A Mad Tea Party in the Potting Shed


I’m in the Potting Shed

for the 9th Annual Mad Tea Party

at A Fanciful Twist!


Did you get your tea party invitation by post?

You must have, you’re here!

9th Annual Mad Tea Party

The Cheshire Cat: “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”

“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.

“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”


A butterfly teapot wreath is hanging in welcome for our party,

pouring ribbon, cards and keys in celebration. . .


We’re all aflutter in anticipation of Mad Tea Party time!


Pick your favorite teacup from the wheelbarrow. . .


After all, this Mad Tea Party is in the Potting Shed!


Oh good, you picked one of my favorite cups

and with a serving of dried rose buds and petals

for your tea, lucky you!


The Frog Footman has been waiting for your arrival,

enjoying the Limelight ;) and a little sunshine . . .


He’s serving up tarts instead of bird seed,

dressed in his floral bow tie for the occasion. . .


And excited to be standing in as a footman

instead of a bird feeder today.


Help yourself to these mini tart shells,

filled with lemon curd-cream cheese,

topped with berries and a sprig of mint!


Come inside, the party awaits

with cups, creamers, and cards

suspended by ribbon from branches. . .



Help yourself to some palmiers

served by the Cheshire Cat. . .


He’s grinning from ear to ear

with the thought of heart-shaped treats

at this Mad Tea Party!



The Queen of Hearts:

  “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”


The clocks have all stopped at 6:00, forever tea-time. . .


 “Yes, that’ s it,” said the Hatter with a sigh: “it’s always tea-time.”



Mad Hatter: “No wonder you’re late. Why, this watch is exactly two days slow.”


“Take some more tea,” the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.


“I’ve had nothing yet,” Alice replied, “so I can’t take more.”


Stir in some pink sparkling sugar crystals in your teacup. . .



Mad Tea Party time is but once a year, feast on macarons. . .



And petite frosted cakes sprinkled with confections. . .




Help yourself to some sweet and crispy Chocorooms. . .


With a crunchy, buttery stem and cap with chocolate coating!


The Mad Hatter: “Have I gone mad?”

Alice: “I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”



Visit a Mad Tea Party, Part 2, HERE. . .


Follow Alice Down the Rabbit Hole, where more Mad Tea Parties await at A Fanciful Twist!


Don’t Be Late!


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  83 comments for “A Mad Tea Party in the Potting Shed

  1. madonna
    July 23, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Thanks so much for sharing this gathering of whimsy and delight. . . I so wish I could sample the treats but your photos made the story. Are you sure you weren’t a kindergarten teacher in another life???

  2. Vivian in Tennessee
    July 23, 2016 at 6:32 am

    Wow! This is spectacular! Thank you for inviting me to your Mad Tea Party…I love it! The Cheshire Cat and Frogman are adorable. You did an outstanding job!

  3. July 23, 2016 at 6:43 am

    Incredible, you are! An outstanding display and interpretation! Thanks so much for the eye candy, figuratively and literally!

  4. July 23, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Mary, so delightful and whimsical! I savored every photo! I did catch one of my favorites – macarons! Thanks for the party, I enjoyed myself! Pam @ Everyday Living

  5. Cindy
    July 23, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Your potting shed is always my favorite place to visit, but this was perfection. Thank you for my invitation. Well done!

  6. July 23, 2016 at 7:06 am

    This is the best and most beautifully whimsically done tea party I have ever attended…complete with a most adorable footman, a queen in attendance and of course the lovable Alice. Who wouldn’t love accepting cookies from the Cheshire Cat and picking out your favorite tea cup from the adorable wheelbarrow. You started off my day on such a happy note!…Have a great weekend Mary!

  7. July 23, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Mary, your delightful potting shed is the perfect setting for the Ninth Annual Mad Tea Party! I enjoyed seeing your adorable guests. So cute! And your wreath is completely over the top. I also like the teacup valence. I’m sure I’ll pop back in later on in the weekend to enjoy your post again.

    I participated this year but minimally. I have one daughter moving to college for the first time, and our graduate student is moving home for her externship. :/ Heaven help me!


  8. Karen Wright
    July 23, 2016 at 7:14 am

    I find this most impressive!!! Your imagination, creativity, design, China choices, food presentation, photography, flowers and the quotes make this Mad Tea Party in the Potting Shed, well in one word, AMAZING!!!

  9. Linda L
    July 23, 2016 at 7:26 am

    The wreath is just heart stopping. I think it’s the combo of that great black and white checked ribbon and the stunning colors of the teapot and butterflies. Such wonderful attention to detail! Thanks for the invitation, I had a wonderful time!

  10. LouAnn
    July 23, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Love it all :)

  11. Kristine
    July 23, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Absolutely splendid in every way! From your “storytelling” to the descriptions of the marvelous desserts! What a magical and whimsical party and thank you for inviting us to join. Beautiful decor and it was like I was truly there with all the beautiful photos you shared. Absolutely in love with your wreath!

  12. donley1214
    July 23, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Over the top!!!! Sheer brilliance

  13. Cyndi Raines
    July 23, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Just the best yet! I want the frog footman – he is oh so cute!!! Love the keys, I have a few myself. Can’t wait for Part II.

    Off to the beach!

  14. July 23, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Mmm those treats look sooo good.. and what a beautiful display! You’ve done so well, wish I was there! Love your tea cup collection too, and the cards, and the details oh my!

  15. July 23, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Down to the tiniest details – Fabulous!
    Please visit – I have music

  16. July 23, 2016 at 9:04 am

    I am always blown away by your beautiful compositions! Stunningly gorgeous! You inspire me to try to give it that little bit of extra tender loving care. Your pages make me smile! Thank you! Have a very happy day!!

  17. July 23, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Mary, I would be mad if I didn’t come to your magical tea party! As long as we are stuck at 6 o’clock I’ll have a serving of tea in each cup, please, and I’ll add sugar just so I can play with that little spoon! Pass me a lemon tart and a pretty cake too, one with pink pearls please. Mr. Frog Footman is so dapper in his little bowtie and he’s so generous to share the limelight so Alice can perch in a beautiful bouquet! Such a beautiful dream ~~ I’m not ready to wake and have breakfast so I’ll stay here and have more tea and a few macarons and some of your perfect palmiers too! I can’t wait for part 2! Linda

  18. Zandria Gwin
    July 23, 2016 at 9:06 am

    I so enjoyed your delightful mad hatter tea party with all your pretties,,,,wonderful creativity. You made my day too! Thank you .Zandria Gwin

  19. Virginia
    July 23, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Wow! So creative and festive. Just love your assortment of teapots and tea cups. Thanks for the invitation to share in your tea party this morning.

  20. July 23, 2016 at 9:10 am

    This tea party brought a smile to my face. Such loveliness. From the wreath on the door I was captivated. However did you secure it? Mr. Frog looks so happy to be doing the honors, as well he should, those tarts look lovely. The wheelbarrel of teacups! My heart is swooning.

    I love it all. You sure do know how to put on a spread.

  21. Linda K.
    July 23, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Thank you for creating this “Wonderland” party for all of us. I love Mr. Frog. You are amazing.

  22. Mary
    July 23, 2016 at 9:24 am

    What a delightful bit of whimsy! So true to theme and truly Alice.

  23. July 23, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Can you see me, standing on my chair, giving you a HUGE round of applause??!!! Outstanding Tea Party! Just chock full of wonderfully delicious ideas & treats…SO FUN!
    Well done, Mary!!!!!!

  24. July 23, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Oh my goodness! I would love to come have tea with you for real! Everything is so very beautiful!! I absolutely adore those cards!! I’ve never seen anything like them. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  25. Jane Greene
    July 23, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Love, love, love this one! So beautiful and so much fun!

  26. July 23, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Who wouldn’t want to come to your tea party, Mary?? Surely they’d be Mad, not to attend!! The wreath, topiary and pretty welcome mat made for the perfect entrance to your potting shed party. Your frog footman and Cheshire Cat holding the treats just made me smile. Seeing your hanging teacups at the potting shed window, makes for the perfect valance. Wish I was there to partake in a a cuppa tea and yummy tea party fare!

  27. Jan McF
    July 23, 2016 at 9:42 am

    You have really outdone yourself on this one! You must have had so much fun getting everything ready, I hope you invited a few friends over to see your handiwork. Fantastic job!

  28. July 23, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Stunning! Everything is just picture perfect. I’m not sure what I like the most, but that Cheshire Cat really gets to me. Well done!

  29. July 23, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Everything was so pretty! Love the wreath!

  30. July 23, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Oh my word, how unreal and cute is this. Amazing.

  31. July 23, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Thank you, for the lovely tea! I love it but the teacups suspended above the window is my favorite part (although the rest is quite beautiful!). Lots of eye candy!

  32. July 23, 2016 at 10:02 am

    A beautiful and creative Mad Tea! Thank you for having me! I loved seeing how you decorated your potting shed for this special day!

    In the meanwhile, My Little Victorienne and Purple Kitty are waiting for a visit from you at my blog! We hope you enjoy your time there!

    Wishing you a wonderful Mad Tea Party Weekend!


