Saturday, June 26, 2010

Mad Tea Party 2010

Our Mad Tea Party - A Fairy Tale
Our Mad Tea Party - A Fairy Tale

Our Mad Tea Party - A Fairy Tale

Meet the two Alices..

Everybody knows that Wonderland was once flat and black and shades of grey until Alice found the Hatter's mad tea party, and then all became colourful and round and filled with great joy - but I am getting ahead of myself, for here is the story..

Once upon a time, but not so long ago as that, Alice was going to a tea party; not just any tea party, but the Mad Hatter's Tea Party in the castle in Wonderland.

At first it wasn't hard to know which path to take, because Alice knew, as all good girls do, that it was the path with the magical tree, the one that Alice's mother had planted when she was just a girl. And there it was, the magical tree! Alice recognized
it because is was green and glowing

with black and white stripes, and stood bearing no fruit or leaves, next to the image of the mother herself. Yes, at first it was easy to choose the right path. But when Alice came to a fork in the road, she had to stop and consider, "who am I and which way do I go?"

Immediately the Cheshire Cat appeared on the path.

"Given to mother when she turns out the light,
with a hug for father when he comes home at night,
Given to your cat with a scratch behind the ear,
Calms a toddler, dries a tear.

What is it?" crooned the Cheshire Cat, grinning from ear to ear.

Alice knew that once she had solved the riddle,
she would know which direction to take.

"Why that's easy" said Alice "a kiss is the answer." Immediately the Cheshire Cat disappeared and Alice knew she must turn right for down that path she could see baskets and buckets

overflowing with pink kisses and they were growing in colourful abundance. So Alice continued skipping along, knowing that she had made a good choice because she felt very happy and joyous as we all do when we make a good decision.

As we do on our journeys, Alice soon came to another fork in the road, and immediately her way was blocked by the appearance of a rather large Caterpillar smoking bubblegum and lounging on a even larger mushroom.

"Found in dampness, shade and rot,
Red and white and polk-a-dot,
Eat one side and you'll grow tall,
Eat the other, not at all."

said the Caterpillar between bubbles.

Once again Alice knew that she must consider the riddle and then she would know which way to go. Alice hesitated, for she knew little about damp and shade and rot; but after a time, as life does, the caterpillar gave her a clue;

"Slice them on salad, fry them for tea,
stuff them, saute them, now think of me"

"Oh I see, it's obvious then isn't it" said Alice, listening to her heart, but the caterpillar was already crawling away through the grass. "The answer is a mushroom" Alice decided. Now Alice could choose the right path, which was actually the path to her right, with the very large mushrooms growing by its side.

"Right or wrong, right or left; in Wonderland these are the same question" thought Alice, and immediately it became clear that in Wonderland she must always choose the Right path to travel when she came to a fork in the road, for every time she make a choice she was in a different place altogether; and she really did want to make sure it is the right place, after all.

With this information Alice's journey became much easier. Whenever she came to a junction she simply chose what was right and soon she came to her destination all by herself for now she trusted her answer even before she heard the riddles.

In time Alice came to a grand tea party,

in a grand castle. Alice knew she was in the right place, for the

doorway was lit with little stars. Of course this was the Mad Hatter's tea party.

There were stacks of beauty and jars of sweetness,

platters of cake,

bubbles of great joy,

and all manner of exotic and lovely things. And without delay it began to rain teacups, for in Wonderland when someone finds their destination, that is what it does.
And shortly the Mad Hatter appeared.

"You have chosen well young Alice" flourished the hatter (and like the rest of us, it was clear that he too was really quite mad; but it did not matter, for a little craziness pointed in the right direction makes life quite wonderful). "Only those who choose that which is honourable and good and kind ever find my tea party, whether they be poor or rich, simple or cunning, sensible or even quite mad like myself!"

Mad as he was, the hatter was kind and friendly and good, and in the end Alice knew that that was what counted in Wonderland.

So Alice pulled up a seat, a golden throne next to her mother at the far end of the lace covered table and joined in the party
with great joy!

The End

story, set design and photography by tea party guests,
Outer Planet Designs

all art and ideas, tea party guests, in order of feet:

by TM age 13, CM age 12, SB age 12, CM age 10, CM age 9,

MH age 8 and LM 40-something

Please leave us a comment so we know you came by!

Many thanks to Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist for hosting this amazing Tea Party Art Gig! there are many more Tea Parties here so you can check them out all week! All year!


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

    Two Alices, how fun! The masks are beautiful and the tea was delicious!

    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! :)

  2. What an enchanting story! Love the poems, the art work, the table full of tea cups! Bravo!
    Thanks so much for having us - please drop by for a visit when you can!


    and so much fun .... pl

  4. Love your party story and photos. Wasn't this the most fun? Stop by our party when you get the chance and say hi.

  5. what a wonderful story lenora with amazing photos!!! thanks for inviting me to your party!!!

  6. I so enjoyed my journey through Wonderland with you!! Such a lovely, fun, wonderful party :) ~Lauren

  7. I loved your tea party! The story was enchanting and two Alices? How cute! :) Thank you for inviting me over and for visiting with me earlier.

  8. Enchanting and such fun :)
    Thank you x

  9. This was spectacular! I was the blogger with the pics of my wildlife! Hasn't this been fun to share?! You and your children have done a beautiful job with this! Have a wonderful evening!

  10. Awesome! I give this rendition a ten toes up! loved all of the different elements, and wise words :0 and creativity and imagination! My kinda tea party indeed!

    A Very Merry UnBirthday to all the feets. <3

  11. Oh what a clever idea! Love the chalk drawings. Adorable weelings you have there and an impressive collection of teacups.

    **blows kisses** Deb

  12. Oh my goodness. Thank you for inviting me. You are having such a lovely colorful party. The tea was yummy and I met so many wonderful new friends. You did an amazing job.
    Thank you for visiting me with your wonderful comment. hope you have fun. your little ones are so sweet.

  13. This was great fun! I loved the chalk drawings. The teacups and roses were beautiful! And, of course, the caterpillar and cat were irresistible. Thanks for the invitation.


  14. Hi Lenora,
    Thanks for stopping by our tea party !! So I am returning the favor :-)
    Your tea cups look so cute !! Also those little masquerade masks were really cute as well... did you make those?
    Well have a nice night... I hope you stop by my blog again soon!
    La Boheme Magique

  15. This was adorable! Love those cups and yay to the toes!!! Blessings.

  16. So lovely! What a beautiful party...I thank you so much for inviting me - and for stopping by to have tea with me. :) Theresa

  17. delightfully fun, a teetering stack of lovely tea cups, thank you for sharing the magic around you!

  18. Sam and I enjoyed your party! The artwork was simply marvelous!

  19. Wonderful tea party! So creative! Love the chalk drawings!! Thank you for stopping by my mermaid tea party at my blog: ! Off to see the next party guest!
    ~ Iva

  20. Thanks for coming by to see me! What a lovely party you had...We went to the mountains yesterday,so I catching up on all of the wonderful parties this morning! Thanks for the invite! Robert

  21. This was such a lovely party! We had so much fun!Thank you for the tea and the great time!

  22. Thank you for the invitation...I had a wonderful time! I love your story....I had made the right decision coming here...I am on the right path.

  23. loved the cake and all the pretty tea cups!
    xo natalea

  24. thanks for the invite, really fun, love the photos, and the teacups at your party "to die for"
    makes me want to go outside and draw with chalk on the drive-way hehehe

  25. Beautiful photos and a wonderful story! Thank you for the tea!

    Please stop by my blog if you fancy a cuppa and some sweet treats!

  26. Thanks for the wonderful tea party!!! And what a great help you had! Gorgeous! I loved the riddlez too!!

  27. Such a colorful post! Love your table--so bright and full of whimsy. I'm glad I stopped by and shared in the madness!

  28. What a beautiful tea party! Thank you for having me over! Please stop by my tea party if you have not been already.

  29. Lovely tea, thank you so much for the invitation! I loved the cake (want more) and enjoyed those wonderful wonderful china cups and glittery masks:)

  30. How fun for everyone! Great job girls. Yes that is my backyard in my tea party. I truly have a wonderland!

  31. Lovely tea party and thanks for sharing with me!

  32. Yay! Super magical! I absolutely love all the chalk drawings - what fun! And your teacup collection is stunning x

  33. Thank you so much for inviting me to your lovely tea party. I loved the story, the chalk drawings and the riddles. Oh! and your beautiful tea cups too!

    Thank you for visiting my Hauntingly Mad Tea Party!

  34. Thanks for having me over! I love your bright and colorful tea party!

  35. Thank you for the tea, the story, and a fabulous trip through Wonderland!

  36. Oh my goodness it looks like you all had a wonderful time! All of your teacups and party masks were so lovely. And such wonderful perfect chalk art!
    Thank you so much for inviting me , and attending my tea party as well.

  37. What a delightfully mad tea party! Love the story and of course, all those mad, mad tea cups! Thanks for inviting me!

  38. Thanks ever so much for stopping by earlier for some Mad Tea. I so enjoyed your visit. And thankyou so much for inviting me to meet your two beautiful Alices. The food was very yummy and your teacups are so dainty. I loved the artwork on the pavement. Very pretty, and quite artistic.

  39. Lovely, lovely!! Thanks for inviting me to stop by! Tea was delicious, and your two Alices are beautiful!

  40. Delightful! The teacup stacks are gorgeous and I do love the chalk art, too. Beautiful girls, beautiful story, and a happy ending for all. Just what I like!
    Thanks for inviting me and thanks for your visit and sweet words.
    Candace, Still in Athens

  41. So love the the guests were participating in the fun all along. They did a Madly Wonderful Set. So Love that you shared your creativity with them.
    Young people are the best Party Playmates.

    Thank you so much for sharing your Muchness!


  42. What fun! And, I absolutely love all your beautiful fancy teacups.....

  43. What a delightful party, and I love your two Alices and the whimsical chalk art! The cups are divine as is your table with the delicious cake, festive "sandwiches" and fun masks! I'm so glad you invited me to your party. I enjoyed myself immensely...


    Sheila :-)

  44. What a delightful party full of merriment! Thanks so much for inviting me!


  45. Quelle jolie party, Alice est une belle muse pour chacun, chacune !
    Kisses from France

  46. An absolutely delightful story!!!

  47. oh what a wonderful Mad Tea!!! this was fantastic!!! I love all your wonderful photos!!! thank you for the great time!!!


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