Thursday, June 24, 2010

A Mad Tea Party ~ 2010

Hurry please. 

 We can't be late.

Ah, there it is.

In the clearing

near that odd little house,

its roof thatched with fur.

Yes, yes, this 

must be the right place.

The time, the time! 

 We must not be late!

There he is!
It's the Mad Hatter himself,
our infamous host for this curious afternoon tea.

~ The Mad Tea Party!~

Let the fun begin.

Oh, my. It is a rather curious tea party, indeed!

Alice is here.

See there she is sitting

in her big comfy arm-chair.

No doubt she is very tired after

swimming through her pool of tears.

Please do sit down. 

 How about this chair here?

Yes, dear, the one near Tweedledee.

Or is it Tweedledum?

Oh, no matter.

Quick, find yourself a cup.

Better be quick!

I hear the rattle of the tea cups 

of this never ending meal.

Wonderful choice!

Let me pour you a cup of tea.

And cake . . .

you must have a slice of this!

It's a delicious cake of curious talking flowers.

A cherry or two 

with a mushroom cap?

Yes, it truly is 

a splendid afternoon!

What's that?

Do you see a grin looking 

down upon the festivities?

Is it? Could it be?

Yes, it must be 

the Duchess' Cheshire-Cat!

No doubt he'll be disappearing and

popping up all about the party.

I do think he's after another one

of the mushroom caps.

Oh, the happy days of summer!

"Take some more tea . . . "

There's plenty for everyone.

Do take another 

mushroom cap or two.

What a delightfully 

curious afternoon tea!

"So she sat on, with closed eyes, and

half believed herself in Wonderland . . ."

Time flies!

"Would you tell me, please,

which way I ought to go from here?"

Yes, yes! For more of these curious fetes ~

I'm thrilled you joined in the Mad Tea Party today. Every Saturday is also Pink Saturday and A Few of My Favorite Things so head on over for more fun at these weekly blog parties.

Oh my, what a fun filled party day!

Do you think Alice and all her curious friends in Wonderland
just might be some of my favorite things?

If you missed my post on
Alice in Wonderland in Central Park

Alice, Cheshire-Cat, Mad Hatter, White Rabbit
Needlepoint figures from Petei Designs, stitched in the 1980s

Miniature Tea Set - Paul Cardew Designs

This post will also be linked to several weekly tea parties next week.


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. All these little things are so adorably cute!

  2. Sarah, how precious! I love seeing all of your goodies. And did you make those delightful needlepoint ornaments? Love them! Loved it all from the teapot to the talking cake to the stacks of cups. Glad I wasn't late! ;-)


    Sheila :-)

  3. cute cute cute, I love all the pieces and how you told the story and displayed all the pieces.

  4. Sarah,
    This is awesome!! I am joining in. I just find out about it. Setting up my tea right now! I have to hurry not to be late!

  5. Delightful post... love the photos and narrative!

  6. festive, magical and fabulously FUN!! Terrific journey you have taken me on...beautiful!!

  7. Oh Sarah, what a delightful post of a delightful afternoon! Love all of your props for the photos. I can't believe you even have needlepoint A.I.W. characters! How fun! Your little chairs and clocks; your tea sets and cups -- all of it so cute and so fun! I really enjoyed coming to this wonderful tea party, and I'm so glad you'll be linking it to Favorite Things. laurie

  8. Sarah,

    This tablesetting is outstanding! I love all the elements you have included!! The teapots, black and white accessories and that cake are so wondreful! Thanks for sharing this fun and whimsical table!!

    Miss Bloomers

  9. Sweet Sarah,

    Thank you so very much for your wonderful little party. It was quite wonderful indeed.
    I pulled up a very little seat and enjoyed some of your wonderful tea, and I did love the little mushroom caps( I do love mushrooms). I hope to have my entire party tomorrow. Please do drop by for a spot of tea or maybe just to throw around some saucers and jump into a few cupcakes.

    Have a wonderfully mad and curious day. ....*#(&#** Wendy from Wonderland

  10. Hi Sarah, this is such a darling post.. so full of whimsy and happiness.. It certainly put a smile on my face... hugs ~lynne~

  11. What a wonderful post, pretty details all over. Cute, cute
    Alicia en el País de las Maravillas!

    Happy Pink Saturday!


  12. What a delightful post Sarah. I love your settings for your characters, and each vignette is so very lovely. I am off to see your post about Alice in Wonderland in Central Park. Thank you for stopping by to visit me and Joyce. What fun we had creating magic for the children. Her grandchildren are as well behaved as beautiful.


