Friday, June 25, 2010

Down the Rabbit Hole - A Mad Tea Party!!

Hello, welcome all to this year's Mad Tea Party! I may mention last year's party once or twice so if you'd like to, feel free to visit last year's tea party first.

But otherwise, let me tell you what happened this year!

***

It all started when I went outside to cut a few flowers in my garden. I was stunned to see my stone rabbit standing outdoors waiting for me...

And even more surprising - he seemed to be holding a set of keys for me tied in a pretty blue bow...


I held them up and wondered where they went to...which one should I try and where was the lock??


Perhaps I didn't need to search at all for instantly I was transported to a very different garden altogether...a much smaller one with a tea party already in progress beneath the marigolds, the Foxglove and the Desert Roses!






There were jeweled stones that gleamed in the sunlight that peaked through a forest of mint and thyme. It was a delicious smell and I leaned forward to take a better look...

Alice was there! And she was sipping tea from her tiny little silver tea set, complete with milk and sugar. Beyond her I spied some red toadstools.
She told me I must not dally here long as there was a tea party waiting just for ME! I looked around and saw the White Rabbit and his little watch.


"You're late, you're late...we must get going NOW!" he cried.
I followed him and was stunned to see I was not very far indeed - just beyond the fairyland tea party I'd found was my very own table full of treats to enjoy!!


I was stunned by the variety - two tea pots and several cups laid out.

I quickly grabbed a delicious chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting and multicolored sprinkles - mmmmm! These were even better than the cakes I'd had last year - delicious!
And the tea was a delicious peach tea, my favorite!

I glanced down and saw a white hand pointing to a plate I hadn't noticed yet.

There were unusual fluffy white cloud looking cookies - oh, my favorite - snowflake cookies! Meringue cookies with cornflakes and pecans - so delicate and light they seemed ready to float away...




I was busy eating a cookie and sipping tea when I heard a small *squeak!* between the saucer and plate. I glanced down to see a little gray mouse great me, his own treat of Swiss cheese before him.
I welcomed him and offered him bits of my cookie and glanced around the table again. There were raspberries and colorful red, pink and white candies as well.

I was appreciating the flowers on the table when I noticed a small squirrel next to a clock. I realized time was starting to get away from me as I enjoyed my little tea party and must be getting back soon...

But before I left I saw the rabbit sitting on the sugar bowl washing his face after his tea...




And beneath him was a tiny little fawn cautiously approaching the plate of cupcakes...



I glanced around again, looking for the gnome who bid me goodbye last time and found, instead, his wife knitting a pink shawl next to her rabbit ride.

She bid me adieu and hoped I'd come back again soon. I hope I shall, too - it was a great day and the sun was shining and I didn't really want to go...


So I hope you all enjoyed my party and just for fun, I'm giving away a little treat - the set of two toadstools from Alice's miniature tea party!!

They are handmade from fimo dough and hand painted as well - very cute in person. I made them awhile ago and decided to give them away to one of my guests!! Just leave a comment and I'll have a drawing on Thursday and give them away - hope to see you then!!
Now travel on and visit the other tea parties on Vanessa's fantastic blog list!!!

103 comments:

Sarah said...

I'm first! I've so enjoyed your Mad Tea Party. I didn't get to join in the fun last year, so thank you for sending me there first. Both of your parties were filled with wonders for the imagination. Magical! ~ Sarah

Michele Seraphim said...

a LOVELY story! That was really fun.

Melissa said...

Delightful Party! Got me so ready for all the tea parties! I would just love win the toadstools they are adorable!

Thanks!
Melissa

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, what a lovely tea party! I loved all the elements you used in your tea party from the tiny Alice with her silver tea set to your beautifully set tea table! What fun!

Thanks for sharing your Mad Tea party with us. I enjoyed my visit and hope you will join me for tea, too!

XO,

Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

P.S. Thank you for the chance to win your precious little toadstools. They are very shiny objects, indeed! I would love to win them for my magpie nest. :-)

Linda said...

Oh my goodness, what a glorious time I had. Your Mad Tea Party was wonderful. I will stop by again later. How very creative you are. Love the toad stools very much. I am extending an invitation to you to come to see me. Let the madness begin. momentsinaneye.blogspot.com

Bill C. said...

What a wonderful, wonderful tea party! I was so happy a mouse was in attendance. I love mice! Oh. I must confess. I took a bite from one of those chocolate cupcakes. I hope you don't mind.

Bill
http://artellacafe.com/blogs/billizettis_world/archive/2010/06/25/mad-tea-party-today-saturday-june-26-th.aspx

Kathy said...

Well, how cute was this?!! Love the little mushrooms and all the tiny tea part participants. This was charming. - Kathy

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Thank you for the tea and snowflake cookies! I enjoyed your party very much and your pictures were lovely! Have a wonderful weekend! Twyla

A Fanciful Life said...

