Saturday, July 28, 2012

Mad Tea Party Today!

It finally arrived,
the day we have planned for
for nearly a year.
We’re having a party,
and it’s all across blogland
with tea pots, I hear.

There’s plenty of goodies
and plenty of beer.
Wait. Who brought the beer?
This is a tea party!
There’s no boozing here.

I hope you dressed crazy,
for we’re really quite mad.
That’s mad as in crazy.
The Mad Hatter is near!

So if you are ready,
then enter right here.
Any creatures are friendly.
There’s nothing to fear.

(Please feel free to click on any picture if you'd like to see a larger size.)

In case you forgot, choose a pill and swallow it down. Then you'll fit through the keyhole.

Why look! It's Lani Puppetmaker! I knew she'd be here, and she brought pretty balloons.

Woops! I need to make a few adjustments. We went a little too far.

(In other words, I borrowed some of the food pictures from their blogs!)

Oh my. Grannie Annie has just reminded me that I promised she could recite her favorite tea poem. What good is a mad tea party without a mad tea poem after all? 
Just promise not to stare at her warts. She just hasn't been the same since she kissed that frog.

When the world is all at odds
And the mind is all at sea
Then cease the useless tedium
And brew a cup of tea.
There is magic in its fragrance,
There is solace in its taste;
And the laden moments vanish
Somehow into space.
The world becomes a lovely thing!
There’s beauty as you’ll see;
All because you briefly stopped
To brew a cup of tea.

Well, before we start tasting all those French goodies that are going to make us so fat, I suppose we ought to pour a cup of tea. But where is our host? 

Go ahead! Sit down! Relax! Let me pour you a cup of tea. We have 3 different flavors.
I just don't exactly remember which pot is which. But who cares? We're all mad here today!

May I interest you in a macaron? There are so many to choose from, and the colors are quite gay! (as in happy, fun, joyful, oh my!)

Oh I know. It's so difficult to choose!

Would it help you decide if I told you the lemon fillings were made by the Queen of Tarts?
She's standing right over there!

Oh look. Lady June has chosen strawberry. I bet she wanted one to match her hat!

I see some of you are eying the eclairs. Don't be shy. Take any you like!
They are specially decorated for our mad tea party.

Oh dear. I'm starting to feel full. But I think we need more chocolate, don't you?

What? You still want just a little something more? Then I'll tempt you with these!

My, my. I dare say we better not eat one more bite! We'll never all fit back into Dr. Who's box.
Of course, it wouldn't be so bad to stay in France, would it?
Maybe if we just lay down and rest a moment.
While were resting, let's see how the French celebrate one of their fun days.

The video was by Eric Tenin who writes the fantastic blog about Paris called "Paris Daily Photo." Maybe we should try having an all white tea party the next time! Here's another one by Eric, but it's quite long. You may want to pause it if you don't have time to watch the entire video.

Wow, that was exciting!

Well, I hate to be a party-pooper, but the Doctor's box is revved up and it's time for us to return home. If you'd like though, we could stop at A Fanciful Twist and find out who else is having a mad tea party today. I know all of them would like you to visit! Just click on the link above for a shortcut to Vanessa's blog.

(Thank you to Tangie Baxter for digital elements from several of her kits found at Scrapbook Graphics, Outside The Box Studio and her "Mad Hatter" kit, and Valkyrie Designs' "Life On Mars" kit. )


  1. What a fun visit for the Mad Tea Party 2012. The chocolate goodies were do delish! And I especially loved the unique and adorable teapots. Thank you for such a lovely visit for this Tea Party.

  2. Thank You for the invitation to your wonderful tea party, I loved your poems and sweet treats... Wont you join me for my party too?


  3. Awesome party and whimsical teapots! But you had me at Tardis...

  4. Now Doctor Who, Alice in Wonderland and yummy treats is my idea of heaven!

  5. Well, that has to be the most interesting tea party I think I have ever been to. Yes, we all are quite mad but that is half the fun isn't it? Your poem about tea I enjoyed ever so much...and the pastries, even though they are cyber pastries I am completely sure I gained weight just by visiting your party! Quite mad indeed and next year we shall visit, perhaps even see the Queen!
    Bill, fabulous hope you will get the chance to pop over to my party sometime this weekend! (Mossberry Cottage)

  6. Loving all the sweets wish I can eat thru my laptop screen! The teapots are so stylish! Enjoyed my stay!

  7. ooooh macaroons and tea, don't mind if I do, hope you don't mind me taking one home with me too :)
    Thank you so much for inviting me,
    I hope to see you soon at my party too, everyone is invited :)
    Mad Madam Mel x

  8. What great poems, and divine looking macaroons, happy Mad Tea Party!

    Please come take tea with me at my party:

  9. Those eclairs! I want my new job to be painting on the icing of eclairs! I'd create entire portraits and landscapes and masterpieces for eating. Oh my!
    So deliciously beautiful!

    I'm Kat from Kat can Paint! You can visit my party here:

  10. What an absolutely fun and wonderful party!! Thank you for inviting me :) ~Lauren

  11. Hello Bill!
    I'm running a bit late today, but I know that the party goes on for a long while here!!! What fun that you took us to Paris!!! You know I never turn down a chance to go there! Isn't picking out pastries so much fun, but isn't it hard to actually have to choose? I just loved watching your videos! Everything was just perfect! My tea-party also takes place outside of my Tearoom and I hope you will visit when you get the chance!

