Saturday, June 25, 2011

Time For the Madness

Tea Party, Part I

I kept getting interrupted all afternoon so this post has taken much longer preparing than I anticipated. No matter, I’m here now and ready to party on down (dude)…

Tea Party, Part III

Tea Party, Part II

I have to give a big shout out in gratitude to my sister for sitting for the photos here. Hosting a tea party outside in the middle of the Irish summer wasn’t one of my most inspired ideas ever. There were other guests invited, but I could hardly fault them for not turning up considering the weather. Put very simply, it was raining. It’s always raining here. Even now when it’s not raining, it really is raining. It’s just not as noticeable.  Anyway, thanks so much missus! 

Tea Party, Part IV

 Tea Party, Part V

 We started off in the garden and later, when it looked like there might be a little respite from the rain gods, decided to move the shenanigans to the park. Sadly said rain gods were enjoying toying with us a little too much and gave us just enough time to sit down and poor a brew before opening the heavens on us.  Charlie was really starting to enjoy himself too!

All in all it was a brief but enjoyable sort of do. Definitely worth getting a little soggy for the sake of all those tasty treats! Mmm, Jammy Dodgers… I’d forgotten how nice these are dipped in tea so that the biscuit goes soggy and the jam is all chewy. I hope I have some left in the cupboard actually, I could do with a cuppa to accompany me on my imminent trip around the mayhem.

Well my friends, now that’s done I’m off to join in the rest of the festivities. Can’t wait to see what everyone’s come up with! First thing first, however. Kettle, on, now. 

Oh, and I almost forgot, thank you so much to Vanessa for being such a fantastic host!


Kathy said...

I'll be back (says Arnold from The Terminator)

Love the picture btw - Kathy

Faerie Moon Creations said...

I can't wait! I'm sure it will be lovely.

Feel free to pop on over for a tea party with me:

I'll be back to visit with you!!! :)

Italian Postcards said...

If I don't make it back later, I just wanted to say that I LOVE your hat.

Róisín said...

Phew! That took far longer than I'd anticipated, but I got there in the end. Thanks for these early comments folks, I'm starting my adventure at your places right now :)

Vilt og vakkert said...


Could you, please, ask Vanessa to invite me to the tea party next time! I drink tea at any time!
We had also rain for the party last night. Now the sun is shining. I am sitting on the veranda writing with the sun in my back...

Buccaneers and Ball Gowns said...

I LOVED your tea party! Nothing like a little rain to make a cuppa extra cozy I would say. Thanks for having me!

Jorgelina said...

Wonderful post!
All beautiful and fun.

Heathen said...

Roisin you are so creative! Looks like a wonderful tea party, even if it is raining. Your sister is lovely and so kind to sit for the photos.

Please drop by for a visit when you get the chance!


Kathy said...

Well for the second time this week I'm thinking of McArthur Park. YOU are probably waaaay to young for that. Richard Harris belting out, "Someone left the cake out in the raaaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnn.."

This was charming. Absolutely charming. Your sister is a doll for sitting out in the blasted rain with cakes and jammy dodgers and all that. It looks like you two made the best of it and had fun. And how come you folks have the best names for food? How come? YOU have Jammy Dodgers and we have cookies with names as eloquent as Jam Filled Nasty Tasting Imitation Shortbread Cookie or some such nonsense. Now, I'm wishing I had some Jammy Dodgers. And I'll be saying the name all day. Jammy Dodgers, Jammy Dodgers, Jammy Dodger.... hahaha
Happy Tea Party Day to you!

Lynn said...

Oh, just lovely!!

Kim, Bonne Nuit Designs said...

Beautiful photographs! What a very lovely blog--------I'd like to visit again : )
Bonne Nuit Designs

Sarah said...

I enjoyed your party in the park-we had a similar experience last weekend when we had planned a picnic-we got soaked but it was fun! You have reminded me that I have some jammy dodgers in a jammy dodgered shaped tin which I must go and eat one of now!

Robin said...

So sorry I am late
For this important date.
I'm still making my way down the list.

With too little time
I'm leaving this rhyme
For I'm adamant about wanting to persist.

