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Ninth Annual Mad Tea Party *plus* a Giveaway

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Welcome to the Ninth Annual Mad Tea Party!  

Please play the following song for your listening pleasure while you visit my party.  It gives a clue to this year's theme.

Paul McCartney
"It's Only a Paper Moon"

Hurry!  Don't be late!  It's time for the Ninth Annual Mad Tea Party hosted by Vanessa @ A Fanciful Twist!

Anytime is the right time for tea!

Come right on in and don a hat crafted by the Mad Hatter!

Let's get this party started.  The Cheshire Cat has taken the most comfortable chair.

Be my guest and choose your teacup!

You chose a lovely teacup!

Are you ready for some tea and refreshments?  Mayhap some berries?

It's too hot today for hot tea, you say?

It truly is hot as blazes here in Central Alabama with heat indexes in the 100's.  How about some Southern Peach Iced Tea instead?

And if you'd really like to cool down, how about some lime sorbet?

I hope you've enjoyed the party.  Please take a posy home with you!

Here is my recipe for peach tea.  The homemade syrup will last in the fridge for about two weeks, but it's usually consumed within a matter of days around here.

Peach Iced Tea

Black Teabags (I used Lipton, three small)
two peaches, pits removed and sliced into half inch wedges
1 cup cane sugar
1 cup water

Make tea and steep according to taste.  While tea steeps, make peach syrup.  Combine peaches, sugar, and water in a heavy saucepan.  Heat on high and allow to boil.  Stir, and once sugar is melted, remove from heat. Smash peaches and cover pot for about twenty minutes.  Pour and strain into a container.  

Pour tea into glasses and add syrup to taste.  I also like to add mint leaves and fresh peach slices.


Sorbet Glasses: Vintage
Tea Pitcher:  Lismore by Waterford
Syrup Pitcher:  Williams-Sonoma
Tea Glass:  Neiman-Marcus
Napkin:  Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic

All paper crafts were made from back issues of Daphne's Diary Magazine:

Coloring pages via Wonderland by Amily Shen:

Would you like to win a copy of this lovely coloring book?  Do you like to color?  Below is a cupcake and a plate I colored from the book:

I used Caran d'Ache colored pencils (box of 18)

Enter the contest below which starts at midnight tonight.  Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don't forget to visit our hostess Vanessa for links to all the parties.  Thanks so much for hosting, Vanessa!

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Hi Ricki!
    Thanks for hosting this tea. I enjoyed the clever way you presented your tea this year.

    Your lime sorbet is taking my breath away. I have never heard of making peach iced tea. It sounds so good. Thinking I may have to give it a try. Thanks for including the recipe.

    The kettle is on at my place. Drop by for a spot, if you like.

    1. Hi Ricki Jill,
      I have made your peach infused tea and it was scrumptious. We enjoyed it heartily. It was so delicious it inspired a blogpost.

  2. I can't wait to try making some iced peach tea! And that sorbet looks delicious :) Thanks for having me, I'll be back to enter your give away!!

  3. I have never heard this version. Did not know Sir Paul did one.
    Thank you for the sorbet. Wisconsin has been over the top hot this week.
    I will reeturn when the raffelcopter opens. Thank you for this chance.
    Please visit - I also have music

  4. Hello and Thank you for having me at your beautiful tea! I do so love your papercraft items! I have briefly seen this magazine you mention when shopping while on vacation and the next time I am someplace that sells it, I will have to take a longer look! And yes, I will have to come back to participate in your giveaway! I love coloring and now that my party planning is over, I will be spending more time sitting on my porch, doing more of it!

    In the meanwhile, My Little Victorienne and Purple Kitty are waiting for a visit from you at my blog! We hope you enjoy your time there!

    Wishing you a wonderful and Mad Tea Party weekend!


