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A Mad Tea Party!

Mad Tea Party
a mad tea party

I think I could style a Mad Tea Party every other month or so.  I don’t know why I am drawn to Alice in Wonderland and the fantasy that it embodies, it is just so perfect for a creative table stylist to have fun with!

Rabbit Salt and Pepper Shakers check the time.

“There was a table set out under a tree in front of the house, and the March Hare and the Hatter were having tea at it: a Dormouse was sitting between them, fast asleep, and the other two were using it as a cushion, resting their elbows on it, and the talking over its head. `Very uncomfortable for the Dormouse,’ thought Alice; `only, as it’s asleep, I suppose it doesn’t mind.’A Mad Tea Party“The table was a large one, but the three were all crowded together at one corner of it: `No room! No room!’ they cried out when they saw Alice coming. `There’s PLENTY of room!’ said Alice indignantly, and she sat down in a large arm-chair at one end of the table.”Alice In wonderland Tea PartyHave some wine,’ the March Hare said in an encouraging tone.
Alice looked all round the table, but there was nothing on it but tea. `I don’t see any wine,’ she remarked.
`There isn’t any,’ said the March Hare.
`Then it wasn’t very civil of you to offer it,’ said Alice angrily.
`It wasn’t very civil of you to sit down without being invited,’ said the March Hare.
`I didn’t know it was YOUR table,’ said Alice; `it’s laid for a great many more than three.’A Mad Hatter's Tea Party

`Your hair wants cutting,’ said the Hatter. He had been looking at Alice for some time with great curiosity, and this was his first speech.
`You should learn not to make personal remarks,’ Alice said with some severity; `it’s very rude.’
The Hatter opened his eyes very wide on hearing this; but all he SAID was, `Why is a raven like a writing-desk?’A Tea Party Mad Hatter Style!“Come, we shall have some fun now!’ thought Alice. `I’m glad they’ve begun asking riddles.–I believe I can guess that,’ she added aloud.
`Do you mean that you think you can find out the answer to it?’ said the March Hare.
`Exactly so,’ said Alice.”A Mad Hatter's Tea Party

“Then you should say what you mean,’ the March Hare went on.
`I do,’ Alice hastily replied; `at least–at least I mean what I say–that’s the same thing, you know.’
`Not the same thing a bit!’ said the Hatter. `You might just as well say that “I see what I eat” is the same thing as “I eat what I see”!’
`You might just as well say,’ added the March Hare, `that “I like what I get” is the same thing as “I get what I like”!’
`You might just as well say,’ added the Dormouse, who seemed to be talking in his sleep, `that “I breathe when I sleep” is the same thing as “I sleep when I breathe”!’The Mad Hatter hosts a tea party

“It IS the same thing with you,’ said the Hatter, and here the conversation dropped, and the party sat silent for a minute, while Alice thought over all she could remember about ravens and writing-desks, which wasn’t much.Join me for The Mad Hatter's Tea Party

The Hatter was the first to break the silence. `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.

A Mad Hatter Tea PartyAlice considered a little, and then said `The fourth.’
`Two days wrong!’ sighed the Hatter. `I told you butter wouldn’t suit the works!’ he added looking angrily at the March Hare.
`It was the BEST butter,’ the March Hare meekly replied.
‘Yes, but some crumbs must have got in as well,’ the Hatter grumbled: `you shouldn’t have put it in with the bread-knife.”Alice in Wonderland's little gold key

Once more she found herself in the long hall, and close to the little glass table. `Now, I’ll manage better this time,’ she said to herself, and began by taking the little golden key, and unlocking the door that led into the garden.

I have come a long way with my photography and my party styling.  Check out my first try at an Alice in Wonderland themed party!

I hope you have enjoyed this visit to the Mad Tea Party in Alice’s Wonderland.  Would you like to read more about Alice and the Mad Hatter?  61j3FbBpulL

This is the Annotated 150th Anniversary Edition of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

61fAI3q6nGLIf you just want to have some fun, how about the Alice Coloring Book?

 

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69 Comments

  1. Beautiful and delightfully, whimsical tablescape! Your creativity and imagination abounds and amazes me! The pages “spilling” out of the mirror and across the table are my favorite element! 🙂 ~Rhonda

  2. I love your interpretation of the Mad Hatter Tea Party, Chloe. The details of the setting for tea are all spot on!

  3. Hello and thank you so much for having me at your beautiful and very mad tea party! Such fun!

    In the meanwhile, My Little Victorienne and Purple Kitty are waiting for a visit from you at my blog! We hope you enjoy your time there!

    Wishing you a wonderful and Mad Tea Party weekend!

    Betty

  4. I love your Mad Hatter Tea party! How precious!!! You thought of every little detail, and your creativity shines through!!! I hope that you have a blessed and wonderful weekend!!!

  5. Thank you for inviting me to this delightful tea party. I was thoroughly entertained!

    1. Thank you Sandra, I have been a long time fan of Alice in Wonderland themed parties, so this was fun!

  6. What a lovely set you have! Thank you for joining in and throwing a fun party.

  7. Your post is quite wonderful. The styling is great. I think I will sit awhile and sip a cup of tea right here.

  8. Crazy zanny fun, just like the book Chloe! Love the mirror frame and flowing pages, I do believe I’ll stay for a spot of tea 🙂

  9. Your table is amazing. Both of them. Each so creative and perfectly lovely. I wish I would have know about this party as I love anything with Alice in Wonderland. I am planning on doing an “Alice” table soon and would have done it now. Thanks for sharing. Again your post is amazing!

