11 Curious (+ Curiouser) Ways to Celebrate Mad Hatter Day
Don't be late for this very important date!
It's not easy being mad as a hatter, really. First of all, there's quite a bit of tea partying involved, and you have to act incredibly silly. If you don't have time for such nonsense, you ought to turn around now.
But, if you fancy riddles, fun and excuses to spend time with your friends, then by all means, follow us down the rabbit hole as we celebrate Mad Hatter Day with these whimsical party ideas.
Descend Into Wonderland
Help your guests step into Wonderland by rearranging a gallery wall in a descending manner. Though subtle, the new display will make them feel like they're gently falling down the rabbit hole.
Gather in the Garden
Colorful Outdoor Table Setting for Baby or Bridal Shower
Color is the easiest and most effective way to make an event your own. Choose a palette that works as well for baby boys and girls as it does for moms, dads, husbands and wives. A palette of coral, navy blue, white and silver is a sophisticated fit for both baby and bridal showers.
The golden rule of Mad Hatter Day? Embrace the silly things. This means swapping your traditional dining room for a more unusual location, like the backyard or garden.
Brighten the Night
15 Ways to Bring Indoor Comfort Outdoors
STATEMENT LIGHTING Homeowners who use their outdoor living spaces after dark should consider adding statement lighting to add ambience and help spark conversation among guests. An easy, DIY lighting project for covered outdoor spaces is a grouping of spray-painted lanterns and/or birdcages retrofit with outdoor-rated pendant kits or LED lighting.
For a truly enchanting look, hang fairy lights, lanterns, chandeliers and vintage bird cages around the table. The more the merrier, right?
Eclectic Dining Room Chairs in Yard
Hunt flea markets, garage sales and estate sales for single or pairs of dining room chairs in different shapes and sizes. Try to keep all chair back heights within a range of six to eight inches of one another.
With the exception of Tweedledee and Tweedledum, no two things are the same in Wonderland, not even the chairs. To stay true to the theme, give everyone different seats. Mix styles like wingback chairs and metal stools for maximum visual interest.
Play With Your Plates
Pull out antique china, tea cups and glassware passed down from previous generations. Get creative by mixing and matching different patterns and settings. The more eclectic and colorful, the better.
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Don't be afraid to mix your dinnerware, either. Place floral plates next to striped saucers and vintage teacups for a look that the March Hare and the Hatter would both go mad for.
Lose Track of Time
Everyone in Wonderland has a pocketwatch, yet no one can keep track of the time! How curious. Bring the fun to your event by purchasing different clocks from a local thrift store and arranging them around the table for instant (and affordable!) decor.
Who needs the Red Queen's tarts when you could have red velvet layer cake or strawberry shortcake in mason jars? Yum!
Paint the Roses Red
What would a garden party be without the right blooms? For this Alice-inspired affair, pick an array of roses — and make sure some of them are red, or it'll be off with your head!
Flock to the Bar
Not one to play croquet? You can still find use for the Queen's flamingos. Place a few of these fabulous birds by the bar to show your guests where they can refill their teacups.
Make This: Pink Flamingo Cocktail
Cheers to Chess
This life-sized version of chess is quite the attraction at Sea Island on the coast of Georgia. The 36" set is made of teak wood from Java Island, Indonesia and is highly resistant to decay and insects. Price upon request; giantchess.com
Photo courtesy of Sea Island
Okay, so the chess pieces don't really come into play until Through the Looking-Glass, but we still love the idea of enjoying a life-sized game in the backyard. If you've got the room for this giant set, make it happen!
Bottle It Up
They won't shrink your guests two sizes too small, but these bottled party favors will definitely make them grin like a Cheshire.
Make This: Sweet Orange Ginger Tea
Go With a Classic
Turn items you probably already have on hand like a king-size pillowcase, cereal box and flip flops into this last-minute costume that's fit for Roman royalty. Our step-by-step instructions make this clever costume a snap.
Mad Scientist Costume On the Cheap
Turn a basic white T-shirt into a clever last-minute Halloween costume in just a few steps, using materials you likely already have at home. Get ideas for 4 more last-minute costumes you can create from white T-shirts.
Fun Frog Hoodie Costume
Kids will love this fun costume that doubles as an imagination-stirring jacket they can wear anytime. Our step-by-step instructions and free printable templates ensure that even a sewing newbie can stitch one up for their little tadpole.
