Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mad Tea Party 2012: West Virginia Wonderland

For the Mad Tea Party 2012, Alice joined me on my Northern Summer tour. We had lots of fun seeking out adventure.
The adventure began at the Botanic Gardens in Washington D.C.
In this beautiful place, she took a moment to enjoy a cup of tea.
While sipping her tea, Alice saw a white blur dart into the garden. Following, she caught up with a white rabbit in the Children’s garden. The rabbit apologized for interrupting her snack and invited Alice to join him and some friends for tea. Before Alice could get directions though, the rabbit darted off into the garden.
While looking for the rabbit amongst the hot house orchids, Alice lost her footing and fell into a hidden crevice.
Fortunately, she landed on a bed of the softest moss.
Feeling disoriented after her fall, Alice was amazed to see she had been transported from the gardens to the mountains of West Virginia.
She wandered the woods until she came to a sign. Hoping that she would find someone to help her find the white rabbit, Alice turned into the drive.
She came upon a cabin.
As she walked toward the cabin, she spotted a mysterious tree covered with bottles.
As she stood there admiring the trees, along came a frog, walking on his hind legs and carrying a barrel of bottles.
Alice explained that she was trying to find her friend the white rabbit. The frog explained that he could not help her but that there were magical creatures all around her. She could just not see them because she was not of the forest folk. The frog took a small bottle filled with a magic brew and told Alice to take a sip.
No sooner had she taken a sip than she spotted a gnome standing by a strange little thatched hut.
Alice asked if he knew the white rabbit. The gnome did not, but directed Alice to a learned fairy that lived nearby. The fairy was deeply involved in a book. Alice tried several times to get her attention, but she appeared to be caught in the book’s spell.
Alice became frustrated and finally walked off. She wandered through a field of huge mushrooms. After a time, she became increasingly tired and stopped to rest.
As she rested, along came a gentleman who looked like Father Christmas. Upon hearing her plight, he told her that he had just passed the White Rabbit taking tea and generously offered to give Alice a lift there.
The White Rabbit was delighted to see Alice and asked her where she had been. Alice shared her adventures as rabbit poured tea.
Along came a most unusual looking fellow with a tall top hat. The White Rabbit introduced Alice to his friend, the Mad Hatter.
The three had a lovely afternoon, sharing stories and enjoying tea and tarts.
Then it was time to return home. Alice said "Goodbye" to her friends and sought out the frog with his magic elixirs.
He knew just the right one to take her back home.
She thanked the frog for all of his help and took a sip. In the blink of an eye,she was in front of the beautiful Botanic Gardens once again. Alice packed up her tea things. Also tucked away, were lovely memories of her magical time with new friends in West Virginia.


  1. Alice does have fun travelling around visiting magical places !!
    I hope to see you soon at my party too, everyone is invited :)
    Mad Madam Mel x

  2. What a beautiful place to have a magical tea party! Thank you for taking me along. Please stop by mine when you get a chance!

  3. A sweet Tea party. I had fun.

  4. I had lots of fun at your party. I enjoyed meeting your other guests and enjoied the adventure. I hope that you will visit me:

  5. LOVE this party.
    You have a very creative mind and I am so glad you shared this tale with us.

  6. What a lovely tea party. Alice had a very sweet adventure!

    Do come visit me at my party:

  7. What an enchanting Adventure you have taken me upon today. I had so much fun seeing all of Alice's new friends on the way to that lovely little tea party.
    Thank you for inviting me. Oh please do drop in for a Spoonful of Mad Tea over on the Other Side of Wonderland
    Wishes and Whimsy
    Wendy from Wonderland

  8. What a wonderful tour, I loved Father Christmas giving Alice a lift. :-)

  9. Heloooo there!!! I tried to visit you twice yesterday but my comment wasn't sticking, those darn leprechauns again ;) heheeee!

    Thank you sooo much for the most enchanted Mad Tea party! Loove the mushrooooooms in the forest, oooo!!

    You are so lovely!! Happy Mad Tea partying!! ;) ~ Vanessa

  10. What a wonder-ful adventure! Thank you so much for letting me tag along.

  11. Nice Tea Party...thanks for sharing.
    Have a nice day

  12. How adorable, Kelly! I love it! You made an enchanting tea party. Thank you for inviting me and visiting mine!

  13. Lovely trip with Alice.Darling idea,I loved it.Denise

  14. thank you for such a fun tea party!

  15. This was such a cute story!!!! Thanks for having me!!
    xo Christina

  16. I loved your traveling tea party!!! The botanical garden is indeed wonderful.
    Hope you can visit my parties!

  17. I would LOVE to go on such a lovely journey. Such beautiful scenery to have fine mad tea party!
    Thank you for sharing! Cheers!

  18. A miraculous adventure, I'm sure Alice enjoyed it! It was wonderful that the potion bottle was mysteriously lit! A certain kind of magic lighting can expose, it makes me wonder if this could happen to me, do you suppose? :)

  19. How lovely! You'd almost expect a bottle tree to have a starring role in Wonderland!

    Thank you for inviting me!

  20. what an enchanting party! come visit me too....I'm hosting a giveaway!

  21. Thank you for sharing your Tea Party with me! It had so many of the things I love - dolls, botanical gardens, sweet treats...


  22. What a wonderful trip through the forest for your sweet little Alice! The bottle trees were magical!

  23. Your little doll is so adorable!

    Thank you for this encha,ting trip in a lovely botanic garden.

  24. Beautiful wonderland! Thank you for inviting me to visit and have tea with you!

  25. How neat to have a transportable party in a round suitcase! Being a great fan of frogs, I'm so happy the frog was able to help her out. Some frogs are just full of "bull," but this one obviously was a friendly frog. The setting was so beautiful, too. Thank you very much for a wonderful time!

  26. What a marvelous Tea Party & adventure Alice has had !
    And such a sweet Alice!

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