Why, hello there you.
What took you so long?
I've been waiting.
Been waiting all year, right in this tree.
Time to party like it's 1865!
Thank you Lewis Carroll!!!
Yep, 'tis true, it's a Mad Tea Party!!!
So so happy to see you, mrrrrreawrrrr!!
Let's follow Alice, down the path...
She drank a secret potion, which made her quite sleepy, and not tall at all...
Slowly, slowly she tumbled...
Down the hole.
She awoke to a white rabbit, passing through...
Zippity Doodah, in a hurry, woo hooo!
He spoke so fast...
He was late, late, late for tea!
Can't be late, mustn't be late!
As he scampered off he quickly invited her to the festivities...
As well as you and you and you, and even me too!
She chased him through the forest, her long dress nearly tripping her...
And then, she saw a glimmer through the trees.
Laughter and clanking, nonsensical rhymes!
She approached with butterflies in her belly.
Nervous and excited, time for fun, tea time too!
The white rabbit was there to introduce and greet Alice, and all of us following right behind her.
Welcome Welcome, to The Mad Tea Party two thousand and thirteeeeen!!
The table is set, and everyone is gathered!
Splendid, scrumptious and divine to see you they chant!!
Take a seat, don't be shy sings the March Hare.
So many sweets and treats and exotic tea!
How will you choose?
Oh my, oh me!
Lemon meringue and raspberry chocolate cake too!?
Oh, that wickedly curious hatter salutes you!
Hello there mateys, and pirates, ye ole friends!
Yep, officially mad as usual ;)
What are you waiting for he asks?
Dig in, dig in!!
Nom nom nom, we munch away!
Oh how we have awaited this day.
Oh hey, I just spotted Mister Mouse!
What a glorious time, glorious indeed...
They nodded as they over filled their tea cups and stuffed their cheeks with cake.
So very happy to see you today kind ladies and gents!
I would like some tea from the Mad Hatter's favorite pot.
What about you?
I hear it's spiced, yet sweet, cinnamoney too!
And what's in the striped pot?
Darjeeling, woo hoo!
Oh oh, and what's in the pie?
And did you say I could have a bite of your cupcake?
Everyone is so overjoyed to see you.
The Hatter is extra glad you sipped the secret concoction which made you tiny in the garden.
The March Hare gives you a key, so you can find your way back everyday at a quarter past 3.
When life gets rotten or tough, or if it's lovely just as much, you can easily find your way here.
A place to escape deep in the heart.
A hot sip and a nap will get you there any day...
To the mad tea partay!
I can't get enough, did you taste this, or that, or this?
Beautiful wondrous times are these.
Times when we truly believe!
When we open our hearts to whimsy and dreams.
To tales and goodness, and nothing is what is seems.
Only it's better.
To believers and hopefuls and kindred hearted souls...
To girls and boys of all ages, with a child like heart.
To those on a hunt for goodness of life...
We say, it all lives right here.
A light to guide the way.
Sparkles and twinkles, fairy lore and more, all collide at the tea party!
A little magic spark to carry always, here's one for you, and one for me too.
Stay as long as you'd like.
Don't be shy.
Tell a riddle, a tale, sing loud pitched, don't sigh!
(unless it's a happy sigh of course)
Don't go, we'd all have to cry!
We adore you, and thank you for being kindred as can be.
For meeting us here, for this maddest of teas!!
You are lovely and wonderful!!
Thank you for you!
It's been bliss!!
We are always here to host you.
Day or night, today, yesterday and tomorrow.
Fanciful wishes abound!!!!
Happy MERRIEST unbirthday 2013!!!
To visit past parties click any year below.
You all are wonderful!!!
Thank you visitors and fellow partiers, you are lovely beyond lovely.
Make sure you always hang on to your muchness, okay?
Time to make mad visits, and chat and catch up!
All the partiers are listed in the right hand side bar.
The party lasts all weekend (or longer), as it takes several days to make all those visits.
*If you are hosting your own party, make sure you leave your exact tea party link in comments, it will serve as an archive that comes in handy for years to come.
And now, LET'S PARTY!!!!
Muchest of love, V
ps: This year I decided to hand make all the characters and tea accoutrements for the tea party that you see in all the photos above.
Something a little different this year.
Next week I will make every piece in these photos, plus more treats, available in my shop.
I'll do a post with more info in a few days ;)