An Impromptu Tea Party, Mad Hatter Style

This morning I heard such a ruckus going on in the upstairs family room! I hurried down the hall and threw open the door to see what in the world was going on in there! Look!

It’s a tea party, Mad Hatter style…and I wasn’t even invited! Umpf!

I don’t know which I’m more obssessed with these days…this precious Alice in Wonderland china designed by Paul Cardew.

Or these adorable sock monkeys.

They have magnets in their hands so they can actually grip the tea cup.

Cute, cute, cute!

You’ll be seeing more of this china for a Tablescape Thursday sometime. I bought 6 place settings in the grown-up size…now I’m on the search for the perfect centerpiece to create a whimsical tablescape.  Update:  You’ll find a grown-up size Mad Hatter Style Tea Party here:  Tea Party, Mad Hatter Style and a full tablescape/table setting with Alice in Wonderland dishware here: You’re Invited to an Un-Birthday Party!

I found the miniature tea set at HomeGoods for $19.99. Later, I located additional pieces in Marshalls, Tuesday Morning and on eBay.

Tea set: Alice in Wonderland, Designed by Paul Cardew.

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  1. That is absolutely adorable! I love the sock monkeys as much as the tea set! Thank you again for organizing the event at TCF. I'm going to coordinate with Joyce regarding dates for a Scott's event but it's looking like August. I'll keep you posted.

    Have a wonderful week.

  2. Tales From My Empty Nest says

    I love the tea set. It is adorable. I bet the adult version is wonderful too. What a cute tablescape. Love & blessings from NC!

  3. scrapdoll says

    'absolutely adorable" love it !!!!!!

  4. I love that set! Guess I'm gonna have to hit up Home Goods this week, as soon as finals are over!

  5. amariaf2000 says

    That china is absolutely adorable!!!! Thanks again for having everyone at the Classy Flea last night! My mom & I had soooo much fun!! If my house (which is actually furnished by my husband before we were married) was just a bit more "shabby chic" – I would have gone NUTS in there! I tried to retrain myself last night – we did get a GREAT lamp!! It was so nice to finally meet you in person!!!

    ~angela @ peonypatch

  6. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says

    Oh my, how fun!!! You will have a ball being a grandma someday. Just imagine a little girl squealing with delight at such a setting. So cute. Love it. Hugs, Marty

  7. Hi Susan! Darling tea set and LOVE THOSE MONKEYS. Awwww, so darned cute and colorful, too. Great job! Sincerely, Susan

  8. Annie Joy says

    Loved this post! I happen to have three granddaughters who would love the sock monkeys. I went to their website and found that they are available in different sizes and colors (each of my granddaughters has a different favorite color and I have to get it right!). We don't have a Home Goods here, but I am looking forward to a trip to Texas this month and have already given notice that we will be stopping at one then. Annie

  9. Fun With This and That says

    The china is so cute and love the bright colors. Laura

  10. The Sewing Loft says

    So very cute! I think you have your table centerpiece right in front of you.

  11. Kelley at My Island Wedding says

    OH I love that tea set! (monkeys are so cute too…)

    I need to find one for my me (I mean, my kids!)

    Thanks! Just finished re-reading Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland!!!

    Take care, – kelley

  12. Oh that is so tasteful and put a smile on my face! Thank you so much!

  13. I Love Pretty Little Things says

    Charming and Whimsical!
    I love it!

  14. Ceekay- Thinkin of Home says

    This set is very cute Susan. I really normally don't care for Alice in Wonderland…(sorry) but that tea set is very sweet. Love the sock monkeys!! I will be watching for the "big table" of AinW!! That should be very interesting!!

  15. Susan, I was so excited when I saw this title pop up. I've been a bit obsessed with a Mad Hatter table of late. I'm working on pulling something together. Love the little tea set. I may have to get one of these.
    Love your sock monkeys too. They are truly the sweetest toy out there! I've given them for gifts of late. I eagerly anticipate your adult mad hatter table.
    I know it's going to be over the top! ~ Sarah

  16. Melissa Rakowski says

    Amazingly adorable!!!!! What a fun post! I am going to get a few of those monkeys!!! My son's nickname is Monkey!

  17. The Little Red Shop says

    Oh, what fun! I'm looking forward to tonight's Met Monday!

    Have a beautiful evening!

    : )

    Julie M.

  18. ♥Georgie♥ says

    I agree so adorable!

  19. Oh, Susan! This is so adorable1 Look at those cute sock monkeys in all their sweet colors! Love it that they can actually hold the tea cups! And that precious tea set! Oh, I'm loving this! Thanks for showing us what was going on! Hope your weekend was good and you're putting on your prettiest smile for my party! Hey, I just thought of something – maybe your sock monkeys might want to snap too! Bring 'em on! 🙂
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  20. Susan, that creative little tea table is just adorable and so are the sock monkeys!