Unleash Your Child's Inner Ninja
Faux leather material and all-black clothing will get your little warrior ready for Halloween with a no-sew costume that's a snap to pull together. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.
Turn Your Toddler Into a Cute Cactus
This super-easy costume is perfect for little ones just learning to walk with their hands in an adult's for assistance — their arms-up position gives their body the shape of a saguaro cactus. Our step-by-step instructions show how to turn a comfy infant's onesie into one prickly character.
Old White T-Shirts = Easy Mummy Costume
Coffee and a few old T-shirts are all you need to create stained mummy's rags. Finish the look w/ a layer of all black clothing underneath and makeup. Get ideas for 4 more last-minute costumes you can create from white T-shirts.
Pretty as a Peacock
This is one costume she'll want to wear year-round for imaginative play. The fluffy tulle tutu is sure to be a hit and so easy to craft that you'll want to make them in lots of colors. Learn how to make the no-sew tutu plus a peacock feather headband with our step-by-step instructions.
Let Them Show Their Strength
This no-sew costume is a showstopper but can be pulled together last-minute using a few inexpensive supplies from the craft store. Learn how to make your own.
Mommy-and-Me Costume: Cookies and Milk
You and your toddler go together like ... well, milk and cookies! Whip up this cute costume using a cardboard box, felt, round chair cushions and basic craft supplies. Learn how to make your own.
Glow-in-the-Dark Stick Figure
An all-black outfit, glow sticks and packing tape are all you need to pull together this last-minute costume that gets 'glowing' reviews. Get our tips for dressing the kids or yourself in a snap.
Adorable Baby Bull Costume
Inexpensive felt, a ready-made beanie cap, black leggings and a top and are all you need to craft this cute (and comfy!) bull costume for your baby or toddler. Get crafting to make this cute cap.
Easy Skeleton Costume
Turn a basic white T-shirt into a seriously creepy Halloween costume with a pair of scissors and a little imagination. Get ideas for 4 more last-minute costumes you can create from white T-shirts.
Scary Skeleton Makeup
Realistically resemble the deceased with this skeleton makeup treatment. Although the finished result looks hard, our how-to instructions will make creating a skeletal look quick and easy — transform yourself in under an hour. Learn the trick to making your eyebrows disappear.
Sweet in a Snap
Card stock, coffee filters and a cherry-red balloon are all you need to turn wardrobe basics into a last-minute ice cream sundae costume. Get our tips for pulling off this oh-so-sweet look.
Harness a little good luck this Halloween and craft this troll-themed headband. It's a no-sew accessory that'll put the easy finishing touch on a colorful costume. Get crafting with our tutorial.
Squeaky Clean Costume
Channel your inner clean freak to turn a plain white T-shirt and balloons into a clever bar of soap costume. Get ideas for 4 more last-minute costumes you can create from white T-shirts.
Hoodie Costume: Black Bat
Our printable templates make it easy to turn a basic black hoodie into a warm and cozy bat costume that's perfect for trick-or-treating on a chilly night or just a game of pretend in the backyard. Sew up one of your own with our free printable templates and step-by-step instructions.
Mommy-and-Me Costume: Kangaroos
Keep your baby close with a clever costume idea that's comfy for your little one while keeping your hands free. Our downloadable templates and step-by-step instructions make crafting the hats quick and easy.
Adventurous Explorer Costume
Adventure awaits! Outfit your little one for the wilds of trick-or-treating in this easy-to-create Halloween costume that uses clothes they already have and a few materials from the fabric store.
This inexpensive dino costume is easy to make with just basic sewing skills, and so comfy that kids big and small will want to wear it long after Halloween. Get crafting to turn a basic hoodie into a kid-pleasing costume.
Basic makeup, coffee (yes, coffee!) and spirit gum are all you need to turn your kid into a card-carrying member of the undead. Our step-by-step instructions show you how to perfect the sunken eye look.
A handmade tulle tutu (that's actually reversible), basic red sweatshirt and felt are all you need to craft this comfy ladybug costume complete with a personalized leafy trick-or-treat tote bag. Get crafting to make this cute costume.
An old laundry basket, wrapping paper, felt and basic craft supplies are all you need to dress your little sweetie up as their favorite icing-and-sprinkle-topped treat. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.
Candy Dots Costume
Need a little girl's costume you can whip up in a flash? Then this clever costume idea is for you. Just hot-glue painted foam halves onto a white jumper for a sweet disguise based on the classic candy. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.
