To Amuse and Delight

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Looking Glass Flowers: mAd TeA 2015

'O Tiger-lily,' said Alice, addressing herself to one that was waving gracefully about in the wind, 'I WISH you could talk!'
'We CAN talk,' said the Tiger-lily: 'when there's anybody worth talking to.'
Alice was so astonished that she could not speak for a minute: 
it quite seemed to take her breath away. 

At length, as the Tiger-lily only went on waving about, she spoke again, in a timid voice--almost in a whisper. 
'And can ALL the flowers talk?'

'As well as YOU can,' said the Tiger-lily. 'And a great deal louder.'

'How is it you can all talk so nicely?' Alice said, hoping to get it into a better temper by a compliment. 'I've been in many gardens before, but none of the flowers could talk.'

Put your hand down, and feel the ground,' said the Tiger-lily. 'Then you'll know why.'
Alice did so. 'It's very hard,' she said, 'but I don't see what that has to do with 'it.'

'In most gardens,' the Tiger-lily said, 'they make the beds too soft--so that the flowers are always asleep.'

This sounded a very good reason, and Alice was quite pleased to know it. 'I never thought of that before!' she said.

The Menu:
"It's my own  invention."
Mushroom Tarts- chickpea shortbread with mushroom and wild arugula topping
5 Layer Cake- orange cake with cranberry cream and blueberries
Flower Sandwiches- pickled beet butter on whole wheat with chopped egg centers
and of course lots and lots of TEA

The Alice Dolls: Little Pullip Alice & 1966 Madame Alexander Alice

My Mad Tea Party 2013 


  1. Wonderful. And, you have reminded me of why I call the orange lilies that grow around here tiger papa called them that to me from Alice in Wonderland. I had forgotten all about why I called them that. Happy mad tea.

  2. Love your Madame Alexander Alice doll! She is one of the Madame Alexander dolls that really 'work!' Your photo 'set ups' are just delightful - and I enjoyed them immensely. Thanks for inviting me in and letting me enjoy the magical sights!
    Please feel free to visit me at my (far less elaborate!) tea party at

  3. Love your Mad Tea Party....happy unbirthday to you
    Kerstin from germany

  4. Cute story!!! Pretty Tea! please visit me at Plumfield

  5. Five layer orange cake? Yes, please! Your menu sounds divine!

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

  6. Oh this was lovely- what wonderful dolls and your menu was looked wonderful- you had me at 5 layer cake!

  7. No tea party is complete without dolls! :-) Thank you for a wonderful time.

    Please come to my party:


  8. This is lovely! Your food looks scrumptious and I love the story lines. Hope you're having a lovely Saturday!


  9. Delicious menu! Your Alice dolls are adorable. All the Alice things over the year that have found their way to me, not one Alice doll. I think I need to fix that! Ha! Thanks for sharing your party.

  10. You have had such a lovely party and I was very interested to read your tea menu!! I love dolls too and am really in love with your Madame Alexander Alice doll! I remember having seen her at a toy store my mother used to take me to as a child. She's lovely!

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

    Best wishes,

  11. Yummy treats! Your cake was divine, had tons of fun listening to the talking flowers. Hope you get a chance to pop over for a special treat.

  12. Hello! I love your Madame Alexander Alice and your talking flowers. I believe they can talk too so I am probably mad enough to be at your party! Thank you!

  13. What a lovely tea setting! I am enraptured with the 5 layer cake. It looks scrumptious!

    Thank you for coming to my party. I hope you'll come again some time.

  14. I love your pretty flower sandwiches and the tarts sound delicious but that cake steals the show! Thanks for a wonderful tea party!
    Cheers, Sarah

  15. Love the dolls!!! Magickal tea party... CHEERS -xo

  16. I love the dolls! Such fun! Thank you for sharing your party!

  17. Lovely tea party! Your 5 layer cake sounds heavenly, as does your menu, sounds scrumptious! Thank you for the cup of tea!
    Happy Mad Hatter Tea Party!

  18. Beautiful vintage looking dolls, like from my youth.
    Loved the passages about how flowers need someone worthwhile to speak to, and not having their beds too soft.

  19. Certainly an excellent party with a menu like that! I've never heard flowers talk before, so that was certainly a wonderful treat.

  20. Awwwwe, love it! Those little sweet faces, and that cake stole my heart for sure! Love your charming vignettes!! Happiest Mad tea party wishes! <3, Vanessa

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

  22. I love how you used your dolls. I wish I had an Alice doll we had to use a character doll out of Oz but she looked like Alice to me. lol. I love the tiered cake and everything about your Mad tea party. take care, Darlene

  23. What an adorable party with the Madame Alexander dolls as the character. And I love the refreshments you created. They look scrumptiously delicious!
    Thank you for the grand Mad Tea Party!
    Teresa in California

  24. How fun! I always talk to my flowers, maybe they are talking back to me and I need to listen better. lol! Love all of your beautiful food! Visiting from the Mad Tea party. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Love the way you used your dolls, magic and fairy!! hugs


    From the party over here: