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.
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
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