Oh, what a fun party. Love the whole story - such cute little characters!

Victoria Sayer said...

Thankyou for allowing me to enjoy your sun shiny Mad Tea Party. Those raspberries were soooo fresh and juicy...I still have some pips stuck in my teeth (!) and the peach tea was delicious. Those toadstools would fit nicely into my Secret Enchanted Forest, at 'green and white garden'...please come and visit me, to share some more Mad Tea.
~Vicki.

Karin van D. said...

mWhat a lovely, delightful party you have going on here. I enjoyed every minute of it and those treats looks absolutely delicious! (I didn't even have breakfast yet here and already crave some chocolate cupcake tasting, is that bad? ;-))

Italian Postcards said...

Adorable, Everything was adorable! Have a fabulous party day.

Christina Silverio said...

Oh so sweet! What a lovely party! And those toadstools are wonderful! :)

fawndear said...

I couldn't wait till morning to start visiting the parties. Thank you for inviting us into your lovely garden. Especially loved seeing little fawn there.

Tootles,
FawnDear

Loretta said...

How sweet! I loved your tea party! I also love the toad stools; very cute indeed. Please come and visit me; I'm also having a giveaway.

Rhonda Roo said...

Alice's tiny silver tea set is lovely, as are all the little creatures who helped make your tea party so delightful (to say nothing of the splendiferous fixins -i am intrigued by the cloud cookies with corn flakes? YUM!) and who *doesnt* love a good peach tea?

I had lovely time at your party, thank you everso!

Carousel Dreams said...

Simply delightful! That little fawn - such a sweetheart! All your treats were super delicious - yum...so glad I could stop by x

apinkdreamer said...

wonderful party!!!!

Linda said...

Great story and lots of fun!

Linda

kayellen said...

How fun!!
Clink-clink out teacups to Vanessa:)

Enjoy the party!!
Hugs,
Kay Ellen

MARLOU B. said...

Lovely tea party!

Have a wonderful party day!!!

Sandra Van Winkle said...

I love your Mad Tea! Thank you for inviting me. Your toadstools are precious. I also have a toadstool (and mushroom) making an appearance during my party. Come join us today if you can. Well, must run. I don't want to be late!

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somepinkflowers said...

oh my o my oh my
i do believe we met
last year
and
shared a scone!

do pop over, missy,
and visit the crew
whilst we prepare
for
the party...


i will bring all my peeps
back
when we get our
Parade Permit...

{{ plus,
i am bringing
Geo.Washington
to all the parties,
i feel certain he would love
some tea out
of that heavenly blue tea*pot }}


Jorgelina said...

what a lovely tea party!
wonderful!!!

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Thank you for the tea! What a wonderful party:)

Maggi said...

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

I just love those toadstools, how precious! :)

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! :)

DonnaMundinger said...

What a fabulous tea! You are a perfect hostess. Thank you for inviting me! Love your toadstools!) xxD

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

Your friends are very sweet and your party is lovely! Thank you for the yummy treats!

Wishing you a Wonderful Party Day!

Betty

fiddlestixstudios said...

What a lovely post!Very creative!
~Mandy :)

Whisperings 13 said...

What a wonderful party! and those raspberries sure do look yummy!
Thanks so much for the invite!
Please do join me for a bit of mayhem :o)

Maria-Thérèse afiori.com said...

Lovely party! Chocolate cupcakes, yay, and such cute creatures! And oh, the toadstools...

♥ Alice Maria-Thérèse Afiori in Swedish Wonderland blog.afiori.com

Marina Capano said...

Just beautiful! lovely history and great pics!

Visit me anytime...

xoxo

Penny said...

Lovely trip to wonderland - and a wonderfully magic tea party.

Hugs,
Penny

Frogwarts said...

What a wonderful tea party and the treats were so delicious!!

Thank you for inviting us!

- Carol and friends at www.frogwartsworld.blogspot.com

Marit said...

Aaah... such a wonderful party! Thanks for the treats and if you come to my blog, I'll pour you some tea too (if you're not full already...)

Cori G. said...

What a sweet little tea party you happened upon. Garden tea's are the most delightful, don't you agree? Oh! Would you mnd terribly if I helped myself to one of those snowflake cookies? They look delicious!!! Thank you ;-).
Happy MAd Tea Party DAy.
xoxo Cori

Kristal said...

Hello! So glad to find your wonderful blog. I was doing a little peeking...I'll be coming back for a closer look at things once I'm done visiting all the Tea Party-goers.

I really enjoyed your party, thanks so much for having me! There were so many cute little things to look at, loved all of them!

~♥~
Kristal

Lady Lux said...

mmmmmmm, delicious raspberries, thank you :)

~Que Bella~ said...

What a lovely tea party! Such cute little creatures and delicious looking cupcakes...I'm quite hungry now for something sweet!~Michelle

Fair Rosamund said...