    1. Thank you so much Valerie! I just came upon Vanessa’s site by chance. Mark your calendar for next year and I will try and promote it a little more. I had a flyer on my side panel, but you may have missed it!

    1. Thank you Lynzie, I thought that was a fun way to incorporate it with the story pages!

  10. Love the old antique look of your tea party, very pretty indeed! Thank you for having me, I especially love the white rabbits!! (Salt and pepper shakers?)

  11. Oh your enchanting tea party was a delight to attend. I love all your creative touches, most especially the flowing book pages. I’ve had such fun looking at your whimsical delights.

  12. Love the pages bursting out of the mirror. The image brings so many wonderful things to mind…

    Happy Mad Tea Party! ♥

  13. Chloe!! Your photos are so fantastical! You really captured the themes of fairytale and whimsy amazingly! I love all the moss and porcelain cups… The storybook pages through the mirror is most magickal! So many clocks and rabbits! I think I’m late for a very important date! I must be off to the next party! Won’t you be so kind as to stop by mine, for a spot of mango peach and rose mint tea? I also have some raspberry scones to offer you! I hope you do!

    http://justinasworld.com/a-fanciful-twists-mad-tea-party/

    Justina
    xoxo

  14. Misha/Dawaioser (Cosmic Girl) says:

    I love the AIW pages coming out of the LOOKING GLASS — very creative touch. Also, the pink roses Chintz tea pot is adorable. 🙂

    I’m a day-late to the fun and just now getting around to each party, but if you haven’t already, do drop by and say hi. 🙂
    ~ Misha
    http://dawaioser.livejournal.com/870467.html

  15. Your tea party is breathtaking! So many details, so cleverly arranged. What strikes me is how you have styled them into a harmonious whole. Really beautifully done!

    Thank you, also, for adding our blogs to the end of your post. It was a thoughtful touch that made me smile and feel your kindness,

    The tea is still on at my blog. Feel free to come by if you haven’t already.

  16. Such a lovely party, it was like stepping into the pages of the book! Nice to see your chintz ware teapot, it’s always been a favorite of mine. Cheers, Sarah

  17. Wow! Yours are some of the prettiest vignettes I’ve ever seen at these parties! You truly have a gift. I like your collection of cups and saucers, too!

    Happy Mad Tea Party!
    xo,
    Ricki Jill

  18. Emily Rose says:

    Lovely tea party, thank you so much! It was fun to read from the book, I think I need to read the whole thing, and also “Through The Looking Glass” again!

    1. The books are so different from the movies that have been done over the years. Thank you for visiting!

  19. This is such fun. I love your vignettes and how you wove the story together with the vignettes. Plus you have such beautiful china to pull it all together.

    1. Thank you so much Debra! A few mismatched tea cups and saucers I have picked up from various sales!

  20. Your china is exactly how I imagine it at the tea party 🙂 The whole tables cape is amazing and creative!! Thanks for sharing at TaDa Thursday!!!

  21. Ohhh i love your Mad Hatter Tea Party…sorry i´m late…happy unbirthday to you.
    Hugs
    Kat

  22. I absolutely adore this whimsical and magical tablescape! You truly have a great eye, very inspiring. Thank you so much for linking up with us this week at Dishing It & Digging It 🙂

  23. So pretty and creative! Thanks for including links to all the other parties! Stopping by from Brag About It Link Party and pinning to Pinterest!

  24. Great job! That was a lot of fun to read and I enjoyed looking at all your photos.

  25. What a HUGE EVENT! Also an excellent idea to share that way. I may have to try that with my Kentucky Derby Party…those of us who have them are just so into them :). Your interpretation was so beautiful! I am thinking how I need a cold rainy or snowy day to sit and go through all of the others you have listed there.

    1. Thank you Debbie, not that it was my idea. I am looking forward to the Alfresco Tablescape Hop next week. I would love to participate in a Kentucky Derby group party, too!

  26. I’m late to the party, my watch is running two days slow…(make that five days slow 🙂 I’m just mad about all your tea party details from the moss runner, pretty teacups, bunny and clocks! The book pages through the looking glass frame are the star and so whimsical and fun!

  27. What a beautiful tea party! I love it all!! So clever! Thank you so much for sharing over at Waste Not Wednesday this week! 🙂

    1. Thank you Courtney, sometimes it is just fun to do something different than a traditional table setting!

  28. Oh wow! Love the tablescape and all the wonderful elements you used for your Mad Tea Party! The book pages an awesome addition! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful posts with us this week on Brag About It! Pinned to share.
    ~Laurie

  29. Chloe, having recently held my own Wonderland themed party, I just loved seeing your table styling for a mad tea party! Fabulous tablescape and wonderful photography! BravoI

  30. Morwenna Schifter says:

    Like you, I love Alice in Wonderland! Thank you for sharing a fun table!

    I would like to know where you found the top hat with the key burlap?

  31. Absolutely gorgeous!!!! My niece is a big Alice fan… she would LOVE this! 😉

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