We’re All Mad Here: A Tea Party

25 Jun

Hi everyone! Well, as usual I’m behind on everything, but I thought I’d log on to….

…did you hear a rustle in the grass?

A white rabbit! He seems to be in an awful hurry, too.  Let’s see where he’s going…

Well, goodness gracious. This must be Wonderland. And what’s this? A stylish party in the sunshine? And plenty of teacups to go around? And you’re all invited? Excellent! (I knew it all along)

May I introduce the honorable tea pots? They’re an essential part of the proceedings at a tea party, you know.

Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, how do you do?

Perhaps you’d like to stop and paint the roses? I see that they aren’t quite finished…

Would you like some nibbles?

These may look like fancy tarts, but they’re actually PB&(s)J–peanut butter & strawberry jam sandwiches!

As you can see, in Wonderland we like to play with our food. Chess is much harder when people keep eating parts of the board!

Perhaps a cupcake? No? Ah, I know what you really want…

You want a slice of cake! But Wonderland is no ordinary place, you know, and this is no ordinary cake…

 It’s a chessboard cake! Only appropriate on this side of the looking glass, you know.

Thank you for coming to my tea party! There will be some behind-the-scenes details and tutorials coming soon! In the meantime you can find more tea parties to attend by checking out the blogroll at A Fanciful Twist.

Special thanks to my Papa and my sister Melody, who helped fight the odds to make these pictures happen!  Papa made me a custom tray for my chessboard and put the legs back on my table, and Melody helped carry everything and stepped in for the role of Young Lady in White Dress.  <3!

Advertisements

125 Responses to “We’re All Mad Here: A Tea Party”

  1. Anna June 25, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    WOW: this is brilliant!

    I’m thoroughly impressed by both the amount of effort you must have put into this, as well as — of course! — by the lovely result. Love the pb&j ‘tarts’ and the chessboard cake particularly, and looking forward to the behind-the-scenes post coming up.

    • agreyeyedgirl June 27, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

      Thanks for visiting! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it :D The behind-the-scenes and tutorials will be coming soon–I hope you’ll enjoy them just as much!
      Thanks very much <3

  2. NatashaMay June 25, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    What a great party! Mmmm, and all the cookies. :)

  3. the weekend artist June 25, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    I love all the treats….mmmm!!!!! The chess sandwiches, the checkered cake, the eat me cupcakes! Oh what a sight…my tummy aches from the eyecandy! Thanks for the tea! Hop on over to mine for a cup or 2?!!

    K

    • agreyeyedgirl June 28, 2011 at 6:51 am #

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it :D

  4. eleni June 25, 2011 at 8:39 am #

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

    http://apinkdreamer.blogspot.com/2011/06/mad-tea-summer-party-in-pumpkinland.html

  5. Linda Lilly Cottage June 25, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    Thank you for inviting me in, I adore the checkerboard cake the most…or perhaps the sandwiches….no my sweet tooth says the cake! A lovely party indeed. Now let me invite you over to my corner of the world and I will brew you some refreshment!
    Kiss Noises Linda
    http://lillycottage.typepad.com/lilly_cottage_a_shop_of_o/

    • agreyeyedgirl June 28, 2011 at 6:58 am #

      Thank you very much! I’m so glad that you could stop by :)

  6. michelle June 25, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    checkered cake looks devine. Such a lovely party

  7. the weekend artist June 25, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    I love all the treats….mmmm!!!!! The chess sandwiches, the checkered cake, the eat me cupcakes! Oh what a sight…my tummy aches from the eyecandy! Thanks for the tea! Hop on over to mine for a cup or 2?!!

    K

    http://theweekendartist.blogspot.com/2011/06/mad-tea-party-2011-by-weekend-artist.html

  8. micupoftea June 25, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    wow! Love the card banner…so clever. Those heart PB&J’s look DELISH!! What fun. Thank you for the tea party~

    Hop over to mine so I can return the favor…the tea is waiting!

    http://poetryinapotoftea.blogspot.com/2011/06/mad-tea-party.html

    • agreyeyedgirl June 28, 2011 at 7:02 am #

      Thank you! (I’ll be doing a tutorial for the card banner soon–although if you’ve done a sewn banner you can probably guess how it’s made already!)

  9. Rachel June 25, 2011 at 9:46 am #

    What a lovely tea party and the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were a very clever idea,

    I painted a rose for your while I was here.