All this running about
Has left me dry in the mouth.
Might I have a cup of tea?

Your biscuits with jam
And those cakes as well
Are all so tempting to me.

Oh my, the time
It goes so fast
I must be on my way

But fear not friend
I shall return
Please……Have a beautiful day.

Deanna said...

Oh what a lovely party! I love your pictures :) Thank you so much for having me to tea!


Fair Rosamund said...

What a lovely tea party, the photos and surroundings are beautiful! Thank you so much for inviting me :) ~Lauren

Jen said...

Lovely tea party! One of these days I'll have to try Jammy Dodgers with my tea. One benefit of all the rain is the lush green surroundings!

Cameron said...

Beautiful pictures....all the rain sure makes things green!
....And green is my most favorite color of all!!

Your description of that yummy dippable cookie makes me need to go find something!
Thank you for having me....I'm off to raid the pantry :)

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

I have enjoyed your party very much.
Happy UnBirthday to you !

Shell said...

Even with the rain, your Tea Party is lovely.

Sarah said...

So sorry it rained on your party! But you seem to have captured lovely photos despite the rain. I sooooo enjoyed your party. Very clever with the images woven in among the photos. ~ Sarah

Kelly said...

Gorgeous pictures! I think that the rain made the colors even richer. Just lovely!

Karla of Dreamaginarius said...

How beautiful Mad Tea Party! Loved every single picture of it! That unannounced furry guest is so cute!

Thanks for having me over!


JJ Beazley said...

Even I looked in. Just so you know. It made me think of 'Fare thee well, me black haired diamond' and how much I used to like Jammie Dodgers. Next trip to Sainsbury's. Splash out.

Resin Angels said...

Everything about that was so beautiful!!

Thanking you for visiting my blog :D

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Ok - I'm back! What a BEAUTIFUL tea party. I'd love to try some of those biscuits...yum. And I always take cream in my tea. Delicious! Thanks for inviting me to a lovely party!!!!

fairiemoon said...

What a lovely post! I have done a week of outdoor Alice-y festivities for my blog and it has been pouring buckets here. At one point I was lying on the soggy mossy ground, huddled under an umbrella being held by my daughter while rain poured all around us. But it was worth it.

Have a mad party!
Erin :)

Deborah said...

Lovely tea party just lovely! I love your blog and I am going to follow you!

p.s. You have a nice sister and I love Charlie!

Kim said...

I love the tea party set up! Every thing looks lovely. I like the mis-matched cups and the plaid blanket, and the treats....yummy!

Everything is so lush and green! :)

Aurelia said...

I agree, definitely worth getting a little soggy :) it looks like a lovely party!

I'm also taking part in the Mad Tea Party blog hop and hope that you'll visit my party to have some fun there too :)

Nana Mari said...

What a lovely tea party, regardless of the rain! Beautiful photos, and how kind of your lovely sister to pose for them. The sweet stuff looks delectible! Yummy! Thanks for sharing!

KathrynAntyr said...

You may be running late by others clocks but I see for me just in time! Love your photos -- well done indeed!

I have a little party of my own and gifts for all of my guests. I do hope you can stop by.

Follow this direct link:

Have a sweet day!
Kathryn, Collage Diva

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

This was fun! You looked so wan looking sitting there all alone. I hope the puppy joined you for a wee sip. This was a lovely post. *smiles* Norma
p.s. I hope you ate every cookie!!

Sylvia Smiser said...

Great tea party! Thank you for having me!
I do hope you will come by my tea party too.
Happy Travels,

Pabkins said...

Picnic tea how lovely! I love your photos! you did a wonderful job with your post. I hope you decide to visit my party.

The Weekend Artist said...

I love your teaparty eventhough it rained you were able to catch some wonderful images and its all worth it! Hope u can hop on by for some tea!Ill be dropping by once in awhile if you dont mind!

Laura said...

This is lovely... I really like what Sarahs got on... though still in a bit of shock that she sat still and posed for you :) looks like you had fun, feel free to come do something similar in Skipton, I promise ill come drink tea (well coffee) rain or not :D

Joyce van der Lely said...

what a wonderful tea party!! I thoroughly enjoyed having a cup with you !
Come visit mine too !