Adult Pirate Makeup
Turn your childhood dreams of Caribbean piracy into reality with this silver-screen-worthy makeup treatment. Basic makeup plus a specialty item from the costume shop will have you shiverin' timbers in under an hour. Learn the easy trick for faking gold or blackened teeth.
Feathered Fairy or Angel Wings
These feathered wings are perfect for occasions that require a costume, like Halloween or a Christmas nativity play, but are also sturdy enough to be worn for everyday imaginative play. Learn how to make your own.
Creepy Ragdoll Makeup
Go disguised as a ragdoll this Halloween. Our easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions will show you how to totally transform your look with makeup. Plus: Learn how to add 3-D stitches with yarn and eyelash glue.
Brave Knight Costume
Turn your little hero into a brave knight for Halloween. Our free printable template and step-by-step instructions make it easy to pull this look together even a last-minute costume.
Easy Viking Costume
For less than $25, turn your little marauder into a fearsome Viking warrior with furry brown toilet seat covers or bathmats, leather cording and a store-bought helmet and hammer. Get crafting to make your own.
Cute Puppy Makeup
Turn your little one into a cute puppy this Halloween with minimal makeup you can apply in a jiffy. Requiring just cream face paint, a black eyeliner pencil and basic tools, kids will love this makeup treatment so much that you may want to keep extra supplies on hand to pup them up for birthday parties or school carnivals.
Wee Golfer Costume
Just a few easy do-it-yourself additions will turn clothes they already have into a cute Halloween costume on the fly. Dress your little duffer in traditional golf attire, then finish the look with a DIY pom-pom topped knit hat and golf bag that can also be used to stash their candy haul. Learn how to quickly craft a yarn pom-pom with our step-by-step instructions.
Hula Girl Costume
A hula girl costume is a classic but rather than dressing your little girl in a store-bought costume, craft a one-of-a-kind look using crepe paper and air-dry clay. Get step-by-step instructions.
Let Halloween Go to the Dogs
Don't forget to get your best friend in on the action. When constructing your pup's costume, just be sure to use only soft, lightweight materials that won't obstruct their eyes, nose or mouth. Also, don't pile on the layers as pups tend to heat up quickly, making a minimal costume best. Note: Always keep Halloween treats safely out of your pup's reach. Both chocolate and the sugar-free sweetener Xylitol can be deadly for dogs.
Chalkboard Treat Bucket
Create a Halloween treat bucket that can be decorated and customized each year to coordinate with a costume or theme. Kids will love this interactive trick-or-treat accessory that can be topped with a lid to safely store their stash. Make your own.
Ice Cream Cone Costume
Your trick-or-treater will have a license to chill in this clever homemade costume that uses craft store supplies and white tights to transform your little ice cream fan into a giant soft-serve cone. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.
Garden Goddess Makeup
This Halloween, go as the enchanting comic book and feature-film villainess. Our easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions show you how to apply the fantasy makeup to give even a basic costume a silver screen-worthy look.
This Halloween stop them dead in their tracks with this ghoulish zombie bride look using makeup you already have on hand plus a few extras from the costume shop. Learn how to create a corpse-like pallor.
Paper Princess Crowns
Surprise your little princess with a handmade Halloween crown. Perfect as party favors, these crafty goodies also make great costume accessories or gifts for your favorite trick-or-treaters. Our (free!) printable templates make this craft a snap.
Face paint, gel glitter and basic makeup are all you need to transform your little one into a beautiful butterfly this Halloween. Our step-by-step instructions make it a snap.
Mini Witch's Hat
This fascinator is the trendy finishing touch to an adult or kids' witch costume. Felt and cardboard are all you need to make the basic hat which you can embellish with feathers, ribbon, lace, rhinestones or whatever you'd like. Learn how to make your own.
If your little one is a fan of spiders, this makeup treatment is for them. Use everyday makeup, white face paint and liquid latex to give them a serious case of the creepy crawlies, our step-by-step instructions show you how.
Pumpkin Mini Hat
Budget-friendly felt, quilt batting and cardboard are all you need to craft this cute pumpkin top. Stitch on a bit of ribbon as a chin strap to create a quick-and-easy costume accessory. Get step-by-step instructions.
Let your inner party animal roar with this Broadway-stage-worthy cat makeup that takes only 30 minutes to apply. Finish the look with a headband with attached felt ears, a solid color ensemble and a tail. Learn the trick to creating dramatic cat's eyes.