    Here is a link to my tea party if you would like to visit.

    http://phoenixra.blogspot.com/2011/06/wonderings-on-tea-party.html

    • agreyeyedgirl June 28, 2011 at 7:07 am #

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it :)

  10. Katarina June 25, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    You’re my very first stop on the Mad Tea Party Train :)
    I love the checkered cake, that must have taken a few minutes to put together?! Your party looks lovely, and I might steal your playing-card decor sometime in the future :)

    Katarina

    • agreyeyedgirl June 28, 2011 at 7:12 am #

      Thank you very much! I’m glad you could visit :)
      The checkered cake did take a few minutes–and it made a big mess! But the dramatic effect is totally worth it, I think (as long as I only do it every once in a while, for very very special events like this one!). Hopefully I’ll put together a tutorial for both the cake and the playing card streamers soon!

  11. ittybittyandpretty June 25, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    wowzer what a cake!!! what a lovely party, so glad i chose your blog out of all of the ‘a’ blogs…(too many for me to look through so i have decided to go to one of each of the letter of the alphabet)

    love all of the decorations too.
    thanks for the tea.
    xxrosey

    • agreyeyedgirl June 28, 2011 at 7:14 am #

      Thank you so much! I’m very glad that you chose me :D

  12. Amy June 25, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    Those cakes and sarnies look lovely!! Looks like you had a good time! Come over to mine later today for my party!

  13. Artful Affirmations June 25, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    Beautiful outdoor party! It looks so fun with the sun shining and all the bright colors! What delicious desserts too…and the chessboard! Yum! Can I (eat), I mean play it?
    Hugs,
    Terri

    • agreyeyedgirl June 28, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it :) I think it would be awesome if someone made up a new version of chess, with rules that involve eating the pieces you claim and then working around the empty bits of board…
      Thanks for visiting!

  14. pixie June 25, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    Oh wow! this is wonderful…wonderfully MAD! I love the heart tartes, the checker board cake and most of all the sunshine! My party, unfortunately, was hijacked by rain all week so it was moved inside and scaled down, lol.

    Please feel free to visit my party, humble may it be, if you get a chance.
    http://pixiepages.blogspot.com/2011/06/mad-tea-tasting-extravaganza.html

    • agreyeyedgirl June 28, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

      Thank you so much! I have to tell you, though, that I completely sympathise with your weather woes–it LOOKS beautiful in the pictures, but ssshh it’s an illusion! It was actually brutally hot and very, very windy, and lanterns kept blowing away and the card streamer kept flipping to the wrong side of the fence, and as soon as we took the food out to take pictures an army of insects arrived and were EVERYWHERE!

      I only had about fifteen minutes before we gave up and moved everything back inside! But at least we tried, and we have the pictures to remember it by ;)

  15. Bourbonnatrix June 25, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    wow! you are so very creative! i love all your ideas, what a beautiful mad tea party!

  16. Jorgelina June 25, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    What a beautiful Tea Party!
    Very fun!
    Hugs

  17. Linda Diane June 25, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    Hello! Such a great set-up! Love the deck of cards garland, and the yummy treats and clever checkerboards! How sweet of you to acknowledge the special help you got from your family. Makes me think of times when my own family helped me get through a special event.

    • agreyeyedgirl June 28, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

      Thank you so much! I’m very glad you enjoyed it <3 I couldn't do half the things I attempt without help from my family–they're the best! I mentioned in passing that I wished we had a larger square tray, so that I could make a full chessboard, and my dad disappeared into the garage and returned a few hours later with a beautiful, elegant tray just for me! And my sister did a huge amount of grunt work AND posed for pictures–thankfully my family accepts payment in cake!

  18. Robin June 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    So sorry I am late
    For this important date.
    You’re the fourth 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

    And your checker board cake
    and P B & Js
    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.

    • agreyeyedgirl June 28, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

      Thank you! I’m glad that you could visit, and absolutely delighted by your wonderful rhyme <3

  19. two crazy crafters June 25, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    What a devine party! I loved all the nibbles! The chess cake was my favorite! Have a magical day! Twyla

    • agreyeyedgirl June 28, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

      Thank you for visiting! I’m so glad you enjoyed it :)

  20. J. June 25, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    I love your tea party!! I love the toppers you had on the cupcakes. I may be copying that in some form in the future – if you don’t mind? Love your checkerboard cake, too!!!

