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Saturday, June 28, 2008

It's a Mad Tea Party...Come one Come all Let's See What's Happening.

Oh Hello...HELLO....it's so nice that you could join us on this beautiful Saturday afternoon for our lovely little tea party. I am truly so glad you could join us, we're going to have a perfect day.

As I am usually Mandy....or Bijou of Bijou's Whimsy...at my tea parties I am known as "Missus Sassafras" so you may know me as such for today pretty please.

Now let's get right to it shall we...let me introduce my most favourite tea party partner...my niece Karly, from hence forth known as "Madame Pomfrey"...

Anyhow...sorry I got side-tracked there...let's see what my party partner has decided to wear today shall we....
Now come on out to the back deck, whiles we wait for everyone to arrive...

Oh why, may I introduce you to my cousin Vera and her new little babies...she is very shy and quiet, sorry about that...

Dear Cousin Vera....your little ones are welcome to go play in the large gazebo, I believe little Elisha is out there playing about right now...shall we go check...

Oh excellent...I think I see some more guest arriving...

Could you give me but a moment...I need to go check on Ella-Luna and Roo-roodolpholus...
ah ha, just as I suspected...

Oh, look.....abunch more guest have arrived...this is just so so exciting...I can't remember the last time so much of the family was gathered together all at once in one place...we really need to do this more often.

This is uncle Lineus, he always dresses in his best suit and he is actually a sign maker down in Lapinity City, that's near the Green Forest....yes yes....quite impression I agree. It looks like he's made a nice little sign just for this party, oh how nice is that.

And here is Madame Juliette, she actually raises butterflies of the most beautiful variety. They listen to her like little puppy dogs, if she says 'come here my lovelies' they flock to her right away. It looks like she is releasing some to flutter about the party....that's going to be a really fantastic touch. I think that she's started to teach the beautiful butterflies to sing too...perhaps if we listen close enough we'll here them hum a tune as they float by...oh how excellent...I am feeling positively giddy.

And there is her sweet as can be husband of 5 years, Charelton. He's been a local gardener for many years now...the two of them met when one of Chareltons clients wanted to know which butterflies liked what flowers so Juliette was called in and boy oh boy it was love at first site with those two...they do match perfectly don't they. Charelton is such a sweetheart and always helps me clean up before and after the parties...he can rake up a yard in a flash and is always one of the last ones to stay to help me clean up. I am so pleased that they could make it today.

Where are we having the party you are asking? Why let me show you please...you've seen the deck already, that's where Cousin Vera was with her tiny nibblets...

Anyways! Yes, back to your question...I think many people will be able to fit into the gazebo...here it is...what do you think?


Oh you like it thank you so much....oh your so polite, your parents taught you well...
Now if you look in this area...quietly now...take a peek really really close because not all of our guests can be spotted right away, they are so tiny that you really have to look closely.......closer....no no even closer, trust me you won't regret it....
ha ha...I know...aren't they beautiful. That is Ellesmera and her even littler gang. That little ladybug sitting on her hand with the cup of tea is the mayor of the ladybug city, his name is Teeny-Tony and he and Ellesmera are the best of friends. I am so glad that Ellesmera came to visit, she's been gone a very long time...helping hurricane victims in other ladybug lands...she's quite the girl. When her and Teeny-Tony are caught up perhaps she'll come out and share some of her fantastic adventure stories with all of us.

Anyhow yes...back to the party details...

There is just plenty of places to sit and chatter.

What are we going to nibble on...oh my goodness there is a feast to be had...let me show you just a sampling... Grandma Diane sent us boxes of her delicious lemon orange pound cake and her famous decadent brownies...and pardon? what's that? Yes, ha ha...yes indeed those are my favourite cookie jars and they are filled with all kinds of cookies. Some had to be made specially tiny for Ellesmera and her ladybugs friends...we don't want any cookie crushing accidents to happen do we!

I can see you there Miss Ebony hiding in the shadows, you may have one berry but that's it...we must have the utmost manners and use our best part etiquette and politely await for ALL the guests to arrive.

Who's left you may ask? Oh why hmmm....let me think...oh yes, 4 guest need to arrive still, then we can start.

Oh why here's another one now....

Ah welcome welcome my dear friend...may I introduce you to my very dear friend Deh-Finn. He is a lantern maker from Frith, he's learnt the trade from his daddy, who was taught by his daddy who was taught by his daddy...well you get the picture. It's wonderful that Deh-Finn is here because his lanterns put out the best light in the country...you see they have magic attached to them, when these candles are lite, all the mean old nasty bugs who like to bite and ruin the night time fun are put to sleep, only to awake in the morn. What's that?....nope, I have no ideal how Deh-Fin does it but it's a very good feature to have for any tea party that may go into the evening tide don't you think? Not to mention that Deh-Finn tells the best jokes, so I am glad he's here, he'll have us all in stitches I am quite sure of it.

Only two more guest to arrive....I am not surprised....Hazel and Jin are always late.

Oh look, how beautiful....it's one of Ellesmera's singing butterflies, how delightful. They will look so lovely flying about in Deh-Fin's lamplight later on this evening.


Oh FINALLY....Our last guests have arrived...yahoo...


why, it looks like you two have just woken from a nap?


What's that? oh my, you've been here for a couple hours now...sneaking in flowers




With over 50 different kinds of marvelous tea, all of the sumptuous food ready to be eaten, all of the excellent and beloved guests having arrived...this is going to be the best tea party ever.

Come on, let's stop chatting away and looking at everything and join everyone else, it's TEA TIME.

