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Friday, June 24, 2011

Mad Tea Party!

Well, the Hatter has done it again!
He sent out invitations to Alice, the White Rabbit and myself, hoping to lure us to his home for tea and a book club. The Hatter is mad of course, but loves books....all types, and as we soon found out...in all ways!

The day began sunny as I headed outside to travel to his home.

Alice too, receiving her invitation also left her home and wandered the forest looking for the doorway that would lead her to the Hatter's world.

She stopped for a moment or two to catch up on her reading as she was behind the group....the Mad Hatter was always a fast reader, as was Rabbit who, surprisingly enough, never dallied over reading but got right to business.
So here is Alice still reading while I was making my way to Wonderland.

The Hatter, being anxious to greet his guest, met me halfway and then left me to continue as he sought for Alice and Rabbit.

He found Alice reading, and to minimize her embarrassment at being caught catching up, told her his hat was drooping...so she fixed it. And no more was said about her reading at the last minute!

It was at this time that a storm blew in, huge black clouds heavy with rain above them as they made haste to the Hatter's home. Luckily, I saw the storm coming from far off and I brought in everything the Hatter had set on his outside table and meticulously laid it all back in his dining room, knowing that details were very important to him.

The cupcakes spoke to me! "Eat Me!" they said! But no, I knew better than to start without the others and I am pleased to say I was not persuaded!

So tempting.....but no......

Just as I had filled the last tea pot with hot water and tea bags and sat down to rest my weary whimsical legs, Alice and the Hatter blew in the door with a strong gust of wind.

The Mad Hatter bowed to me with a flourish of his fanciful hat and Alice curtsied as if to the Queen...(Oh no! She is not coming, is she? I rather like my head!)

"I do hope you are not angry with me," I said as I showed them to the table. You never know with the Mad Hatter, he may have planned to have the tea party in the middle of a raging storm!
But the Hatter smiled and showed us into the room.

"Not at all, dear friend, I am in your debt for sorting out a dry place for us to have tea and to read our book... no need, none I say... no need to get books wet!"

Sitting comfortably in our chairs at the table, we talked of Wonderland's latest news and waited for our tea to steep. Before I knew what was happening, the Mad Hatter picked up an old silver tea pot and poured Alice a cup of...tea!?

"Buttons?" asked Alice as she peered into her pretty cup. Her puzzled face looked up.

The Hatter looked into her cup. "Yes, and my best buttons at that!"

"B-but," stammered Alice, "I can't drink buttons!" Still curious as to the Hatter's meaning.

"Why, my dear girl... I make it my business to drink a cup of buttons every day!" he stated cheerfully.

At this point I stepped in and asked how his reading was coming along, surreptitiously taking the tea bags from the tea pots and pouring myself a cup.

"Marvelous!" says he. "In fact I found a new book that I truly love and I want to share it with both of you."

Moments passed and he did not elaborate.

"Oh, well, would you tell us about it?" I asked.

The Mad Hatter smiled wide and said, "Read it yourself!" Alice and I looked puzzled at each other.

"Where is it, dear Hatter?" Alice asked in her sweetest voice.

The Hatter only chuckled and waved at the table. "Why, it is right here under your noses!"

We looked and looked at all the old books he had stacked on the table... Then he picked up a random sheet (I had painstakingly laid out all the loose pages when I recreated the table in his dining-room, quite surprised at it all).

"Here, I have laid all the pages out so you can enjoy this story too." He smiled again.

Alice and I looked at the hundreds of loose pages that covered the tablecloth.

"How do we know where to start and how to proceed?" Alice asked bravely.

The Hatter readjusted his hat and said, "Why, the book is so good, you can start anywhere and proceed how you like!"

In true Mad Hatter style, this made Alice and I smile and laugh, and then the Hatter was laughing...

Alice poured the Hatter and herself a proper cup of tea and we all gave in to the cries of the cakes. Mmmm....delicious!

There were bottles on the table that said, "Drink Me!" but we already knew from Alice's experience that we would not be drinking tonight!

Both of us had the same desire to return safely to our homes before nightfall.

Eventually we got around to talking about our book... the Hatter loves to discuss the characters, Alice enjoys the story setting, and I am always interested in the subplots. All in all, we had a wonderful time in Wonderland even though Rabbit did not arrive before I left (he must be really, really late!).

Thank you for visiting during Mad Hatter Tea Party hosted by A Fanciful Twist.
Click on the link and you can see all the other parties!

