your eye for adding to your bee service collection is ever so tasteful. HG has offered some great elements over the years. That cloche is very cool. The Amazon napkin rings are super stylish, rivaling some over-the-top brands. I’ve made those cakes and they are so good (esp when heavy hanging the almond extract. 😉). And, of course, the florals are gorgeous. I’d love to make a beeline right over and enjoy it all in person! Happy Tuesday!

    • July 19, 2022 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind comment and visit Rita! Yes that tea is perfect for your inner flapper girl alongside a mini cakelet. :) Happy Tuesday ❤️🐝

  2. Cindi
    July 19, 2022 at 6:45 am

    Mary…this was delightful! You are so creative. I put the bee teapot on the birthday wishlist and ordered the white tea. I expect to be sipping some Thursday morning. Thank you for sharing your creativity! Peace.

    • July 19, 2022 at 6:41 pm

      Thank you Cindi! I hope you enjoy your tea! ☕️ 🐝❤️

  3. July 19, 2022 at 6:50 am

    Good morning, Mary. I was happy to be awakened early this morning by thunder, lightning, and glorious rain. We desperately needed it. Now for your fun Bee’s Knees summer tea spread. You have a beautiful collection of all things bees! The Harney & Sons tea blend sounds refreshing and is lovely served in the canning jars with the pineapple mint. The bee skep cookie jar is the perfect centerpiece. I love that bees are buzzing all over your table from the tablecloth to napkins and rings to embossed salad plates and landing in the flowers. The beehive cakelet looks delicious and the perfect complement to your iced tea. They look so cute under the beehive cloche. What would we do without Rub ‘n Buff, it works magic. I am so happy to be joining you for Tea on Tuesday’s💛🐝 Have a wonderful day, Mary 🐝🐝🐝

    • July 19, 2022 at 7:04 pm

      Thank you Pam! I’m keeping my fingers crossed we get some much needed rain tonight. Thanks so much for inviting me to join you for Tea on Tuesdays. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead, Stay cool ❤️🐝

  4. Kari
    July 19, 2022 at 8:11 am

    I don’t know what happened to my comments Mary….I seem to have lost them. so rather than try to repeat my lengthy response…I can’t remember what happened yesterday let alone all that I typed this morning. LOL
    I LOVE your bee table and one thing I remember from my previous meanderings was my comment on your love for our little bees. Your attention to detail is as always amazing. Two of my friends recently had to have a beekeeper come and remove bee hives from their properties as mailman complained and the other hive was in the garden hose box. Have a beautiful Tuesday and thank you and Pam for tea time. Kari

    • July 19, 2022 at 7:44 pm

      Thanks so much Kari and for persevering to comment! So glad your friends’ bees were rescued and relocated. 🐝 Happy Tuesday ❤️

  5. July 19, 2022 at 8:27 am

    Good Morning Mary! I stopped by to see your First of Tuesday Teas! How fun was this! So much Beeutiful Inspiration! The Bee plates are on my Wish List and will order when I get back to AZ. I enjoy a bee theme and have a honeypot collection.
    Thank you for sharing all your inspiration! Happy Tuesday!

  6. franki Parde
    July 19, 2022 at 8:48 am

    Waaaa…I want a piece if almond-lemon cake…now…franki

  7. georgia
    July 19, 2022 at 8:58 am

    I so enjoyed this bee tea theme. It was such an inspiration to me. Thanks.

    • July 19, 2022 at 7:45 pm

      Thank you Georgia! 🐝

  8. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
    July 19, 2022 at 9:02 am

    Mary, this is all so absolutely beautiful! You have so many bee themed pretties. I love tea, and I am going to have to try the tea you mentioned. It sounds delicious. Those little cakes look scrumptious. I can’t wait to try the recipe. Thanks so much for sharing. Wishing you a most wonderful day!

    • July 19, 2022 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks so much for your visit and sweet comment Shannon! Happy Tuesday 🐝❤️

  9. July 19, 2022 at 9:03 am

    Oh goodness Mary, you really have created bee tea everything! I don’t know where to start talking about all the cuteness! I’m crazy about the place mats and the tea pot shaped tea bag holders! Everything is over the top cute and fun, you always seem to find the most incredible details for the theme setting you are doing, such as the Bee’s Knees tea tin! Thank you for a wonderful Tuesday treat, my mind will be buzzing with it all day!

