Jemma's Tales

Mad Tea Party

July 11, 2015
Welcome to the Mad Tea Party, a party full of whimsy and magic where anything is possible!

Where we will find unexpected merriment in the strangest of places, plenty of nonsense and fun.

Thank you for joining me today and also in celebrating 150 years of the beloved tale of

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.



This whimsical Tale is written for my grandchildren, who enjoy fairy dust, sugar cookies,

and all of the magic there is in each day!

It all began as a normal day, the sun rose, I drank my coffee and slipped on my sneakers.

I took the normal path for my walk along the overgrown thicket, but this morning something far

different was in store for me.


I heard unexpected laughter, chortling one might say, and then this precious and delightful

Fairy suddenly appeared.


She introduced herself to me and asked if I was ready to take a stroll off the beaten path,

oh, I hesitated briefly, and thought to myself really what do I have to lose.

And that is where our adventure begins.


Don't be shy, come on in and let us serve you some fresh mint tea and home made sugar cookies.

I have two recipes to share with you today and Daisy Bell, the fairy with the most charm,

is here to help guide you through your journey.


Daisy Bell has been counting down the hours for your arrival so, come along, please don't tarry.

We are always short on time here, but you knew that...

Careful, careful please, such a thick brier with the most unusual flowers.


The party and magic begin just behind this thicket, do you hear the clanking of tea cups?


Are you ready for your first cup of tea?

Nor ordinary tea will do for you-here is a cup of Sweet Mint Tea.


"It's no use to going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then."
~Alice's Adventures in Wonderland


"Curiouser and Curiouser"
~ Alice's Adventures in Wonderland


These rascally snails seem to be everywhere, Daisy Bell has sprinkled some fairy dust on them,

maybe that will help, we don't want them nibbling on our cookies.


"Sometimes I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast"

~Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Actually I really do....and I really don't think that it is a "bad," thing!


We have been searching for the perfect dessert and of course going a little mad at the same time.

So many decisions and not enough time.


Oh goodness, now the White Rabbit is here too,

 he must have gotten in as we came through the briars.


The cookies are frosted and ready for you, take a few home if you'd like.


Is that the Cheshire Cat?

Is the White Rabbit wearing a Fedora....seriously?


If it isn't snails, it is butterflies, looks like Daisy Bell has been busy scattering fairy dust all about.


I think we are getting to the end of the party, the birds are nibbling on the last of the cookie crumbs

Oh snap and the snail is back too.


Evening is just around the corner, the light of day is gently fading.


Candles glow and flicker as the day ebbs slowly into the comforting cloak of night time.

Where stars twinkle and the moon glows.


Thank you for joining me for a wonderful day!



Please Join me

A Fanciful Twist

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  1. Wonderful tea and such goodies! Yum! please visit me at Plumfield House Gardens

  2. What a delightful trip through a magical garden! Love all the plants, the faeries, the pixie dust, the tea cups - and the enchanted little treasures - totally enchanting. Thanks so much for inviting me in!

    You are welcome to visit my much less elaborate tea tea party at

    1. Tristan,
      A joy to have you join in on the fun and festivities!

  3. hmmmm yummy i love all the cakes and candys....happy unbirthday to you
    Kerstin from germany

    1. Kerstin,
      Thank you for the visit-it is a good day to have a Tea Party.

  4. What a creative and whimsical unbirthday party! I love it. Thanks for posting the recipe for Alice's lovely cookies. I bet they taste as good as they look!

    Linking from A Fanciful Twist,
    Happy Mad Tea Party!
    Ricki Jill

    1. Thank you for coming to our tea party, it would not have been the same without you!

  5. Beautiful magical party. I turned the snails INTO cookies!
    Love all the quotes.

    1. Oh thank you and for turning the snails into cookies, I needed some help with that!

  6. This was just lovely! Your photography is beautiful - just love all the little details and characters
    and Many Thanks for the recipe! Yum!

    please pop in for tea

    1. Oh I am so tickled you joined us, and for your sweet comments too!

  7. What delightful photos, I love all of the details. I am gathering so many amazing ideas, I need to have a tea party soon.