If you go to the end of my Happy June Giveaway post, you will see all 4 prizes I am offering as a thank you to all my readers! You can enter to will one or all of the gifts! Only need to be a follower for a chance to win a Tea Cup, a huge Goodie Bag, a Tea wall hanging or a lovely Altered Matchbox filled with fun! Good luck!


Micupoftea said...

Thanks for a peek into your afternoon with the Hatter! Lovely table and pretty scenery~ I'm glad some actual tea was poured, and not just buttons. How fun! :)

Catherine said...

What a beautiful post. I really enjoyed reading/seeing it.

I found something that your post reminded me of. It is in ETSY, candy buttons! This woman has pulled molds from wonderful antique buttons. You have to see these. They are expensive but what a wonderful thing to have on the table for a tea!

Catherine XXX

Marfi-topia said...

what a great tea party!
you did such a wonderful job ..i was completley absorbed in the story, lovely photos!

Denise said...

Beautiful and so much fun.

Valerie-Jael said...

Well, this really sounds like something different! Valerie

Dianie said...

Oh Thank you! I had such a magical time at your Tea Party :)


Marjanne said...

oh how beautiful this story, the pictures are stunning and the "mise en scène" magnifique

Princesa Nadie said...

Dear Terry
What a lovely ,nice and funny post!
I have enjoyed a lot

Italian Postcards said...

It's quite difficult to look at those scrumptious cupcakes that say eat me, and not really be able to eat them. sigh.

Cameron said...

Well, thank you for letting me tag along for this wonderful party! Your, I mean, The Hatter's table was set so wonderfully!

I had a delightful time :)

Dorthe said...

Oh what a gorgeus party, you made a most wonderful story, and the table was beautiful, as were the hatter and Alice, what a fantastic scenery, dear.

apinkdreamer said...

amazing party!!!! thanks so much for inviting me!!


Dee in N.H. said...

Fabulous afternoon story!

Sylvia said...

Simply enchanting !

Sara said...

An enchanting post I got lost in the story and those buttons too. Hugs Sara

Ann said...

Your party was a hugh success..The Hatter adorable and the table stunning. The yarn you spun was delightful.

Anonymous said...

This was a fantasmigorical tea party! Your story and characters were whimsically drawn - and oh! Vintage books at the center of it all - I'd have never thought to incorporate them into a tablescape - but what a perfect touch for this old book collector! Yummy treats and too many delights to recount! I love the dreamy little way you were able to frame the photos, too. Is that Photoshop? Thank you, Terri, this is a great way to start my day! Joy!
Miss Kathy

BLiSsAngELs said...

I had a wonderful time in your wonderland with you... I was glad to see the mad hatter was visiting too..but i must hop as the rabbit would say...I know you wished I would stay... but alas
hugs to you


Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Oh! So much fun! So much beauty and the most perfect costumes, ever!!!! You never cease to amaze, friend! Thanks so much! Blessings.

Rose M. Rodriguez said...

Hi Terri, thank you for this visual gift! I enjoyed the most of the story and every detail you've prepared! I plunged into the history and beautiful details, congratulations. I celebrate your creativity! Rose Marie

Victoria said...

Yay Terri...Stunning and Superb photos..what a beautiful advnture you have shared...gorgeous scene aftre scene..beautiful characters...what a sparkling affair...Shine on..a Magnificent post...YAY!!

Holiday Sparkle - Cyndi LaChance said...

Lovely and enchanting party! It is a pleasure to spend some time with you :)

Pixie said...

Thanks for inviting me to your party...everything was so beautiful. I fell in love with your tea cups and saucers! I have got to start a collection of my own, they are just lovely.


Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

What a Wonderland oops Wonderful tale! I enjoyed every single bit of it!!

I enjoyed it so much I will be back to read it again! I'd love a cup of buttons please :)

I hope you have a magical weekend!


Twyla and Lindsey said...

I had a wonderful time at your magical party. Thanks for inviting me! Have a wonderful day! Twyla

Joyce van der Lely said...

Thanks for having me at your party,
especially enjoyed the buttons-tea you served, just like Grandma used to have....
please come and visit my Tea Party too :-)
♥ Joyce

Christina Silverio said...

What an amazingly beautiful tea party you all had; I was drooling over your pictures! Thank you for having me, and I hope you have a wonderfully mad day!

Unknown said...

