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How to Throw a Mad Tea Party

Recreating one of Alice in Wonderland's most famous adventures is a great theme for all kinds of celebrations. Set the scene with these suggestions.


  • Step 1: Send invitations Send invitations that include the line: "Don't be late for a very important date!" Ask everyone to wear a whimsical hat.
  • Step 2: Hit flea markets Hit flea markets, yard sales, and thrift stores for interesting teacups and saucers, teapots, hats, and vintage bottles to hold "Drink Me" signs.
  • TIP: Buy white cups and saucers at a dollar store and paint them in stripes, polka dots, and other colorful patterns.
  • Step 3: Get a stuffed mouse Seat a stuffed mouse at the table as the Dormouse.
  • TIP: If you can't find a big enough mouse, stick a smaller one in a teapot so its head sticks out.
  • Step 4: Set the scene Set the scene: Take the batteries out of a clock to signify that time has stopped, and create a looking glass by hanging a mirror on a door that guests must pass through to get to the tea table.
  • Step 5: Prepare tea treats Make a hat cake by baking a 9-inch round cake and 6-inch round cake to sit on top of it. Trim it with real ribbon and edible flowers. Bake cupcakes that say, "Eat Me" on top in icing. Prepare a variety of finger sandwiches with delicate fillings, like smoked salmon and cream cheese. Be sure to cut the crusts off!
  • Step 6: Decorate the table Mismatch the teacups and saucers. Place your hat cake in the center of the table. Make and hang signs that say, "This Way" and, "That Way" leading to the tea table. Decorate the table and chairs with playing cards.
  • TIP: Provide a few whole decks so guests can play card games.
  • Step 7: Enjoy your tea Sit down with your guests and enjoy your tea. Just be careful not to fall down any rabbit holes.
  • FACT: Lewis Carroll is a pseudonym for British author Charles Dodgson, who wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in 1865.

You Will Need

  • Invitations
  • Cups
  • saucers
  • and teapots
  • Hats
  • Vintage bottles
  • A mouse stuffed animal
  • A clock
  • A hat cake
  • Cupcakes
  • Finger sandwiches
  • Playing cards
  • Directional signs
  • A variety of teas
  • White teacups and saucers (optional)
  • Craft paint (optional)

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