Saturday, July 28, 2012

♥ Mad Tea Party ♥ 2012

Welcome to the 5th annual Mad Tea Party, hosted by A Fanciful Twist

There is a place, you see. Really quite curious. At a certain time of year, at a certain time of day, you can find yourself floating through space and time, falling, falling...down the rabbit hole you go, until you are completely immersed in Wonderland. And in fact, that's where I found myself tiptoeing today.

What really drew me in was the music.

Oh, how silly of me! I forgot to wish you a very merry un-birthday! How could I neglect to mention it? Make a wish!

Beyond a purple, gauze lined entrance with a welcome banner into the maddest place on earth....

And through the looking glass....

There lay a colorful little table piled high with treats and lace galore.

The whole area was lined with paper art and gauzy material strung about, beckoning....

Away from home, they said, come with us, indulge in Wonderland. A whimsy that can only be fully experienced once a year, on a very special un-birthday.

A magic banner should do the trick.

Come, take a seat! There is piping hot tea awaiting your generous taste-testing! Plus doily covered cupcakes that need to be attended to....I'm sure you can take care of that one, though :)

Where to put your lace parosal? Oh, don't worry about it, dear. Just open it up and stick it right into the air, it'll float. This is Wonderland, after all!

The cake pops are quite delicious, if I do say so myself! 

And please, do help yourself to some treacle tart! It's fresh treacle from the treacle well, so it has to be good, no doubt about it! And the pixie dust bottle looks especially tempting....

Is that a lovely dusty rose ruffle cake I spy peeking out from the corner? Well, you must indulge in that confection as well, you simply must! Oh, did I spill some tea on your ruffled gown? I'm so sorry dear, just use your imagination, it'll come right off :)

Is that Alice I spy? What would she say if she were dining with us right now? What about the Mad Hatter? And I am quite glad the Queen of Hearts isn't here! Goodness, she might have all of our heads just for eating the un-birthday cake without her!

Candy in bowls and pretty little jars, scattered about, ready for you to nibble and munch....gumballs and taffy, gummy worms and sour patch....can't go wrong there :)

And of course, old fashioned hard candy and Swedish fish!

Darling, I've already told you; you can't gain any weight while in Wonderland! Now, how many slices of treacle tart suits your fancy? Two or three?

And don't forget the maple nut bubble bread! No tea party would be complete without the little balls of bread :) Have at it, good chap! And have a sucker as well :) Not a sucker like that, silly goose! A lollipop!


Peppermint, anyone?

The Mad Hatter seems to have a certain liking for these caramel cremes....they're disappearing like mad!

But the March Hare much prefers the lollipops. How about you? Personally, I'm with the Hatter and the cremes.

Oh good, the White Rabbit just arrived! He's always running late, you know. And now someone will eat that  purple ruffle cake! (Unless you can beat him to it....)

So many sweets, where to begin? Have you gone bonkers yet? Have you slipped into a sugar coma? Oh...we've lost the Hatter! I told him not to eat so many cake pops, but does he listen? Of course not! It's a MAD tea party, after all :) Restraint is for wimps.

Pour yourself another cup of passion pink tea, we'll have a little chat :D

Oh good, some of the other guests are starting to arrive! The Princess of Diamonds, my very good friend,  loves reading about Alice's adventures. Can't say that I blame her :)

And don't forget your wand! However are you supposed to do magic without it?

Will someone please revive the Hatter with their wand? Oh, thank you :) 

Being transported back to 1865 is just the right time for this lovely Mad Tea Party, which I have enjoyed ever so much. (Even if Hatter did eat all the caramel cremes....)

Pour yourself another cup of tea and readjust your plumed feather hat! And remember that Wonderland can always be found in your imagination, in the pocket of life, hope, and dreams where it is always waiting for you to take a leap of faith, down the rabbit hole....

A Very Merry Un-Birthday to all!

Thanks again to Vanessa from A Fanciful Twist for hosting this wonderful event! Check out her Mad Tea Party here.


P.S. About the giveaway! I had planned on doing a Wonderland giveaway, and I know I have put in the last several posts that the drawing for the giveaway was going to be today, but it seems I have messed up. For those of you who have entered already and were expecting the drawing today, I am quite sorry! But we are going to do it a bit differently this time around. (Can you tell I'm new to this?) I'll show you what you could win and in order to enter, just leave a comment below. (And while you're at it, leave a link to a mad tea party of your own, if you have one!)