  33. Alice
    July 23, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Oh goodness! Thank you for the invitation. I would not have missed it for the world. I am 74 years young and still love having tea parties, for others as well as for myself . I couldn’t chose a favorite cup. I stood there for a long time trying to make up my mine. So I sipped a little tea from all your cups. Sorry, next time I promise to chose just one. Oh, and since I’m a little on the silver side and have given up on dieting, I had one of all the sweets. Oh please invite me again to your next party. I promise to be good🐰🎉😍

  34. Leslie
    July 23, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Beautifully done! So creative and everything looks delicious! :)

  35. Ellen Stillabower
    July 23, 2016 at 10:38 am

    WOW!! A feast for the eyes!! Gorgeous!! Anticipating part II.. Love, love the footman..and the little cakes with frosting and the nonpareils…hmm..they were good!! Gotta go, gotta go, don’t want to be late and don’t want to anger the Queen of Hearts and, surely don’t want to hear “OF WITH THEIR HEAD”!!! ❤️🍰🍬☕️❤️🍬🍧🍰🐰

  36. July 23, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Oh my! What beautiful, inspirational and lovely photos. The food looks delicious and your decorations are amazing. I love the tea cups and plates and just everything about this!

  37. bj
    July 23, 2016 at 11:27 am

    This Potting Shed Un-Birthday Tea Party could not be any more adorable….every thing is just perfect…come by my place for cake and a tiny bit of Johnny Depp…

  38. Penny Bohlen
    July 23, 2016 at 11:33 am

    I’m sipping tea and pouring over each picture for the third time. Thank you for sharing tea with us.

  39. beverly e
    July 23, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! That wreath makes my heart smile… thanks for the tea and pretties!

  40. July 23, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Everything about this is gorgeous! I especially love your hanging tea cups. Just beautiful.

  41. July 23, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    That wreath makes my HEART swoon. I must have stared at that photo for several minutes. Honestly, it sets the tone for the entire amazing party. You are so creative and detail oriented. LOVE!!!
    Best & Bisous,
    Michelle from Simply Santa Barbara

  42. July 23, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    What a fabulous party! I loved the hanging teacups most of all.

    Fondly from Arizona, my party is over here: http://www.ronnianndesigningfairy.com/mad-tea-party-at-the-idea-emporium-bakery/

  43. July 23, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    As always, you put on a spectacular party with such gorgeous decor and food!

  44. July 23, 2016 at 1:05 pm


    This was amazing. Just perfect.

  45. July 23, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    You’ve outdone yourself! Love the Cheshire cat … amazing that he didn’t eat the goodies!

  46. July 23, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Wow doesn’t cover it, but I will say it anyway, “Wow!” I want to live in your potting shed. I promise to admire the wreath and love every bit of every tea hanging. And the frog. I shall become best friend with the frog.

    Happy Mad Tea Party!

  47. July 23, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Beautiful post….as usual!
    I lust for your rose teaspoons… Absolutely adore them!

  48. Carole
    July 23, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Love, love ,love it….You have done an outstanding job as usual. I so enjoy every post you do….thanks for the time and detail you put into your blog. Carole….Happy Tea!!

  49. Mary Michelle
    July 23, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Wonderful, wonderful, Mary!!!! Absolutely outstanding! I was delighted by every detail and so enjoyed your tea party. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity.
    P.S. I chose the tea cup with the lovely birds .

  50. Pamela
    July 23, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Mary, you never cease to amaze! Your whimsical mind must just tumble with ideas.

  51. July 23, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Adorable! ;)

  52. July 23, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    What an absolutely gorgeous tea party! I loved the wreath, and those pastries, yum!

  53. Morwenna Schifter
    July 23, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    “Alice in Wonderland” is one of my most favorite books! I love this tea!

  54. July 23, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    I am absolutely mad with glee over your tea party Mary! From the fanciful footman serving creamy tarts to the Cheshire cat spewing out palmiers, it’s fabulous fun!! The tea cup, card and ribbon curtain is so clever, as well as the cup filled wheelbarrow ❤️ You’ve thought of everything of course, and dreamed up so much more! I can’t believe there is a part 2, I still have so many treats to eat :)

  55. July 23, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Glad I was not late….I so enjoyed the Tea Party! Every detail was over the top and the goodies were awesome! Thanks for inviting me to such a Beautiful Tea Party. Just wished I had your talent!!

  56. July 23, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Your tea time in the potting shed is a delight. I loved sipping tea with you and Mr. Froggie. How cute he is waiting to serve. It was fairly close to raining at my tea party and almost had to have mine in the greenhouse too. Aren’t we lucky to have a place like that to go in the garden.