    Janet

    • agreyeyedgirl June 28, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you could visit :) I’d love to see your version of the cupcake flags! (and I’ll tell you that I used ordinary white glue, which was a little tedious because I had to hold each flag for a few moments until the glue became tacky enough for the paper not to unfold–it occured to me later that double stick tape might have worked better and been easier to use! If you try it you must let me know what works best!)

  21. DogsMom June 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    I do hope your card garland is a tutorial. Brilliant!
    Everything was scruptious. Thank you for inviting us.

    http://dogsmom.wordpress.com/2011/06/24/dreaming-madly-of-tea/

    • agreyeyedgirl June 29, 2011 at 2:20 am #

      It will be! The tutorials will start going up later this week, so I hope you’ll visit again and tell me what you think of them!
      Thank you so much :)

  22. Kelly June 25, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    How clever! Love the beuatiful PBJ sandwiches and playing card garland! So many fun things to explore!

  23. Lisa June 25, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    I am Madly in love with that chess board!!!!! So very cool!! And I love the playing card garland!!!! Thank you for a lovely tea party!!
    cheers
    lisa

    • agreyeyedgirl June 29, 2011 at 2:26 am #

      Thank you so much! I’m glad that you like it :) I’ll be doing tutorials for both very soon, so please visit again!

  24. Myrna June 25, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    I have enjoyed your party very much!
    Happy UnBirthday to You !
    Blessings,
    ~Myrna

    • agreyeyedgirl June 29, 2011 at 2:30 am #

      Thank you very much! I’m glad that you enjoyed it :)

  25. Dreamaginarius Arts June 25, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    How unique!! I love it all, If I could take a huge bite of that chess cake….! yummy!! Beautiful all! Thanks for inviting!!

    xo,
    Karla
    http://www.dreamaginarius.com

    • agreyeyedgirl June 29, 2011 at 2:33 am #

      Thank you! I’m so glad that you were able to visit :)

  26. wendelou June 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    Love Love Love!!! Thanks so much for having me!

    Wende

    http://creativeartseatables.wordpress.com/2011/06/25/mad-tea-party-with-a-southern-twist/

    • agreyeyedgirl June 29, 2011 at 2:36 am #

      Thank you! I’m so glad that you could come :)

  27. erin June 25, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Scrumptious spread! Love the chessboard stuff.

    Have a mad party!
    Erin :)

    http://www.fairiemoon.typepad.com/weathertop

    • agreyeyedgirl June 29, 2011 at 2:37 am #

      Thank you very much :) I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  28. Carolee June 25, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    What a lovely party, and that cake looks amazing! Thanks for inviting me. :)

    ♥ Carolee

  29. Sara June 25, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    Wow, so many yummy things. I enjoyed my visit very much.

  30. Sylvia Smiser June 25, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    What a WONDERFUL tea party! The treats were out of this world!
    I really enjoyed myself.
    Thank you for having me over.
    I do hope you will also visit me
    http://www.anaboocreations.blogspot.com
    Sylvia : )

  31. Shell June 25, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    Your pb&j sandwiches and checkerboard cakes are the best. Lovely party.

  32. Alia June 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    The chess board sandwiches and cake are amazing! So creative. And I love the half painted roses, what a great party!

    • agreyeyedgirl June 29, 2011 at 2:51 am #

      Thank you very much! I’m glad you enjoyed it :)

  33. Maria-Thérèse June 25, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    Chess food! I love it!


    Tea Party at the Red Queen’s blog:
    http://www.afiori.com

  34. Shannon Bailes June 25, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    Yummy Yummy Treats. Thank you for sharing.

  35. Cassandra June 25, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

    Love the pretty bits and pieces!

  36. Sarah June 25, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

    A lovely party with extremely stylish and interesting nibbles, thank you!

  37. Linda Lampert June 25, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    Oh my what an amazing party you are having. All the goodies you made. I had a wondrus time. Please check mine out. momentsinaneye.blogspot.com
    Thank you for the tour.

  38. Celina Matthews June 25, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    Oh, what a fabulous adventure! Thank you so much for inviting me to tea. The heart tarts and checkerboard sandwiches were delish! I hope you’ll please visit me as well: http://scrapvamp.blogspot.com/2011/06/mad-tea-party-2011.html

  39. Que Bella June 25, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    What a fabulous party! So many goodies to eat… I love the checkerboard cake. Thank you for having me! ~Michelle

  40. Sharon June 25, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    Wow, I would never have been able to tell that the weather wasn’t absolutely scrumptious for this party. I love the playing cards garland and the sandwich chessboard – so creative!!!

