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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Mad Hatter Tea Party - Part2

I ran out of time and just couldn't get everything "perfect." The linens weren't pressed, I couldn't find the good camera, and other little things that one worries about but aren't really important. So, I let it go at that. What ever didn't get done just wasn't important enough to worry about.

Thanks to my hubby who snapped these few photos, I at least had some pictures of the tea party. I wish I had had the presence of mind to snap some shots myself, but I was running around like a mad hatter!
I served several kinds of tea; herbal, fully decaffeinated and decaf. I used tea bags because it was so much easier with so many ladies coming.

I served three different kinds of tea sandwiches: salmon and capers, cucumber, and chicken and almond salad (those were the best!) I also made a quiche Lorraine. NOW I know why quiche is so fattening - but delicious!

I made two different kind of scones, and found Madelines and lemon cakes at Costco. And of course there was real butter, strawberry preserves, and grape jelly. I forgot the honey, but nobody noticed.

I through a vintage tablecloth over my kitchen island and put almost all of the tea things on it. I also served iced tea with optional sugar syrup and even wine.

Everyone wore some kind of hat. It wasn't a requirement to wear a "tea party" hat, just some kind of hat. I had a few extras just in case some one forgot to bring theirs.

We played lots of games and had a blast. Most of the games were old Victorian parlor games that I found on line. It's amazing that what made people laugh 100 years ago, still works today. We had a blast!

One of the games was "Guess who." I put a famous woman on a card and every guest had to wear it on her back. She could only ask yes or no questions until she figured out who she was.

I was only expecting about 12 ladies, but we had about 18 ladies show up. The more the merrier!!

I'm the Mad Hatter in the middle. When I was getting ready for the party, I thought I really was mad trying to get everything ready and doing all the cleaning and prep and cooking and, well, you get the picture. But all that melted away when all the girls started showing up. I had so much fun. I would have been mad not to!

Patricia :o)

ps: Be sure to check out the recipes I used. They're just after this post.


Pear tree cottage! said...

O! yes Gina and her husband are our friends what a small world! (smiles) she is such a lovely lady and her pices are stunning to say the least!

what a great idea your high tea and the pictures of the ladies wearing hats made me smile.

thank you also for your knid comments.
a new blog friend Lee-ann

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

What FUN!
You look darling in your hat, and that spread you set out looks wonderful!

I'm sorry I'll miss you this year in Warrenton, but there's always the Fall!

Have a great week,

Rose Garden Romantic said...

How fun!!! My mom and I hosted a hat party like that many years ago and it was sooo fun!! Looks like you ladies had fun, too!

cupcake studio said...

What a great party...looks like everyone had a blast :)

Paula said...

what an adorable party! love the spread of glad you were able to 'let go' and have fun!!

Erin said...

This looks like such a fun party! I'm glad yall had a great time! I love quiche, fattening or not!

Anonymous said...

Hi Patricia! The tea party looked like so much fun!! I don't think anyone noticed the linens and such...your table setting looked beautiful, the food looked yummy but most important your guest looked like they had a wonderful time...Have a super week! hugs, Jennifer

Wendy said...

We just saw Alice in Wonderland and loved it! What a great idea for a party...looks like a fun time :)

too Blessed to Stress said...

OH MY WORD! be still my little heart this looks like so much fun! What a lovely hob of decorating and I love all the vintage touches. So sweet!!!

I so wanna come to one of your tea parties :)

~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

Warm Hugs Design said...

Patricia your tea party looks delightful! All those yummies you prepared I'm sure were a hit too. Love your attention to detail in the presentation of everything.

Warm hugs,

GardenofDaisies said...

Your tea table looks fantastic! And you look so cute in your mad hatter hat! :-)

Melanie@The Old White Cottage said...

Oooh, how fun! I love the hats and the food looks fantastic. I'm going to a Victorian tea next week and I can't wait. I love having tea, scones, and finger sandwiches wearing a hat. I'm glad your party was a success!