What a wonderful party!! Loved all of the adorable little animals :) Thank you for having me over! :) ~Lauren

Kandes Naylor said...

I am loving the toadstools. What a fabulous party you are having here.

Be sure to stop by my place. I am having a giveaway, as well. http://trickyfoxdesigns.blogspot.com/2010/06/tea-for-one-two-three-everyone.html

Scrap Vamp said...

Those mushrooms are lovely! Fabulous that you made them!

Bella said...

Delightful! Those raspberries look so delicious. And the toadstools are too, too cute. :) Wonderful party.

Lenora said...

Love this party - Such a great idea! Whoopee! Our Mad Tea Party - Fairy Tale is posted too at

http://lenorita-lenoramoore.blogspot.com/2010/06/mad-tea-party-2010.html

Please come and visit! xxxx Lenora

Debbie Egizio said...

What a lovely tea. I did so enjoy those chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and sprinkles. That little gnome is a charmer too. Well, thanks for the tea! Off I go to the next party. Ta,Ta!

KathrynAntyr said...

Thank you for a delightful time. All of the eye candy makes me feel a bit tipsy. Follow your heart and join me as we go to the Forest of Wishes. I have party gifts waiting for everyone! http://collagediva.typepad.com/collagediva/2010/06/blogparty.html

{{soul hugs}}
Kathryn, Collage Diva

Brook said...

What a beautiful tea! Thank you so much for having me!

Monkey-Cats Studio said...

Charming, absolutely charming!! Thank you so much for the tea, but I must rush to the next party!! Excuse my crumbs!
Laurie

Shari Replogle said...

Thank you for a lovely trip down the rabbit hole, and offering your darling giveaway. The fluffy white cloud cookies look scrumptious!

Kim Switzer said...

Oh my! Both tea parties were so lovely! I believe I need to learn to make snowflake cookies now.

Kaerie Faerie said...

Thank you for the invite for all the lovely tea and goodies so enjoyed myself
Kaerie Faerie

Jeannette said...

What an adorable party! I loved the fawn curiously checking out the cupcakes.

If you haven't dropped by already, you are cordially invited to my Mad Tea Party! I hope you stop in for a cupcake or two! http://GoodMorninBeautiful.blogspot.com

darryen8808@yahoo.com

Pearl and Pebble said...

Wonderful party! Thank you. And those cupcakes look fabulous:)

turquoise cro said...

O!!! sUCH A DeLIGHTful TEA PARTY!!!Did I see a turquoise tea pot?!!! LOVELY, Everything!!! O! Mushrooms, one of my FAV!!!

Sherry said...

What a wonderful tea! Very lovely indeed. I love your tiny little tea and doll, so cute.
Sherry

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Ahhh... this was magic! Blessings and thanks!

MarZel said...

Wonderful Party. Thank you for inviting me !! You are welcome at my blog for my party as well and special party favors to win like a $50.00 Visa Card.

www.theplayoflightandshadow.blogspot.com

Deborah said...

Simply delightful. I adore the tiny alice and her tea set. Thanks for sharing and please sign me up for your giveaway.

dawaioser said...

Oh my gosh - I love the foxgloves and your tiny red toadstools are so cute. 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

Shell said...

A truly lovely party. All those colors and treats delighted me.

gina ciarrocchi said...

wow what a terrific party i tasted the raspberries yum! All the decorations look great happy tea party day! I'm off to visit the others

KarenHarveyCox said...

What a lovely tea party. I love your tiny guests and I love the story too. Thank you for a delightful Mad Tea party.

Karen

Faerie Moon Creations said...

You are the first on my list of visits! Charming party! And thank you for the delightful offer of those sweet toadstools! I hope that you shall come and visit with me, as you join the White Queen and Mad Hatter for some cake ~ and tea...Theresa

Dajon said...

What a cute party

Elizabeth Barczynski said...

Your trinkets and characters were so lovely. Thank you for the tea. Scrumptious as it was. I am dreadfully late....forgive me and visit when you have a chance for a game of croquet!
wood-wings.blogspot.com

Debbie said...

Lovely to visit, Thank you. Got to scurry off, lots to see and do!
Debbie

Deborah said...

Deeeeeeeeelightful. However, I am NOT late! I traveled the bloggy list UP...felt so sorry for the XYZ peeps.

**blows kisses** Deb

Megan Warren said...

what a lovely tea party complete with toad stools!

Fantasy Whispers - Vania Cruz-Perez said...

What a great party you had!! Loved your white rabbit :)

Come on over to my blog when you get a chance to join the fun

http://fantasywhispersblog-ooak.blogspot.com/2010/06/im-late-im-latefor-very-important-date.html

Vania

Candace said...

