Friday, June 25, 2010

Today's MY unbirthday too!

Hello goodbye, no time, no time?

No, no, no that will not do. Stay and join us, it won't cost you a dime!

Once upon a time there was a girl who dreamed a perfect Mad Tea Party - she'd had a whole year to prepare and had bought tea accessories in grand anticipation. But when the actual day came - oh MY! Why she had more troubles than Alice herself going through Wonderland!

First her cupcakes got neglected - over baked - and were oh so yucky.

Then as she went to set up her party the dark clouds loomed as the wind blew in a storm.

She gathered her friends inside to wait. Oh dear, oh me, the party will be late! Worse! Cancelled!

But she put her chin up and apron on and decided to be brave and then she remembered her bottle of wishes she'd saved.

It was such a time as this that those wishes came in handy. She closed her eyes and blew her wish up, up and away...

Asked her friends to hand over their ticket to stay.

And yes! It worked! The skies were clear and bright. To the party we go as we enjoy this respite.

The girliest Mad Hat you ever did see was waiting for the one who had been sent the right ticket.

And our Honorary Hatter put it on it one hot minute!

Come in! Sit down! Enjoy the cozy comfy space.

There is a table of goodies among the flowers and lace.

And old friends we haven't seen in a good long while!

And a new friend too, hiding in the aisle?

Well of course! And we couldn't play croquet without you!

I look over the treats and tea accoutrement anew...

So inviting and delicious - I'm tickled to the core.

Looking over the table you ask, "but what is this for?"

Why it's my Merry Unbirthday of course! What's that? It's YOUR unbirthday too?!

Please let me get you some wonderful treats! As around the table I flew.

Perhaps a cup of tea?

A cake bite perhaps? Ah but you forgot already! Those deadly cupcakes were transformed into these delicious nibbles I tell you with glee.

Yes, of course candied orange peel is more of a Christmas thing, but don't you think it goes nice with our orange chocolate cake bites and orange infused tea?

Fill your plate now, don't be shy! I add in brightly.

Perhaps you'd prefer some water instead?

No? Alright, tea it is! And it looks like just in time too, to enjoy this magical spread.

Take your treats and find yourself a spot...

To sit and relax and give pleasant things a thought.

How is your tea dear? Too hot, too cold, just right? Clean cup? ;)

Enjoy the wispy clouds and the lovely blue skies, how often we forget to just look up!

We sit and chat so long, so late, that the day came and went and now it's night!

The moon comes out to tell us, we'd better go inside, we're all out of light.

And it kisses the daisies goodnight as we go.

Thank you friend, for a lovely visit! I do hope you'll come again for tea! I'll keep my bottle of wishes handy - just in case! :)

If you're curious about some of the creations you saw in my post - hat, banner, tickets, etc. - click here for the how-to and purchase links.

And be sure to click the banner at the top (or on the side ---> ) to visit A Fanciful Twist, the lovely hostess and all the other Mad participants!


Dianne said...


Melissa said...

Delightful party!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, what a delightful party! I'm so glad I came. Loved the setting. It was perfection. And I enjoyed myself enormously. You did a wonderful job and are the perfect Mad Hatter! :-)

Hope you'll join me for tea as well.


Sheila :-)

cat said...

I told you you are magic! You can even control the weather!!

Your dramatic reinactment nearly killed me. bwahahah!

That last shot of the daisies in the sun set? Can I have that all blown up to hang on my wall? It's so whimsical and enchanting. Love, love, love it!

Merry unbirthday to you! (I wish you lived closer!)

Kathy said...

This was adorable! I loved the phrase, "How often we forget to just look up." I'll remember that for a long time. What a terrific tea party! - Kathy

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Oh, I am So glad you were able to have your party! It was pure delight! The tea was delish and so was the treats, but why am I so small?! Have a wonderful weekend! Twyla

Victoria Sayer said...

Thankyou so much for allowing me to share in your Mad Tea Party. I loved the orange tea, and the bottle of wishes. That would be such a handy thing to own! And I did remember to look up, and I too caught the moon kissing the flowers. Please come and visit me for some more Mad Tea in the Secret Ecnhanted Forest at 'green and white garden'.

Karin van D. said...

Thank you for having us on your wonderful party. I had a great time, and the tea was delicious!

Italian Postcards said...

Fun party. I LOVE your Mad socks!!

Christina Silverio said...

Wonderful! So glad the weather cleared up!

Loretta said...

What a lovely party! Isn't this fun? I esp. love your hedgehog. Please make sure to drop by and visit me, as I'm having a giveaway for edible hedgehogs!

fawndear said...

Love, love, love your bottle of wishes! So glad they came true. Thank you for the links as well. I really enjoyed your magical party.

Rhonda Roo said...

I am positively swooning over your garden arbor-so cool! Love~Love~Love!

And that hedgehog is The Cutest Hedgehogs in the History of Hedgehogs. EVER!!

As is the mad het, and the wearer of the mad hat.

And, your party fare looked dee-licious.

