11 Curious (+ Curiouser) Ways to Celebrate Mad Hatter Day

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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. 

Mad Hatter Day Celebration

Mad Hatter Day Celebration

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GettyImages/Todd Korol

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

Guest Room Eclectic Look with Old and New Accents

Guest Room Eclectic Look with Old and New Accents

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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

White Picnic Table With Yellow Striped Pillows

White Picnic Table With Yellow Striped Pillows

A long white picnic table and contemporary outdoor furniture make for a beautiful place to gather in the backyard for meals. A rustic chandelier adds a touch of glamour to the space.

Colorful Outdoor Table Setting for Baby or Bridal Shower
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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.

An outdoor dining space, designed by host Drew Scott is pictured in the backyard of his newly renovated Las Vegas, Nevada home, as seen on Brother vs. Brother. (After)

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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
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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.

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For a truly enchanting look, hang fairy lights, lanterns, chandeliers and vintage bird cages around the table. The more the merrier, right?  

Switch Seats

Eclectic Dining Room Chairs in Yard

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

Vintage Dinnerware

Vintage Dinnerware

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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Cheyenne Mojica Photography

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

Vintage Books with Alarm Clock

Vintage Books with Alarm Clock

Vintage accessories that nod to the classic Alice in Wonderland storyline, like this ticking alarm clock, line the table in Tiffany Brooks' HGTV Star redesigned school bus.

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Ann Summa/Getty Images

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. 

Eat These

Strawberry Shortcake in Mason Jars


Strawberry Shortcake in Mason Jars

Serve strawberry shortcake in small mason jars and top each concoction with a strawberry and whipped cream.

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

DIY Floral Garland

DIY Floral Garland

Creating a floral garland is one way to save on budget and make a big impact in the overall décor.

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The Photo Love

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

Hot Pink Backyard Bar Cart

Hot Pink Backyard Bar Cart

This backyard is ready for a summer soiree, complete with pink flamingos and colorful cocktails. Drinks are served in style with this fun, hot pink bar cart.

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Courtesy of Society Social

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. 

Cheers to Chess

Giant Chess

Giant 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 by: Photo courtesy of Sea Island

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

Sweet Orange Ginger Tea Party Favor

Sweet Orange Ginger Tea Party Favor

Use bulk spices to create your own custom blend of tea to give as a holiday favor.

They won't shrink your guests two sizes too small, but these bottled party favors will definitely make them grin like a Cheshire. 

Ready for Halloween? Try These DIY Costume Ideas On For Size!

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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.

From: Cheri Heaton

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.

From: Cheri Heaton

Pretty Peacock Costume

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.

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Carnival Strong Man

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

From: Cheri Heaton

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.

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.

Pirate Makeup

Transform your little buccaneer into a pillaging pirate this Halloween with our easy-to-follow makeup tutorial and costume tips. Get step-by-step instructions.

Witch Costume

Your little one is sure to cast a spell in a wee witch's costume made up of a no-sew tulle tutu, pointy craft-foam hat, DIY twig broom, black T-shirt and striped tights.

Lion Makeup

Turn your cub into a roaring lion for Halloween with our easy-to-follow makeup tutorial. Learn how to replicate fur with face paint.

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.

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.

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.

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Dinosaur Costume

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.

Mummy Makeup

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.

Ladybug Costume

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.

Cupcake 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.

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Glam Dark Fairy Makeup

Adults with a flair for the dramatic can take the typical fairy costume for a walk on the dark side with this step-by-step makeup tutorial.

Aviator Costume

Get your little flying ace ready for a night on the town with our easy-to-follow instructions for transforming everyday clothing into a vintage pilot's uniform complete with a custom-fitted aviator's hat.

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.

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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.

Shark Costume

Inexpensive felt and basic sewing skills are all you need to turn a child's gray hoodie sweatshirt into a warm-and-cozy great white shark costume. Get step-by-step instructions.

Teenage Frankenstein Makeup

Little girls and tweens will love going decked out as this fashion-forward monster teen. Our step-by-step makeup tutorial shows you how to get the look.

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.

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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.

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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.

Ghoulish Vampire Makeup

Turn your teen into a bloodthirsty vampire for Halloween with our easy-to-follow makeup tutorial. Get step-by-step instructions.

Robin Hood Costume

Easily turn budget-friendly felt and polyester fabric into a no-sew Robin Hood costume that you can pull together in a jiffy. Make your own with our step-by-step directions.

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

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.

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Fairy Princess Makeup

Give your little girl a glittering fairy princess makeover for Halloween with our easy-to-follow, step-by-step makeup tutorial.

Glittering Trick-or-Treat Bag

Get kids ready for trick-or-treating with a custom-painted and glittered Halloween tote bag. Our free printable templates and instructions make this a great kids' craft.

Enchanting Mermaid Makeup

Fishnet hose and shimmering eye shadow are the trick to replicating fish scales for a seductive-siren look this Halloween. Our step-by-step makeup tutorial shows you how.

HGTV Fans' Best Costume Ideas

HGTV fans are a creative bunch! Check out 25 of our favorite ideas submitted by folks just like you.

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.

Halloween Headbands

Turn plain headbands into fun Halloween party favors and costume props with card-stock cat ears or a tiny witch's hat. Get the kids crafting with this easy project.

Zombie Makeup

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.

Butterfly Makeup

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.

Capitol City Vixen Makeup

This Halloween show that you're a fan of the popular book series and feature films with this step-by-step makeup tutorial for achieving the Capitol's big-screen look.

Spider Makeup

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.

Cat Makeup

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.

Sunflower Mini Hat

Top a cardboard circle with layers of felt petals to craft this cheery sunflower hat-ette.

Dragon Makeup

Use face paint and craft brushes to turn your little one into a colorful dragon this Halloween — complete with scales. Our step-by-step instructions make it easy.

Match the Setting to Your Costume

HGTV fan 1flatoolman put his handyman skills to work turning the bed of his truck into a pirate's ship to delight kids at his local trunk or treat. A concrete tube forms the mast, while old sheets were dyed black to create the weathered sails.

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