Friday, July 27, 2012

Mad Tea Party 2012

It was a hot day today.  I took a quick walk outside to look
at my sad, neglected garden.

The flowers are blooming, but the weeds are
creeping in and the grass is over long, still the flowers were blooming and beautiful.

It was then I noticed the surprise lilies had sprung up!  So beautiful and fragrant...I stopped to admire them when suddenly...

Two Scottie dogs appeared with a note..
I blinked to find myself at a table full of tea, sweets and refreshments!  Just what I needed after the hot summer sun outside...

There were so many delicious treats, I didn't know where to start... 

There were Cherries, and Root Beer, Cola and vintage bottles of 7-UP,
Lemonade and Raspberry tea...

 Cucumber sandwhiches, cherry tomatoes and cookies, galore!

The buttery cookies had raspberry and apricot jams,
chocolate and powdered sugar.

 The lemonade was chilled and served in beautiful glasses with N's on them!  As if they were made just for me!

 There were also Gum Drops and Nonpareils and even Orange Sherbert
in tiny vintage glass ice cream cups - all my favorites!

I thought I was alone until I spied a miniature Alice drinking tea and eating
an enormous (to her) cookie, too!  She bid me hello and told me to
sit down and enjoy!!  Thank you for visiting my blog today, be sure to drink
and eat all you want!  The cucumber sandwhiches were especially delicious. 

And as soon as I was full I found myself getting sleepy and woke up again amongst the flowers of my garden.  I dusted myself off and came to share the tale with you!

It's the first time I made Cucumber sandwhiches - I'll share the recipe
at the end of the post if you'd like to try them yourselves!

And now - 2 Giveaways for my party guests.  I have NEW Alice in Wonderland Images available for the first time ever.  These will be in my shop later this week, but for now I'm offering them to you lovely readers for free!  If you'd like a chance to win be sure to comment to this post.  I will pick a winner for each of the giveaways - let me know which one you prefer or if you like them both.  I'll announce the winners next week!!

#1 has an Alice drinking from the bottle that says 'Drink Me', another image has the bottle with the note on it.  The other two images are of the Mad Hatter.

#2 has images of Alice and the Cheshire cat, one Mad Hatter, a set of wobbly tea cups and a tea pot.

Both of these are very cute, you can use them in scrapbooking, decoupage, or you can frame the images and group them together.  They'd look lovely anywhere, but especially in a studio or bedroom. 

And now - the Cucumber Sandwiches...

I looked at various recipes, but experimented a bit in the end, I used:

1/2 pkg. Cream Cheese
1 huge spoonful Mayo
1 huge spoonful Sour Cream
1 1/2 tablespoon Ranch Dressing Mix
Dash of Garlic Powder
Dash of Beau Monde
Plenty of Dill

Mix these ingredients and season to taste.  Refrigerate overnight.

Day of:  Cut crusts off of white, wheat and/or rye and pumpernickel breads, slice cucumbers thin and make sandwiches, I served mine with super sweet heirloom cherry tomatoes from my garden - delicious!

Thank you so much for visiting and do take a look at my other Mad Tea Parties from previous years if you haven't already - links along the ride side of my blog. 

Have a Great Weekend!  Don't forget to comment and leave your email address for a chance to win the giveaways!!



Unknown said...

Oh how wonderful, thank you for inviting me to your party! I would love a chance to win your lovely Alice images too! But before I forget..wont you join me for my party too?
my email is
Thank you, a have a very merry unbirthday!!!

Mad Madam Mel said...

Oh what a sweet tea party, and a very greedy Alice. Must be careful of those Scottie dogs whispering tricky tricks to the lilies, conspiring together like that !
Thank you so much for inviting me, I hope to see you soon at my party too, everyone is invited :)
Mad Madam Mel x

Linda said...

Oh my what a wonderful party you had. I have to admit that I came back for seconds...I love cucumber sandwiches. All of your sweets were amazing. Thank you for inviting me. You can visit me at:

Twyla and Lindsey said...

A delightful party, for sure! The giveaway is divine and I love being able to take away a recipe for those delicious sandwiches! Thank you very much! Have a magical weekend! Twyla

Theresa MacNaughton said...

Thank you for such a fun Mad Tea Party and generous giveaway. I'd be happy with either gift. :) Please come and visit with me, too...

Theresa :)

Jessica said...

Oh what a sweet little tea party, and such a beautiful setting!

And hop on over to my party for some treacle tart?

Cobblestone Prims said...

Ohhh this look wonderful...hmmm...i´m hungry now...many thanks for sharing, have a magical day

Sylvia Smiser said...

Thank you for having me over. The cucumber sandwiches were amazing.
I do hope you will visit my tea party!

Iliana said...

Oh so yummy! Cookies, cucumber sandwiches, chilled lemonade! I would love to win the giveaway. They are all great! Wonderful tea party. I hope to see you next year!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the tea and treats! I can't wait to try my hand at cucumber sandwiches!

Lynda said...

Thanks for including us in your party, we sure had fun! Thanks for the recipe and giveaway too, we appreciate it :)

Dena Miller said...

Glad to have stopped by♥
Please visit me here if you will:

Unknown said...

Magical party! Please stop by mine if you can! :)

Sunny said...

LOved your party. You goodies were wonderful. Great photos too

Laura S Reading said...

A beautiful garden and a delicious spread on the table.
Argg, I am gaining so much weight following this party trail.

I could not choose a favorite image package. They are all delightful. said...

Sweet you! Loooooove your table setting, and your garden! Oh and your treats, yummmmms!

You are a doll, thank you for sharing such a scrumptious party!!!

Happy Mad Tea Partying!
♥ Vanessa {a fanciful twist}

Lisa said...

Thank you for having me! I love your vintage tea party! I love both sets, but I think 2 is my favorite!! And thank you for the cucumber sandwich recipe. Looking forward to trying it for my next tea party!!!

Thanks again

Lisa said...

Oops, forgot my email.


Chelsea said...

This looks so homely and darn wholesome! I love the table set-up.
I seem to be running awfully late for all these tea parties so must dash....
but do pop by (we have cherries ;P )

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

What a lovely party! I love cherries, especially the Rainier variety, so I see I have come to the right place! And I will have to try your recipe for cucumber sandwiches!! Can't wait!

Won't you please come and visit at The Tearoom?

Wishing you a most beautiful rest of your weekend,


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a beautiful table and such delicious foods! I could sit here for hours enjoying it all. Thanks for inviting me to your tea party!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Everything looks so fresh and welcoming.

Rhissanna said...

Oh, how I love cucumber sandwiches! I like the sound of your recipe. I think I might try it as soon as I can lay my hands on a nice cucumber. This was a wonderful Mad Tea Party. thank you for inviting me.

I love those Alice images. You're right, they would look lovely in a bedroom.

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Oh! Thank-you! Lovely time!

Stampinmama said...

A wonderful party loved the finger sandwiches (thanks for sharing the recipe) and I loved the cherries-hope I win the stamps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Come see me at Stampinmamas Place

Yarni Gras! said...

great party! love the recipe and giveaway. Stop by my place, I have a giveaway too

Lisa said...

Love your party - the treats look so lovely, and I think I may have to make the cucumber sandwiches!
hope you can stop by my parties!

Scrap Vamp said...

Such yummy treats and sandwiches! Thank you for inviting me to tea! I had a wonderful time!

Buccaneers and Ball Gowns said...

They are both wonderful, but I like #2 the bestest! Oh and those sandwiches certainly look scrumptious!

Princess Squash said...

Lovely party - thank you so much for the invite! I am so sorry I am late...I got lost among your beautiful flowers! Blessings!

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