Through the Looking Glass: A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

 Mad Hatter's Table

I’m stepping through the looking glass to join A Fanciful Twist for the 8th Annual Virtual Mad Tea Party!


Have your pinkies at the ready, bring your favorite tea cup,

don your hats and join the mad fun!


2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland!


Written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pen name, Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland was inspired by a boat trip down the River Thames in Oxford with family friends. As they rowed along, Dodgson, who was a natural storyteller and regularly entertained his friends, told the Liddell children a story about a bored little girl named Alice, who goes looking for an adventure. The family loved it and at the end of that day, the daughter, Alice Liddell, asked for the story to be written down. Charles Dodgson agreed and began writing the manuscript the next day. It eventually took him two and a half years to complete and was published in the summer of 1865. The book, and its sequel Through The Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There, have been translated into at least 65 languages and film and theater adaptations.



 My Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is from 2010, I stepped through the looking glass to serve up this tea party and join the fun!


Mismatched napkins, teapots, odd and single cups & mugs, consignment store finds, and family hand-me-downs. . .

A Bunny Cream & Sugar represent the White Rabbit, who’s always late! He’s surrounded by marzipan fruits for this tea party.



The Queen of Hearts . . .


queen and AIW



 A stolen tart on a filigree silver footed plate . . .


The butterflies on the table and hats, represent the Blue Caterpillar.



My husband’s grandmother’s hats, are joining the party, bejeweled with pins.

And a Cheshire Cat with his mischievous grin and cupcake. . .



  Like all members of Wonderland, the Cheshire Cat is mad, but unlike the others, he admits it with pride. .

 “We’re all mad here.”

Mad Hatter to White Rabbit:

“No wonder you’re late. Why, this watch is exactly two days slow.”


Clocks for tea time (all day!) & a key for Alice to unlock the door . . .




The Mad Hatter: “Have I gone mad?”

Alice: “I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”

 A Queen’s Frog Footman . . .


“And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversation?”


 Little cakes for Alice to grow taller:  “Curiouser and curiouser!”

A “drink me” potion to help Alice shrink . . .



Queen of Hearts:  “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”


Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Details

Assorted tea cups and napkins/ collected over the years

Frog Footman, Cheshire Cat / HomeGoods

Hats/ husband’s grandmother’s

Glass pedestals and silver footed dish/ grandmother’s

Bunny cream and sugar / HomeGoods

Clocks, Timeworks / retail days

Playing cards / Virginia Slims Victorian Playing Cards

 Royal Doulton/Royal Albert Tea pot, part of the 100 years of Royal Albert collection / HomeGoods

You can read more about the 150 years of the Macmillan Alice, including the color of her dress, the real Alice, and illustrations, here.

Mad Tea Party Flyer 2015

Join the mad tea party fun at A Fanciful Twist.



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  51 comments for “Through the Looking Glass: A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

  1. July 11, 2015 at 5:55 am

    Gosh but you are such an ‘alive’ person, how lovely to be able to scroll through your photos and thoughts, a real treat for this weekend morning. Kind regards, Agnes

  2. July 11, 2015 at 6:10 am

    How beautiful! Yes, I would love two spoons of sugar please! Hope you get a chance to come by and have some tea at our party as well!

  3. July 11, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Love love love this perfect Madhatter’s Tea Party!

  4. July 11, 2015 at 8:00 am

    What a lovely party and thank you for the refresher history lesson. I love reading and learning about the behind the scenes information. Love your Chesire yawning cat and your Queen of Hearts. Added to my treasure hunting lists.

  5. Ellen Stillabower
    July 11, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Hurry hurry, here come the “Mad Hatter” oh, that’s just a wrabbit! Darn that wrabbit!!! 😄😄😄 let’s have some tea and thee!! 🎩🎩🎩🐇🐇🐇

  6. July 11, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Hi Mary, I had forgotten all about Virginia Slims! We’ve come a long way baby, haven’t we? I loved the link to the dress color description! Alice will always wear blue in my mind but I’m sure she would appreciate a few changes to her wardrobe too. What a fun tea party. I would love to join all the “mad” characters and fear that I would fit right in! Linda

  7. July 11, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Lovely party, Mary. Such a special celebration as this year is the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland! J’adore the variety of teacups! Lovely post as usual!!!


  8. July 11, 2015 at 8:18 am

    How lovely, what a gorgeous tea party, thank you for letting us visit. Kiss Noises Linda

  9. July 11, 2015 at 8:41 am

    What a beautiful party. Chock full of treasures, treats and very interesting information about Alice. Great!

  10. July 11, 2015 at 9:10 am

    I loved your fanciful rendition of Alice’s tea party, Mary. The collection of mismatched teacups was fun to see, and I loved your hubby’s grandma’s vintage hats and pins. It would be a pleasure to be a guest at your Mad Hatter Tea Party.

  11. July 11, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Mad Fun darling! I am bringing Great grandfathers tea pot, is there room for one more? I promise to not be late……….. or ‘OFF WITH HER HEAD!’ Ta…….

  12. July 11, 2015 at 10:11 am

    What a wonderful tes party. I have a collection of tea cups and saucers that are still packed! I never drink tea and they always just sat in my hutch before. I should give them away. Wonderful details as always!!! Happy weekend!!!

  13. July 11, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Love your Mad Tea Party…happy unbirthday to you

  14. July 11, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Thank you for the eye candy overload! :-)

    Please come to my party


  15. kimi
    July 11, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Loved all of the beautifully thought out details ~ and the over the top yummy chocolate fruit cup!