  13. Oh Sarah, I was late and missed the party! Please ask me again because it looks to have been a magical, marvelous time!!


  14. You are so clever! Love the needlepoint figures!

  15. O, such a delightful tea party. You have some of the most amazing things..and I spied some MC in there, too. :)) When my ship comes in with a ton of money, I will fly to wherever their factory is and buy TWO of everything I love there!!:)

    I so enjoyed your Central Park post and this one, too.
    xo bj

  16. cute, cute party trinkets. Thanks for the lovely party

  17. so cuteeeeee!!! I love it!

    visit me anytime...


  18. ~*~*~*Hip hip hurray it's Tea Party Day!*~*~*~

    What a fun party with the perfect guests! The tea and cake were marvelous!

    Thanks for having me at your tea party! if you haven't been already, you're cordially invited to my mad tea party! Have yourself a mad sort of day! :)

  19. Oh, how I LOVE your post! It's so creative. And I have the same teapot, also featured in my Mad Teaparty post. I love your cup and saucer. I never saw those up here in Canada. Did you make your Alice and Hatter? They are simply darling.

  20. I am so enjoying all the tea party creativity! Happy Pink Saturday!

  21. I like the chair & the keys the best :) Very cool!

  22. Tea Party Time~~
    I love Miss V!!

    always a pleasure to celebrate with all the party goers~~~

    Enjoy your Day!!

    Kay Ellen

  23. Oh my goodness! What a wonderful whimsical Mad Hatter Tea Party! Thank you for making me smile.

  24. What a darling setting! That cake looks divine mmmm and those cherries!

  25. Thanks for having me to your tea party! Everything looks fabulous!

    Happy Tea Partying!

  26. Cute!
    Lovely tea party!

    Have a wonderful party day!!!

  27. Such A Wonderful Mad Tea Party! Love all your tea cups and pots, Mad Hatter & Alice and who can forget the Cheshire cat?
    Thanks so much for having us - please drop by for a visit when you can!

  28. What a wonderful and magical tea party. Thank you for the brew... love your tea set!

  29. What a splendid cake! My mouth is watering for a bite!

  30. Yum! Thank you for the tea!

    ♥ Alice Maria-Thérèse Afiori in a Swedish wonderland

  31. This was a splendidly magical tea party and I had the best time from beginning to end. Thank you for the tea, but why am I so small?! Have a great weekend! Twyla

  32. Hi Sarah! This is so delightful! You have so many unique AiW things. I really enjoyed reading this and studying everything! Good to see you again!


  33. Oh my, such a lovely table setting. Wonderful collection of teacups. Sorry about licking all the frosting off the cake...

    **blows kisses** Deb

  34. Oh, what fun I had at your magical Tea Party. Everything was perfect. I wouldn't have wanted to miss one second.

    Happy Pink Saturday, Sarah.

  35. I love your black & white tea cup and what a super table set up! Thanks for letting me share in your special tea party! If you haven't already feel free to drop by my gathering. :)
    ~ Misha/DawaiOser <3

  36. What a splendid tea party! And such delicious mushroom caps too! Your cross-stitched pieces were lovely. Look forward to seeing some of your other tea parties too. Please stop by my blog: for my mermaid adventure and tea party!
    ~ Iva

  37. I am speechless!!! As I scrolled down all I could utter was, ooo, ahhhh,ooh, ahhh!!!
    What treasures. Did you make those needlepoint dolls?
    This post should be in BLOGGER magazine!!!!
    thank you for the very nice time!!!

  38. Hi Sarah! Thank you for your nice comment about my Pink Saturday post. I do something similar most Saturdays! The pink Mac is for real, as far as I know.
    I love your tea party post today and always enjoy your blog very much.

  39. What fun! Just pure eye candy! Sam and I had a wonderful time.

  40. I guessed there must be a special blog tea party today - - - your's is the cutest I've seen!

  41. Wonderful party post. The woodland looks beautiful.
    Thank you for visting my party too!
    Hve a lovely weekend :O)

  42. wow!!! fantastic party decoration!!!!
    greetings from greece!

  43. Thank you foe the lovely tea, i had a very nice time in your wonderland!!

  44. Ah, Sarah - that was wonderful! I don't know where you get your ideas - each more fanciful than the one before. Your blog is such a happy place to visit.

  45. What a fabulous MAD tea party! I'm so glad I came. The mushroom caps were especially delicious. I had so much fun--thanks for inviting me. And..thanks for coming to my Mad Tea Party as well.

  46. What a wonderfully Mad Tea Party and the tea sets are so beautiful.

    Thank you so much for visiting my Hauntingly Mad Tea Party!

    Happy Tea Partying!

