Friday, June 24, 2011

Welcome to the Mad Tea Party

Welcome to the annual Mad Tea Party. I'm so delighted to be taking part in this today.

Did you receive your invitation? I hope so! 

And did I mention that we'll be wearing our best white gloves today?

Well, just open the gate and come in!

We'll just pass through the garden on our way inside to our party.

I've been busy tending my flowers. They look so happy, don't you think?

We're almost to the door. Your special host is waiting just for you.

Meet Miss Gracie. She's so happy to make your acquaintance today. 

Step right in - you're the first guest to arrive!

Please, have a seat while I finish up. 

Perhaps you'd like a glass of lemon water to cool off?

I'm just finishing setting the table. Would you like to tell me a little about yourself while I work?

Today we're going to use the Royal Albert Country Roses china. It's always been my favorite - I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

I see our other guests have arrived today - let's greet them, shall we?

Mrs. Bear is wearing her finest hat. Oh how pretty you look, Mrs. Bear!

Not again! Nippy has fallen asleep already. You're going to miss out if you don't wake up now, Nip Nip.

Oh no! Where are you going, geese family? You are going in the wrong direction. Come back! The party is inside.

So nice to have you, little miss fairy.

And the Peeps are here too!

Missy Blue Ballerina wouldn't miss a party either!

Time to eat!

Whew! We're ready now. Please take a place at the table.

You may sit anywhere you like.

Won't you please help yourself?

Cranberry & Mandarin Orange Butter Lettuce Salad
Four Cheese Mac 'n Cheese
Roasted Parmesan Tomatoes
Roasted Asparagus
Heart Shaped Tea Sandwiches
Choice of Desserts

Yum! Please help yourself to seconds, if you will. 

Miss Gracie can't wait for dessert. Please, Miss Gracie, don't be in such a rush!

There are many desserts to choose from. Perhaps you'd like blueberry vanilla cheesecake? Fresh fruit with whipped cream? Maybe heart shaped lemon cookies with your tea?

Gracie's favorite dessert is a cupcake. Hmmm, frosting to be exact. She can't resist frosting, pie crust or whipped cream. Humph! I notice she didn't finish her vegetables. 

Miss Gracie! She must check out all of the desserts. Well, this chocolate raspberry cheesecake does look delicious. I wonder what she'll choose. You can have the raspberries, Miss Gracie, but chocolate doesn't agree with cats.

Cheesecake! She chose cheesecake!

Personally, I love these tiny lemon meringue tarts.

Perhaps you'd like a truffle?

Miss Gracie, haven't you had enough?! I told you she loved cupcakes.

Well, it looks like she certainly has had enough. She doesn't realize it's impolite to hide under a blanket while guests are still here. You'll have to excuse her. I think all of those desserts have made her sleepy.

Well, my tummy is full too and it's been so lovely having you for tea. I think it's time for all to nap and dream about the lovely time we've had today.

Thank you so much for coming today!

A Funny Story About the Mad Tea Party
This is the third year I've participated in the Mad Tea Party. The first year I was new to blog parties and I was not quite clear on the concept. Instead of having my post up on the day of the event, I held an actual tea party that day that I photographed all the while. I actually thought everyone else was doing the same. It wasn't until I saw the other posts after my tea party that I realized what had happened, so I was a bit late for the blog party. 

If you'd like to read my first May Tea Party post, you find it here. And just in case you missed last year, you'll find my second one here.

A big thank you to Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist for creating and putting on this fun event each year. Please visit her blog for the full list of all participants and enjoy your visit to each one.

Have a lovely day and do come back to visit!



Faerie Moon Creations said...

Oh what a beautiful Tea Party! I knew it would be so. :) Thanks for inviting me. Those soft white gloves are so sweet and cute. :) And the menu - WOW!!!! I'll take one of everything, please. Congrats to you and Miss Gracie on hosting a most lovely party!!!

Incipient Wings said...

everything was beautiful & delicious!
Had fun visiting you:)

BLISS angels said...

Miss Gracie and Miss Sharon thank for the wonderful tea party .. it was nice of you to have me over..everything looked so pretty..and Miss Gracie good choice of the cheesecake Yum!

Cameron said...

Oh my goodness....I am sooo full, but I just couldn't help myself!!! Everything was absolutely delicious...and those most favorite food group...haha!!

Thank you so much for having me! I had a delightful time :D

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Sharon,

Many thanks for inviting us to your Mad Tea Party, everything was delicious and wonderful.
I have the same Country Roses tea set.
Hope that you and Miss Gracie are having a pleasant weekend


Ann said...

Oh I love your china :x

And the food looks really delish,
save a seat for me ♥

apinkdreamer said...

amazing party!!!! thanks so much for inviting me!!

T's Daily Treasures said...

What a lovely party indeed! Your flowers are so colorful and beautiful and your living room is so bright and inviting. Everything on the menu sounds delightful. Yum! And dessert delicious. Lemon meringue tarts and lemon tea cookies would be great. I love lemon! Thanks to Miss Gracie for hosting along with you. Have a super Saturday. Tammy

Linda Diane said...

Hi, Sharon! Stopping by today was such a pleasure. Such a scrumptious menu! Would it be rude of me to ask for a to go box? : D I so enjoyed meeting your kitty luvs. Got a smile out of the kitty nose hovering over the yummy raspberry treat. Thank you for letting me visit.

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Lovely party dear! Thanks! blessings.

Jorgelina said...

what a beautiful Tea Party!

Robin said...

So sorry I am late
For this important date.
And your the second on the list

With too little time
I'm leaving this rhyme
For I'm adamant about wanting to persist.

All this running about
Has left me dry in the mouth.
Might I have a cup of tea?

Your lovely tea spread
and sweet little cakes
Are so tempting to me

Oh my, the time
It goes so fast
I must be on my way

But fear not friend
I shall return
Please……Have a beautiful day.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Well, Miss Sharon, not only did I have a wonderful time at your tea party, I had a wonderful time at THREE of your tea parties! I feel so indulgent! Cute story of the first:) It was so kind of you to invite me. Wishing you a day full of all kinds of wonderfulness! Twyla

Pixie said...

What a wonderful tea party! I love Mr. White Glove Kitty (or Miss, my apologies), the peeps, that silver tensel heart! Every last bit of it. Thanks for inviting me along.

Christina Silverio said...

What a sweetly mad party! Miss Gracie is quite the hostess!
Have a wonderful day!

Lisa said...

oh my! what a lovely tea party!!!! i especially love the white gloves! so sweet!
thank you for a lovely cup of tea and such sweet treats!

Resin Angels said...

What a beautiful party. Miss Gracie is a little sweetheart!!!

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

I have enjoyed your party very much!
Happy UnBirthday to You !

Melanie Statnick said...

everything is beautiful ! I love the kitty's at the party!

Sylvia Smiser said...

Miss Gracie you are so beautiful! I Love your pristine white gloves!
Thank you for having me over Sharon, Miss Gracie and Nip. I had a wonderful time and lunch and tea was GREAT!
I do hope you will also visit me
Sylvia : )

Carolee said...

What a beautiful party! And that menu - I think I gained a few pounds just looking at those photos, hehe...

Please do drop by my party as well - I'm having a little giveway. :)

♥ Carolee

fairiemoon said...

Very nice! LOve the photography!

Have a mad party!
ERin :)

Shell said...

Wow, a beautiful and elegant tea party. You and Miss Gracie are the best hosts. I was swooning over those beautiful tea cups, menu and all those delicious treats.

KathrynAntyr said...

Oh my what a beautiful party. Your lovely cats delight me so! I remember 4 years ago participating and was new to it and wasn't quite sure how it was all going to unfold. Here I am again coming back for more merriment.

I have a little party of my own and gifts for all of my guests. I do hope you can stop by.

Follow this direct link:

Have a sweet day!
Kathryn, Collage Diva

Shannon said...

Yummy cupcakes and cute kitties.

Deanna said...

Thank you so much! This was an absoluting enchanting tea party and the food looked so yummy! Miss Gracie is adorable, and I don't blame her for needing a nap during the party :)


Buccaneers and Ball Gowns said...

All your food looks delicious! Especially the mac and cheese, yum. And such cute kitties! Thanks for having me.

Maria-Thérèse ~ said...

What a beautiful party! I looove the kitty paws!

Tea Party at the Red Queen's blog: ♥

Karla of Dreamaginarius said...

Ohhh how cute those furry white globes!!! Wonderful guests the fairy, ballerina and mr Tuxedo the cutest kitten! Yummy cupcakes! no wonder he could not eat just one! Thanks for having me over :)


Fair Rosamund said...

What a sunny and beautiful tea party! The treats were absolutley delicious, and Gracie was the most gracious of hosts! :) Thank you so much for inviting me! ~Lauren

Sarah said...

Thank you Sharon and Miss Gracie! That was a beutiful party. I liked your story about your first party too!

Painting Apples said...

Oh I simply enjoyed my stay! Miss Gracie has excellent taste in sweets!
Thank you for having me!


A Magical Whimsy said...

Hello, Sharon
I was sighing and smiling through your entire sweet Mad Tea Party!
What lovely sweets and treats, the food looked so scrumptious...and I am happy to meet Gracie and her white, furry paws...oops! I mean her white 'gloves'!
Please come over to my blog too and I am also celebrating the Mad Tea Party for the first time!
Teresa in California

Bill said...

I must apologize for not wearing any white dress gloves, but being a guy, I just don't have any. I should probably apologize, too, for eating so much of your Mac & Cheese. It was so delicious! Yes, like the cat, I also made a pig of myself eating the deserts. I hope you'll let me come back next year anyway, because it was such a fantastic tea party!

Sylvia Smiser said...

Hi, I accidentally left a wrong blog address. Here is the correct one
Thank you,

Carousel Dreams said...

Everything is just lovely...what a delightful menu - mac and cheese - yum! I had a bit of everything...thankyou so much for having me...

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

Great slice of whimsy in this post to have w/ my TEA...great party! Your menu is fantastic...your pictures make me swoon..I would LOVE to know how to get pictures that look like this, I have the $$$$$ camera but alas.....someday...

Alisa said...

Simply beautiful! And my belly is quite full now. Thank you for having me!

Karin said...

So sweet! said...

OHHHH!!! Miss Gracie!!!! I love her ;)

Your home is sublime! And your tea party, beyond delicious! Proper food too, oh macaroni and cheese, it does look elegant and gourmet. I MUST have some today!

I will be right over indeed!

Your magical nook in Wonderland is beautiful!!

OH!!! Brilliant, just beautiful and fabulous!!!

I loved every morsel!! Thank you for sharing this truly magical Wonderland!

Love, A Fanciful Twist

Joyce van der Lely said...

Oooh, what a party, lovely setting, scrumtious goodies, fluffy felines, beautiful teacups, sharing of recipes, flowers, oh stop, I can't stop !!
Thanks for having me
♥ please visit mine ♥

Scrap Vamp said...

OMG! Everything looks scrumptious!!! Thanks so much for inviting me to this enchanting tea party! I had a lot of fun! I hope you will visit my tea party as well!

Danni said...

Such a wonderful and magical to-do, thank you for inviting me over to share your tea and enchantment!

Though I’m running tardy, I hope you’ll come visit my party!

Jess said...

Sorry I'm so late but there were so many people to see! These pictures are wonderful and made me extremely happy! Thank you for sharing this wonderful tea party with me! And the food looks SO DELICIOUS!


Denise said...

Enchanting my Dear.I loved your party.I also had a Mad Tea Party--you must come on over and get to know me.I loved meeting you.Thank you Sweets. Denise

spiceblogger said...

Soooo many delicious treats, I don't know which to pick first!!! ;-) And what lovely guests! So polite and patient. :D

Thank you for being such a wonderful hostess. You tea party was divine!

You and your friends are welcome to my party also. Yes, please.... help yourself!

dogsmom said...

I knew from the start that the white gloves would be my favorite aprt...until I saw the Peeps and the treats...and all of Miss Gracie and Nip of course.

I never know what to expect from this alrger blog parties. Therein is the delight! Still making my way around.

If you have time to visit me...
Or you are welcome any time.

Tricia said...

How delightful, decadent and delicious! Your party and your home are most beautiful! So much so that I have happily become a follower. I think you and particularly Miss gracie and Nip Nip might enjoy a peek at my party. I will only say that the cat nip tea is divine!
Thank you for the invitation,

Susan said...

OMGracious! what a lovely party, and absolutely delightful time was had by all, especially Miss Gracie who had me laughing. I so loved all your guests and the food, OH MY!! anyway to get the recipes? My kitty was wandering around, but my Granddog Pico, is center stage, and his brother a Hemingway cat; Ceasar is in the periphery, as he so wanted to jump on the table. LOL

Please do visit, I have a giveaway :)

Renee said...

beautiful party, beautiful flowers.

Miss Gracie was a lovely hostess.

I would have picked the cheesecake, too.

Kristal said...

So sorry I am running late to your party. I have been following that crazy white rabbit and he has no idea of the concept of time!!

My, oh my, what wonderful goodies you have to eat! I shouldn't have arrived on an empty stomach!! And that cheesecake looks DIVINE!!! Thanks so much for inviting me!!!


My party:

rachelsmith133 said...

What a gorgeous tea party. I just loved your gorgeous sunny yellow room. That put a big smile on my face it was so pretty.

Miss Gracie is such a beautiful cat. :-)

Rustique Gal said...

This was adorable! Miss Gracie is so present for your pictures! I love her-my cats seem to know when I want to take pictures and take off! Love the paw pictures and the curled tail!
Looks delicious too. Have a great holiday weekend!