  57. Sandy Park
    July 23, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Wonderful! Absolutely wonderful and over the (top) hat. Can’t wait for Part 2.

  58. Paula
    July 23, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    So very pretty and the tart treats look yummy ! The Mr.Frog in his bowtie is adorable too :)
    p.s. I have the same little wire wheelbarrow ! KeepCool

  59. July 23, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Absolutely fabulous!! Gorgeous photos!! Thank you for your hospitality, my Dear!
    Happy Mad Tea-ing!

  60. July 23, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Thanks for your invite to such a magical party. Loving your pottery collection and your butterfly teapot wreath is a delight. Your smiling frog served the tarts beautifully.

  61. Linda E.
    July 23, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Mary, you worked so hard on the tea party! I hope the potting shed is air conditioned! Thanks for my invitation! I was honored to accept! :)

  62. July 23, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    What a fun time! I knew you would have delights both visual and tasty. Your frog makes me smile. He is so adorable! So many charming details here with all the pretty cups, saucers, and teapots. The cups and cards dangling from the ribbons create the perfect whimsical touch. I do hope your potting shed has AC. Can’t believe there is more. I’m eager for Part II, though you can bet I’ll be back to visit this one again and again. Pinning here too. ‘-)

  63. July 24, 2016 at 12:57 am

    You never fail to amaze. Lovely. I have a similar frog who could use a bowtie.

  64. Sherry
    July 24, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Delightful in every way! Gorgeous! You never ever disappoint! This was such a beautiful way to start my day! Thank you!

  65. Karen
    July 24, 2016 at 9:45 am

    You are SO creative. Everything looks enchanting:)

  66. July 24, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Such a lovely party! I’m making my rounds to everyone (slowly but surely). Your decor is quite lovely. I believe I have some of the same tea cups! Thank you for having me over!

  67. July 24, 2016 at 11:32 am

    This is so much fun! LOVE your frog—and I can’t wait to do this next year. The remodel here has swallowed everything, but your shed is adorable and all the ‘fixings’ too MUCH FUN! Grins and will have to go and see all the posts at the party, Sandi

  68. Misha/Dawaioser (Cosmic Girl)
    July 24, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    I adore your Alice decorations, especially the playing cards with the book quotes on them. The frogman as the livery/court guard — that’s a lovely touch. :)

    I’m a day-late to the fun and just now getting around to each party, but if you haven’t already, do drop by and say hi. :)
    ~ Misha

  69. July 24, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Delightful tea party! Mary, you have thought of everything! Amazing in every way!

  70. July 24, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    So lovely! I loved the petite cakes and the yummy jelly hearts!

  71. July 25, 2016 at 2:06 am

    A wheel barrow of tea cups, how perfect is that? I absolutely adore your froggy footman and his tray of treats. Thanks for the fun. So sorry I’m late to the party, Cheers!

  72. Emily Rose
    July 25, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Thank you so much for your delightful party! I loved it, your potting shed party location is delightful. I enjoyed everything, and now I’m off to hang some teacups up with decorative ribbon and fabric! Thank you so much for having us all at your lovely party!

  73. July 25, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Hello Mary, what a great party. All your details are really magic. Thanks for invitation, hugs. Monika
    welcome to our party called “La vie en rose”

  74. July 25, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Oh my, this was wonderful. The photography and vignettes are superb.

  75. m'lin
    July 25, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Just stunning! But I must meet this frog footman…can he hop over to my pad?????

  76. Belle Bleu Interiors
    July 25, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    This is absolutely precious!!! It is simply stunning! You have brightened my day!

  77. July 26, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Mother of Mercy, Mary! I believe you are THE most creative person I have ever met! This is truly amazing, so well thought out and executed. I can’t imagine how long it took you to plan and set all this up! And just for us!!! THANK YOU! I am so happy I did not miss this party!

  78. Georgia Clark
    July 28, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Please–invite me to this tea party!!! It looks like the perfect way to spend an afternoon. I actually bookmarked this post, because I know I will use it next time I have guests. There are so many wonderful ideas, from dishes and silver, to all the delicious looking food.

  79. Sandi Allen
    July 28, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Wow! How awesome is this? I’ll say it again, your talent and creativity amazes me!
    Love it all! Thank You for sharing!

  80. July 29, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    I LOVE your Mad Tea Party in the Potting Shed! I always love to see what is brewing in your potting shed, and this is just perfect in every way. I love all your stacks of tea cups and saucers, and how fun are those Alice in Wonderland playing cards to design with! Thank you for stopping by!

  81. Jain
    August 17, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    You are gobbling up my bandwidth as I relish all your pics! This must have been the most fun ever!

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