Hello! What a lovely lovely party -- again! I do love those wascally wabbits and really had a wonderful time with Tiny Alice and the White Rabbit. FUN!
Your blog is just great and I hope to see you here and there in Blogovia! (I do like Fimo but I work better with Sculpey!)
Candace in Athens.

Jana said...

Lovely tea party. Love all the guests. So very charming.

sonyamacdesigns said...

Love little and big TEA parties ... much fun

Anonymous said...

This is so much fun blog hoping to see what everyone is doing for the Mad Tea Party! Looks like everyone has knocked their socks off decorating and baking and setting up Wonderland for all to enjoy!
Your Mad Tea Party was fabulous!
And the toad stools are so charming!
Teresa in California
tscat@sbcglobal.net

Ginny said...

What an enjoyable time I had! Lovely images!

Karin said...

wonderful party! thank you!

~karin

Papillon Bleu said...

How delightful! love the toadstools!
XXX

Alisa said...

What a delightful party and I enjoyed all of your "little" friends too!
~Alisa

http://lifeisabeautifulplacetobe.blogspot.com/2010/06/would-you-like-little-more-tea.html

Liz said...

Thank you for inviting me. Your snowflake cookies are wonderful and your little friends have been so kind. Don't you just love tea parities?

Designs by Blanche said...

What a delightful Adventure! Lovin all your characters, especially the fawn!
Thanks so much for having us, Zuni and I had a wonderful time!
♥♥♥

Christine said...

Your garden is beautiful Nikki!! And the tea party is so beautifully set up~I'm salivating looking at those raspberries and chocolate cupcakes:) Wonderful story and you know that if I was lucky enough to win the toadstools they would be part of my next blog event~they're darling and you did a wonderful job creating those!!

Hope you are doing well and enjoying the brilliant summer:)

Evelyn's Wonderland said...

I really enjoyed visiting your tea party, so many cute things and I love the toadstools.

If you haven't already, I would love for you to visit my tea party!

Have a lovely weekend!

Wendy said...

Thank you so much for a wonderful tea party. It was positively delightful. I so love the rabbit ride. I think everyone should travel by rabbit every now and again. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway opportunity. The toadstools are absolutely adorable. My gnome and fairy friends are jumping and yelling in hopes of winning them for garden home. Please do stop by and visit me for a cup of tea and a SPOOOOONFUL. of Madness....
Have a Wonderfully Mad and Curious Day....Wendy from Wonderland
http://candydelane.typepad.com/curiosities/

Carolee said...

What a delightful post, and your toadstools are just adorable! :)

~ Carolee

BunnyKissd said...

What delicious treats you had, those meringues sound scrumptious! Do visit my tea party if you have a chance! ^-^

So Dark So Cute said...

thats a yummi teaparty!
i have some delicous cakes at mine! wanna have a taste? ;-)

yyam said...

I love your miniature tea party! So adorable...and fun!

Thanks for having me! :)

shell-rose creations said...

Such a wonderful tea party! I'm so glad I happened upon your blog!
http://shellrosecreations.blogspot.com/

Keepsake's Crafts said...

Thanks for having me for Tea!

Abi said...

I'm late, but what a lovely party!! was a fun read :O)

DogsMom said...

I am still hopping around to parties. What a lovely visit I've had.
I am also headed back in time to read your first party.

http://dogsmom.wordpress.com

imaginationlane said...

Oh, my...your tea party was a delight..a true feast for the eyes and the senses, never mind the tummy! Thank you for having me over and I invite you to come to tea with my Bear family...

Lynette

Michelle Cummings said...

I'm sorry I'm late! My MIL's memorial was on the date of the party, so I'm now just getting my wits together to visit all the festivities!

Your party is so magical! I love all the ceramic creations! Thanks for sharing!
~ Michelle
http://faeriedustdreams-michelle.blogspot.com/

TesoriTrovati said...

What a charming tea party. So glad that I stopped by. I am having a giveaway on my blog http://treasures-found.blogspot.com. I do hope you will come for a visit!
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Mary T said...

Fabulous tea party, such a gorgeous day for it too! Keep up the excellent fantasy!

AlwaysInspired said...

Wonderful party! I love all of the little friends that joined in!

Dapoppins said...

Oh sweet squirrel and deer! Lovely party dear, but I think I left my gloves somewhere in party land...so I must dash before I have a sip of tea...


Aren't these wondrous days so fun?

Jen said...

I love your garden bunnies and blue teapot!

harem6 said...

So sorry for being late! But we see everybody is still partying...we had an amazing time here! Thank you for the treats!
In case you haven't yet,come along and have some tea at ours!

TheBlakkDuchess said...

What a lovely party! Your tasties look just too scrumptious... I hope you had a lovely time! ^-^

knitttwittt said...

fabulous!! i love it! you are so creative!! thanks for sharing!!

knitttwittt said...

fabulous, thanks for sharing!!

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