Here's what you could win:

Two A Fanciful Twist postcards, a doily, several pieces of salt water taffy, a couple of glittered stars, three wish tickets (two blank, for your own wishes, one with words), a cupcake magnet bookmark, and King of Hearts and Ace of Diamonds cards.

I'm so sorry to those of you who have already entered and were expecting the giveaway to be drawn today. You will be automatically counted for the giveaway, regardless if you leave another comment or not! Sorry again for all the confusion! (Well, it is a mad tea party after all.....) 

The winner will be revealed in the next post.


  1. Hi Jessica,
    what a delightful party :)
    And a very merry un-birthday to you too I must say :)
    I hope you don't mind me taking some Maple nut bubble bread home with me, it is just so delicious.
    Oh what a sweet little dolls tea party!! And they are jewelry makers too!
    Thank you so much for inviting me, I hope to see you soon at my party too, everyone is invited :)
    Mad Madam Mel x

  2. A very merry un-birthday to you too!!! Im in heaven with all the treats I shared with you, thank you for such a wonderful party! Wont you join me too?
    xo Susan

  3. I'm not late, hurray pour me a cup of tea and I will sit awhile. I see everyone is what treats, Please pass me one of each.
    Your party is wonderful and filled with delights. Thanks for sharing, Please come for a visit. Kathy

  4. I had such an amazing time at your party. Your table was set with the most wonderful things. I think that I ate too many sweet treats. But that was ok, as they were so good. I would love to enter your giveaway.

    You can visit me;

  5. Jessica, I truly enjoyed visiting your magical tea party! Your decorations were wonderful! Thanks for inviting me and please, feel free to drop in on mine! Have a wonderful weekend! Twyla

  6. wonderful party! come visit mine too!

  7. I had a wonder-ful time at your Mad Tea Party...thank you for inviting me. Your table was a beautiful presentation of a delicious feast. I will confess...the Mad Hatter didn't eat all of the caramel creams. He had some help ;)The treacle was delish, as was the cake pops and the swedish fish. If I've forgotten to take my gift bag of Wonderland treats, please come by my party. Follow the link to

  8. Gorgeous tea party, so many fabulous treats to eat.

    Hope to see you at mine

  9. What a delightful explosion of sweet color and magic! I loved every last bit!
    hope you can pop over to the enchanted parties!

  10. Thank you for a delightful Mad Tea Party! There were SO many delicious treats!!!! :) Hope you will come visit with me, too...

  11. Beautiful pictures and oh, the yummy treats, I would have loved to be there...

  12. Oh my goodness Jessica! You did an amazing job with your tea party. Sadly, I didn't get a post up but at least I could visit yours "-). And "OH" I'm with the Hatter on the caramels...yum!! Have a fun day party hopping...
    xoxo Cori

  13. What a wonderful tea party! I love the candy pastels, the cheerful banner and all those yummy, yummy treats!

  14. OHHHH WOW what a great Party you have...this look like fun...i love it...have a magical day

  15. Thanks for having me! Loved the apple pie! my favorite! Oh please do stop by for a treat too!!♥-2012/

  16. Hi Jessica,
    Cake pops are my favorite! I so enjoyed everything at your Mad tea party. I loved your eye make-up too, truely genius!
    I hope you will visit me too! I am also having a giveaway!
    Thank you!

  17. SO many yummy treats, and what a great table-scape!

  18. What a delicious looking tea party, I particularly have my eye on that treacle tart...

    Thanks so much for having me :)

    Please come taste the cupcakes at my picnic party:

  19. I absolutely adored your party! I loved all the treats. My belly is a bit full and sticky now as I have tasted them all :) You did an excellent job, thank you!

    P.s. I am now following your blog :)

  20. Lovely Party...thanks for the invite.

    Visit me if you wish at:


  21. Oh what a wonderful magical party Jessica! So much fun and all the yummy treats. x.x


  22. What a dreamy party!So sweet! Thanks for stopping by my party!:)

  23. What a beautiful party, those treats are simply stunning!! I am so glad I stopped by.I hope you have a chance to visit me as well.

  24. So much to eat here!!!!
    Your pics are lovely!

  25. Splendid!!! Look at all those treats and sweets and handmade funkins!!! Looooove it all!!

    Happy Mad Tea Partying!!