  16. July 11, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Love the vintage hats with pins and the Lewis Carroll facts thrown in. Your party is so elegant. Hugs from the party over at designing fairy.

  17. July 11, 2015 at 11:29 am

    I’m mad for your party details! Your tablescape captures all the fun of Wonderland, Mary. I love seeing this long table set with beautiful china, the vintage hats, and all the loveliness of a Victorian tea party. I smiled at your comment to me that the Cheshire Cat was your favorite. I read that it was Alice Liddell’s favorite character too. Yes, we are all mad, aren’t we? ;-)
    Thanks for making my Saturday morning delightful! I’m off to see more of Wonderland.

  18. July 11, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    lovely mad tea. I like things mismatched myself so you made me feel right at home.

  19. July 11, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Wonderful Mary!! I love it, were all mad here!

  20. lostinavalonor
    July 11, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Wonderful! Where did you get your marzipan fruits? I had some at the Jane Austen Festival Regency Ball a couple years ago in Bath and wanted to let my daughter give them a try. :) Thanks for sharing your fun party with us!


  21. July 11, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    The only thing I can say that hasn’t been said above (at least if it was said, I missed it) is Enchanting….
    The whole concept and execution is ….Enchanting.

  22. franki
    July 11, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Just “mad about” your tea!! I’ve ALWAYS loved brooches!! franki

  23. rattlebridge farm
    July 11, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Whimsical, adorable, and wonderfully edible, your Mad Tea Party is a delight for the senses!

  24. July 11, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Oh how pretty. I especially loved your teapot with roses all over it and that adorable Frog Prince. Thank you for a delightful visit for the Mad Tea Party 2015


  25. July 11, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Elegant and delicious are the words. Wow!

    Happy Mad Tea Party. ♥

  26. July 11, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    I love all the care you put into selecting your tea accouterments

  27. July 11, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Perfection! Will have to come back again so as not to miss your fabulous little details- loved the vintage illustrations added in too!

  28. July 11, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Pure delight!Love your photos!Happy Mad Tea Party!

  29. Kathleen Mahlke
    July 11, 2015 at 9:44 pm


  30. July 11, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    Love your fanciful party. Such a treat to be inside your home. You should share more of it.

    – Alma, The Tablescaper

  31. July 12, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Simply mad! But in a good way, love this post Mary.

  32. July 12, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Elegant table scape, delicious deserts, love the dishes, graphics and everything!!!! Please visit me at Plumfield

  33. Wingit
    July 12, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Alice in Wonderland is my favorite book. Love your party ideas. Fabulous, as usual. Thank you.

  34. July 12, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    What a delightful (and informative!) post … thanks so much for inviting us to your tea party and sharing your lovely things with us.

  35. July 12, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Incredible fun Mary, I must read this enchanting tale again asap! Your table and touches are brilliant of course, how did you ever happen to have your husband’s grandmother’s hat collection? And those brooches, fabulous whimsical fantasy! Love the eat me drink me icing on the plates!

  36. Paula
    July 12, 2015 at 8:03 pm


    Lovely !! I’m sure Alice would be delighted at your tea party, I know I would !!


  37. July 12, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Wowwwwwwww! Oh just wonderful, I’d love to have been partaking in this in person. Your table is beyond gorgeous, just wonderful. Love all your snippets and treasures, soooo beautiful! Happiest mad tea party wishes <3, Vanessa

  38. July 12, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    I cannot believe it has been 150 years since that book came out…and the table is amazing…filled with such beauty and whimsy…and I am totally admiring your hubby’s grandmother’s hats…how so wonderful that you have them. There is a surprise element in every inch of that table…How wonderful that you were able to use your family’s heirlooms to set a most remarkable table. My smile is bigger than the Cheshire Cat’s!!

  39. July 13, 2015 at 12:11 am

    Fabulous!! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit, your party was delightful!
    Thank you for being a most gracious hostess, my Dear!

  40. July 13, 2015 at 3:32 am

    Very Nice. It was delightful.

  41. July 13, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    I love this party! Making use of treasures and sharing them with others is a wonderful way to have a party. Thank you so much for sharing!

  42. July 13, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Though I am a bit late, I thoroughly enjoy the party. What fun to see beautiful tea cups and accessories.

  43. Martha
    July 14, 2015 at 11:56 am

    So clever! Love your imaginative twists. I also love the vintage Alice in Wonderland pictures.

  44. July 14, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I love tea parties, and theme tea parties in particular. Some friends and I have decided to reread The Secret Garden and then have our own themed party. As added fun, we learned that there is also a Secret Garden Cookbook, so I cannot wait to get my hands on that. I love your posting here, as usual, always inspiring.

  45. July 14, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    So enjoyed this party. My mouth is watering for your lovely treats. The berries look so scrumptious! You must have had lots of fun trying to decide what to include and how to arrange it. Your table is lovely.
    The kettle’s still on over at my party if you care to come by.

  46. July 15, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    charming to revisit and great for your newcomers to relive the magic!

  47. Bev
    July 16, 2015 at 9:43 am

    What a super idea! Love all the detail…lovely table.

  48. July 17, 2015 at 11:32 am

    An absolutely whimsical tea party! Love all the eye candy, it’s all delicious, charming, and all very wonderful! Thank you for the cup of tea, I had a lovely time! Wishing you a magical weekend!

  49. July 18, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Yesterday I read Alice in Wonderland to the kids. I should have been clever enough to think of a Mad Hatters tea party afterward. As always your presentations are spot on.

  50. July 19, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Beautifully done, I really enjoyed seeing it all! Thanks for sharing!

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