Mad Hatter Tea party themed inspiration and ideas

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Mad Hatter Tea Party Theme

Curiouser and curiouser...

About the Theme

Similar to an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ party, a mad hatter tea party is sophisticated and nutty at the same time. Think of a mad hatter party as a more concentrated version of an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme—instead of touching on all different elements from Lewis Carroll's famous tale, this theme is based solely on the mad tea party.

Decorate with eclectic tableware, use cups and tea pots for centerpieces, and ask guests to come donning curious hats or fascinators. When the tea portion of the celebration commences, take turns going around the table and asking riddles, playing off the particularly curious riddle asked to Alice by the Hatter: “Why is a raven like a writing desk?"

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VIBE: Whimsical

SIMILAR PARTY THEMES: Alice in Wonderland, Vintage Tea Party

Venue Settings


This particular party theme calls for lots of tableware and glassware you may not have on hand. Not only will a cafe will have a full supply, but you can likely couple a space rental with a pre fixe menu or unlimited tea and coffee service.

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Anything can happen once you fall through the rabbit hole. Hire a magician to wow guests with illusions and tricks and that would impress the Red Queen herself.

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String Ensemble

Turn the tea party into a formal affair with live string music. The instruments in a string ensemble can vary, but expect to hear tunes from a violin, which is the smallest, viola, cello, and the biggest and the double bass.

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Finger Sandwiches

For this type of sit-down meal, opt for lighter fair that can be easily enjoyed between conversations. Mix savory and sweet with individual finger sandwiches, tarts, scones and macarons.

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Of course tea is expected at this event, right? Place a tea cup and saucer at each setting and have a variety of different tea flavors on the table, ranging from camomile to mint.

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Creative Detail

Party Favor

Send guests home with a lasting impression. Tea cups and saucers can be thrifted for cheap and packaged nicely into a party favor.

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