  5. Hi Ricki Jill, I'd be happy to take a glass of peach iced tea and cool off with some lime sorbet! It's hot as blazes here too and it makes me cranky and Mad as a Hatter! ;) I love your paper fun and pretty posies! I'll take myself out of the running for your giveaway since I was the lucky winner of your Everything Alice book last year. Hope you stay cool, it's too hot to boat here. ♥

  6. Those are adorable! Love the party.

  7. Lime sorbet is my FAVE! What a lovely party. And a contest?! What fun! It seems to not be open yet but I'll check back later!

    Come by my tea party if you'd like. I'm at Strange Girl in a Little House.

  8. Peach iced tea sounds delicious as does the sorbet. :) I love your clever paper tea party! What a unique and really cute idea. :)

  9. How lovely and yummy! I must make peach iced tea soon.

  10. Loved visiting your tea party this morning. Stay cool and enjoy more cold tea. Loved the way you used all the paper from the magazine. Oh thanks for the music too.

  11. I loved your party. I played the music (so clever) and that really added to the experience. Pure fabulousness.

    With fond wishes from Arizona,

    my party is over here:

  12. What a journey into paper fun and wonder delight. Love your paper creations (and the edible and drinkable yum, too!). I truly enjoy coloring (even if I'm not all that great at it), so this post has been one of my favorites. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

    Happiest Mad Tea Party! ♥

  13. Lovely party! Thank you for sharing your peach syrup recipe! I will definitely need to try this for my next batch of peach lemonade!

  14. Lovely paper art ~ we too are running into the 100 degree weather right now. Perfect for visiting other tea partiers.
    Pop on by for a visit, here is my entry

  15. The iced tea and sorbet were so perfect for a day like today. It's 94 and muggy way up north here in Michigan. I really enjoyed seeing all of your paper dishes, furniture and other delicacies. Thank for a wonderful time!

  16. Your paper party is enchanting, and I would love a glass of peach tea!

  17. I knew immediately that your tea was inspired by Daphne's Diary.

    Everything is simply lovely.

    Thanks for letting me join in.

  18. What a lovely party! Thank you so much for the invite!! The peach tea was AMAZING and thank you for the recipe! Love your coloring and paper piecing!

  19. Hi RJ,
    Oh yes please some lime sorbet, it is 100 and humid as can be in Philadelphia. I was delightfully entertained and love your paper art inspired by Daphne's diary. Next year for sure I will join in for the tea party, I feel like Alice falling through the rabbit hole... For many weeks I have been working on my fairytale and just finished today. Tomorrow it appears on my blog. So today I am finally able to relax and enjoy the wonderful mad hatter tea party Vanessa hosts. Thanks RJ I enjoyed your entry.

  20. Your party is such an adorable one...very successful...and fun....
    I look forward to this party every year.
    Thank you for a chance to win this coloring book....

  21. Hi, Ricki Jill, and thank you for your hospitality, Dear! What a wonderful party! (Going to see Sir Paul in concert next month, BTW!) ~ Gorgeous!! Love the Peach Tea and all your delightful CreativiTEA!
    Thank you for having me!

  22. I love that song and all your paper decorations. Daphne Diary is a lovely magazine, I manage to get it sometimes. Never have tried peach tea before but going to give your syrup a try and those cooling sorbets look just perfect for this hot weather. Love your party.

  23. Hi,
    Oh my, what a fun time. Thank you so much for the recipe. I needed that today, we are hot and humid in Wisconsin too.
    Love, Carla

  24. What a delightful party, as usual! You were very busy crafting this year!

  25. Such a lovely post! I loved the little paper teacups and the yummy recipe!

  26. So Charming, love the paper dishes, decorations, hats my favorite!
    please visit my tea here:


  27. That tea looks delicious!

    My favourite Crayola colour is Pacific Blue.

  28. Thank you for inviting me to your lovely tea party! I will have to make some Peach Syrup for my tea.

  29. Ricki Jill, the miniature pieces are beyond charming. I'm totally smitten. You are so very clever and talented. I'm not familiar with Daphne's Diary. It must be a wonderful publication. The coloring book is cute too. I need to find one, unless I'm the lucky winner. '-)
    Thanks for hosting tea at this oh so special setting.