    • July 19, 2022 at 7:48 pm

      Thank you Jenna! Wishing you a wonderful week, stay cool! 🐝❤️

  10. July 19, 2022 at 9:04 am

    I was looking forward to your tea party this morning, Mary! All things bees on your table is such a fun theme. I wondered if the bees knees Harney and Sons tea was good, and it sounds wonderful, and better iced for summer. You probably remember that I have a teapot that matches your cookie jar. I really enjoyed this happy post this morning and I’d love to make the cakelets in my beehive pan. They sound fabulous with the almond flavoring. Thank you for sharing the beauty and inspiration with us. 🐝 💛 🐝

    • July 19, 2022 at 7:53 pm

      Thank you Kitty! You know I share your love of tea and your cute teapot! 🫖 Wishing you a wonderful week, stay cool! ❤️🐝

  11. Cathy
    July 19, 2022 at 9:10 am

    Have you seen these:

    These would also make a lovely take-away from your tea party!!

    • July 19, 2022 at 7:55 pm

      So cute for party or shower favors Cathy, thanks for sharing! 🐝

  12. Winni Jeffery
    July 19, 2022 at 9:21 am

    How wonderful, Mary! We are thrilled with the new Tea on Tuesdays! I went to France 🇫🇷 3 years ago and have made my new kitchen a French Country one with blue&white dishes/linens, yellow walls and white wainscoting. I have the same bee magnets on my refrigerator doors! 🐝 Please share the name/design of the place setting mats with lemons and olives… I would love to find some! Again, thank you for your lovely inspirations!


    • July 19, 2022 at 7:59 pm

      Hi Winni, thank you for your visit, your kitchen sounds bee-utiful! The placemats are by Nicole Miller, I found them at HomeGoods about a month ago. :) 🐝

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    • July 19, 2022 at 7:59 pm

      Thank you Tracey! 🐝

  14. Bonnie Morgan
    July 19, 2022 at 10:40 am

    Mary, Your post is so full of interesting things. I love your bee magnets, bee hive cakelets, bee hive cloche, bee hive honey pot, bee tablecloth, and many more things with the bee theme.
    I bought some bee napkin rings in Italy this past summer that I have not used. They are the only bee thing I have. I need to use them.
    Your flowers are very pretty and so artfully chosen and arranged in your lovely tea pots.
    Lovely post. LOVE this new tea theme once a month.

    • July 20, 2022 at 5:25 am

      Thanks so much Bonnie! What a wonderful souvenir from your trip to Italy! Hope you’re finding a way to stay cool in this heat. ♥

  15. July 19, 2022 at 10:51 am

    So many adorable bee themed items. The flowers are delightful with your bee collection. Love the bee cakelets. A beautiful start for a lovely tea party.

    • July 20, 2022 at 5:26 am

      Thank you Linda! ♥ 🐝

  16. Clara
    July 19, 2022 at 10:51 am

    Mary, Your themed bee Tea on Tuesday table is perfect! It’s cool and inviting. Your lemon cakes look delicious and are so cute. Love the cloche! The plates are so pretty and the little tea bag holders are adorable. You have such a nice collection of bee items and those mason jars are perfect for summer iced tea! We’re drinking ours by the gallon it seems during this extreme heat. Please stay cool in this hot weather (we did finally get a good rain Sunday night). Happy Tuesday! Clara ❤️

    • July 20, 2022 at 5:33 am

      Clara, You’re always so kind to visit and comment! It’s definitely been ice tea weather here with the summer heat and humidity. We could use some rain! Stay cool. ♥ 🐝

  17. Ann Woleben
    July 19, 2022 at 11:34 am

    A refreshing and delightful post~

    • July 20, 2022 at 5:34 am

      Thank you Ann! 🐝

  18. Gail
    July 19, 2022 at 11:58 am

    Wonderful way to display the variety of pretty cups in the wire basket

  19. Rebecca Payne
    July 19, 2022 at 12:17 pm

    GORGEOUS! I love the Bee theme.

