Saturday, June 25, 2011

Mad TEA Party

Virtual Mad TEA Party
hosted by A Fanciful Twist
view more parties here

Alice looks at her timepiece and wonders if she will be late for the Mad TEA Party.

Her invitation did not specify a time or place.

For this special occasion, Alice walks to her mirror to see if her hair needs combing (for her mother is always on about her to comb her hair).

The mirror begins to blur
and swirl

and make whoop whoop whoop-dee-do sounds.

AND then...

V O I L A !

Alice is transported to a hot steamy room with the sounds of tea being poured and tea cups clattering on saucers.

The Mad TEA party is in full swing with...

March Hare making rounds with the teapot.

Doormouse is not at his usual sleeping spot. He trails behind March Hare serving these loud and lively guests...

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by Daniel Coleman
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Hatter: I thank you for attending tea today.

Alice: I think I shan’t’ve if I’d known dragons would also attend.

Hatter: Never to worry. You’ll find they make delightful teamates.

Alice: I believe what you mean to say is ‘teammates’.

Hatter: On the contrary. There are no teams in tea after all.

Alice: And what kind of tea does a dragon prefer?

Hatter: It matters little as long as it is blackened tea.

Alice: Ahem, I believe what you mean to say is ‘black’ tea.

Hatter: No. I assured you assuredly that what I mean is blackened.

Hatter reaches for a teapot among the dozens on the table and pours a light green tea. He places the cup in front of a purple and green kaleidoscope dragon. With a tiny puff from his nose, the creature singes the tea, which burbles, turns black and emits a distasteful odor.

Alice: And if they can char tea so easily, what’s to say you and I are safe?

Hatter: Because I’ve only invited achromivores.

Alice: Achromivores? I believe what you mean to say is carnivores.

Hatter: I’d sooner invite a mule—churlish creatures, those—than invite a carnivore.

Alice: Then how do you mean, achromivore.

Hatter: It’s simple really. Chromivores only eat colors, and I care so for colors. Ergo, I made it a point to invite only achromivores.

Alice: So they eat only colorless things?

Hatter: Indeed. White or black.

Alice: And what is to stop them from blackening an apple or eggplant in order to make it palatable?

Hatter: Nothing is stopping them. In fact I believe it’s encouraged

Alice: A banana or a blueberry?

Hatter: Certainly. Dragons must eat after all.

Alice: A beef on the hoof or a turtle dove?

Hatter: Yes, either. This certainly is an enjoyable game.

Alice: What about a young lady or a peculiar Hatter?

Hatter: Of cour—Hmmm. I hadn’t given that any thought.

Alice: Judging by the way they are looking at us, I don’t think it’s escaped their consideration.

Hatter: Oh dear!

Alice: I fear we may be well done for?

Hatter: Would you mean ‘well done’ or ‘done for’?

Alice: Yes, both.

Hatter: *gulp*


Guest post created for Mad TEA Party event by Daniel Coleman author of Hatter
© 2011. All rights reserved.

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by Daniel Coleman
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* image source march hare and doormouse created by `ursulav

* last year's Mad TEA party with fairies

* special thanks to the daughter, svb, for the use of her dragons

* Alice created by Shana of Kreating Insecurities

* and don't be late for this great giveaway...

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courtesy of author
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for free at smashwords
-offer good until June 30

* come back June 29 to gyre and gimble with Alice!


  1. Oh my, what fun for my grand children and myself - your Mad Tea party tea sets were delightful, your story was so much fun (my favorite part was the "blackened tea," and what cute tea party clip art. All in all, such a delightful time. Thank you!

  2. I love the pictures! Love this, I've been looking forward to it all day.

  3. The tea party...probably one of my favorite parts of Alice in Wonderland. And today, such delightful conversation. The blue china set in the second image--is that a miniature set? Divine! Thanks so much for the invite. =O)

  4. Oh your tea party is so adorable! It is perfect that dragons be good teamates and like their tea "blackend"!

  5. Lovely party - and how could someone say no to books - love love.

    Come join me for tea if you so please!

  6. Inviting a dragon to tea...I like how you think! thanks so much for sharing your adventure! it made me smile!

  7. Loved it! Thank you so much for inviting us. :)

  8. Better late than never, is there any tea left for me?

  9. I love the sepia picture of the march hare and dormouse! Fun party, I enjoyed your post :)

    I'm also taking part in the Mad Tea Party blog hop and hope that you'll visit my party to have some fun there too :)

  10. WONDERFUL!! WONDERFUL!! WONDERFUL!! Thank you for the lovely tea party.


  11. What a lovely tea party! (see I wasn't too late for this one. :D )
    I love the dragons!!!

  12. Nice teasets! Lovely conversation going on here! Sorry for being late the time difference caught up with me had to sleep! But the tea is still hot so please do come over for a cup?!


  13. wonderful party! thanks so much for sharing!!!

  14. Running a tad bit late, but as my tea is still warm... ;D

    *achromivore* - Delightfully creative!!!

  15. One must step lively around dragons but they do have wondrous tales to tell. I see that you are a person of many interests and I must return to visit again!

  16. thank you for a fun tea party!

  17. What a fun tea party!! Thank you so much for inviting me :) ~Lauren

  18. I hope there's a spot o tea left for me.

  19. Phew! So glad I finally made it!

    Let's continue with the fun!

  20. I love tea parties and I love dragons so your tea party was just wonderful. :-)

  21. Thanks so much for inviting me to this enchanting tea party! I had a lot of fun! I hope you will visit my tea party as well!

  22. Haha!! What a tale!!! Thank you for sharing your nook in wonderland! You are so much fun!!

    Love, A Fanciful Twist

  23. How fun tea party! Now I know who drank all the tea! (that dragon lol!)
    I am definitely in for the book ;) (already sent my cup!
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful Mad Tea PArty!

  24. What a delightfully mad tea party! Thanks so much for sharing, Michelle

  25. What a fun tea party, unlike any I have attended before ;) Those pictures of tea cups are so pretty.

  26. I like your blog...lots of interesting information about books...this is great!
    Well, if you come over to my blog for the Mad Tea Party, I have a tea cup as one of my giveaways...would that suffice for a link to a tea cup to enter your book giveaway? Smiles!!!
    I loved the conversations between the Wonderland characters.
    Teresa in Ca

  27. Thanks for inviting me to guest blog for the tea party and thanks for all the kind words about the tea party conversation!

    I can't wait to gyre and gimble next week!

  28. Thank you for this Mad TEA Party! I LOVE this post!*_*


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