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Mad Tea Party 2014 *plus* A Giveaway!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Welcome to this year's party!!!
I want to thank Vanessa @ a fanciful Twist for hosting!  

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"`I don't know what's the matter with it!' the Queen said, in a melancholy voice. `It's out of temper, I think. I've pinned it here, and I've pinned it there, but there's no pleasing it!' 
~Through the Looking Glass

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"The White Queen only looked at her in a helpless frightened sort of way, and kept repeating something in a whisper to herself that sounded like `bread-and-butter, bread-and-butter,' and Alice felt that if there was to be any conversation at all, she must manage it herself. So she began rather timidly: `Am I addressing the White Queen?' 
~Through the Looking Glass

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Bread and butter, bread and butter...

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`You couldn't have it if you did want it,' the Queen said. `The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday -- but never jam to-day.' 
~Through the Looking Glass

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`It must come sometimes to "jam do-day,"' Alice objected. 
~Through the Looking Glass

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Coddled Eggs (Click link for instructions)
Vanilla Bean Scones (recipe to follow)
Blueberry Jam
Octane Coffee
Black Tea

Vanilla Bean Scones

1 3/4 Cup All Purpose Flour  (You can substitute Gluten free flour, same amount)
1 Scraped Vanilla Bean
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Table Salt
4 Tablespoons Chilled and Cubed Butter
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
3/4 Cup Heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon butter, melted
casting sugar for sprinkling (about two tablespoons)

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Sift dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
Mix in the chilled butter with a pastry blender or your fingertips until dough is like large crumbs.

Add in the vanilla and cream. The dough should be sticky, but if it's still too dry add a tablespoon or two of cream.

Roll out onto a well-floured surface until a six inch circle is formed.  Brush top with melted butter and sprinkle casting sugar on top.  Cut into eight wedges and place on a baking sheet with a Silpat pad, about two inches apart.  Bake for around fifteen minutes, but check at 14.

Serve with either lemon curd or your favorite jam!

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`I wish I could manage to be glad!' the Queen said. `Only I never can remember the rule. You must be very happy, living in this wood, and being glad whenever you like!' 
~Through the Looking Glass

Sometimes we need a little bit of encouragement.  The purpose of this breakfast tea is to encourage my daughters and you, my readers, with the quotes from Alice's adventures.  

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The quotes pinned to the cutlery and napkins were shared at the breakfast table.

Now on to the giveaway!
I have one copy of The Vintage Tea Party Book by Angel Adoree to give away to one lucky reader.
Good luck!

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Until next time…

Ricki Jill


  1. You did an outstanding job again. I love your positive route. You are such a wonderful mother, friend, and blogger.

  2. I adore the crispness of your tablescape. White holds such elegance and simplicity, and white roses are my absolute favorites. The idea of including AIW quotes on your napkins is a fantastic idea, too.

    Side note, the tea book you are giving away is STUNNING! I spied it in an antique shoppe a few months ago and should've bought it at the time. It was gone last time I stopped-in to see the latest inventory.

    Thanks for letting me be a part of your special day. If you have time, drop by my tea party. I always love to share tea and nibblies with new friends. :)

  3. Happy Unbirthday to you and have a magical Day
    Cobblestone Prims

  4. Your Mad Hatter Tea is just lovely! Love the quotes, so fun!
    Great giveaway, count me in, please.

  5. Mmmm, vanilla bean scones! :) Happy Tea Party Day! I do hope you will come visit my little tea party and Giveaway!
    ~Tricia (my tea party link below):

  6. I love, love your party! I really love the quotes and vanilla bean scones? Oh my I will be trying those very very soon!

  7. Thank you for having me to your lovely tea party, those scones look just delicious! Oh and what a generous giveaway, I have seriously wanted that book for so long!

  8. Now this was a joy. Thank you for the invite! Loved the quotes and the pictures were a treat for the eye. More tea, you ask? Don't mind if I do!

  9. the scones look delicious . . . I love the quote about the best people being "bonkers" - I agree . . . thanks for inviting me to your tea.

  10. Lovely party, thanks for the invite!

  11. What type of tea party? Hmmm, me thinks the pooka variety. We're all mad here. Lol
    Thanks for sharing tea! I too was quite fond of the usage of white and pale colors. Crisp and clean. The grass is always greener...(where the dogs poo). Haha
    I would be very pleased to win your vintage tea book. Cheers luv, erin ; D

  12. Your tea party is so beautiful! Thank you so much for the vanilla bean scones! Yum yum!

  13. Your tea party is class on a table, the linens are so elegant and those scones look simply delicious. The hand written quotes are a great finishing touch.