Absolutely stunning, entertaining post. What work it is to pull this off! I am entranced for sure. I LOVE Mad Tea Party..I have a post up as well. http://sweetology101.blogspot.com/2011/06/mad-tea-party-for-pink-saturday.html
What FUN!

Lisa said...

thank you for a magical, beautiful tea party! i am in love with the Mad Hatters hat!!!

Sharon-The OKI StampQueen said...

I have GOT to figure out how to configure this post/story into a book! Hmmm..I don't *typically* do altered books--but this is calling for just that...I was enthralled! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Sharon

Denise said...

Terri,You are so talented.Your party is gorgeous.A true delight for all of us.Have a blessed day-Denise

Maria - Greece said...

You have a wonderful tea party. The story, the photos the costume all are magical. The cupcakes are my favorite. Fantastic work!

Marina Capano said...

Clapping! great!
what a cute Mad tea party post
I love your decor and your madness!
I have enjoyed your party very much!

from so far away

Visit me anytime...


OmaLindasOldeBaggsandStuftShirts said...

What a lovely presentation and oh my how beautiful everything was. Top shelf as always, Oma Linda, alias The Olde Bagg

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

I have enjoyed your party very much!
Happy UnBirthday to You !

ps I am a follower

Ana Cristina Caldatto said...

amo amo amoo Tema Alice!

maravilha de fotos!

Magic Love Crow said...

Happy Mad Tea Party ;o) Oh, I had a wonderful time! So beautiful! And, everything was so yummy! Thank-you! And, I loved the books ;o) Have a magical day!

Robin said...

So sorry I am late
For this important date.
You're the seventeenth on the list.

With too little time
I'm leaving this rhyme
For I'm adamant about wanting to persist.

All this running about
Has left me dry in the mouth.
Might I have a cup of tea?

Your cakes of rose
and teacups of buttons
Are all so tempting to me.

Oh my, the time
It goes so fast
I must be on my way

But fear not friend
I shall return
Please……Have a beautiful day.

Barbara F. said...

Terri, this was fantastic! Lots of work, I'm sure. Lovely setting, delicious goodies, wish I was there! xo,

Screaming Sardine said...

Oh my! What an absolutely delightful photo vignette. Total eye candy!

Thanks for sharing and all the time it obviously took to create something so lovely.

Tracy Screaming Sardine

Melanie Statnick said...

I love this! I hope you would vite my tea party, and thank you so much for the invite. I love all your photos!

Shell said...

Your tea party is beautiful. Your Mad Hatter is the cutest.

Sylvia Smiser said...

Hi Terri!
What a magical tea party! I thoroughly enjoyed it!!! Gorgeous costuming and spectacular table setting. I am your newest follower!
Thank you for having me over.
I do hope you will also visit me
Sylvia : )

Deanna said...

What a BEAUTIFUL and fun party! I truely enjoyed myself!


Deanna said...

What a BEAUTIFUL and fun party! I truely enjoyed myself!


Kathy said...

Oh, clap, clap , clap!! This was fun. LOVE that Mad Hatter hat. And I love the idea of scattering book pages all over the table. THAT'S a keeper. BTW - Alice looks like Gaga in the last photo. Not scary meat dress Gaga. Just normal (?) Gaga. :o) Kathy

Buccaneers and Ball Gowns said...

Such cute costumes! And love the buttons in the tea cup. Thanks for having me to your party!

Brianne said...

I had a wonderful adventure, Terri. Thank you for taking me with you! How fun to read at the table and to have a cup of button poured! What madness! Sweet Dreams. Peace. Brianne

Wendelou72 said...

Love your photos and the treats were divine!
Please visit my party at:



Šolanje na domu-Waldorf said...

Awesome party! Thanks for inviting me. :) The tea is fabulous. :)

Pabkins said...

You did such a magnificent job! You really went all out for this affair. I look forward to seeing many more posts of yours in the future!

I hope you join my party!

Sarah said...

What a fun party thank you! I loved the cup of buttons especially!

Maria-Thérèse said...

What a beautiful party with lots of gorgeous outfits!!

Tea Party at the Red Queen's blog: www.afiori.com ♥

Seahorse Ranch Girl said...

Ah, I'm still laughing at that silly Mad Hatter. How tiresome he must find us at times, when he must explain the obvious. (ps I was a bit distracted by your slide show. must go back for a closer look)

Lauren said...

Wow, what a beautiful and magical tea party!! Thank you so much for inviting me :) ~Lauren

Claudia said...

What a wonderful and magical post!