  47. What a cute teapot! I've loved having tea with you today. Thanks for joining me as well.

    Sharon and Miss Gracie :-)

  48. The tea set was splendid! Thank you for inviting me to such a lovely tea party!

  49. So lovely, thank you!! I loved having my tea in that wonderful white chair as I stuffed my face with mushroom caps:)

  50. Your party is beyond beautiful, I love all of the black and white tea settings and the close up are great, I especially like the one of the festive fellow in his party hat.

    As for the Alice and characters cup over at my party, (thank you so much for the glowing compliment, btw!) it's a one of a kind as I made it myself. :) If you'd like to try it yourself, all I used was a ceramic espresso cup and a black pebeo marker I picked up at the craft store.

  51. What beautiful pics! And the little needlepoint characters are it petitpoint? Charming post. Linda

  52. What a fun party! Your collection is amazing. I am quite in love with that watch!

    Have a frabjous day! Kelly

  53. What a lovely party! I am so happy to attend. If you have not yet done so, I'd be honored to have you sit a spell wit me ~ for tea...
    Sincerely, Theresa (aka The White Queen)

  54. Lovely tea party and thanks for sharing with me!

  55. Oh my dear! This is the most darling tea party. All the characters are here and ready for tea. I guess I must be the mad hatter! Each detail is so fun. I love the stack of colorful and different shaped large tea cups with the one askew on the top. Perfection! I usually don't eat cake, but will make an exception for this so pretty cake! Could I have a nice big slice? Now I must rush off... Im late, Im late for a very important date...

  56. Sarah, what fun you must have had putting that together. Absolutely magical!

  57. What a lovely party!! That flower cake looks just scrumptious :) Thank you for having me over for tea! ~Lauren

  58. This is so very cute and darling and I just love it! MIss V, my grand daughter, is having an Alice birthday's in October and we are already planning for it! I went junking this weekend and got lots of metal baskets that I am going to spray paint pastel colors. It will be so much fun, just wish I had some of your treasures, but I do have several English china cups and saucers that I am taking the colors fro for the theme! Sometime you need to come pick blackberries with us!

  59. I think I ate too much cake! My that was delightful! Thank you for having me over and for attending my party as well. Best wishes! <3

  60. wow... you did an awesome job of enchanting this post with your Alice and characters all the tea, tea pots and food... I loved looking at all the pics. I did the tea party last year... too much going on to play this year...but, so fun to see it all here. Thanks for sharing....Mica

  61. That was a fabulous tea ! I loved it!

  62. Hi Sarah,
    What a fun post! I love your teapots; especially the polka dotted one! Thank you for stopping by and joining me for Tea Time; you're all linked up. Hope you have a wonderful week.


  63. Lovely,magic and marvelous!
    Would you like a cup of tea ?

  64. What a wonderful tea party! I had a lot of fun! I hope I can repay the hospitality by having you visit mine

  65. Sarah, This is absolutely adorable! So creative. I love it and thanks for inviting me to your tea party.
    Blessings, Beth

  66. What fun you must have had planning and decorating for this Mad Tea. So creative!
    Thank you for taking a moment to stop by and have tea with us.

  67. This Tea Party is just Magical! I love the dishes, the snail, needlepoint! Oh, the cake and mushroom caps! Just darling, how fun you must have had planning this Creative Tea! Just Darling!

  68. What a delightful tea party...thankyou so much for having me x

  69. oh my goodness. This may very well be the greatest table setting ever.
    you did a superb job and every item is terrific.. I like others am having severe teapot envy~!! its just all too cute and like stepping into wonderland..


  70. Hi: Your party is amazing! I can't believe how beautiful it is. Amazing! So many tea parties going on these next to days. So glad I got to see yours. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  71. Oh my goodness, what a wonderfully splendid party! I had a delightful time. Everything was just PERFECT!! Loved your stitched pieces as well. And I think I will sneak off and take a peek at the rest of your lovely blog, it seems very inviting!



  72. Oh Sarah I JUST ADORE Alice in Wonderland. What a fabulous setting you created. You must've had a ball putting that together. Where did you get all that wonderful crockery??

    I am off to check out your summer Sunday now...

  73. Whew! I fell down the rabbit hole at the last party and it’s taken me days to find my way out. What a lovely gathering and such delightful company! Thanks so much for having me! (And for not mentioning those crumbs on my dress).

  74. oh that was fun, i am so smitten with your kittens! you have so many darling pieces! i love to see adults play, isn't it the best!

  75. Sarah, I enjoy looking at the pictures of all the pretty things on your blog. You have such exquisite taste. --Deirdre


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