    Wishing you a great rest of your Mad Tea Party Day!


  12. Wonderful party!!! Great teapots and wonderful photos of french delights, they look absolutely irresistible. The french know how to make yummy treats!

    Please visit my illustrated a bit odd Mad Hat story at:

  13. Magical party! Please stop by mine if you can! :)

  14. OH MY!!! Hahahaa! That was brilliant!

    France, and someone snuck in some beer too??? hahahehee!

    Love all your digital images, they are so fun and free and whimsical!!

    Thank you for being here ;)

    Happy Mad Tea Partying!

    ♥ Vanessa {a fanciful twist}

  15. Hi Bill,
    What a wonderful mad tea party! My goodness the treats were to die for! I could not make up my mind but I went with a zebra striped eclair and the polka dot tea! Loved it all!
    I hope you will come visit my mad tea party and giveaway!

  16. Such a great party - I really loved the poem and all of the pastries! I may be inspired to make macarons this week!

  17. Another tea party--so I know another year has somehow passed. These get better and better - you really know how to throw one heck of a party!

  18. I had a great time, but flying around in a box will never be my favorite way to go.
    The pastries were delicious but I still have no idea what kind of teas I drank.

  19. But...But...I didn't want to come back!!!
    It was so mch fun with you Bill!!!!( I won't call you William as it will remind me too much of my ex husband! he!he!)

    So...macaroons and éclairs!!!! hmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Thank you for this wonderful party! Merci beaucoup mon cher ami ( am French...)

  20. Oh, my! What a wonderful spread! Those eclairs were magnificent! Loved the poems and the tea! Thank you for inviting me!

  21. I'm just going to sit here and rest for a wee bit....I believe I have sugar overload! Thank you for inviting me to your Mad Tea Paris. I had a delicious time!

  22. Wow! What a Blast! LOVE The Dr! He always takes us away! Those Eclairs OMGosh!I had Ssooo much fun in Paris thanks to You!

  23. Wonderful funny artwork and pictures...i love it...have a nice day

  24. thanks for all the fun! i love the Tardis!!! and those macaroons look scrumtuous!!!!!!

  25. Hi Bill, look what I missed. I very good time no doubt. The goodies to eat would attract anyone and most of all me. This is a fun post to say the least. I'm late, I'm late for a very important date. Sigh!

  26. Awesome. Unique interpretation of "Alice" with the digital art.

  27. OH oh oh, I had sooooo much fun. I have always wanted to travel in Dr. Who's Tardis. What an exciting adventure, but OHHHHHH my belly looks as if I ate the White Rabbit himself. All those lovely treats. I just could not help myself. I love Sweets and you just had so many to choose from .

    Thank you for inviting me. Oh please do drop in for a Spoonful of Mad Tea over on the Other Side of Wonderland
    Wishes and Whimsy
    Wendy from Wonderland

  28. Merci beaucoup pour cette fête incroyable! C'était chouette. J'adore la pâtisserie française, mais après cette abondance je désire quelque chose salée : ))

  29. Bill,
    A delightfully sweet party!!!! I especially loved the macarons, oh so yummy!!!!
    Thanks for stopping at my party too, I am glad you enjoyed your visit♥

  30. Dear Bill, your mad tea party, as usual, was delightful. I couldn't resist the macaroons, eclairs and chocolates. I'm looking forward for the next one, 'cause you are a grand host. Besides, it was amazing to travel on that phone box.

  31. Another fantabulous Tea Party Sir have added pounds to my frame and inches to my girth with your delightful goodies. I believe the highlight for me was the fireworks in France and Junie Spectacular hat. Thanks for including me...keep up the Tea Party tradition Mad Sir Billi you make us all smile like a cheshire cat!

  32. A Dr Who Alice Mad Tea Party! You're a genius! What a brilliant idea! Touch of Steampunk, too! And wow, the food porn. Just really wonderful. I'm going to have to go and bake...I'm starving now.

    Thank you for inviting me!

  33. That was some fun party and the treats were delicious! Thank you! :)

  34. I have the biggest Cheshire Cat smile on my face! What a wonderful Tea Party dearest Bill! My favourites were the eclairs and chocolates. I am so full up. I absolutely adore the hat you chose for me, I want it!!!
    I'm feeling a bit giddy now after that ride in the Police box. I'm glad we didn't see any Daleks in Paris!
    Lots of love and big, big hugs,
    June xxxx

  35. I had the BEST time at your party.....animal print eclairs and raspberry tarts! Loved the tea poem and fireworks, but MOST of all I was thrilled to travel in the TARDIS! I've always wanted to see the inside! :D

  36. Oh wow I loved your digital art! What lovely treats! Thanks for visiting my party earlier and for the invitation to yours I have very much enjoyed this party!

  37. What a lovely celebration! Your images are stunning and the treats look delish! Thanks for sharing!

  38. Oh my! I missed the tea party! And my hat was all cleaned and ready!!! I'm so sad...those eclairs looked divine!! Next year...for sure!! I don't want to miss out on all the fun!!

  39. YOu have a great sense of style and humor! Thanks for the credits at the end of the post. That also shows great integrity!
    -Amanda aka Outside The Box Design Studio :) ♥