    • agreyeyedgirl June 29, 2011 at 3:07 am #

      Yay! I’m glad the illusion holds, because it was truly miserable!

  41. Betty June 25, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    Yummy party! Marble and checkerboard cake is my favorite of all time!!! And your sandwiches were perfect as well! I love these parties! Everyone always so many fun ideas and inspirations!!!

    I do hope you visit me as well:
    http://gossamertearoom.blogspot.com/2011/06/mad-tea-party-2011.html

    Wishing you a Happy Mad Tea Party Weekend!

    Betty

    • agreyeyedgirl June 29, 2011 at 3:08 am #

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you could visit :)

  42. Alisa June 25, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    Such a fun and colorful party!
    I loved all the delectible treats!
    Thanks for having me.
    :)

  43. Norma Conway June 25, 2011 at 10:52 pm #

    Loved your patio lanterns! And those heart cookies. Oh my! What a fun time I had and thanks for inviting me! *smiles* Norma

  44. Theresa June 25, 2011 at 11:40 pm #

    Such a charming tea party! So happy I stopped by for a visit. I will be more than happy to have a slice of that cake…yum!

    Hope you’ll pop on over for a visit with me!
    http://faeriemooncreations.blogspot.com/2011/06/its-mad-tea-party.html

    Thank you for a lovely time…enjoy the festivities!

  45. kathy @ Creative Home Expressions June 26, 2011 at 1:00 am #

    Love, love the chessboard sandwiches! Such a great idea – the cake, too! The parasol is such a nice touch for the “girl in the white dress”. : )

    • agreyeyedgirl June 29, 2011 at 3:16 am #

      Thank you so much! (parasols are a necessity here in Texas! we’re accumulating quite the collection :)

  46. Sylvia Smiser June 26, 2011 at 1:51 am #

    Hi, I accidentally left a wrong blog address. Here is the correct one
    http://www.anaboocreationsbysylvia.blogspot.com
    Thank you,
    Sylvia

  47. emile June 26, 2011 at 3:02 am #

    delightful! i adore your edible chessboard and PB&J hearts. :) thank you for sharing your wonderland with us!

  48. spiceblogger June 26, 2011 at 3:09 am #

    Love. It.
    Your take on the theme is inspired! The chessboard, the cake, the heart-shaped treats…. All wonderful!!!!

    • agreyeyedgirl June 29, 2011 at 3:25 am #

      Thank you so very much! I’m glad you enjoyed it <3

  49. Tina June 26, 2011 at 4:54 am #

    Deliciously deeeeelightful! Your tea party is wonderful, and I love that first pic of you with your parasol! Thankyou so much for having me x

    • agreyeyedgirl June 29, 2011 at 3:29 am #

      Thank you very much! I’m glad you came <3
      (the girl with the parasol is actually my sister–I was behind the camera, looking not at all presentable! :D)

  50. Teresa in California June 26, 2011 at 5:51 am #

    I loved your checker board cake! Wow!~ Everything looked so scrumptious!
    Come on over to my blog for some more Mad Tea Party happenings and three giveaways.
    CHEERS!

    • agreyeyedgirl June 29, 2011 at 3:31 am #

      Thank you so very much! I’m afraid the link to your blog isn’t working for me, though :(

  51. Susan G June 26, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    WONDERFUL and CLEVER!!! I think this is the best post so far!!
    I am totally loving your party, and all of it’s creative goodness!
    Thanks to your support team also.
    Please come visit mine, I have a giveaway.
    Susan

    http://piecesoffatesusan.blogspot.com/2011/06/fanciful-twists-mad-tea-party-2011.html

    ps…how does one follow or subscribe to you blog, nothing is showing and your sidebars are not moving with the post.

    • agreyeyedgirl June 29, 2011 at 3:34 am #

      Thank you so much! I’m very glad that you could come to my party and that you enjoyed it so much <3

      The subscription links don't show when you're looking at an individual post, apparently (WordPress is delightful that way!) but if you go to my blog's main page at http://agreyeyedgirl.wordpress.com/ and look in the sidebar on the right you'll find links for subscribing to the RSS feed or through email!

      Thank you very much for visiting :)

  52. Cameron June 26, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    Absolutely loved your party! Chessboard sandwich platter….sheer genius! Thank you so much for inviting me :D

  53. Rhonda ROO June 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    This whole party is brilliant-you did a wonderful job incorporating all the elements-even the keyhole, flamingo and mushroom! and the card garland…but the treats, oh my the treats-FABULOUS!

