the mad tea party


"There will be a tea party " whispered the dragonfly to Alice. "Right here in Miss Saucy's garden. You must find your way there... but first you must find the pink ticket that will admit you."


Alice just had to find her way there, but it would be difficult. She knew it was somewhere in Saucy's garden.


Alice decided to follow the pink ribbon strewn upon the ground, surely it would lead her to the tea party! Unfortunately, Loopy often left a trail of ribbons wherever she went, so this proved to be no lead at all. Soon she heard a voice say, "would you like directions, Miss?"


"I know you!" she exclaimed when she saw the cat. "What on earth are you doing here?" Alice asked. "Head into the Candy Forest" he purred.


Alice was apprehensive. She wrung her hands in fear.


Regardless, she bravely ventured forth. There was nothing to be afraid of. This was Saucy's garden, after all. What could there possibly be to be fearful of?


Soon enough she came across a flock of pink chicks. "Do you know where the tea party is?" she inquired politely. "We have no idea" chirp-chirped the chicks. "Find The Mayor and ask him, he will surely know where the festivities are."


Alice found the Mayor right where the chicks said he would be - near the peppermint patch. "Of course I know where the tea party is" cluck-clucked The Mayor. But before you go, you simply must enjoy some ice cream, the crop this year is excellent!"'


And so she did. He was right, it was excellent this year. When she was done, she picked herself up and began to follow The Mayor's directions. She headed off to find the button vines first.


They were looking a wee bit thirsty, so she gave them a drink. It was a good deed on her part, as Saucy lurrves to pick a patch of pretty pink buttons. Alice knew that Saucy would be disappointed if the buttons were awfully tiny this year.


She stopped to see a few sights along the way.


Then she happened upon the garden fairy who lived in Little Melfie's fairy jar, who was also looking for the party. Alice said, "I took a wrong turn at the button vines, I'm hoping that you know the way." The frogs and the hare laughed. Of course she knew the way! The garden fairy directed Alice over the rainbow.


Whoops, wrong story. Terribly sorry about that. Carrying on...


Alice stumbled through the bundles of roses that Veto brought Saucy for their anniversary. She began to count but it made her sleepy. Then, she spotted a bear fixing tea.


"Yes, this is the tea for the party,"
said the little old lady bear. "Mind you, you'll need one of these pink tickets to get in." And so Alice helped herself and off she went. "What direction?" she asked as she departed.

"Past the butterfly house and beyond" said the old lady tea maker. "But mind don't open the door of the house as you pass!"

Alice didn't hear that last part. She was far too excited. She was on her way to the tea party... finally! Ticket in hand.


Suddenly she came across a lovely cage. She could not resist... she opened the door to peek inside.


Out flew dozens of butterflies! She decided to follow them, as they all went the same direction...


... they led her to a cake stand, whereupon sat a lovely tea party!


There was a chair waiting for Alice, the honoured guest... a spot to enjoy tea or a cool drink...


... and a lovely new frock too!


Tea was served in the daintiest of sets.


Along with the tea, the guests enjoyed the sweetest homemade cake. It was delicious vanilla cake layered with sweet strawberries, which Alice thought funny, since she'd not seen a strawberry patch in Saucy's garden but she had seen button vines, lollipop patches and ice cream growing by the cones. What a funny garden this Saucy has!


Oh, and there were presents! Lots of wonderful gifts, even something special mailed from Amy at Inspireco. It was all delightful beyond words.


Alice was so glad she found the tea party... and her garden friends. And you. Thank you for visiting. If you come back on Monday, you might catch a glimpse of Saucy's entire garden... and find a fabulous giveaway for her peeps! Peep, peep! Peeps to the right!


A Fanciful Twist is hosting the Second Annual Mad Tea Party today. Do pop over for a visit if you enjoy tea, baked goods and tall tales.

71 comments:

Chrisy said...

What a magical time I've had at your place! Those miniatures are exquisite..and the bird cage is gorgeous! Please come on over to mine to continue the mad partying!

Trinity said...

How fun! SO creative!

HurricaneKassi said...

Very magical. Thank you for posting. Cute chicks :)
<3 HurricaneKassi

Miss Quoted said...

Dear Saucy,

In my younger days I worked for an airline and did much traveling, I am thinking that perhaps we have visited the same gift shop in Paris, as I have the same exact Eiffel Tower! I don't know why, but it easily one of my most prized possessions. I'm glad to see that someone else loves hers as well.

alittlebitofscrap said...

Simply, I just love reading your post! So imaginative and a great escape :)

Rafael's Mum said...

