How to Throw the Perfect Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
This month the beloved, mind-bending classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland turns 150 years old. That’s cause to celebrate, don’t you think? (Any excuse for cake, say the staff at SBT!) Happily, the book provides the perfect primer for a party, as long as you’re not afraid to go a bit mad. For those looking to celebrate Alice’s birthday in style, here are a few tips for the perfect Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
The book provides the perfect primer for a party, as long as you're not afraid to go a bit mad
Invitations: You could just text your friends or do a Facebook event, but if you really want to get fancy, send out some proper invitations designed to look like playing cards or decorated with a silhouette of the Mad Hatter. Play around with some famous quotes from the book (‘Don’t be late for a very important date!’) to give guests a hint of things to come.
Decor: Set a long table with mismatched cups, saucers and teapots (you could probably borrow from friends or hit up some charity shops for these). If you can, put a little toy mouse in one of them—you could turn ‘Find the sleeping dormouse’ into a party game, if you like. Flowers must be roses, of course. If you’re feeling really creative, get some white ones and spatter them with red paint. If you don’t have the time, buy a combination of white and red roses. Scatter around some items related to the book: little gold keys, bottles with liquid in them marked ‘drink me’, playing cards, tiny tea sets and pocket watches.
Entertainment: Depends entirely on the guest list. Croquet is a given (flamingos and hedgehogs optional) and appropriate for nearly all ages. You can also fill a large jar or bowl with heart-shaped candies and have a ‘guess the number’ contest, or channel the March Hare and have everyone try to toss sugar cubes into teacups from a distance. If there are children at the party, you can do ‘pin the grin on the Cheshire Cat’, let them decorate top hats (you can find fairly inexpensive ones online) or invest in a Wonderland-themed piñata (let’s face it, the adults will probably love this too). There are loads more ideas for Alice-themed party games here and here.
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