    1. This is my first year to participate and I agree a Tea Party is a must!

  8. What delightful photos, I love all of the details. I am gathering so many amazing ideas, I need to have a tea party soon.

  9. Beautiful party and lovely story! Your cookies look delicious! Thanks for sharing your sweet talent with us. Hope you're having a lovely weekend!


    1. Sarah,
      Thank you so much for your kindness and for stopping by!
      Happy Saturday,

  10. Thank you for all the sweet, glittery goodness! Beautiful! :-)

    Please come to my party:


  11. What a sweet and beautiful Mad Tea Party. Those cookies look to lovely to eat!

    1. Oh thank you so much, you know these cookies are truly yummy, hope you get a chance to make them sometime!

  12. Oh Jemma, fairies, sugar cookies, and tea......all so delightful. I love your "Mad Tea Party" post, it was wonderful. Now, that blue polka dot tea cup is so pretty, and I'm a polka dot girl too. You made all your pictures so perfect for the story. I wanted to tell you that Alice In Wonderland is Jess' favorite, and she dressed up as the Mad Hatter one year hehehe. I love the "have I gone mad?" quote, so cute, and all the flowers really add to the story.

    Loved it all, Jemma. I'm so glad I joined you for tea at the Mad Tea Party. :~)


    1. Sheri Dear,
      I am so glad you stopped by today, this party would not have been the same without you!
      I am happy you enjoyed my polka dot's and cookies. I just bet Jess was so adorable as the Mad Hatter-isn't that so cute!
      Thank you so much and Happy Saturday!

  13. It's beautiful and the cookies look delicious!

  14. It's beautiful and the cookies look delicious!

  15. Jemma, your tea and photos are charming. Love that pretty heart cookie. Totally delightful visit!

    1. Sarah,
      This has been fun, hasn't it? My very first Mad Hat Tea Party and it's full of joy and surprises!

  16. Jemma, beautiful post and the cookies look amazing. thanks for the recipe. Everything looks so Magical.

  17. Who doesn't enjoy fairy dust and delicious sweets? Especially when they come from grandma's heart!

    Happy Mad Tea Party. ♥

  18. Such a very nice tea party! Thank you for sharing your nice treats with us all!! I will have to try the sugar cookie recipe soon!

    I hope you will join me at my blog for a bit of a Mad Tea Party adventure!

    Best wishes,

  19. I agree with every comment here. How much fun it was to go thru your story and see all your photos - you are great at everything you do girl. The photos are beautiful!!!!!!!!!! Lovely tea party. Love Alice In Wonderland.

  20. I love to visit fellow grandparents and especially so for the Mad Tea Party. Such a delightful story you've created for them and us. Thank you!


  21. Your grandchildren are very lucky to have such a fun and imaginative grandmother.

  22. You have some beautiful flowers: Trumpet Flowers. They attract such lovely creatures - the hummingbirds adore them. We have a few on a vine in our alley. I keep meaning to clone them and bring them into the yard. Such lovely beauties.

    When you get a moment, stop by my blog. Sure, it's a bit DARK, because I love all things spooky and challenging - but there's a lot of fun and friendship there, too.

  23. Wonderful party! I loved all your pretty flowers and sweet delicious treats! Delightful visit. Hope you can stop by for a cup over at my party too! Hugs, Susan

  24. Wonderful party! I loved all your pretty flowers and sweet delicious treats! Delightful visit. Hope you can stop by for a cup over at my party too! Hugs, Susan

  25. HELLO MAGICAL ONE! I just got home from my poetry workshop, and I hope there is still room for me? Those cookies look mighty lovely and perfect for a Mad Tea Bash! I am enjoying so many of the posts from this morning, and trying to catch those I missed. It was so fun to see Tristan and hear his voice as he narrated and told us about his book....

    My friend, I hope you are having a lovely tea party and fun day. We had such fun at our workshop!

    Talk later, Anita

  26. Very sweet and charming tea party. I just love Alice in Wonderland! I love all the time you took to create the pictures and your story!

  27. Everything is more wonderfuller with fairy dust! I do hope even the snail got a couple of cookie crumbs. Who doesn't like frosted sugar cookies? The fairy sprinkled some dust on me, so now I can fly my way back home. Thank you so much for the invite!

