I was inspired to put together a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party after having seen Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (in 3D no less :-)
The Hollywood Reporter calls it: “Truly, Madly, Wonderful” & Roger Ebert says : “Enchanting”. And, as my friend Annie, film aficionado that she is says: “It’s Not-To-Be-Missed!”
See the Madly Wonderful Johnny Depp in the trailer Here. Better yet, go see the movie if you haven’t already!
This tea party has all the hallmarks I could find of Alice in Wonderland~
Composed of mismatched napkins, Teapots, odd and single Cups & Mugs, consignment store finds, and family hand-me-downs. . .
A Bunny Cream & Sugar represent the March Hare (although he doesn’t look demented enough :) or the White Rabbit, who’s always late! He’s surrounded by marzipan fruits for this tea party. The pressed glass pedestal belonged to my grandmother.
The Queen of Hearts or Red Queen. . .
A version of a stolen tart on a filigree silver plate consignment store find. . .
The butterflies on the table and hats, represent the Blue Caterpillar, which is his incarnation in the movie. This pattern is Vivaldi by 222 Fifth that I found at Home Goods this spring. I loved the square plate.
This one of five of my husband’s grandmother’s hats that I embellished with the addition of a pin. One thing led to another, and I ended up adding pins to the napkins too.
A Cheshire Cat that had me doing a Great-Big-Ole-Happy-Dance in the aisle at Home Goods when I stumbled on it.
Cheshire Cat: “We’re all mad here.”
Mad Hatter to White Rabbit: “No wonder you’re late. Why, this watch is exactly two days slow.”
This is a single mug that I paired with my Fitz & Floyd Classique d’Or saucer. This little spoon is part of my great-aunt’s silver service. It’s marked S. Kirk & Son. . . mine by default because it has a W on it, which is a M upside-down :)
A Queen’s Frog Footman . . .
Another embellished hat (I hope she would approve–they have been sitting stacked inside a hat box at the top of a closet for years.)
Another consignment store find– with the silver basket casting shadows.
A flower detail inside a bone china teacup.
Little cakes for Alice to grow taller: “Curiouser and curiouser!”
This is a two-in-one teapot and cup set by Caldo-Freddo.
Clocks for tea time (all day!) & a key for Alice to unlock the door . . .
A “drink me” potion to help Alice shrink . . .
Queen of Hearts: “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
This sugar bowl is part of a set by Royal Doulton/Royal Albert in the English Chintz pattern. It’s part of the 100 years of Royal Albert collection. See more here.
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