YUM and YAY and a Very Merry Unbirthday to You!!!
Peace, Roo from the Treehouse

Carousel Dreams said...

He he, I'm still giggling about the 'dramatic reenactment' - too funny! Lucky everything else turned out just fine for your tea party...yum, all so delicious! And that little cutie with the hat on - adorable x

apinkdreamer said...

amazing party and photos!

planettreasures said...

Lovely photos and what a great idea!
I love tea parties : )

Sandra Van Winkle said...

Just lovely. And the bottle of Wishes...I must start collecting my own. Thanks for the invitation. Please come visit our Tea adventure, won't you?

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

What a wonderful party! That last photo is incredible! :)

Maggi said...

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

How wonderful wishes are, this is a wonderfully magical tea party! The tea was delicious! :D

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! :)

MARLOU B. said...

Lovely tea party!

Have a wonderful party day!!!

DonnaMundinger said...

So happy to have enjoyed tea with you. Magical party! (love the hat!) xxD

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

Such a lovely party! Thank you so much for all the yummy treats! I loved the "orange" theme as mine was as well!

Wishing you a Happy Party Day!!


Maria-Thérèse said...

Fun, fun! I love the dramatic reenactment!

♥ Alice Maria-Thérèse Afiori in Swedish Wonderland

Whisperings 13 said...

What a wonderful party! You are magical (controlling the weather like that- you fairy dust girl!) and that bottle of wishes- oh yes indeed!
Happy UnBirthday and Mad Tea Day!

Penny said...

What a wonderful and enchanting tea Party. Love all you tea things.
I too was plagued by severe storms for at least the two weeks before and all of this past week - So I know what you went through. You did a great job in spite of Mother Nature.

Lori said...

Such a delightful trip! It was lovely.

Marina Capano said...


cute girl! and nice psrty!


Frogwarts said...

Such a sweet Hatter you have to host your spectacular unbirthday mad tea party!

- Carol and friends at

Anonymous said...

Aaah... such a wonderful party altho it started a bit awkward...! 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...

Ooh an Orange tea, ever so yummy. Thank you so much for this delighful tea.
Have a lovely day!

Kristal said...

Oh, your party started out like mine...first 100 degree days and then storm clouds. But I'm glad to see that your saved wishes worked out for ya!

Your party was delightful. I just loved that little hedgehog, he is too cute! And the food looks scrumptious! Thanks for having me!


Lady Lux said...

Merry, Merry Unbirthday to you, what a lovely teaparty, I adore candied orange peel :)

Fair Rosamund said...

Just lovely, your tea party looks so airy and bright! :) And that hat was just fabulous!! ~Lauren

Scrap Vamp said...

Those nibbles looked delicious! Have a Very Merry UnBirthday!

Lenora said...

What a party - Such great work! Whoopee! Our Mad Tea Party - Fairy Tale is posted too at

Please come and visit! xxxx Lenora

kayellen said...

So much fun!!
I love all your goodies and table!!
Yippee for Vanessa~~~

clink clink our teacups to miss V!!!

Kay Ellen

Debbie Egizio said...

Oh, the tea was fantastical but that hat was the most magical. I did truly enjoy all of the treats. Thank you for such a lovely tea. Off I go now to visit the other tea parties. Ta, Ta!

KathrynAntyr said...

What a creative and fun story. I love the hat.

Follow your heart and join me as we go to the Forest of Wishes. I have party gifts waiting for everyone!

{{soul hugs}}
Kathryn, Collage Diva

Monkey-Cats Studio said...

So loved your party and thank goodness for magic to make the day perfect!! Your tea was tasty, but I'm off to another party so please pardon me if I left crumbs!!

Kim Switzer said...

Hurray for wishes and blue skies! And the chocolate covered orange cake bits--genius! Thank you for inviting me!

Shari Replogle said...

I absolutely love your bottle of Wishes! Glad your tea party turned out wonderfully .

Kaerie Faerie said...

lovely post, I want that hat LOL
and all the goodies and tea wonderful
Kaerie Faerie

Jeannette said...

Oh I'm so glad you had a spare wish hanging around! What a glorious party.

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!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful tea party post, I was really intrigued! Happy UNbirthday to you and enjoy the day!

Sherry said...

Very nice tea. What a beautiful garden to have it in.

turquoise cro said...


MarZel said...

Wonderful Story and Great photos!! Lovely setting and great ending!!

You are welcome at mine and to sign up for the giveaways... one of them ins a $50.00 Visa!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh - your little pink hat is adorable and I like your cake & biscuit serving tongs. 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

Anonymous said...

terrific party im so glad it didnt rain. I wish i was there what a beautiful garden and the hats were fantastic off to visit more parties thankyou for inviting me. Happy tea party day!

Dawna said...

Oh! What a lovely party it was! Thank you so much for inviting me. :-)


KarenHarveyCox said...

What a special Mad Tea with your tiny guests and your lovely tea sets. Your garden is lovely.

Faerie Moon Creations said...

