Saturday, June 25, 2011

A Mad Tea Party 2011

Greetings to you, My Dear Friends of The Tearoom,
Can you believe it has been a year since we met at the last Mad Tea Party? It is so wonderful to be here with you again, my dear friends (and ones I have not yet met).

Today's party is inspired in part by a tiny visitor we had a few nights ago. I walked past my studio late at night and there in the dark was a blinking chartreuse-colored light in the corner. I had to look at it for a minute to understand what it was and then I realized! A firefly had somehow come inside and was lighting up the room with his tiny light! It was very late and I was hoping he would find his way back out the way he came in (but didn't really expect he would). I looked for him the next day and didn't find him. But the next night, Dear Mr. V told me the little lightning bug was in the bathroom! I scurried upstairs, captured him and set him free outside (the insect, not Mr. V!!)! Whew! Luckily, the clever little thing had gotten into a house which is inhabited by card-carrying members of The Friends of Fireflies Foundation!!! (Is there really such an organization? I would join if there was, you know!)

So, with much twinkling and not much more ado, please join me on an adventure! And it will only cost you a nickel and a piece of lint from your pocket! Oh! And you did wear your gossamer wings, didn't you? You didn't? No worries! I keep extra sets in the closet just for such an occasion for folks who do not normally travel with an item such as this!

First, we must stop and get a drink. Here's where you must spend the nickel I gave you!

Now, quickly, please drink up! We must be very tiny to get where we are going!

Now, please look in your pocket! That wasn't a piece of lint after all, but a ticket for tonight's festivities!! Now that you are smaller, you can read it!

Right this way, please!

Have you ever been to one of the beautiful old classic movie theatres, the ones that seem to just have velvet everywhere? Tonight, we will be viewing a film, the first "Alice in Wonderland" movie, filmed in 1903!!! It is showing in a place with velvet everywhere too, the black velvet of night! It is a small bit of beauty and decadence, located in a remote corner of the garden and it even has a beautiful, glittering chandelier, suspended from the stars above by a spider web! While we are watching, we will be nesting inside the chandelier for the best, most twinkliest view and the most decadent place in which to have our tea-picnic! Isn't it just too exciting!!

Our dear friend Mademoiselle Violette Plantagenet is here to greet us! Now, spread your wings and up, up, up we go, into the chandelier!

Go ahead and make yourself comfy! Here is a nest I have made of old maps, a pretty cushion with a picture of Alice herself on it (Doesn't it smell so nice? I love lavender, don't you?). Now, please allow me to fill your thimble-cup with fairy-mint tea and please take a bottlecap-plate of treats for yourself. Mademoiselle Violette helped me to gather all that I needed today and she herself has picked the violet petals and wild strawberries, just for you! All comfy now?

Princess Sugar Verbena is welcoming us to the movie and tea party! Isn't she just the dearest thing? I do so admire the way she has her own practical style! Pink and frilly is just fine for some, but doesn't she look so smart in black? It's my favorite summer-time color, how about you? And really, her crown of cream is the envy of all here! Always an appropriate choice for tea! Royalty-watching is so much fun in this tiny world!

The movie is about to begin! I do think you will enjoy it!

Wasn't it just pure enchantment??

And now, for the surprise, if you will only just leave a comment, I will add your name to the giveaway! On July 1, I will draw a winner's name from the teapot. And what will you win? Why, the very pillow on which you reclined at tea and a matching gift tag! It is a pretty sachet, handmade by the dear ladies of The 5 Dollar French Market on Etsy! It has such a pretty picture of Our Dear Alice on it, with a bit of twinkly glitter in her hair! It is filled with beautiful lavender and it just smells so nice! The ladies who run this shop are so nice and make such nice things and they only cost $5 each!! I would like to thank them for the use of their photo!

Thanks also go to all the talented people who make the collage sheets that I have used in this post:
Hollie Haradon of Holliewood Studios@Deviant Scrap
Marsha of Tumblefish Studios@Deviant Scrap
Kirsi of Itkupilli
Karen of The Graphics Fairy
Kathy of KF Collection
Mark of Memories Emporium

Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win the Alice lavender sachet and gift tag! And thank you so much for visiting my party today! Please take a minute to visit Vanessa, our hostess, at her party at A Fanciful Twist and the other participants as well!


  1. What a fabulous post my friend and I LOVE all the images!

    Thank you ever so much for having me to your tea party! *shoving sweets in my pocket*


  2. Mad Tea Party time again? Where does a year go?? This was a beautiful fantasy tea party Betty and I loved the film!!! 1903!!!

    Thank you for a delightfully entertaining party!

