I had wanted to host a tea party for quite some time, and finally did so for my best friend’s birthday. This wasn’t just any tea party though; it was a Mad Hatter Tea Party. I had a lot of fun piecing together mismatched teapots and teacups, Alice in Wonderland quotes, and a palette of soft, feminine tones.
We held our event in the afternoon – you know, proper tea time – and my personal goal was to get as many grown men as possible drinking tea with saucers… because what could possibly be more adorable?
I went fairly simple on much of the decor for this event. There are a few “Mad Hatter” or “Alice in Wonderland” twists including quotes and pictures in frames, a few hats, a white-rabbit-looking clock, and as many teacups as I could find. It’s amazing how easy it is to glam things up by hot-glueing plastic gems onto them!
I also kept the menu for this party fairly simple, with a candy bar, cupcakes, tea sandwiches, and of course, a selection of teas.
I left my best friend in charge of choosing the candy – it was her party after all! I asked her to pick out some delicious and bright-coloured candies, and they looked and tasted fantastic.
I purchased some absolutely adorable cupcakes from Minibites Cupcakes. This was the first time I had ordered from this company, and when I picked them up I was blown away! She had created adorable little edible flowers, teapots, and hats for the tops. So cute.
I hit up the closest David’s Tea store to pick out a good selection of teas for the party. My choices included:
I researched some easy tea sandwich recipes and settled on modified versions of Cucumber Mint Tea Sandwiches and Tomato Basil Tea Sandwiches. Both of these were absolute hits!
Guests were encouraged to dress as they would for a garden tea party, and to wear their favourite hat. We spent the majority of the party eating, drinking, and chatting, then moved on to playing a couple games. We finished the event with a best hat contest for a fun dollar store prize.
Decor – Borrowed/purchased/DIY
Tea – David’s Tea
Cupcakes – Minibites Cupcakes
Best of luck with your very own Mad Hatter Tea Party! Be sure to come back and share your ideas with me.