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. 

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

Contemporary Outdoor Dining Area With White Picnic Table

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

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

Eclectic, Vintage Dishware

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.

©Cheyenne Mojica Photography

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.

Photo by: Ann Summa/Getty Images

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

Outdoor Space With Stocked Pink Bar Cart and Yard Flamingos

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.

Photo by: Courtesy of Society Social

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

Vial of Mixed Tea

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. 

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