BLOGGY WOES FOR THE MAD TEA PARTY
So silly, so sad, so late, so not, this post is late, tis truly late to the annual Mad Tea Party. Well, not exactly. It arrived early, had a delightful time, welcomed many lovely visitors, but then, so sad, it had a case of indigestion (too many cups of tea and cookies perhaps from all the lovely parties? 🙂 )
In slightly less fanciful words, my poor little blog crashed. Thanks to my wonderful blog support team, I'm back up and running, albeit missing ONE post – the Mad Tea Party post. Hmmmmmmm. Perhaps it's not indigestion after all. Could it be a PLOT, by the Mad Hatter or the White Rabbit. Nahhhh, more likely, by the Bloggy version of the Bermuda Triangle. Hmmmmm again. Perhaps that is where Wonderland is lurking,” do you think? All this to say, oyyyyyy. I'm not going to try to replace the post. BUT I do want to share some of the fun things from it. That seems to me the best way for all proper tea party-ers to deal with party issues, don't you think?
TEA PARTY JOYS IN ROSEVILLE CALIFORNIA AND BEYOND
Sooooo, my article was to share the many varied ways you can enjoy a tea party with your kids or grandkids, or perhaps for a wedding or bridal shower, or maybe a Red Hat get-together – in Roseville CA or beyond.
1. In your home – This is, of course, quite the logical place to start, don't you agree? My grandkids and I have enjoyed bubble tea parties, fairy tea parties, and even holiday tea parties together – usually substituting herb tea or Martinelli's sparkling apple cider for real tea for the younger ones. One year, we even had fun making a teeny tiny fairy garden cottage and tea party-ed away there as well.
2. In your neighborhood – when my oldest grandchild was younger, she and her best bud next door had fun coming over together for little make-believe parties and primping fun. It was quite a delight for them and for my senior mom and myself. In case you are wondering how to do this because you have no tea party dishes, you could try my idea. I love to visit thrift stores in Roseville like Goodwill on Douglas behind Del Taco and St Vincente De Paul on Riverside or Melody Lane and Sacramento looking for kids toy tea sets as well as regular tea cups and teapots. I love mismatched sets. That way we can enjoy fine China yet not worry if one gets broken as they are easy to replace with yet another “mismatched” piece at a great price.
3. In your home town – Many cities have fun tea houses where you can go to have a quiet “spot of tea” with your friends. Some even go above and beyond that to include fun dress-up occasions for the younger set, which the more mature set are now enjoying as well! Here in Roseville California, we have a lovely and award-winning tea parlor, A Dash of Panache, where they “celebrate friendships with style and pizzazz!” For those who do not live in or around Roseville, I would go to Google.com, type in “tea house” or “Tea parlor” then type in AND your city, your state. Be sure to type the AND in capital, and, of course, substitute your city and state names there. I did this in several cities, big and small, across the country for areas I'm familiar with and was delighted to find new-to-me options for the next time I visit there.
4. In your larger metropolitan area – Many of us live within 2 -3 hours driving time to a really large or “special” city. We are especially blessed here in Roseville since we are right next door to Sacramento, with oodles of cool things going on all the time AND we are less than 3 hours from San Francisco, a tourist haven of great desire. Google can definitely work here as well, but I also enjoy subscribing to family-friendly blogs and newsletters that give me a good heads up on fun things going on. Then, when I want to search for something special I just go to their site, type in my item, and voila! Red Trike is one such great resource. And sure enough, they had several great options for us if we wanted to go further afield to a fun tea party with friends or family, including this interesting article with 5 places in and around San Francisco to check out.
5. On your vacation – Did you know that Walt Disney Cruises has a Princess Tea Party on the Disney cruise trip schedule. It DOES. How delightful would that be!
Or perhaps you, like me, get a tad seasick and prefer the fun of an old-fashioned train ride. Among other options include the Northern Belle and other trains in the United Kingdom. Plus, we have some fun options this side of “the pond” as well like one headed to Watsonville, called The Train To Christmas Town. I bet you could order tea and cookies and have a delightful time while admiring some gorgeous scenery. What think you?
I've even heard of a person or two who have enjoyed their own private tea party on an airplane. If you give that a try, I'd recommend the teeniest tiniest set you can find and unbreakable. You know how cramped those planes can be!
GOT MORE TEA PARTY IDEAS FOR US IN ROSEVILLE CA AND BEYOND?
How about you? Do you have any fun tea set or tea party ideas to share with us – whether for here in Roseville California or in your neck of the woods? We'd love to hear.
Darlene Fields says
Sorry about your blog mishap. That would be something I could see would happen to me. Your blog about where to have parties was great. I usually have them in my big back yard it looks like a forest though. lol. Glad your back on and thanks for your comment on my blog. Take care, Darlene
Kaye Swain says
Awww, thank you Darlene, I appreciate that. And oh wow, yours sound delightful! Have a great week! Kaye
Oh dear. Well no worries about your blog mishaps! I am STILL traveling around to everyone’s. I’m very VERY late! It seems I have had too many obligations this year to be on time (maybe I am the white rabbit?) Thank you for sharing your ideas anyway, even with all the issues!!!
Teresa in California says
Well, it’s okay to be late. I am still perusing all of the Mad Tea Parties! I had out-of-town guests all week and more over the weekend. I actually posted my Mad Tea Party in the wee hours on Friday before midnight or I wouldn’t have been able to post it at all!
You have many, many interesting suggestions for finding goodies for a Mad Tea Party. I haunt Roseville from time to time, especially The Antique Trove off Douglas and the ‘under the freeway underpass’ Antiques and Collectibles Flea Market once a month at ‘Y’ and ‘P’ streets? No, no, no…that sounds like a toilet. I think it is at ‘X’ and 21st street. Now it’s sounding like an X-rated over 21 night club. Anyway, the flea market is so much fun. I don’t make it but twice a year as I live near Fresno.
Oh, getting off the subject here, just like the Mad Hatter…we’re all mad here!
I have relatives and friends a many, in Roseville, and Rocklin so I love the area, also, the Trader Joe’s too! You are very lucky to live in Roseville as you do have most every convenience at your finger tips. I do love the thrift stores you mentioned too!
Cheers to a late Mad Tea Party post!
Teresa in California
Kaye Swain says
Ahhhh Teresa, Thank you for such a lovely and downright fun visit! And yes! I love the Antique Trove as well and bet it would have delightful tea sets for us – matched AND unmatched. And doesn’t the Antiques & Collectibles Flea Market sound quite entrancing. I must check it out before it gets to be too late! Have a tea-riffic week!
Thank you Kaye, for visiting my blog and I am here to visit you. So glad I stopped by because your post is just delightful! I gave one tea party in my life, for my daughter and her friends when she turned 6. It was fun and they all dressed up for the occasion. What great ideas you have given us and it has inspired me to try it all again! I love anything Alice in Wonderland and especially the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!
Kaye Swain says
Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement AnnMarie. And what fun to hear of your delightful tea party birthday celebration. I’ll look forward to hearing of your next one. 🙂