  30. Your tea party is utterly charming! What a delight! I am totally going to try the peach syrup also, because it's hot as blazes here in the midwest as well (though probably not has hot as Alabama!) :) Thank you so much!

  31. How creative and adorable. Love the cursive on the peach syrup tags, known as the Palmer Method. So sad they don't teach cursive in school today.
    If you think you are hot, I live in FL and my AC broke. The humidity is half past awful.

  32. Ricki! Your paper cutouts are so adorable! Hats, and clocks, and teapots... Oh my! They added such a shabby chic touch to your whole party, I love Daphne's Diary! I mostly loved that lime sorbet! Oh my, what a palette cleanser! The tea and peach syrup was extra delicious! I love the whole vibe you have going on your blog here <3 I hope to visit again soon! I hope you stop by my party as well!


  33. It was very refreshing, the lime did you know my favorite flavor? ';)

    I'm a day-late to the fun and just now getting around to each party, but if you haven't already, do drop by and say hi. :)
    ~ Misha

  34. I could really go for some of that peach ice tea and lime sorbet right now, guess it's really hot everywhere! You've created a really cute tea party and I just love all the paper creations. Thanks, Sarah

  35. It has been so much fun going around the blog internet viewing the Mad Tea Parites.
    It seems everybody has their own special theme for their own parties. i adore yours! The paper whimsy you have used is divine! Yes, it has been hot here to in central California, supposed to be 108 degrees here for a few days. Too hot! Thank you for your peach tea recipe. I just got some fresh peaches from my brother's tree! I will definitely be making some of the peach syrup!
    Here is my email: in case my name is drawn for the giveaway which I love anything Alice! Please come visit my blog too!
    It's fun being 'MAD' for the tea party!
    Teresa in California

  36. Super sweet party and giveaway---thanks! (My favorite Crayola is plain ol' pink!) Thanks for the peach tea recipe, too!

  37. Such wonderful paper crafts, Happy Tea Party!
    My favorite will always be purple, but the shade varies. In summertime it might be a vibrant cherry purple, for Halloween it's a blueish witch's purple, and in winter it's a very dark grayish eggplant :)

  38. Thanks for sharing your sweet tea party with us! The recipe looks great and the giveaway is so nice!

  39. Oh! And my favorite crayon color is red! Always has been, always will be!

  40. This is just adorable RJ, love the paper everything. The peach tea is perfect for our hot summer days, yummy. I love Daphne's Diaries, I have a copy on my stack of magazines. I'll take my posy now, it's time to leave. The sweetest tea party i've ever attended!

  41. Hello Ricky! I feel big creativity here everywhere! Love the paper you have chosen and all you details are cute as a story. Hugs and thanks for your each year visit at:

    Hugs, Monika

  42. This is so neat! I love the idea of a tea party :)! The giveaway is awesome as well :) my favorite Crayola color has to be Tropical Violet, it's such a beautiful purple!

  43. Southern Peach Iced Tea sounds just perfect these days, and my husband would love some lime sorbet.

    My favorite crayola crayon color is cerulean. It's the perfect ocean blue.

  44. Gorgeous pieces! My favorite Crayola color is the original green.

  45. My favorite crayola crayon color, that is hard to choose, any of the purples! :)

  46. Love your 3D Paper crafting skills! Those are amazing! My favorite Crayola color is periwinkle!

  47. My favorite color is any kind of blue!

  48. Can't wait to try the tea. My favorite would be red-

  49. I like blue as my favorite color:)

  50. My favorite Crayola color is the Metallic colors.

  51. The peach iced tea sounds AMAZING! 😍😋😋

  52. My favorite color is purple...

  53. Beautiful party, Ricki. I love the paper art! xoxo Su

  54. Hello! I'm contacting blogging friends from years past who participated in tea party blog hops to see if you'd like to join the one I'm hosting in August. I hope you'll participate. I think it's going to be a lot of fun! You can find all the info on today's post.



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