What a great post. I can imagine all the work it took to get that together and a 'real' teaparty at the end! Really enjoyed reading it. Thanks!

LiLi M. said...

I thought I was the only one who has to search everywhere to find an admission ticket. At least Alice remembers to take it with her...:-)
What a fun, colorful and magical post!

Coco said...

You really put a lot of work into that. How lovely. Hope you enjoyed your anniversary.

Becky said...

So fun! My favorite part was the wrong story picture - didn't see that one coming. lol

YSLGuy said...

How fun!!

I adore your minatures!

Christina said...

Omigosh, that was too much fun! Very great party!

Charli and me said...

Wow! Wonderful post. I enjoyed your tea party so much. Very creative and fun!....

Chickenbells said...

Oh my...that poor dear Alice, she has such troubles doesn't she? At least she has grand adventures as well...send her to my party and we'll see what fun she has!

PS. I hope Dorothy finds her shoes...giggle!!

Rhonda Roo said...

I just knew you wouldn't disappoint! Loved it all, eye candy, and oh, just everything everyone else already said! You're soooo good Ms. Saucy! ♥

Alexis said...

Absolutely magical! :) That Alice certainly seems to be having a great day today, huh? What with all the parties all over the place. :)

ThatMommy! said...

i'm not big on tea parties but this was extremely entertaining. lol

Maggi said...

What a wonderful party! I so enjoyed seeing the pink chicks and button vines. Thank you for a lovely time!

You're madly invited to my tea party, I do hope you'll stop by!

Melissa the Holiday Queen said...

A miniature party...I lOVE it! What a magical time. I made some mini treats as well. I'll be sure to save you some if you top by later.

Pretty Things said...

I love all the little dollhouse things!!!!! I could just scoop them up but then I'd ruin the party.

I hope you'll visit my Tea Party and see what I'm decking out the party-goers in!

fairiemoon said...

What a fun treasure hunt with the best of tea parties at the end. Very cute indeed! I love the miniatures. I must also admit to having read your anniversary post and was very touched by your story! Thank you for sharing such a tender part of your life with us!

A Very Merry Unbirthday to you!

Erin :)
http://www.fairiemoon.typepad.com/

slommler said...

A delightful tale you have crafted. What a wonderful tea party!!
Hugs
SueAnn
Hope you can visit mine!!

Megan said...

That was so delightful! I'm gla I stumbled across your blog!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Lovely story and magical pictures. Have a wonderful weekend! Twyla

T=ME said...

Love the little lovelies. And to be able to travel all over the world. Blogland is grand!

LoriLyn said...

That tea party set up is adorable!

Carrie said...

This was so creative! I absolutely love it! Especially the teeny tiny gifts. :)

Have a magical time at all the lovely tea parties today, and feel free to stop by my blog to read all about mine and Mr. Pluff's adventure to the Mad Tea Party!

-Carrie.

LW said...

So enchanting, I am happy I followed Alice on her trail.
I adore the tiny little chairs…
Please stop by for a secret give away to be found by
the golden key, just highlight between the stars….


A very happy Mad Tea Party to you,

Louise

3rdEyeMuse said...

you are one amazing stage setting stroy teller!! this was a blast ... and I simply adore all the wee's you shared ... too much!!

Wishing you wonderful Mad Tea Party wanderings!

dragonflydreamer said...

I've had such a lovely time at your Mad Tea party. I so enjoyed partying with Alice in the garden and I don't want to leave, but I must get back to put the final preparations together for my Mad Tea party. I'm late...as usual...but so excited!

Deborah said...

OOOOOHHH Adore your miniatures! What a clever idea. The little pink chicks made me laugh out loud. Please come have tea with me, but do watch out for Alice. **blows kisses** Deborah

TattingChic said...

What a cute post! I just love miniatures! Very sweet.

Cre8Tiva said...

i'm here at last..my dragonfly would like to party with your butterflies...i am enjoying the parties and dancing my day away...i am having my tea by the sea...with flowers in my hair...come join me...hugs, rebecca/cre8tiva

Zen Cat Art said...

Absolutely delightful party! The bird cage was delightful as was Alice. Thank you so much!
Expect joy, Cat

Mermaid Queen said...

Oh I love all your miniatures. A magical post indeed!
Martha

What Happens Next said...

You had me at the teeny-tiny beginning!

Just lovely...

xo Debbie

bluemuf said...

Saucy, I have just had the most enchanting time taking the magical trip through your garden with Alice.
Fantastic post

Have a magical mad tea day
Hugs Karen

Lynn said...

That was sooo cute!
How long did that take you to set up and shoot?
Really!

Lynn said...

Thank you for not making me type the secret word to comment!!!

jkddz said...

Oh my what a lovely day it was in your garden thanks for the tour!

bet you and loopy had a blast taking all those photos and setting it all up!

How excited is she...it is just about JB day!
enjoy your trip!

Susanna said...

I have to agree, it's been an excellent ice cream year ;D
Delightful...

natalea said...

this was so much fun! happy party-hopping! xo natalea

Shell said...

A sweet tea party and I love all the miniatures.

Nicole said...

Hello Saucy! Great party! So many awesome pictures!

Kathy said...

You are so me....we have so much in common...and the miniatures are fantastic. Wish you could see my dollhouses/fanciful abodes. Please come visit me, and check out my photo books.
Love your tea party...mine will be up this week...promise!

Sarah said...

What a lovely party it was! Thank you so much! And Alice too!

apparentlyjessy said...

What a magical miniature party! I very much enjoyed my visit, I particularly liked the ice cream crop!

Jessy

Heather said...

SO CUTE! I love the dollhouse charm ;-)

Stepping off the edge said...

How delightful! and Dainty! I'm so glad Alice found her way! And a new frock too! lucky lucky Alice!
so very clever!
>:0)
Tracey

MagicMarkingsArt said...

what a creative delightful tea party you threw. thank you for all your hard work, it was a wonderful journey.

lanimoz said...

*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:
*:*:*:Make and make-believe! Such a lovely:*:* little*:*party!!*:*:*

Different Dog said...

What a cute little party, love the minis. Check out my party!

KayEllen said...

How adorable!!!
So cute:) What a charming party with Alice..she only stopped by my party for a little bit...now I know where she was! lol

Clink clink our tea cups:)

Smiles,
kayellen

Kat said...

Your miniature party was delightful! mmm, I need an ice cream garden...

Jen said...

My tea party ended hours ago, but I wasn't ready to put my frolicking shoes away, so I popped in here! I loved your party!!!

Carolee said...

What a delightful post! So happy to discover your blog - I'll definitely be back. :)

~ Carolee

queen-of-nostalgia said...

Saucy, you always know how to throw a good party! Did Alice help clean up, I hope? :)

Jen B said...

So delightful, I love your charming story & pictures!

Sheryl said...

Beautiful. My 4 year old daughter was "helping" me make my blog rounds and she kept saying "oh look Mommy pretties" and I couldn't agree with her more. She loves to dress up and have tea parties.

mythoughtsmyvoice said...

How I would love to have a garden like this. just imagine, ice creams growing and candies too! :-) Oh do tell what's the secret. I know, I know it's just make believe but it's so enjoyable. You are quite a story-teller.

(I just happen to cruise by from Vanessa and I love visiting the mad tea party)

Bella Dreams said...

What cute miniatures! A fun fun party!

http://afancifultwist.typepad.com said...

That's it, I am moving in. No really, I have a love for miniatures, so a magician gave me a potion to make myself teeny tiny small. That way I can move right in. So whatta ya say?? tee heeee!

Oh I am beyond delighted in you Wonderland world!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How cute! I feel so tiny now! Come and visit me, too!

Her Art Nest said...

Loved dropping by today. Your tiny furniture is just incredible! Thanks for sharing such adorable photos. Great job! ~Nan

Angela said...

I have said it before, you are brilliant!
Angela

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Amazing and perfectly delicious!

Anonymous said...

Saucy,
Have you ever thought of using your creativity for a good cause? Seriously you could create a blog for charity or something, because you obviosly have too much time on your hands if you can make an elaborate story such as this. You are a very well-spoken women, and you make people smile and laugh.

{lauryl} said...

Thank you for creating a bit of magic- we all need more magic in our lives!

fawndear said...

So sorry I'm late. I just escaped my own mad party. And I'm backwards on making the rounds.

So glad I came in time. I hope I didn't bend your door frame trying to squeeze in. Maybe I've had too many treats and need to invest in some elastic banded pants now. Regardless, I had an enchanting time at your miniature tea table. Truly Magical.

daylily777 said...

Hi Saucy,
There is something magical about miniatures .I enjoyed Alice's adventure leading to the tea party, very creative. I loved the bird cage. 8-)
You are invited to my party.
~Myrna

BunnyKissd said...

What a wonderfully mad party! I've had a wonderful time! Thank you for having me!

Victorian Lady said...

That was absolutely lovely! :)

You are welcome to stop by our party as well...it's a video :)

Mere