    • July 20, 2022 at 5:35 am

      Thank you Rebecca! :) 🐝

  20. Barbara at Mantel and Table
    July 19, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    SO cute, Mary! I love your bee jewelry for the flower arrangement, and those little cakes are adorable. I’m loving your Tuesday Tea day! 🐝

    • July 20, 2022 at 5:35 am

      Thank you so much Barbara! 🐝

  21. Jo
    July 19, 2022 at 1:33 pm

    🐝🐝🐝Really enjoyed todays blog! Thank you for all the great ideas and beautiful tablescape. 🐝🐝🐝

    • July 19, 2022 at 5:52 pm

      Thank you for your visit and comment Jo, Happy Tuesday! ♥ 🐝

  22. Debbie Jones
    July 19, 2022 at 3:11 pm

    So cute and what a great bee collection! I do beelive you have the sweetest tablescape with the lemon bundt cakes. They look so yummy and perfect for your bee themed party!

    • July 19, 2022 at 5:44 pm

      Thank you Debbie, Happy Tuesday! ♥ 🐝

  23. Kym
    July 19, 2022 at 3:20 pm

    What are the adorable carte postale plates? Love, love, love this theme!

    • July 19, 2022 at 5:40 pm

      Thank you Kym, they are placemats. :) 🐝

  24. Betsy
    July 19, 2022 at 3:26 pm

    What a tablescape you have set, buzzing with happiness! This post makes me want to bake something with lemons, visit the Mothership of Home Goods with wild abandon, and set a new table today.

    I must share that I recently house-sat for a family member and couldn’t help but feel like a bit of a hoarder after seeing how few linens they had in the home. I returned home thinking I would clean house. Thankfully, your post is a most welcomed intervention preventing me from making the mistake of discarding beloved linens. Whew, that was a close call!

    Absolutely lovely post filled with all the sunshiney-goodness of summer!

    • July 19, 2022 at 5:43 pm

      Too funny Betsy! Thanks for buzzing by and your comment! I visited the Mothership today and was gobsmacked by all their Halloween goodies. Happy Tuesday ♥ 🐝

  25. Kim
    July 19, 2022 at 5:35 pm

    Gorgeous 🐝🐝🐝🐝 post. Thanks for sharing.

  26. July 19, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    Mary, it’s no surprise that I want to buzz on over to join this delight first Tea Time Tuesday Tea. I’m thrilled you and Pam decided to start this series. Bravo! I recognize a few bee themed pieces that are in my own collection, but the Harney & Sons’ Bees Knees Tea is new to me. Ordering some tonight! I may need to make some cakelets soon too, and I have the same bee hive cloche to keep them fresh. Happy Tea Time Tuesday!

    • July 20, 2022 at 5:44 am

      Thank you for buzzing by Sarah! I have honey pot envy every time I see your collection. 🐝 I hope you, Sadie and the Chef are managing to stay cool. ♥

  27. Connie
    July 19, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    Fun bee knobs:

  28. Marion
    July 19, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Thank you for the invitation to the first Tea Party.
    Marilyn,Joan and Marion

    • July 20, 2022 at 5:44 am

      Thank you Marion, Marylin & Joan! 🐝🐝🐝

  29. Mary Anne
    July 19, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    That glass of tea looks so good. Stay cool!!

  30. July 20, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    This was the Bees Knees for sure!!! Thank you!! ❤️🐝🐝🐝🐝

  31. July 21, 2022 at 8:34 am

    That was adorable, we share the bee passion with so many matching pieces it delights me to no end!

  32. Ann B
    July 21, 2022 at 2:41 pm

    Love this post, huge tea fan here. I have never tried their teas and will have to now, looks lovely. Thank you for the recipe, when our weather cools a bit I will have to try it with my mini Bundt pan cakes.

  33. July 26, 2022 at 10:05 am

    That’s a honey of a tea-party and couldn’t bee any sweeter! I work at a wonderful assisted living memory care home called BeeHive. As you might imagine, we have a bit of a bee theme going on there in the decorating department. Thanks for sharing the how-to of some of your cute accessories.

  34. Clairmarie Kelly
    August 1, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    I love your blog so much! It is my favorite to read and look at your photos. I used to own two tearooms so this new addition is perfect.
    Love the bee theme and can’t wait to see your next Tea on Tuesday!

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