Saturday, July 12, 2014

A Mad Tea Party Adventure...

Welcome, Dearest Friends of The Tearoom to the annual Mad Tea Party, hosted by our Dear Friend Vanessa of A Fanciful Twist!!

I have participated in this fun blog party now since 2009 and I have met so many lovely new friends here!

And what fun is in store for you all today?

Well, our own Dear Paperdoll Daughter Victorienne is going to have an adventure today of the Very Mad Variety!!

Victorienne is driving her toy car across the lawn tonight 
with her friend Purple Kitty.  
They are on their way to The Hotel Wonderland!
They have been most kindly invited to A Tea Party!!

Their little car toodles its way to the entrance of the Hotel 
and they are directed by that dapper doorman 
to drive right into the elevator!!  
Oh boy!  
How exciting!

The floor of the elevator begins the lower....

        And down we go...




"Look Kitty!", exclaims Victorienne!
"I was on that street when I went to Paris with
my Mommy and Daddy for Christmas!"

They must go down this dark tunnel in order to get to their room.

They park their car at the end of the tunnel and go in . . .

Victorienne and Purple Kitty find themselves 
in an interesting round room.

On one side, a lovely place to sleep!

(Kitty is testing the bed and finds it cozy!)

On the other side, there is a tiny door,
with a note tacked next to it . . .

"Ooh, these instructions look most serious and so I must read
them most seriously," Victorienne wisely decides.

"What odd, grumpy instructions!"

There's the key and the bottle that are spoken about in the sign...

One swallow...

          Two swallows...

                        Three swallows...

(It's not bad you know.  That cherry-tart, custard, pineapple,  roast turkey, toffee and hot buttered toast flavor  is rather interesting!!

                                     And as expected...

Victorienne feels a bit dizzy, so she closes her eyes...

...and when she opens them again, she feels herself getting smaller...

...until she is the same height as Purple Kitty!!

"C'mon Kitty!  Let's go!"

The first person they see is this interesting Blue Caterpillar Man...
Very politely, Victorienne asks the man for directions.

"Excuse me, Sir Caterpillar.  
Do you know the way to The Tea Party?"

Mr. Caterpillar continues staring off into the distance, but answers
her question, albeit vaguely:
"You could go this way," he states, pointing to the left.
"Or, you could go this way," he adds, pointing to the right.
"Because the Earth is round, you can go either way and end up
at the same place."
Victorienne ponders his advice, but she doesn't want to be late
and she knows that going one way, especially if it took you all
the way around the world, would take a very long time!
"Well!" she thinks to herself.  "That advice wasn't very helpful!"
But, because she is a polite little girl, she still thanks 
The Caterpillar Man graciously, but decides they can find
the party themselves.

So, Victorienne and Purple Kitty look one way...

...and then the next.

Thanks to inheriting her father's good sense of direction
and her mother's love of purple pansies,
Victorienne chooses to go this way!
Kitty agrees!

Is it my imagination or are the pansies getting bigger?

"I think it's this way, Kitty!"

"We're here!  Finally, we have made it to the party!"

Victorienne and Purple Kitty are so excited!

"We've been saving seats just for you," Alice explains.

Here are Alice, Victorienne and Purple Kitty, 
happily seated at the table!

Tea will be served momentarily, but first,
let us say "Hello" to all the other dear friends at
the table with us this evening!

Here is Kitty with The Cheshire Cat.
I do so wonder what sorts of kitty cat gossip will go
on between these two between sips of tea!
The Dormouse looks like he invented unruly behavior!

And sitting next to the mischievous little Dormouse
are the all-too-serious White Rabbit and March Hare.
Perhaps some sweets will sweeten their attitudes.

And finally, the Mad Hatter and seated next to him,
his Great Uncle Zero!
It was Great Uncle Zero who convinced The Hatter
to take up hat making!
They are both rather stylish, don't you think?

Tea is served!

And what sort of tea are Victorienne and her new friends
enjoying this evening?  They are having a yummy
strawberry tea, sweet like ripe berries in July!

And just look at all the lovely pastries!
Which one would you choose?

Let's see what tea-time treats everyone is having, shall we?
Dear Alice is having the tangy sunshine-y lemon cake...

...our Darling Victorienne is having an almond meringue,
decorated with candied violets...

...Purple Kitty is having a cherry-flavored shortbread cookie
with pistachios and dried cherries on top...

...the ever-charming Cheshire Cat has chosen a lovely piece of 
layer cake, with two vanilla layers with a chocolate layer
sandwiched in between and frosted with an almond

...Perhaps that yummy-looking vanilla custard tart can
distract that mischievous Dormouse from concocting
any of his shenanigans!

The White Rabbit has wisely chosen the cheesecake topped
with cherries...

Simple, but wonderful chocolate cake with vanilla 
buttercream is a favorite of The March Hare.

Great Uncle Zero's selection is an orange cake.
(Do you suppose he was influenced by his creative
and flamboyant jacket?)

And finally, our friend The Hatter has chosen a
delicious vanilla cake topped with decorative strawberry icing!

And, here's some lovely and inspirational music
from the brilliant and creative Ödland to enjoy while
we have our treats.

(You may remember I introduced you to them here.)

"Would you ladies like some more tea?" asks the nice
young gentleman who is serving.
Victorienne is charmed and Kitty hurries to finish her
tea so she can have more!  
Is is any surprise that her favorite part of the tea is the cream?

This is a most lovely party!
However, it is very late now and the party shows very little sign 
of ending anytime soon.
Victorienne and Kitty are getting a bit tired.
As if to read her mind, Alice whispers to Victorienne,
"When you are ready to leave, I know a shortcut back to your room!"
"That would be most helpful.  Thank you", Victorienne responds
most gratefully, stifling a yawn.

"I can see from here that Luminaria, The Queen of the Fireflies
is resting in that flower over there.  She has volunteered her
services to guide you to The Magical Looking-Glass at the end of
the garden," advices Alice.

Victorienne finds The Queen very accommodating and she
and Kitty find themselves at The Looking-Glass.

"Look Kitty!  I can see us, in our room!  

Victorienne and Kitty thank everyone for the lovely tea
and they step through the mirror...

...And everyone bids them good-bye.
They hope their new friends will return and have tea again
with them one day.

Meanwhile, Victorienne and Kitty have safely arrived back
in their room!  
"Look, Kitty!  I am regular Victorienne size once again!"
Kitty is happy to have stayed the same size throughout
their adventure.  

Oh!  Such a comfy bed!
And we are so tired from our adventure!
But we will spend a few minutes whispering to each other
about it all until our eyes become heavy with sleep...

Thank you so much for joining us here today for
our very Mad Tea Adventure!!
Please visit with Our Very Dear Hostess Vanessa
at her blog A Fanciful Twist and then visit with 
the rest of the participants at their parties too!

Wishing all Friends of The Tearoom a delightful rest
of your day and a Happy Mad Tea Party Weekend!

Images I used for my collages today from the following
lovely sources:
Vintage Images from my personal collection


  1. Good day,dear Betty!
    How excited and HOW Fairytale beautiful is your party.....
    I have feeling,I was with Victorienne wherever in a very dreamy place!!!
    How wonderful done,Betty!!!
    I like all your creations here really much! I can imagine how much beautiful minutes do you kept behind of your PC .....
    But,it's truly amazing!!!
    I wish you relaxed and wonderful weekend:)))


  2. Nice site and very creative images for the mad tea party. I loved it.

    -Author Dennis Higgins

  3. I love Victorienne's adventures! What a fun tea party!

  4. Haha, Hotel Wonderland! Great idea! I do hope you will come visit my little tea party and Giveaway!
    ~Tricia (my tea party link below):

  5. What a gifted story teller you are. Today is my first visit, but I must come back (after I visit all of the parties) to learn more about you.

