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Mad Tea Party 2021 And a Giveaway

Saturday, July 24, 2021


Happy Saturday, My Lovelies!  It's time for the Tenth Annual Mad Tea Party hosted by the Lovely Vanessa @ A Fanciful Twist.

The table is set, the food is arranged, and the tea is steeping.  Your timing is perfect!  The timing is also perfect for a Mad Tea Party because the world has truly gone mad as the Hatter himself!  Fun parties like this are a super-fun distraction from the madness (and the rain), don't you agree?

Sit wherever you'd like!  There's plenty of room.

Serve yourself some delightful delectables while I pour your tea.  Here is our afternoon tea menu:

We have a lovely selection of teas, however our daughter wanted Typhoo, also known as builders' tea.
Just keeping it real.

“But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. 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.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

I must be mad because I've started a series of art perfect for the March Hare and Mad Hatter's tea parties.

Tea for Two
18" X 24"
Oil on Artist Board

That 70s Show Teapot
6" X 6"
Silverpoint on wood panel

I have a third painting almost finished.  I will share it here on the blog soon.

Everything on the table is MacKenzie-Childs except the following:

Silverware: Horchow
Napkins:  Shabby Chic
Napkin rings:  Pier1
Tiered server:  Mosaicwares
"Let Them Eat Cake" Vase:  Molly Hatch via Anthropologie
Placemats:  Vintage Italian

Baked goods:  All the baked goods except the Madeleines came from the Continental Bakery in Mountain Brook, Alabama.  The finger sandwiches were varied, and I forgot to put little flags on them: We had no idea which one we'd chosen until that first bite.  *hostess failure*

The Giveaway

I will be giving away the little silverpoint drawing of a 1970s silver teapot. Silverpoint is different from graphite.  Silverpoint pens use a silver (yes, real silver) stylus.  For more information on silverpoint click HERE.  All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment telling me your favorite macaron flavor.  A winner will be chosen randomly on August 7, 2021.

Thanks so much for your visit!  Please visit Vanessa and thank her for hosting this Blog Hop;  she also has links to other parties you can attend!

It's always tea time!  

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. My eyes were the panning the wares and goodies from start to finish - beautiful! I was just thinking of your artwork the other day and how I'd love to see silverpoint much like your daily paintings! I love the diminutive size of those 6x6's. A very generous gift to your readers, Ricki Jill!

  2. I forgot to write my favorite macaron flavor - pistachio!

  3. I loved visiting your tea party, Ricki Jill! Your table is set so prettily with such an array of delicious treats. One of my favorite pieces on your table is your mosaic tiered serving piece. Your art work is so lovely! My favorite macaron flavor would be raspberry.
    P. S. I’m having a pot of Typhoo tea on my breakfast tray right now!

  4. Thank you for the Mad fun and tea treats Ricki Jill! I’m gobsmacked by your stunningly beautiful ‘Tea for Two’ painting…so gorgeous! Love all your MKC Taylor ceramics and elegant mosaic tiered server too at your table too. Happy Saturday ♥

  5. Oh wow, your table is just gorgeous!! I wish I lived closer. I could sneak over and sit right there for a spell and chat about books and art while sipping tea.

  6. I am getting on a plane out of Chicago right now. I want to come to this fabulous tea party. How fun this table is and the food looks yummy and pretty. I love those plates. They are so unique and so pretty. Have a nice Saturday. xoxo Kris

  7. What a fabulous tea party! Everything is beautiful and whimsical and the food looks delicious. My favorite macaron flavor is pistachio.

  8. I love everything, Ricki! Your tea party is so cozy and inviting. I would need to try all the tasty treats on your menu, especially the lemon madeleines. Lemon desserts are my favorite, so that would be my pick for macaron flavor too. As always, your art is stunning!

  9. Ricki Jill, your art is truly fabulous. You are very, very talented. The tea cup stack is so vibrant. Just love it! The silverpoint technique is new to me. It's just lovely! What a generous gift!
    Love all the sweet treats at your party, and of course I'm right at home sitting at this table with my favorite MC patterns. Love that we share both a love for MC and for Molly Hatch.
    Happy Mad Tea Party!

  10. Thank you for coming to my Mad Gypsy Party ! Yours is Beautiful and such a talented artist ! love the wonderful selection of treats! I used an antique doily on the cake platter under the bruschetta ! Love your whimsical Painting creations and dishes, sorry about your garden, take care,

  11. What a wonderful tea party. I would love sitting there for sure and sipping tea and nibbling goodies. Thanks for visiting me.

  12. Such a wonderful tea party, Rj. I love all the cohesiveness of your colors. Surely your home would be in Wonderland. I love how you made a menu, and I will have to remember that the next time. Mine photos are up on the blog. I made 3 reels on Instagram, but not everyone and including you are on there anymore. I hope to figure out how to put them in my post, because they really capture the fun we had. Any way. Happy Mad Hatter Day. All the nicest Hatters are here. Thank you for putting a smile on my face today. xoxo Su

  13. What a wonderful tea party. Thanks for inviting me to come for tea.

    Also, thanks for visiting mine. And, in case you missed my reply in my own comments section: yes, a Westie owns us. Her name is Lilie, and she's the second Westie we've been slaves to. She also features in some shape or form in all four of the books I mentioned were on sale this month.


  14. Your table looks fabulous and the menu is perfect...I feel like I've fallen down the Rabbit Hole! All your MKC pretties are perfect for a magical tea party and I love your beautiful tea cup painting!

  15. Your art work is stunning, table is so inviting and the sweets and sandwiches sound delish! Enjoy!

  16. This post is absolutely beautiful! I love everything, your tea delights, tiered stand, linens and dishes. The menu is spot on and I have to find that wildflower tea! I would love to join you for this very special tea party. Well done my friend...........

  17. Oh, RJ, how perfect! Your goodies look so delicious, the dishes are just perfect for this. Love your tiered stand. Did you bake all those treats yourself? Everything about your tablesetting is exquisite. And a drawing, too. Too delightful in every way!

  18. I love your art and beautiful decorations. I missed the party this year...and I HATE to miss! I'll go visit Miss Vanessa and see all of her pretties! Hugs!


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