Raven Moon Magic said...

well the golden glow of your table has me hungry for breakfast and a tea!! it just oozed love and comfort, I love it,Wonderful story, thanks for the fun : )

Raven Moon Magic

Kathryn Costa said...

All I can say is WOW! Your photos and how every thing looks is outstanding. Love the cupcake holder. You have a beautiful eye for detail. I will definitely be back to visit.

I have a little party of my own and gifts for all of my guests. I do hope you can stop by.

Follow this direct link: http://collagediva.typepad.com/collagediva/2011/06/tea-party.html

Have a sweet day!
Kathryn, Collage Diva

Cobblestone Prims said...

Hello Terry, ohhh wow i love your Mad Tea Party...and i love the Mad Hatter Hat...where do you buy this ???
Thanks for your nice comment at my blog...have a wonderful weekend

Createology said...

Oh my dear Terri...Thank you so very much for allowing me to come along to your amazing tea party with Alice and the Mad Hatter. It was enchanting. In fact I am still reading those wonderful pages covering the table. This is so much fun I say.
Happy imagining...

Zoe said...

Such a sweet tea party post with gorgeous images, thanks for having me over.


Anonymous said...

Your tea party was an utter enchantment. I had such a wonderful time! The costumes and props are just amazing.

Karla said...

Oh Terri! Your blog is so magical! You share so much beauty in it! I am certainly now a follower. Thank you so much for the Tea Party. It was magical! Loved everything about it. I wish it was a little movie short! What a delight. Thank you for the yummy treats and the cute story :)


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This was wonderful, Terri! I loved being a part of your tea party. The table looks wonderful; I love the books on the table. Great outfits, too, and I just love the Hatter's Hat!

Carousel Dreams said...

Wow, what a wonderful tea party! Outstanding, I say...those costumes were out of this world, and your story had me enthralled...thankyou so much, I really did enjoy my visit here x

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

Such a pretty and clever party you have had!! Thank you! I'm so glad you had tea on hand to have instead of the buttons!

Please visit with me when you have a moment:

Wishing you a Happy Mad Tea Party Weekend!


newfiecrafter(Marilyn) said...

Thanks for inviting me to your tea party . It was so lovely with all the pretty cups and the food was delicious. Great story

Sarah said...

Delightful post! Your party guests are darling! Thanks for sharing all the treats.

Theresa MacNaughton said...

This tea party was absolutely fabulous!!!! BRAVO!!!! Loved every minute of this. What a lovely Alice and spritely Mad Hatter! Thank you for an awesome trip to Wonderland!

Pellie / Penny said...

Oh Terri,
what a wonderful, whimsical Tea Party - thank you for taking me along on your journey.


Cassie said...

I love the cups of buttons! What a great twist!

Unknown said...

Terri your post is magical and your blog is magical and it is just the dreamiest! Love the cup of buttons. I had a sweet time and thank you for inviting me! *smiles* Norma

Exclusively Yours Ltd said...

I loved your beautiful tea party. And the cupcakes looked too good to eat, but oh how I wanted one. Thank you for the invitation, Pat

Debbie said...

elegantly done, you really spent some time doing this and it shows....lovely


Natalie said...

Beautiful photos and a really fun party :) I've enjoyed your post very much. I love the look of the cupcakes!

I'm also taking part in the Mad Tea Party blog hop and hope that you'll visit my party to have some fun there too :)


Sylvia Smiser said...

Hi, I accidentally left a wrong blog address. Here is the correct one
Thank you,

Unknown said...

Books, buttons, tea & the Mad Hatter, what a perfect day!

Thank you for stopping by my party & leaving an invite to yours!


AlphaBetsy said...

What a beautiful tea party. I would gladly take a tea cup of buttons myself, lol.



Ms Misantropia said...

Wow, that was just beautiful and magical!

Carolee said...

What an an enchanting post - you really went all out! I especially loved the teacup full of buttons. :)

♥ Carolee

Marianne C. said...

O Terri! What a delightful tale you've spun!!! I truly enjoyed it...true to Hatter form. I liked the teacup of buttons, and I so enjoyed it when he said that the book was so good you could start it from anywhere and proceed as you like. !SMILE! Thank you for sharing.

Enjoy the day,
Marianne xo

Danni said...

Wow! So much magical muchness and so much spendidness all in one party! Your clothing is fabulous, the tea was delicious and I even enjoyed my daily cup of buttons! Thank you so much for inviting me to join in your mad soiree and for stopping by for a frolic with me!

