January 23, 2011

A Mad Tea Party

Chapter VII

PhotobucketHappy Birthday, Charles!

Charles Dodgson was born in England on January 27, 1832. Although he lectured in mathematics and, under his real name, wrote books on the subject, he is better known by his pseudonym Lewis Carroll. His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, and the poem "Jabberwocky".

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As you scroll through this post, follow the Mad Hatter's insightful instructions:
"Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop."
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Illustration from the original 1865 edition by John Tenniel
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The Beginning
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"We're all mad here," said the Cheshire Cat. "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."

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I must be mad too.
It's the dead of winter and my table is set for a
SUMMER Tea Party.
Where are the snowflakes? Where are all the blues and whites?
I must be mad.
Yes, yes. I shall be mad!
And you must be too "or you wouldn't have come here."

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There was a table set out under a tree in front of the house,
and the March Hare and the Hatter were having tea at it. . .
"No room! No room!" they cried out when they saw Alice coming.

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Photobucket"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."
"You mean you can't take LESS," said the Hatter: "it's very easy to take MORE than nothing."
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She heard the rabbit say to itself, "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!" Then it actually TOOK A WATCH OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT- POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on.
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Photobucket"Is there a reason SO MANY tea-things are put out here?" she asked.
"Yes," said the Hatter. "It's always tea-time, and we've no time to wash the things between whiles."
"Then you keep moving round, I suppose?" said Alice.
"Exactly so," said the Hatter, "as the things get used up."
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Soon her eye fell on a little glass box that was lying under the table: she opened it, and found in it a very small cake, on which the words "EAT ME" were beautifully marked. "Well, I'll eat it," said Alice.

So she set to work, and very soon finished off the cake. "Curiouser and curiouser!" cried Alice.
She was now more than nine feet high.
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"If I had a world of my own," said the Hatter, "everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't."
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Below is the Tea Party clip from the 1951 animated movie, Alice in Wonderland.
Though you may not have time to watch now (You're late, you're late, you're terribly late!), it is interesting to see how Disney Studios wove the original text into its version of the Alice books.
Actually, it's more than interesting. It's curiouser and curiouser.




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China: Normandie, KPM (K├Ânigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur, Prussia), inherited
Sterling: Burgundy, Reed and Barton
Tea set: M601, silver plate, Wallace Melford, inherited
Clock: Pottery Barn, gift
Clock chain: Lowe's
Napkins: cotton blend fabric, JoAnn's Fabric
Napkin rings: Pier One, gift
Cloche Domes: 10.5 inches high cloches, domes only, Sur La Table
Mad Hatter's hat: made from paper grocery bags and glue.
PhotobucketI plan to link to:
Lady Katherine Tea Parlor for Tuesday Tea Parlor,
A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesdays,
The Plumed Pen for Tuesday Tea for Two and
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.

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23 comments:

  1. oh this is just so pretty and fun and well, just mad!!!

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  2. So very fun! Love all the quotes from the story and the beautiful china with roses on it. Kay

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  3. I'm mad about your fun setting! Great idea! I didn't realize his birthday was this month. Thanks for sharing this charming tea party! ~ sarah

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  4. What a lovely tea! All we need is the caterpillar to sing the A E I O U song, and Tweedle Dum and Dee would love those cupcakes!
    Very clever Denise.
    I am showing 2 for the road on my sidebar for you?

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  5. Very clever indeed! I love the silver tea service. Thanks for sharing. Lisa

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  6. What a sweet post and unique idea. Your flowers are so pretty and much needed in the dead of winter. Thank you for setting such a merry table for all of us.
    Cindy

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  7. Oh, Cindy, this is so pretty and so creative. Love your teascape, everything is just gorgeous. Of course I had to drool over the cloches with the fabulous cupcakes. What a lovely idea and so inviting. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  8. What fun that was. I love the theme especially in winter. I like your madness.

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  9. How creative and enchanting this was! Not to mention that you set a lovely table. Gorgeous cloches♥

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  10. Absolutely perfect!! I love the pinks and the story!! I am "mad" for this post!!
    -April

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  11. Fun!! I'm your newest follower. http://moogieland.blogspot.com/

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  12. What a cute idea, and what a cute table. Love the hat and the clock with it. and the goodies look mighty good too. I could take Alice place if she can't make it!! lol
    Blessings, and thanks for the smile
    it gave me.
    Nellie

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  13. What a fun and whimsical table -- two in one night -- you have been very busy. I laughed at the "Eat Me" cupcakes and wish that I could. Very fun and pretty! Joni

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  14. "Wow that was SUCH FUN"!!! You did such a fantastic job on your details AND I LOVE the HAT. I can't believe what you made it out of(clever girl!). I have not watch Disney's Alice in YEARS. LOVED your video! Thank you SO MUCH for all the smiles!
    Hugs, Donna

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  15. I think you have truly captured the essence of the tea party. I love your mad hatter hat and the cupcakes under the glass. Thank you for posting that little clip of the Unbirthday Party, it is so cute and believe it or not, I've never seen it.

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  16. This is a very pretty table scape! I would like to invite you to link this up to my new link party, Masterpiece Monday, at Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up all week. Take care, Mary :O)

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  17. This is very clever! And your china is beautiful. Linda

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  18. So cute and creative! The hat is so clever! And your china is very lovely! Such an adorable post!

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  19. What a fun and creative table. Your dishes are lovely and I love your theme. The cupcakes are adorable, especially in those fabulous little cloches.

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  20. So Cute! We're all about mad with this winter and ready to delight in some fun and spring colors!

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  21. I still have my copy of Alice in Wonderland from when I was a small child. Charming post! Thank you for sharing your wonderful design. Cherry Kay

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  22. This post is just delightful...not only is your table beautiful but the post is so cleverly written!

    Love your china and all else on the table!

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  23. I could not be more in love with this table! Very, very, very cool!!!

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