  6. What a glorious, colorful and tasty tea party! I think this has been the most splendiforus party I have ever been to. I so wish I had a purple kitty! Victorienne obviously has wonderful parents to buy her such lovely clothes and bows. Thank you so much for a fantastic time!

  7. Wow! You told a beautiful story and I enjoyed each and every character...and every treat! We are hoping you will bring a tray of delightful treats to our party and have tea with us, too! Enjoy your day! Hugs, Diane

  8. Hotel Wonderland? But of course! YES. YES. I love it. THANK YOU for sharing the madness... CHEERS -xo

  9. Thank you for sharing Odland.
    I will return to hear it all.

    I love the truly door to door sevice of that magical hotel. And the quick magical mirror room return.

    Fabulous party all around!

  10. That was a fun little ride. I love your party! Thank you for having me over!

  11. What a fantastic wonderland adventure to share. Your images were lovely my, I adore the pansies. Thanks for letting me visit.

  12. That was QUITE an adventure! I may have dreams of this for some time to come...

  13. Ok, I've been attending and participating in the magical Vanessa's tea parties (her blog is my happy place!) for several years now, as have you, I think, because I'm pretty sure I've visited you before..... re-telling of Alice's adventures, EVER. EVER! Victorienne is lovely and I WANT A PURPLE KITTY and everyone is so amazingly interesting and I snorted tea out of my nose when I read the instructions and basically I'll be daydreaming of this story at work come Monday morning...maybe you could just pop by at bedtime and tell it to me again? :D

    Seriously, this is a book I would buy.

    Thank you SO much for sharing and being a lovely hostess!

    xoxo Roo

  14. Oh what a fun and sweet tea time with you and all the adorable guests. I do believe one even nodded her head at me. Too fun! And the flowers - oh my - I do love flowers and constantly take photos of them here in Washington as I did in Roseville, California once upon a wonderland, not to mention Kentucky and Virginia. I definitely LOVE flowers and am thrilled to add Wonderland Wonderland flowers to my memory library. Thank you for such a sweet treat and have a grand weekend.

    PS My tea party is at

  15. What a wonder-full party, you're so creative! Thank you for leaving a comment over at my party, happy unbirthday!


    Victoria from Brushstrokes

  16. Love your illustration mad tea party....happy unbirthday to you...
    Kerstin from germany
    Cobblestone Prims

  17. "Don't make us bring you the cake. *sigh*" ------> HAHAHA! Just awesome...all of it...thanks for unleashing your amazing fun and creativity to share with us. Now I want to stay in Hotel Wonderland.

    If you have time, drop by my tea party. I always love to share tea and nibblies with new friends. :)

  18. Your illustrations are WONDERful!!
    Can I make a reservation now, for a stay in Hotel Wonderland?
    You're welcome to visit me for tea @

  19. You have a wonderful and charming imagination. Your talents of muchness are always AMAZING! Cheers!;)

  20. Wow! What an epic! You are truly a gifted artist. I adore Purple Kitty and Victorienne and the list of instructions is hilarious. Thanks for inviting me to Hotel Wonderland and I look forward to visiting your blog in the future.
    Cheers, Sarah

  21. Super fun! I love all your sweet and cheery characters...but Purple Kitty is definitely my favorite! Thanks for the fun party...hope you'll stop by mine!

  22. I shall be back to explore this one with the Little Princess. I love the storybook quality of your Mad Tea party, and I suspect she will too!

    Drusilla had a Haunting Mad Tea Party.

  23. absolutely beyond awesome!!! Oh Miss Betty, I love Victorienne, and the blue caterpillar man really stole my heart too. Oh just all of it. Wow what work went into so may digital art pieces, my goodness, just awesome!!!!!!!!!

    Happiest merriest unbirthday to you!!

