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Monday, July 13, 2015

Mad Tea Party 2015 ~~ Featuring Alice and the Mad Hatter and Plenty of Sweet Treats

Yay! It's finally arrived! The day of the big, multi-blog Mad Tea Party, hosted by A Fanciful Twist. I participated last year for the first time and was on pins and needles this spring to see when she'd announce the date for this year's. (See last year's party here.) I've had so much fun picking out pretty dishes and delicious treats to set out for my party. I've even got a giveaway for you all at the end of the post! It's going to be a wonderful party so make sure you visit Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist starting Saturday morning to see all the unique ideas from tons of your favorite bloggers.

Last night, a little bit of magic sparkled into our house in the form of a gloriously mad tea party---right in our living room! It was a party fit for an Alice, with a few fun surprises hidden amongst the tea and treats.

I heard the squeals of delight and came running in to find Alice reaching for this plate of goodies. It's awfully hard to resist sweet creme wafer cookies when they appear in one's living room so invitingly!

When Alice picked up the bottle labeled, "Drink Me", she saw a flash of light and a little man in a funny hat popped out to greet her. She remembered him from a dream she'd once had---she'd called him the Mad Hatter, for he was forever changing his mind and making senseless remarks.

"What day of the month is it? he said, turning to Alice: he had taken his watch out of his pocket, and was looking at it uneasily, shaking it every now and then, and holding it to his ear." ~Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Chapter Seven


Alice, being just a tiny little thing, did not quite know what to say to this. Instead, she continued to examine the delightful things around the table.


She found a surprise of cucumber treats and jelly-filled sweets. "Curiouser and curiouser!" cried Alice (she was so much surprised that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English)." ~Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Chapter Two

"Soon her eye fell on a little glass box that was lying under the table: she opened it, and found in it a very small cake, on which the words "EAT ME" were beautifully marked...

So she set to work, and very soon finished off the cake." ~Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Chapter One

"Suppose it were nine o'clock in the morning, just time to begin lessons: you'd only have to whisper a hint to Time, and round goes the clock in a twinkling! Half-past one, time for dinner!" ~Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Chapter Seven

As Alice made her way around the table, she found luscious Lemon Tea Cookies beckoning from a pretty pink biscuit jar...and a strangely familiar pig baby peeking out from a fruit basket.

"Here! You may nurse it a bit, if you like!" the Duchess said to Alice, flinging the baby at her as she spoke...Alice caught the baby with some difficulty, as it was a queer-shaped little creature...there could be no mistake about it: it was neither more nor less than a pig, and she felt that it would be quite absurd for her to carry it any further. "If it had grown up," she said to herself, "it would have made a dreadfully ugly child: but it makes rather a handsome pig, I think." And she began thinking over other children she knew, who might do very well as pigs, and was just saying to herself "if one only knew the right way to change them---" ~Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Chapter Six

"Now it's time to pour the tea," said the Mad Hatter. "Do you take cream in yours?" The Hatter poured Alice a cup and, as she sipped, she felt herself becoming quite sleepy. She laid her head down on the table and began to dream of daisy chains and white rabbits and other beautiful things...

I had a lot of fun putting together our Mad Tea Party and now I'm extending the fun to you! Check out the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win an Alice and Mad Hatter prize package. The giveaway will remain open until 12 AM Central on Sunday, July 12th. Make sure to tell your friends and visit the other Mad Tea Partiers at A Fanciful Twist, beginning Saturday morning, July 11th.

Enter to win an Alice and Mad Hatter prize package including:

  • Your choice of one 5 Postcard Set from AFancifulTwist on Etsy (value $6.50)
  • An Alice in Wonderland sticker booklet
  • Two Alice's Adventures in Wonderland decorative tags

For some interesting reading on the "real Alice", check out my book review of, Alice I Have Been.  a Rafflecopter giveaway Linking with:
Beverly's Pink Saturday
Welcome to the Weekend
The Creative Collection @ Craft-O-Maniac
Creativity Unleashed
Sunday Linkup at ARWB

77 comments:

  1. This is the cutest tea party I have ever seen!

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  2. Happy Pink Saturday .....and what a wonderful tea party you had your house! Love all of the clever details!!

    Dana

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  3. Sara, you out did yourself wih this one. You should be a professional.

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    1. Ha! Well, thank you. :) It was a lot of fun!

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  4. Ohhhh...I want to do this next year! How delightfully fun. Love yours and wish I could have been there in person. :)

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    1. OH I wish you could have too! I love doing these. I'm thinking we need to come up with a few more fun themes to do throughout the year!

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  5. What a project this was!! Thank you for so thoroughly documenting it all - it was almost like being there!! What kind of filter did you use for the sparkly pictures - they're BEAUTIFUL!!!

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    1. Thanks, Pat! I used picmonkey to put in all the sprinkles and stars and other effects! You can use a free version at picmonkey.com.