Karin said...

So fun! Thank you!

vvb32 reads said...

simply fab! loved hatter's hat! and such whimsy with the cupful of buttons ;-D

Natasha said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely party!

Alisa Noble said...

A fabulous tea party, a wonderful tale and such delightful costumes! Thank you for having me!

Ivy said...

Oh how fun....and magickal!! Thank you so much for inviting us into your beautiful world. Hugs! xoxo

Anonymous said...

I really liked the cup of buttons! Great idea. Fabulous costumes, too.
Come say hello if you get the chance:

http://afancifultwist.typepad.com said...

Clapping clapping clappiiiiing!!!!!

Oh, that was just a heartful of wonderland goodness, hahaheheeee! I LOVE it! Your photos, your characters, your spread, marvelous! You have outdone yourself!!

Thank you for sharing your magical wonderland!

Love, A Fanciful Twist

Anonymous said...

A truly Mad, fabulous party! Thank you for letting me attend-I enjoyed it immensely!!! :D

Let the party continue!

Theresa said...

Dear Terri, What a magical mad hatter tea! I love how your mad hatter hat turned out!! How fun!
xo Theresa

Cinderella Moments said...

Fun, fun, fun! I love the party. You are so whimsical!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Wow! Tons of eye-candies here! Btw, thanks for the sweet comment in my blog. Btw, can you please share this at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

PS: While you're there, can you also join the giveaway? Thank you :)

Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff said...

Hi Terrie,
What a beautiful post! I enJOYed it thoroughly!
Wishing you a lovely week,

Conversations with the Muses said...

Oh what a wonderfully creative and beautiful party! I loved your story. Two of my many favorite things, tea and books, you only needed cats to make it perfect. However based on my Mad Catter party your table and books would have been destroyed and the beauty ruined so maybe it was a good think they were not there. I adore all your lovely art pieces and have signed up as a follower with my fingers crossed to win any of your goodies.
Thank you for a lovely party,
Tricia aka one of the Aunts from the mad catter party

dena miller said...

Lovely...oh my goodness!!!!

Honey at 2805 said...

This is so sweet and fanciful! You put a lot of heartfelt work into this post & it shows. I am happy to say I'm your newest follower!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

INCREDIBLE! One of the most engrossing posts ever. I love the photos, the story, everything! I'm so glad you stopped by my blog. Otherwise, I may never have seen this. Thanks for following me. I'm following you as well.

Angelina @ April Violet said...

Wow!! I am new here and I was so drawn in to the story and pictures how perfect! Very Very nice. I thouroughly enjoyed this and will share it for story time tonight with my sons ;)

Kathy said...

This was so very special! I was entranced! Just love how fun it was and so well done!

Susan said...

*new follower alert* I am so happy to make your acquaintance! I had decided to be a follower before I even started reading your tea party due to seeing all the tutorials on your blog!
Your party is lovely, really wonderful costumes, and sweets. great story line :)
Thanks for the invite, and please come to mine :) (I put a comment on 3 of your giveaway prizes)


Kristal said...

Hi Terri, you certainly had your hands full with the Hater and his reading. What a delightful party you had. I really did enjoy myself. Anytime books are involved I feel right at home.

Thanks for stopping by my Southern Tea and leaving such a sweet comment.


Anonymous said...

I'm speechless. This is truly the most imaginative post I've ever read. Your attention to detail is beyond divine, the story so fun, and the characters perfectly cast.

You always amaze me, Terri. But this time I'm truly blown away.

Now, where did that rabbit go?

Hugs and warm congratulations!


Anonymous said...

What an absolutely beautiful party! Very elegant and lovely--I'm sorry to be late (some trouble fitting through keyholes) but so glad I got to visit!

58 Cherries said...

Wow - what a tea party! Love the costumes and loose pages all over the table! A cup of buttons sounds wonderful, but not to drink!

If you haven't already, please do stop by my tea party, too! I have a giveaway.



Michelle said...

What a enchantingly mad tea party! And what a charming Alice and Hatter. Lovely table, too. Thanks for having me, Michelle

Terri Gordon said...

Hi Terri, Oh what a wonderful post, it looks like you had such a fun time. Your table was beautiful and I love your hat. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Terri

Vanilla Frost Cakes said...

Oh my goodness, you have put such a lot of effort into this. It's the most beautiful tea party and I love the costumes too. Fabulous!


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