Thanks for coming to my party. The silly little tales and names are all from my concept character ideals for upcoming children stories of mine. All the illustrations are mine, all the real live bunnies are ours, and all the photos are taken in our yard showing just a small sampling of my rabbit collection. The photo montage of Hoppington Way Castle was made by my husband Jonathan, thanks baby:D I hope you enjoyed yourselves and again thanks for taking time in my little enchanted world. Mandy Saile of Bijou's Whimsy.

35 comments:

Melissa Valeriote said...

What a feast for the eyes! See you at the party!

bluemuf said...

Thank you for a delightful time. I so enjoyed spending the afternoon with the bunnies.

Karen

LW said...

Oh my what a magical party you have…
Bunnies and fun and a little Roo too…

Happy mad hatter day ..

Louise

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Missus Sassafras, I so enjoyed my twirl through your magical Wonderland. And your gazebo is divine!
Becky

Kate T said...

Missus Sassafras, You throw one heck of a party! I had so much fun getting to know all your bunnies and Madame Pomfrey. Thank you so much for having me.

Do stop by and visit, although my little soiree is not as lavish. I do hope you'll come y, as I;m having a giveaway.

Kate

studiorose said...

Bunnies! So adorable and what a good time they had at the party! I do hope you don't notice one or two are missing now...and that big handbag I brought to the party is bulging all of a sudden! (Don't worry; it means nothing!) Thanks for a great party; I really enjoyed myself today!

amy said...

Beautiful images and blog! You are brave to have invited that many rabbits to tea! :)

Gemma said...

Glad I hopped by on my way to Vanessa's...delightful.I noticed many other hoppy guests as well!

Rhondi said...

SO amny things to look at. Such a fanciful fun party!

paula clare said...

What a fabulous garden party! I've had so much fun...and I'm exhausted just seeing all there is to see! I must relax a bit with a cup of tea...thank you ever so much for inviting me! You are always welcome at my party too...oh! come around back for the barbecue!

http://www.pclouse.blogspot.com

Sherry/Cherie said...

What a delightful post -- so very perfect for the atmosphere and ambience of a Vanessa Valencia party!! The photographs and the story -- so charming and perfect for a children's book...wishing you much success! See you at Vanessa's!

calamitykim said...

oh, what wonderful rabbit you have! Real and imagined! wonderful illustrations too! I am loving your garden room- that's a lovely gazebo! I hope it's nice and cool and not 97 like it here in Sarasota!

Kathy said...

What an amazing wonderland you have created...everything is just beautiful.

I'm going to go nap in that unbelievable gazebo for a while, and visit more when I wake!

Thanks for the loveliest of times!

Kathy

hautemommy said...

Love all the bunnies!! How truly magical, great post for such a fun party today!! xoxox!

Mosaic*Queen said...

Your illustrations are wonderful!!! Happy Tea Party Day to you!!

Michelle

Whim & Fancy Designs said...

What a lovely tea tale! Please come by for tea and stop animal crackers!
~Ann-Denise

Katlandia said...

The gazebo is gorgeous, I could live out there, playing with bunnies. Happy tea-party day!

http://afancifultwist.typepad.com said...

Beyond Marvelous!!!!!! Clapping and twirling and dancing!!! You have outdone yourself! How wonderfully magical!! Happy DAY!!

TheMagicBartender said...

Wonderful, Thank you...
Happy Mad TEA Party!!
Nice to meet You!

I’m tryin’ to gain 20lbs @ this party!!
LOL ;-D
Cheers, Sue `*>~[

JeriAnn said...

Missus Sassafras, you and Madame Pomfrey through the swellest party! It was so lovely getting to know your family under the gazebo and enjoying all those fabulous treats. Thank you!

laura said...

Madam Pomfrey is truly the belle of the ball...so well behaved and so pretty! I'm so glad you brought her along!

Bethany said...

The illustrations (so lovely!!) and the inspiring rooms...plus all the bunnies!!! Oh what a wonderful party!!
:)

Jenn said...

ooooooh what adorable bunnies...all of them!! Your gazebo is just fabulous! The perfect spot to enjoy a little tea:) xoxo...jenn

sherri (Tied Up In Ribbons) said...

You and Madam Pomfrey have outdone yourselves with all the magical places in the garden. Thank you for the wonderful treats. I must be on my way...so many others to meet and so little time.

Jonathan said...

I was wondering where all our little furry buns had disappeared to today. I thought Roo was going to help me garden around the pond ;-)

I think after such a successful party, we'll have to make our gazebo a little bit bigger.

Well done Bijou. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me.

Melissa said...

It's all so lovely. 'scuze me while I go take a nap in your gorgeous gazebo!

inge said...

i'm convinced you're a colorgirl too ! :)
Please can I sit in your garden and meet al your friends ?

greetings
Inge from Belgium

3rdEyeMuse said...

what a wonderful post! ... sorry to arrive so late … we dropped from exhaustion last night, so thought we’d continue the rounds today and offer to help with the clean up duties. feel free to put us to work.

it was nice to meet you and hope to see you again soon! ~M~

Liz said...

So glad you were at the party. I loved meeting all your sweet bunny friends.

The Rose Room said...

wonderful post, so very whimsical! Rachael

Brook said...

what lovely tea time!

gilda said...

wow those a BIG bunnies!!!! gorgeous! and is that your house?? it's lovely. makes me detest this tiny new york apartment i'm in!!

Judit Gueth said...

That was a wonderful tea party! :-)
Love,
J.

cindy said...

Thank you for a delightful time. I love your bunnies and your illustration work!

c

Erin Glee said...

Well, Miss Sassafrass, I've enjoyed my time here immensly! Your "real" bunnies are adorable, and your Bunny collection is magnificent! Thank you for your hospitality.