  3. Stunning tea party ... with teacup,teapots and a movie .. magcial post and the pillow stunning!.. here's hoping wishing and dreaming one come my way...
    now pop over I'm waiting you see .. with good treats and teacups ..Hugs wendy at

  4. what a wonderful party! thanks for inviting me!!!
    ❀◕ ‿ ◕❀

  5. Thank you for inviting me to your party. How much fun is this?

  6. Hello and Thank you, everyone!

    Because Blogger has issues, I'm posting this sweet message left by my Dear Maria-Thérèse from Afiori (

    Hello, hello! What a magical, enchanting party!! Thank you for having us! Oh and I would love, love to see a real firefly sometime! Hugs!!

  7. I have never seen that movie! It was truely wonderful! Thank you for having me over.
    I do hope you will also visit me
    Sylvia : )

  8. Oh, I would LOVE that lavender sachet. It's absolutely charming. Thank you for the Alice movie, too. That was FUN! - Kathy

  9. I would join the tripple-F too because I like fireflies :) I went on a firefly walk once and in the whole of the woods only saw one lol I think they were playing hide and seek with us.

    I liked your party post, thank you :)

    I'm also taking part in the Mad Tea Party blog hop and hope that you'll visit my party to have some fun there too :)

  10. thank you for a very beautiful tea party! i love the video

  11. What a wondrous party, thanks for the invite!
    The movie was divine :) and all the enchantment was pure fun!
    Please count me in your drawing, and I thank you for doing so. Please come visit my party and a chance for a giveaway also.

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

  13. Dearest Betty,

    You have written some of my wildest thoughts in this post!!! Seriously! Now I know for a fact that there is another dimension that we live in or at least visit in our sleep. Thank you for making it all real today:) I simply adore you!

    Sweet dreams my dear friend while in flight tonight~~~


  14. Thanks for having me to tea! What a lovely time I've had!

    P.S. That photo of your mom in the sidebar is fab.

  15. What a lovely party and I just loved that old Alice film, wow! Thank you so much for inviting me :) ~Lauren

  16. Thank you for the wonderful midnight show (even if I did arrive late.

  17. what a wonderful tea party!! I thoroughly enjoyed having a cup with you !
    Come visit mine too !


  18. Oh what a lovely adventure I've had here! I thoroughly enjoyed the movie! Thank you for having me. Feel free to come have some tea with me at anytime!


  19. What lovely party!! I love the film from 1930. It's so lovely and dreamy. Thank you so much for sharing



  20. I enjoyed the film. What a treat! Thank you for digging it up!

    Have a mad party!
    Erin :)

  21. OH!!! Enchanted and mysterious and wonderful. A ticket in my pocket, I love it! That is one of my fave Alice movies!!

    You are a wonderful delightful and kind friend!! Thank you for sharing your magical place in Wonderland!

    Love, A Fanciful Twist

  22. Oh my goodness! That film is DIVINE!!!! What a treasure! I had such a lovely time during my stay and thank you for offering up such a lovey dor-prize!

    Hope you'll pop on over for a visit with me!

    Thank you again for a lovely time...enjoy all the festivities!

  23. Ooh what a magical party! Love it :) Thank you for having me. I've had a wonderful time.

  24. So sorry I am late
    For this important date.
    I'm still making my way down 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 blog
    and the Alice movie
    Were so very entertained by 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.

  25. Ohhh! Wonderful tea party!! Loved the art collage pages!! Can I have a little bit of the Drink me mixed flavour cordial?? Looks mysteriously good! Thank you for having me over your Magical Tea Party!
    Please count me in to the Lavender sachet :)

  26. What a wonderfully mad tea party! And an Alice movie from 1903... what a great find. Thanks for sharing, Michelle

  27. What a beautiful party! Love your artwork. Sorry's it taken me so long to stop by for some tea, I'm even now still making my way through the party posts. Hope you enjoyed the festivities and thanks for visiting my party :}

    Roisin x

  28. I love the names you have given your sweet characters. And I am jealous of you having a firefly to visit-I would love that! We don't get them here in the uk sadly.

  29. 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!

  30. What a lovely party! Thank your for having me. It was such fun to watch the old Alice movie!

  31. lovely post! you are so creative! i'm glad i stopped by :)

  32. Very beautiful images thanks for your invitation!

  33. Thank you for finding me!!!
    I absolutely love the film! He!he! I am still giggling at the surprised effect she has when the table appears! And, the Chesire cat! WOW!!! a..REAL cat? he!he!he! This is adorable! Thank you ever so much for sharing this with us.

  34. That was DARLING!!! :) Loved it sweets!


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