  21. Kimberly says

    Love this table! Love the little sock monkeys! your so creative! enjoy the rest of your Sunday~!

  22. Julia @ Hooked on Houses says

    This is too cute, Susan! It really made me smile today–thanks. 🙂

  23. laurie @ bargain hunting says

    Sooooo cute! I love that AIW tea set and have been resisting a strong urge to buy one myself. Your sock monkeys look like they are having such fun. I know when you do an adult tablescape with the AIW china, I'm going to have even more of an urge to go buy myself a set. laurie

  24. Love it, love it, love it! So much creativity-thank you for sharing! Wish I lived close enough to have met you at the Classy Flea. Hope all of you had a great time.

  25. How sweet and whimsical. Love it.

  26. Splurgie says

    I have to check our your blog every time because I NEVER know what I'll find. You are too fun! I love it!

  27. Le Chateau des fleurs says

    HAHAHA so CUTE!!!

  28. Laura PARING DOWN says

    I love that China. Love the classic AIW look!!!

    And the sock monkeys – what super colors and patterns. SO CUTE!!!

  29. Susan,

    I just love your tea party! I've admired that Alice in Wonderland teapot in Tuesday Mornings…I keep thinking-can I squeeze one more teapot into my cabinets?? LOL. The sock monkeys are adorable and what a fun tea party they had!! Hope your weekend was wonderful!

    Miss Bloomers

  30. So cute!! How do you think these things up! Love the mad hatter dishes!

  31. Thanks for the invite to the party last night. So much fun. Taking my daughter back there to see if she likes a few things I spotted for her new home. I did tell the owner how much I enjoyed his article on silver pieces that he wrote this past year. Buying a new computer this week so I can blog again. I will let everyone know about the date for my pool party later in the summer.

  32. Hi Susan….Oh would Miss B love this tea set….I have to go looking for it at Homegoods as B's birthday is coming up this month…and the sock monkeys are adorable…I will have to get her those too!!…Grandmothering is an expensive proposition! But worth every penny….Thanks again for last night….it was such fun…We will see you in June at our tea! Sue.

  33. Joanne Kennedy says

    Very cute! I love that set too. I saw it at Tues. Morning and almost picked up the set (in adult size) but I'm trying hard to stop buying more plates/dishes. I need to use the ones I have first.


  34. There's no need to show me that AWESOME Alice in Wonderland tea set and then tell me where to find it. I have to have it! I have to!! Can't wait to see your tablescape on Thursday.

  35. Graceful Moments says

    I love sock monkeys and Alice in Wonderland! So what's not to love about this post! Adorable!

  36. Kathleen says

    How cute is that! Magnets on the monkeys, only you!
    Pray for gdaus, S., my 3 little gsons would be dangerous around that set. You'd have flying monkeys, and enough broken china to do a beautiful mosaic! 🙂
    Now how about a clock, or a large hat like the wicker one I used…or one of those huge tea cups planters they have?for your centerpiece..

  37. Judy @ In His Grip says

    These are the cutest sock monkeys ever. No no grey, cream, and red for you. Love them.

  38. Bringing Pretty Back says

    Cracked me up!

  39. I don't know who needs grandchildren worse–me or you 🙂 So much fun!

  40. Stephanie Lynn says

    This is the cutest table setting ever! I just adore the sock monkeys and love the bright colors! I need to check them out – thanks for the link! I can't wait to see what is in store for Thursday! Super cute!

  41. shannon i olson says

    What a fun party, cute little dishes, looking forward to the "adult" tablescape. Those monkeys looked like they were up to something.

  42. Chatty Crone says

    That was so cute – you're grandchildren are going to have a blast with you Susan.


  43. This is such a delightful tea set…and the sock monkeys are terrific!

  44. I almost missed this….don't know how! It is all adorable! Can't wait to see the "grown up version" too! I KNOW you will come up with a VERY creative centerpiece!!!! XO< Pinky

  45. Creations By Cindy says

    So adorable. Made me smile. Be blessed. cindy

  46. Sue (Someone's Mom) says

    My grandsons are coming this weekend. They are 1 and 3. Guess what I have here for them…striped sock monkeys! My husband thought they were a bit girly, but the boys are still so little…I bought them anyway! I'm sure they won't like them nearly as much as I do…they like things that make noise and you can bang on.

    You bought the adult version of that china. Is it okay if I hate you just a little bit?

  47. OMGosh, these are the cutest things I've ever seen. I HAVE to get both sets for Deeds, my youngest grand. She would LOVE these. Maybe for Christmas. I hope I can find them online as we don't have the stores that you have.
    Thanks for this delightful post…

  48. Love the sock monkey tea party!

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