  14. Your room is gorgeous!!!! With the lovely sitting area and tables and beautiful tea set…I could spend all day in there!
    Interior Design Idea

  15. I enjoyed the visit here and as always love the quotes.

  16. What a wonderfully encouraging post...thank you! I'm also hosting a Mad Hatter Tea today so I hope you'll stop by. I'd love to do a 1920s Flapper Tea next. Maybe I will? Thanks for the opportunity to win that lovely book!

  17. Oh Ricki, what beautiful peaceful images, and delicious treats, oh my!! Thank you for recipe and good treats, yummmmm!

    Thank you so much for joining in the Mad Tea magic!
    A very merry unbirthday to you!

    <3 Vanessa {A Fanciful Twist}

  18. The party looks lovely and the scones sound divine. I must try making them.

  19. Love your party! So much fun! Thanks for much for doing a giveaway!

  20. Thanks for delightful Mad Tea Party! There were certainly some tasty goodies there. The book looks lovely - thank you for offering a giveaway. And thanks for the scone recipe - I have a nice batch of fresh currants to include - along with some delicious homemade blueberry jam!

  21. Enjoyed reading about your tea party. The give away book looks really interesting. At this time I can't think of Tea party I would have at this time.

  22. Hi RJ, I so enjoyed my visit with you at the tea party! I adore all things Alice and her adventures. Great quotes to share and fun inspiration, love the menu and the scones recipe. While in Oxford, we went into a shop devoted to Alice and her friends. I could have spent the day in that shop!

  23. what a delightful post! Your photos are beautiful and I've been searching for a good scone recipe and yours looks wonderful-
    I was lucky enough to get your giveaway tea book as a gift last year and it is fabulous!

  24. What a fantastic table, and I can't wait to try those scones! I've never hosted a tea party in my life (as far as I know, not even with my dolls as a child- that's what comes from being a bull in a china shop your whole life, I suppose). I think I'd like to host a mermaid-themed one. Some of those bud-teas that expand in hot water remind me of exotic coral, and I could use all aquamarine colors and pearls for decor.

  25. What a beautiful post. Thank you so much for such beauty. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win this book. We all need a little wonderful, right?

  26. Delightful! I knew you would do something wonderful. Thanks for the encouragement…..and the delicious scones! The Vintage Tea Party book looks enchanting. I'm crossing my fingers I might be the lucky # drawn. '-)

  27. I forgot to answer your question………I'd like to host a garden tea party when the heat of summer is past.

  28. Just Lovely!!! Thank you for the recipes too! Cheers! ;)

  29. What a lovely Mad Tea Party! I loved your choice to feature certain lines from the book.

    Everything looks delicious. I love that you added your recipe.
    I haven't been actively blogging for a while. It's nice to be back to see your page. I miss it.

    Here's a little thank you post. I didn't pull together my party this year.


  30. What a lovely and inspiring post. It is elegant and whimsical at the same time. I also enjoyed the recipes. Thank you for sharing. I hope you can stop by for a visit.


  31. What a lovely Tea! Thanks you for the recipe and inviting me!

  32. Fabulous!! Your celebration is delightful, my Dear...I'm so glad I stopped by!

  33. My goodness and hooray for Jam Today! What a perfect collection of quotes and I love the fact that the expression 'entirely bonkers' is as current in the UK now as it was then. The tea party book looks scrummy! There should be more parties (and tea) Thank you for inviting me.

  34. Oh what a lovely post! I absolutely love Alice in wonderland. I´d love to host English teaparty with classic British style.
    Jenna O

  35. It's been ages since I've visited, am so glad to see that you are still posting the lovely and amazing. I absolutely love this, and the quotes. Gorgeous, as always.

  36. After reading through your post I'd love to throw a Mad Hatter themed tea party! Bright colors with bouquets of flowers and polka dot cutlery, oh the possibilities are endless!

  37. The scones were delicious, than you for sharing! ;) I think I did something wrong with trying to leave a comment in the email box. I didn't see a place to leave a comment after I provided my info and then all the sudden . . . it said I was done! :) Ah well, I found this spot to tell you how lovely your post was!

    Hmmmm . . . what kind of tea party . . . well, I do hope to join in on one of them one of these days instead of just stopping by everyone else's blogs to try all the goodies . . . but, if I were going to host one and try to come up with a little different idea . . . what about a fairy garden tea party?

    Thanks for a lovely time!

  38. What an elegant setting! And scones, yum!


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