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  6. Oh, Sarah! HOW wonderful! You are such a great Mom...so full of love and happiness and good blessings for your sweet children! I can't even imagine how much work it was to put all of this together! Thank you for sharing with us here. You are such a blessing to us all. :) God bless you and your sweet family.

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    1. Thank you, so much, for your sweet words! It's always a joy to see you've visited as you have such a gift of encouragement!

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  7. What a clever and adorable tea party! Lucky kids with such a creative mom!

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  8. A very nice party indeed. Thanks for the treats. It was wonderful.

    Wende

    https://creativeartseatables.wordpress.com/

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    1. It was great to have you! Come again any time!

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  9. Ohhhhh wow i love your Mad Tea Party...little Alice and Mad Hatter are great....happy unbirthday to you all...and have a nice weekend
    Hugs from Kerstin

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    1. Thanks for coming to the party, Kerstin!

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  10. Oh an adorable Alice and Mad Hatter. He must have very large pockets.
    Thank you for the delicious recipes and the giveaway chance.
    Please come visit. I also have a giveaway.
    http://dogsmomvisits.blogspot.com/2015/07/a-fanciful-twists-8th-annual-virtual.html

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    1. Thank you for telling me about Alice I have Been!

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    2. Yes! I should put that link in here, shouldn't I? I'll add it to the post.

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    3. I'll definitely be by your blog very soon!

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  11. Your children are so cute….and your tea party is delightful! Happy Unbirthday to them!

    Linking from A Fanciful Twist,
    Happy Mad Tea Party!
    Ricki Jill

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    1. Thank you...and a very merry unbirthday to you, too!

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  12. Merry unbirthday to you, Sarah, and to Alica and Maddy too. ;)
    Thank you for stopping by for Turkish tea.
    xoxo

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    1. Thanks for coming to my party, Marcia!

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  13. Thank you for such a wonderful tea party! What a cute piggy in the watermelon! Luv it! :-)

    Please come to my party: http://www.moonlyf.com/2015/07/8th-annual-mad-tea-party.html

    ~♥Carmen♥~

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    1. Thanks, Carmen! I'll be at your party soon!

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  14. What a sweet Alice and Mad Hatter, everything looks delicious!

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  15. Oh I just love your sweet little Alice. :) Over at the designing fairy party: http://healingfairyalphabet.com/2015/07/11/join-the-fairy-mad-tea-party/

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  16. Oh how adorable! I LOVED an old movie version of Alice in Wonderland (the link to it is on my post), and in it I can still vividly remember the scene with the duchess and the baby/pig. So when I saw your Watermelon pix, I just laughed and laughed. Sooooooo great an idea for that and throughout the whole post. And what fun to fun into so many friends for this delightful tea party. Have a blessed and beautiful week. My party (and Pink Saturday) post is at http://www.KayeSwain.com/fun-tea

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  17. What a happy mad tea and such delightful guests.

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  18. Lovely party! It's fun to see your children getting in on the fun. I love all things Alice!
    Stop by Hyacinths to see my post on the fantastic exhibit that was here in my town, then you can pop over for tea or a cool limeade. Hope to see you!

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  19. It is fabulous Sarah!! I bet your kids had a ball!

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  20. It is fabulous Sarah!! I bet your kids had a ball!

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  21. This is darling. I love checking out the mad tea parties every year!

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  22. Your table and your family are simply beautiful!

    Happy Mad Tea Party! ♥

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  23. Your helpers were super adorable! I hope they were well paid in tea goodies.

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  24. What adorable children and what a fun Tea party! I loved all of the beautiful treats and the sense of magic and wonder in the air! So beautiful!!
    Jemma

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  25. Oh How delightful- and could Alice and the Hatter be any cuter? They must have had such fun!
    and I'm completely smitten with the pig in the watermelon !

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  26. A terrific party, especially Alice and the Hatter, they were simply adorable!
    Cheers, Sarah

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  27. Oh what a wonderful tea part! Such delightful treats to be had and your Alice and the Hatter are terribly cute. Thank you for inviting us to your tea party.
    Linda and Michelle

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  28. Ohh i love this blog post!!! Love Alice in Wonderland..amazing!

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  29. So very creative and clever, this is my first time at this tea party (thank you for your visit to me by the way, much appreciated!) I'm blown away by the standard of all the posts and the effort of all the participants and you're at the top of the pops for me!
    Enjoy your forthcoming trip to the UK!
    Wren x

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  30. What a fun party! Your kids looked like they were having a great time!

    Noreen
    Crafty Journal

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  31. Loved Your fun and delightful party. So sweet for Your children.I've never used that widget,and I'm afraid I don't understand it but I would LOVE to win that wonderful gift. ox and blessings Denise

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  32. Loved Your fun and delightful party. So sweet for Your children.I've never used that widget,and I'm afraid I don't understand it but I would LOVE to win that wonderful gift. ox and blessings Denise

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  33. What an amazing party, it looks so much fun. Lovely and creative pictures..

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  34. Hi Sarah, what an absolutely lovely tea party, with such sweet hosts as your adorable Alice and charming Mad Hatter! I had a blast! Thank you for the cuppa tea and the amazing give away! Hope you have a beautiful and magical weekend! =)

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  35. Gorgeous spread, incredible treats and Alice is beyond words, you have outdone yourself! What fun oh me oh my! And your giveaway, so sweet! You are such a lovely soul!! Happiest mad tea party wishes <3, Vanessa

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  36. awesome tea party, great goodies, and your guests were lovely and dapper! Sadly, I didn't play this year.
    Susan

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  37. awesome tea party, great goodies, and your guests were lovely and dapper! Sadly, I didn't play this year.
    Susan

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  38. Fabulous!! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit, your party was delightful!
    Thank you for being a most gracious hostess, my Dear!
    Hugs,
    Anne

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  39. Fabulous!! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit, your party was delightful!
    Thank you for being a most gracious hostess, my Dear!
    Hugs,
    Anne

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  40. I adore the sparkly photos! What a fun tea party! :)

    Sugar-coated hugs,
    Schardé
    rubbingsugar.blogspot.com/2015/07/mad-tea-party-bohemian-repast.html

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  41. Well I hate that I missed the giveaway but I totally loved your party! Getting the kids involved is always the greatest thing. Thank you for having me over!

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  42. I am late, but enjoyed your tea party immensely. The sweets and tea were indeed a delight.

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  43. Really fun party! I adored your Alice and Hatter.! A sweet special touch, and your treats were delicious too!
    Hugs,
    ~Susan

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  44. Really fun party! I adored your Alice and Hatter.! A sweet special touch, and your treats were delicious too!
    Hugs,
    ~Susan

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  45. What a great party!! Getting the kids involved is the best. Many memories are made that way. A perfect Alice and a perfect Mad hatter. Wish I could've had a hat like him. My grandson had to use his magic hat. lol. Creme wafer cookies are my favorite too. take care, Darlene

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  46. What a great party!! Getting the kids involved is the best. Many memories are made that way. A perfect Alice and a perfect Mad hatter. Wish I could've had a hat like him. My grandson had to use his magic hat. lol. Creme wafer cookies are my favorite too. take care, Darlene

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  47. This is just so adorable. What a wonderful tea party.

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  48. This was just so much fun, Sarah! You put a lot of time and love into it and the children had a ball, I know. A very creative post! So glad you shared it with us at Tea Time.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  49. Now that 's a party ..loved seeing the sweet pictures of your smiling children.. Love the picture of your little " Alice" sitting with the teapots.. She has mischief in her eyes( ha ha)Too cute and what a grand time they're having ... Lemon cookies and all those wonderful goodies .. no wonder they call it the ' Mad tea party. .... Bet you had fun creating these Sweet memories..Have a magical day ...Hugs

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  50. this was great. I just adored your son's outfit... The signs were neat.... thanks for sharing... just fabulous

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  51. What a great job! I especially enjoyed seeing how much fun your helpers were having! So creative! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  52. what a delightful idea- drinking tea and throwing in a much-loved book! Congrats to the winner of your give-away.

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  53. How adorable! The children look as though they had so much fun...and I bet mama had a bit too!

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  54. That must have been a lot of fun!
    Please consider linking up at this week's Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday) at image-in-ing:
    http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/07/get-peek-at-those-cute-little-feet.html http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/07/get-peek-at-those-cute-little-feet.html

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  55. What wonderful memories you have created for your sweet children! I love all the photos. The piggy in the watermelon 'cradle' is delightful!

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  56. Adorable! So much fun to include your kids. Love the baby pig. Happy Tuesday Afternoon!

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  57. It sure looks like you had fun putting this together. Alice looks happy, as I would be with those beautiful cucumber sandwiches so close by. The Mad Hatter looks to have a fun trick up his sleeve - or should I say in his pocket? What a fun party and what a fun memory you have made for your children. I loved visiting.

    The kettle is still on at my blog if you'd like to visit:
    http://reclaimingmybohomojo.blogspot.com/2015/07/mad-tea-party-2015-double-vision.html?showComment=1436918588924#c6027302842253648997

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  58. This posting has so many wonderful and creative details. I think the pictures are priceless. Great job!

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  59. Your "Alice" is so sweet and lovely! What an magical visit to wonderland for tea! I hope if you have a chance you'll come visit my party at The Marmelade Gypsy -- http://themarmeladegypsy.blogspot.com/2015/07/make-and-take-tea-part-2-teatime.html

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  60. Oh my, wat a darling tea party! Each photo brought a smile to my face :) Thank you so much for sharing with Roses of Inspiration - it was a joy to have you at the party.

    Hugs and blessings!

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