FABULOUS party! I did so much enjoy my stay! Loved the treats and special guests. :) 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...

Enchanting party and that hat was
too cute.

Kandes Naylor said...

Bravo. Wonderful party. I am glad all your guests in their stripped socks got to stay and play awhile. If you have time, stop by and say hello.


D.Suplicki said...

I love all of the teensy tiny details you worked into your gorgeous party! From the tickets to the hedgehog, to your darling mad hatter.

If you'd like, feel free to stop by for a cuppa.

Sylvia Smiser said...

What a magical tea party! I so enjoyed the tea and candied orange. Thank you for having me over. Please come to my Mad tea party if you have not already.

Sarah said...

What a darling party. Thanks for having me. I was charmed from start to finish.
Happy Mad Tea Party!
Stop by for a cup of tea with me if you have the chance. ~ Sarah

Deborah said...

Love your dramatic reenactment!
**giggles** Adore your pergola!!!
Actually, experiencing Pergola Envy! What a delightful post.

**blows kisses** Deb

Anonymous said...

what a wonderful tea party - and a gorgeous mad hatter hat!

Fantasy Whispers - Vania Cruz-Perez said...

What a great party! Loved your Mad Hat and the Mad Hatter too!! What a cutie pie!!

Come on over to my blog if you haven't been by yet to join the fun


Candace said...

Oh my goodness, my favourites are the mini hat and the Honorary Hatter. The tea itself looks scrumptili-icious! And I do love it when the moon kisses the flowers here as well.
Love this blog!
Candace, Still in Athens.

Ginny said...

Delightfully wonderful time! What a fun party, glad the day cleared up!

Brook said...

Your honorary mad hatter was just too precious! Thank you for inviting us to tea today!

Alisa said...

I'm so glad you had that bottle of wishes! I've had a delightful time at your party!

Liz said...

It has been a delightful day. So glad the skies cleared up. I loved the orange peel candy. Thank you for having me. Shall I come back next year?

Designs by Blanche said...

Simply delightful! Your party turned out great - in spite of the obstacles!
Thanks so much for having us, Zuni and I had a wonderful time!

Evelyn's Wonderland said...

I had the most wonderful time visiting your tea party and all of the yummy delights.

If you haven't already, I would love for you to visit my Hauntingly Mad Tea Party!

Have a lovely weekend!

Wendy said...

AAAhhhh. It was a positively beautiful day and a wonderful tea party... I love Mr porcupine, he is so handsome, and the treats looked so yummmy I had to have more than one. I love the hat..It was fit for a perfectly mad hatter and that one was definitely bonkers in an adorable way. Please stop by and visit the rest of us hatters for a cup of tea and a SPOOONFUL of madness.
Have a Wonderfully Mad and Curious Day..Wendy from Wonderland

Carolee said...

What a delightful party!! :)

~ Carolee

BunnyKissd said...

Marvelous party! I've had a simply lovely time! That last photo took my breath away! ^-^ Please do come visit my party when you have a moment; the fairies have been there already... ^o^

The Josie Baggley Company said...

oh she looks SO happy in her Mad Hatter very cute! Glad I popped by to your great spread & had a few sweets yum & cake yum yum
Although my teatimeparty is rather late / drop by for a cuppa steampunk...if you're so inclined that is!
Warm Wishes


The Josie Baggley Company said...

oh and many Happy unreturns on your Unbirthday from Ireland

hhippp hip...hoooray

So Dark So Cute said...

Oops! I'm late, so late :-(
you have a lovely teaparty! i really like the Honorary Hatter :-)
Wanna see my crazy and tiny hatters??

yyam said...

What a delightful party! Love your wonderful creations! :)

Waterrose said...

Loved the tea party....thanks for inviting me!

Abi said...

I'm late! Beautiful photos, and I love the hedgehog... adorable

Ember said...


TheEccentricLady said...

Oh, My! What a wonderful party indeed! So glad it cleared up. I am SO wanting your pergola setting. I have a daybed I would have to put at the other end and spend all day "looking up!" Love your fabric and ribbon banner also!

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!

So glad the weather cleared up for you! Everything looks wonderful!

~ Michelle

TesoriTrovati said...

Thank you for that spot o' tea!
I am having a Mad Mad giveaway on my blog I do hope you will come for a visit!
Enjoy the day!

Kate T. said...


Oh, PLEASE do excuse me for talking with my mouth full! How rude of me. I just couldn't resist tasting one of those orange chocolate cake bites.

YUMMY! Thanks so much for inviting me to such a delish tea. I hope you'll come visit me (if you haven't already), as I'm having an Alice-Blue giveaway contest.

Kate (shibori girl)

Anonymous said...

Such a lovely tea party! I could not get enough of the yummy orange treats,and your outdoor room is charming! Of course, your little Mad Hatter is definitely the highlight of the party!

Thanks so much for having me to tea, and a belated happy birthday to you!


TheBlakkDuchess said...

What a wonderful party! I just love your bottle of wishes!!! =D