  28. Jemma,
    I want to come and stay in your garden! This is such a fantabulous tea party! I love your adventure and your beautiful photos.
    God bless and Happy Unbirthday to you,
    Sherry - Sherry's Cabin

  29. Such a fun party!! I loved every single precious picture and your like a fairy tale! Abd thank you for the recipe---the cookies look wonderful! SO glad I was a guest! :)

    Jane x

  30. Hi Jemma, you have created such a magical tea in the garden. I could live right there and just eat cookies and drink tea forever. Your photos and words are special just like you. Beautiful my friend.
    Have a blessed rest of the weekend. cm

  31. Ohhhhhhh...I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date...

    No time to say 'hello' goodbye, I'm late, I'm late, I'm late!!

    Is there still room at the table for me? I would hate to miss the festivities and the cookies and the lovely decorations and the fairies and, and....oh dear! I'm late, I'm late, I'M late!

  32. The cookies are delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe! I enjoyed visiting you today.

  33. Jemma, I love all the sparkle and fun! The fairies, the snails, the flowers are magical and nothing is better than nonsense with tea and delicious sugar cookies! One of my favorite cookies.

  34. Thank you for sharing the fun and food! I am having a giveaway, so stop by.

  35. Anything is possible indeed, my friend.
    Happy unbirthday to you.

  36. Jemma, your blog is soooo beautiful! Gorgeous photos and vignettes, so lovely!!! Happiest Mad tea party wishes! <3, Vanessa

  37. Fabulous, Jemma!! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit, your party was delightful!
    Thank you for being a most gracious hostess, my Dear!

  38. Jemma,
    This was just magical! I could scroll through these photos all day! Everything is so pretty....I just had to scroll through one more time! I love fairies and the sparkly pixie I want a tea party! It looks as though you spent hours creating the smallest have very lucky granddaughters!

    Have a great week!

  39. So absolutely adorable!! the girls must love everything about this little adventure!! xo K

  40. this was oh so cute!! :) i smiled the whole way through :)

  41. this was oh so cute!! :) i smiled the whole way through :)

  42. Oh my goodness so I ever love this so much! So much fun! Our ladies at church will be having a Mad Hatters Tea Party in Dec. I cannot wait! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  43. I love your Mad Hatter Party with the fairies and the butterfly and all the magical settings. So pretty. Take care, Darlene

  44. I love your Mad Hatter Party with the fairies and the butterfly and all the magical settings. So pretty. Take care, Darlene

  45. Thank you for tea, it was quite good.
    Your party was a delight.

  46. What a wonderful story! Everything is gorgeous and the sugar cookie recipe looks absolutely delicious! I just love this!! Hugs!!

  47. I'm so happy to come to your party. I didn't have one this year and I knew I would be sorry....and I am! It's so much's delightful! Sweet hugs, Diane

  48. What a fun and whimsical tea party. Love the little fairies. We are never too old to enjoy fairyland and fabulous tea parties. The cookies look so sweet! xo Linda
    P.S. Is there a reason you aren't using Key Ingredient recipe?

  49. Hello Jemma,

    I love your Mad Tea Party too. And how wonderful that you get from your grandchildren. I love all the attention to detail too. The fairies are adorable and the cookie recipe is one that I am sure to try. I too believe in magic and impossible things so I don't think there is anything wrong with that. In fact I wish all the world would believe that too.

    Thanks for visiting me.


  50. Flowers, fairies, cookies, color! What a treat -- or selection of treats! Happy Tea Party!

    I hope if you have a chance you'll come visit my party at The Marmelade Gypsy --

  51. I discovered I had missed the tea party when I visited Marcia's post on it this morning and found comments closed. I'm so glad yours are open! What a marvelous tea party you women had!

    I've loved drinking the magic potion and shrinking myself to follow your Daisy Bell through wonderland to reach your party, Jemma. There seemed to be enough mint tea and cookies left for me not to be disappointed.

    Applause from me for all of you creative tea, tea pot and tea cup lovers. You sure know how to throw a party!


  52. Bonjour Jemma,

    Your party is so magic and fairy!! Love all your photos and cookies are looking delicious. I have been in Paris till yesterday... it is why I am here a little bit late, hugs


    From the party over here:


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