    <3 Vanessa {a fanciful twist}

  24. I had a wonderful time at your wonderful party and oh so original. Thank you so much for having me. Please visit me:

  25. oh my goodness!!!!!!! WOW! absolutely brilliant! so unique and creative! so many pieces! I'm so delighted to see every piece you have created! Truly beautiful! :D Lovely!!!

  26. LAWD! This was utterly amazing! FAB!!! You should turn this into a book!! ❤ ❤ ❤

  27. What a thoroughly delightful adventure! Thank you for sharing your marvellous creations with us :D XXX

  28. Such a wonderful fab imaginative tea party Betty.

    Loved it :-)

  29. what a delight! Love your collages and will pop over to your shop!

  30. What a beautiful artistic post! Magical tea party, thank you for having me! Have a lovely day!

  31. That was the most creative party I've been to yet! Love your artwork!
    Glad I came,

  32. So much fun! I am so glad I was able to stop by for a visit!! Thank you for the invitation. What an amazing party, so much to see :0)

  33. This is all so,SO Fabulous, Betty dear!! Your celebration is beyond delightful...I'm so glad I stopped by!

  34. The art work is so unique, and everything looked so cleverly done. Thank you for inviting us. A pity we can't all stay at the Hotel Wonderland, but at least you gave us a glimpse. Thank you for the invitation and for setting such a pleasant table for all of us!

  35. Delightful Party Goers... I could even be related to Great Uncle Zero!? *winks* Your Artwork made me Smile and I've so Enjoyed taking a tumble down your Rabbit Hole for Tea!

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  36. Oh my! The magical adventures of Victorienne and Purple Kitty. Beautifully done. This would make a wonderful animation! I love the grumpy sign and the solemn White Rabbit. Thank you so much for inviting me!

  37. Oh, I loved this story... Victorienne and Purple Kitty are quite the adventurers! Thanks for sharing your party!

  38. What a wonderful hotel! I love how it looks like a birdcage! And the way it was decorated inside! Could you let me know the directions to get there?

  39. C'est GéNIAL!!!
    What a huge talent you have!
    What a splendid representation of 'Alice world' you've created!
    I adore these colors!
    And the way your mind work...
    Splendid art work in every step Betty! :)

  40. Lovely, such a delightful tea party.

    p.s. Have you ever watched the video for the Smashing Pumpkin's "Zero" and "Thirty Three"? I think you might like the aesthetic.

  41. If you do a book or an animation, let me know Betty! :)
    Good evening too.

  42. Thank you for your visit to my blog! I appreciate your kind comment! You won one of my hand made heart ornaments!!! :D please email me your address.
    thank you again,

  43. Betty, I swear I was with Victorienne and kitty every step of the way! This is so over the top fabulous! Please never stop creating! Love, Rebecca

  44. Amazing post Betty! Sorry it took me so long to comment. I love what you have created! My favorite story of all time is Alice In Wonderland. In fact my nickname is CC not because of my initials but since I was 10 years old my friends nicked named me the Cheshire Cat because of my impish grin:)

    Thanks for taking me on a new magical journey.

    You are very talented.

    Have a very blessed day

  45. Bonjour Betty ! quel voyage exquis en compagnie de Victorienne et Kitty... une redécouverte merveilleuse grâce à ton talent et ton imagination ! Ta créativité est tellement encourageante et positive, tu nous apportes toujours un sourire réconfortant ! peut-être Victorienne va-t-elle devenir la jolie et délicate héroïne d'un livre ??? les enfants seraient ravis de la connaître, et les parents aussi ! It's an awesome craftwork ! congratulations and hugs, bisous ;)

  46. 1) This is the latest I've been to any tea party but I'm glad I came.
    2) I think I know Caterpillar man.
    3) Hopfully I'll get to stay at Hotel Wonderland - in Rome?
    4) Such wonderful visual treats you've created! <3 Lots and lots of love!


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