Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Happy Birthday, Alice!

After a summer of totally ignoring my blog, I decided that I should post something and what would be better than celebrating Alice's birthday with a tea party? Do you know how old she is this year? She is having a big, big birthday, but more about that later...

Did you love Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, when you were young? I certainly did. Of course, at the time, I had no idea that Lewis Carroll was a pen name for the writer with the very odd name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson! No wonder he used a pen name. His fantastic book is considered to be written in the genre of "literary nonsense", but I think there are many lines in the book that are not nonsense at all!

For instance, when Alice came across a fork in the road and saw the Cheshire Cat in the tree, she asked, "Which road do I take?" The Cheshire Cate replied, "Where do you want to go?". "I don't know", said Alice and the Cheshire Cat told her, "Then, it doesn't matter".  Wow, I think that makes a lot of sense, don't you?? It always helps to know where you want to go...

 And, now, it is time to go to the tea party to celebrate Alice's birthday. We do not wish to be late!

The table has been set and the guests have been invited.  What to serve?  Well, since Alice is 150 years old this year (!!!), I could not possibly bake a cake large enough for all of those candles, so I decided to make a dessert with my new baking rings!

I have to admit that the dessert was not perfectly formed, but it was my first attempt at using the rings, since I purchased them from Amazon. I had seen so many photos of wonderful desserts on the internet that were made using these rings that I wanted to try my hand at making one. The rings that I bought are 3 1/2" in diameter and are a little large for individual desserts, unless you are really, really  hungry.

The rings come in several sizes and I am thinking of ordering some that are smaller in diameter and taller. Have you tried using these? I enjoyed the process, but the next time that I use them, I will be more careful in pressing down each layer to have a smoother appearance.  I so hope that Alice forgives me and allows me to bake her a new batch for her 151st birthday next year - lol!!

Alice looks a little shocked at the white rabbit and I am sure we can all understand her dismay, since she was embarking on an adventure full of surprises!

Of course, I had to use Whiting "Imperial Queen" flatware for "you know who"...

The Queen of Hearts, of course, from John Tenniel's original illustration. She does not look very pleasant, does she? Carroll's first edition of Alice's story was published in July, 1865 and another edition followed soon after in November of that year. I read that only 23 of the original first edition of 2000 have survived.  I am quite sure that they are extremely valuable.

I wonder what sort of tea Alice would like with her dessert? Surely she is hungry and thirsty, after swimming in the salty tears that she shed, when she was a giant.  I do not think I would like to see a mouse swimming with me, however! I might lose my appetite, if that happened. I hope that Alice has not lost hers. We have to eat our party food and then the guests must sing "Happy Birthday" to our very special birthday girl!

Oh, writing this post has made me want to rush out to my screened-in porch and start traveling with Alice on her adventures, once again. As a child, her adventures were my adventures and she took me to a crazy and exhilarating world.  Happy Birthday, Alice - may you live forever in the hearts and minds of everyone who has read Mr. Carroll's books! You will always live in mine.



  1. Oh Diane,
    How whimsical..and lovely..
    This makes me want to read Alice in Wonderland. such a cute idea for a tablescape..
    Love, Mona

  2. What a precious post, Diane! You had me enthralled, reading your take on creating a worthy birthday party for Alice!! I could just hear you telling such tales to your Ava, and I was thinking how fun it would be to show it to our Ava so she can read it What fun! Thanks for stopping by my screened porch post--I hope we can visit in person some day soon. :) ~Zuni

  3. What a whimsical and fun table, Diane!! Your dessert is certainly show stopping and quite impressive. Alice would be thrilled!

  4. O i just love it. A year ago I purchase a tea set and haven't given the party yet. I want a few more things like you have plates and cake plate. Yours are so sweet. My teaset is just like yours. Wish i was there. Happy teatime Alice with love Janice

  5. I just saw this table today. What a wonderful table and theme. You have given me some wonderful inspiration. I want to do an "Alice" table as well. I am very happy I saw your glorious table paying homage to this wonderful story.

  6. What a fun post! I love your table! Now I understand your Facebook post.

  7. Such a fun table! I love all the wonderful touches, but especially the last figurine of Alice; her pose reminds me very much of Degas' La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans. Lovely!