    ♥ Vanessa {a fanciful twist}

  26. Oh my, what a delightful party for young and old - children and grandparents - rabbits and mad hatters! Thank you for all the delicious goodies served on yummy and cute tea party sets. My grandkids highly approve of the inclusion of the apples. Such a sweet treat for all. Thank you - and thank you for visiting Chidlrens Tea Party Sets and Ideas. :) Have a lovely party time.

  27. Blame any confusion on a sugar high. All the magic in Wonderland could not save you from this buzz.

    I had a wonderful time but must quick away!

  28. You have been a busy busy Gal! What Fun I have had visiting you today! All your treats look tantalizing, something for everyone!
    Thank you for this lovely party and what lovely banners you design!
    Cheers, Kelly

  29. Jessica, your photographs are spectacular! So dreamy and surreal!
    Lovely. Just lovely.
    Thanks for popping over to my tiny Mad Tea Party. I am so glad you enjoyed yourself.

  30. Dearest Jessica
    What a Wonderfully Scrumptious party. I ate so much I think someone must have awoken me with one of those magic wands as well. I just could not stop eating the Treacle tart. DEE-LISH
    I think I might need a larger pair of stripey stockings.OOOPS

    Please stop by for a Mad spoonful of tea... a little late of course, but we have opened the door now

    Wishes and Whimsy
    Wendy from Wonderland

  31. Everything looks lovely and delish, and glad a fellow tea-party-er has dressed their table with fruit :P *although reaches past fruit to sweets*
    Though I am awfully late so must dash on...

  32. What an enchanting tea party, Jessica! My mouth is watering just looking at all those goodies! How nice to have some appropriate reading material close at hand, too. Such a fun time! Thank you for inviting me and for visiting mine! : )

  33. A gorgeous table you set,so enchanting.I loved your party!Thank you so much.Denise

  34. Beautiful pictures and a very delicious looking spread. Thankyou for your visit. xxx

  35. What a wonderful array of sweets and treats set out at your party! Thank you so much for having me. :) Won't leave the link for mine, as you've already been. I appreciate you stopping by, so much!

    These parties are such fun...

  36. Thank you for your very pretty Mad Tea Party! I'd like to invite you to visit mine at The Gossamer Tearoom when you have the chance!

    Wishing you a lovely rest of your Mad Tea Party Weekend!


  37. Oh my! Treacle tart? Is the treacle drawn from a real Treacle Well? It's been so long since I had treacle tart... What a beautiful table you've laid, those apples are the brightest and juiciest I've ever seen.

    Thank you for your sweet comment on my mad Tea Party and it's all right. We really don't do beheadings that often.

  38. Thanks for the unbirthday tea I so needed it along with your many wonderful treats
    I surely enjoyed myself :)
    You are invited to Stampinmamas Place for tea and lemonaide with me and my gnomes

  39. so bright and happy is this mad tea party. I love it and my girls would have loved it also, in all their dress-ups

  40. Such a beautiful dreamy tea party, lovely lovely lovely! My blog is new and I so look forward to participating in events like this in the future. Can't wait to see more of your creations and posts!


  41. This was such a wonderful Mad un-birthday tea party...I must admit I am a bit stuffed from all the tea parties I've been visiting but the salt water taffy caught my eye and I had a bit more than I intended. It was all so very lovely thank you for inviting me and for coming to my party as well!
    Beth P

  42. Thank you for visiting my party earlier and for inviting me here today! I have enjoyed my visit here. What a lovely table setting, it is simply magical!

  43. I love your wonderful Tea Party1! I am sorry I am late for such an important date! I hope I am not late for your fab give away!

  44. Yum! Yum! Yum! Absolutely divine Mad Tea Party! Thank you for the tea and sweets, my dear, and be sure to drop in for my giveaway too if you havne't already!
    Teresa in California
    Ta! Ta! I'm off to other parties!

  45. Thank you so much for inviting me to tea! Your table was magnificent! Everything was delcious, too!

  46. Beautiful, Beautiful! Thank you for stopping by my party, and I'm so glad I stopped in on yours! Of course you are still in time for my drawing! Son Jonathan is going to pick a name at midnight tomorrow night!

  47. You have set a very lovely table indeed! I think I will have a bit of the ruffle cake if there is any left. =) Thank you for the wonderful tea party!