Linda Diane said...

Oh, I have never been to Ireland, and now I can say I've attended a tea party there! Luscious greenness. So sorry you got a bit wet in the preparatons. Have some extra sweets to console yourself! ; ) That Charlie is a cutie pie, and what a sis to help you out!

Carolee said...

What a perfectly lovely tea party! Thanks so much for inviting me!

♥ Carolee

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

oh my word....what a LOVELY whimsical escape for tea. I am so glad that I participated in this tea party as I have found so many great blogs. This was fantastic. Thank you for visiting me for tea as well.

Anonymous said...

LOVE!!! Sorry it was raining, but the setting and Jammy Dodgers look fab!

Danni said...

It's all so beautiful, dear, and the photos are so wonderful that I feel like I could have been sitting there being toyed with by the rain gods with you.

I'm running late with my visiting, but I wanted to let you know that I stopped by for a cuppa all the same! xox

Anonymous said...

We had deluges of rain ehre as well, so I ahd to go a different route with my party. I do have some wonderful MUD shots for another day.

I enjoyed what looks like an idyllic part in your park.

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

No worries about the time! This party goes on for days and days! I just love the atmosphere of your party! Just perfect!

Please visit with me when you have a moment:

Wishing you a Happy Mad Tea Party Weekend!


AlphaBetsy said...

Oh so lovely!! And how sweet of your sister to brave the rain with you. I felt so much a part of your party with your gorgeous photos. Thank you for sharing.



mirsini's creations said...

Wonderful photos!!!! Wonderful post!!!!
I like your style girl!!! What a delightful Mad Tea party, although you had some rain!!! I LOve the photos!!!!!
Your dog Charlie is really cute and those biscuits looks really yummie!!!
Kisses and hugs!! :o)) said...

OH! That was beyond beautiful! I mean a real authentic tea party, of the mad variety, in a green wonderland. Your treats are beautiful too!! Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful visit!!

Love, A Fanciful Twist

Natasha said...

Thankyou for sharing such a very civilised and delightful party! xx

spiceblogger said...

A lovely party despite the rain. :)
Charlie is a cutie, too!

Hope you have a chance to taste the fun at my party:

Scrap Vamp said...

Thanks so much for inviting me to this enchanting tea party! I had a lot of fun! I hope you will visit my tea party as well!

Carousel Dreams said...

I did enjoy your tea party...don't worry, we are in the midst of winter here downunder, so my tea party was of the inside variety! Lots of fun still...thankyou so much for having me...

La Dinette said...

Wow, i love the pictures! I love your dress and your teacups!!!

Ireland is such a beautiful place, i've been there only once ( twas in Arklow) and i really liked the people!

Eloïse from France!

rachelsmith133 said...

Sorry for the late comment, I'm slowly working my way around all these tea parties.

I thought your sisters outfit was gorgeous!

It looked like such a gorgeous tea party and all that rain just makes everything greener. :-)

If you haven't already please pop in to my tea party

Que Bella said...

What a lovely tea party with such yummy goodies to eat! And how sweet of your sister to play Alice! Thanks for sharing, Michelle

dena miller said...

Beautiful Party...great pictures!!!!

Mad Madame Mel said...

What a fabulous party, thankyou so much for inviting me, I had such a great time :)

thankyou for stopping by my party too, i hope you enjoyed it as much as i did :)
mad madam mel x

Susan said...

such a lovely picnic tea! thanks for the invite, those rain gods, we had them here for a too long period, and then the day of my photo shoot it was extremely hot and humid. Charlie is adorable, your sweets look oh so delightful, and your sister is a sweetie for helping you out!
Please come visit mine.

Donna~Q~ said...

Just catching up on my reading list tonight, so am a bit late to the party :~/ It looks like it was an utterly delightful time!

Della said...

Oh, Roisin, what a gorgeous party you've had, I'm so sorry I didn't take part this year!! I love your photographs – you have just the right props and dress – the madness really becomes you :) and.. is the typography yours? It's beautiful! All the best wishes.

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