    You made me smile. Thank you.

    xoxo Roo

    • agreyeyedgirl June 29, 2011 at 3:40 am #

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad that you could visit and that you enjoyed the party.
      Most of all I’m glad that it could make you smile <3

  54. Danni June 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    Wow, I love all your delecatable, delightful cakes and sweets! Thank you so much for inviting me over.

    Though I’m running tardy, I hope you’ll come visit my party!
    http://thewhimsicalcottage.blogspot.com/2011/06/fawn-and-goat.html

  55. vvb June 26, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    awesome! love the chess sandwich setup!

  56. Betsy June 26, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    I love the playing card banner and the chess board sandwiches. Amazing. What a wonderful party. Thank you for letting me attend.

    If you get a chance please join me as well
    http://fromthemindofalphabetsy.blogspot.com/2011/06/mad-tea-party-2011.html

    <3

    Betsy

    • agreyeyedgirl June 29, 2011 at 4:02 am #

      :) Thank you very much for visiting! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

  57. a fanciful twist June 26, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

    OH MY GOODNESSSSSssssssssss! That was wonderful on all accounts. Every nook and cranny was marvelous, and that chessboard cake, Amazing! Your pb&j’s jaw dropped me. How will you all ever eat all of those? hahaha! They are Mister Lovee’s faves ;)

    You have a magical spot in Wonderland. Thank you for sharing it, truly!

    Love, A Fanciful Twist

    • agreyeyedgirl June 29, 2011 at 4:34 am #

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! <3 And thank you so very, very much for starting this lovely event! :)

  58. Jennifer June 27, 2011 at 2:13 am #

    What a wonderful party! I love everythi g….the cakes and pb&j tarts, your china and Quilt, everything is just fabulous!

    • agreyeyedgirl June 29, 2011 at 4:25 am #

      Thank you! I’m so glad that you enjoyed everything <3

  59. Renee June 28, 2011 at 1:18 am #

    Lovely party. I loved the checkerboard things. And the painting of the roses.

  60. Anonymous June 28, 2011 at 4:02 am #

    You outdid yourself! What a wonderful party. I love the chess, the treats, all the details and colors. Love the card banner and the tepots, and ahhhhh….lovely.

    http://roseblossomsandlemonzest.typepad.com

    • agreyeyedgirl June 29, 2011 at 4:26 am #

      Thank you very much! :) I’m so glad that you enjoyed it!

  61. Kristal June 28, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    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!!

    Your party was sweetness indeed. Thanks so much for inviting me!!!

    XoXo,
    Kristal

    My party:
    http://stateofgracegoods.blogspot.com/2011/06/mad-tea-2011-jorney-to-gyspyville.html

    • agreyeyedgirl June 29, 2011 at 4:29 am #

      Thank you so very much! <3 I'm glad that you enjoyed it!

  62. 58Cherries June 28, 2011 at 9:02 pm #

    Wow – quite a party! I can’t believe the effort you went to for all the homemade goodies! I loved every bit. Thanks for having me over and if you haven’t already, be sure to stop by my tea party at:

    http://58cherries.blogspot.com/2011/06/jump-down-rabbit-holea-mad-tea-party.html

    Nicki
    58Cherries

    • agreyeyedgirl June 29, 2011 at 4:30 am #

      Thank you! It was a lot of work, but also really fun! I’m glad you enjoyed it <3

  63. mad amdame mel June 29, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    I am soo soo late, but thankyou for inviting me :)

    what fantastic chess sandwiches, and yummy cake :)

    I would love you to drop on by my party for some tea & cake :

    http://madame-mels.blogspot.com/2011/06/mad-tea-party.html

    mad madam me :)

    • agreyeyedgirl July 2, 2011 at 4:51 am #

      Thank you very much!
      I was late to ALL the parties, so you’re in good company! (or I’m in good company…anyway, it’s the kind of company with tea and cake, so it’s good).

  64. Myrna July 4, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    Sorry, I am so late ! Your party is amazing ! I have enjoyed it very much !
    Merry UnBirthday !
    ~Myrna

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Wonderland Tutorials: Playing Card Garland « - July 18, 2011

    […] Remember how I was going to write tutorials for some of the things I did for my Mad Tea Party? […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: