An Alice in Wonderland, Mad Hatter’s tea party is a mad fun theme for an event for grown-ups too. A Mad Hatter Tea Party is a perfect celebration theme for a bridal shower, baby shower or birthday party. Your party can be hosted indoors or outdoors.
This theme really allows you to step into a fantasy world of upside down and back to front. Your guests will feel like they have fallen down the rabbit hole into a place of madness and enjoyment.
Get inspired by the classic tale of Alice falling down the rabbit hole and finding herself in a world of nonsense meeting the Cheshire Cat, the famous White Rabbit, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum and of course the Queen of Hearts.
The Mad Hatter’s tea party combines fantasy with fabulousness and we have put together a ton of great suggestions for decorations and dishes to delight and thrill your guests.
Let your inner madness out when creating this nonsensical themed tea party.
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 great party starts with the perfect invitation. This is your chance to get your guests on board with your theme, so get creative with Alice Themed fantasy invitations featuring mad hats, teacups, clocks and/or keys.
These antique style keys invite your guests to join the madness and follow you down the rabbit hole!
Or go for a classic royal type invitation like this one with a pretty lavender bow and lace cover:
How to write your invitations
This theme lets you go over the top with the magic of your invitation words. We love these ideas:
Welcome to Wonderland we are all mad here.
Join us for a spot of tea at a Mad Hatter’s tea party
Don’t be late for a very important date. Please join us down the rabbit hole for (name).
How lovely it would be if you would join us for tea.
Mad is the dress code! Mad Hats, fun dresses and over the top accessories – See our post on the best hats for a Mad Hatter’s party
As the host, you can be as extravagant as you wish with this theme. Perhaps you want to be the Queen of Hearts or a colorful version of Alice like this outfit:
Setting The Scene
Vintage shabby chic table settings make the perfect base for creating a tea party in wonderland. (Check our post on how to host a Shabby Chic tea party for more ideas.)
For a Mad Hatter theme, you can use all the colors of the rainbow. Lay tables with mismatched teacups, plates and serving dishes. The tables can be layered with colourful table cloths, lace and tulle.
Go bold with colours, pinks, turquoise, reds and of course black and white checkers. We love this pink tulle table skirt and think it makes the perfect base for a crazy-fun tea party!
Add to the table silver cutlery, candles, flowers and essential wonderland items such as clocks, vintage keys, hearts and playing cards. The White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland always carried a pocket watch so clocks are a great addition when setting the theme. Use them everywhere. This melting clock looks amazing dripping off the table or hanging in a tree if your party location is outdoors.
Wonderland was a confusing place for Alice to visit, with strange signs that made no sense. Use this idea also in your decorations. Hang signs around the room or garden to add to the nonsensical madness – eat me, eat me, this way, that way, up here, down there, over there,
Another great idea for the decorations is to stack vintage teacups into towers and fill with flowers and hearts to make interesting centrepieces.
Sting pastel coloured balloons and bunting around the room or garden. If your party is outdoors, include pretty parasols in the decorations.
Large top hats and Queen of heart cards can be placed along the tables to add to the atmosphere.
Use old hard cover books covered in bright coloured paper to add height interest to decorations and serving plates along the table. With this theme you cannot have too much. It is a cluttered, crazy looking theme that will delight your guests when they arrive dressed in their mad hats and costumes also.
At each place, sit a pretty vintage plate and place a mismatched pretty vintage teacup on the top of it. You can add a themed name card welcoming the guest to wonderland.
Add a dainty silver teaspoon and other cutlery to the place setting.
Have a cut glass drinking glass to the side of the place setting and a wine glass if a wine will be served.
Serving the Food
Use tiered plates to fill the table with delightful treats and mouth-watering sandwiches.
Pretty cupcakes can be placed in individual teacups and stacked up on the table to tempt your guests.
Large glass jars of bright coloured juices and water add to the theme. Use cuts glass decanters with large labels ‘drink me’. Add mismatched teapots to the table with a wide selection of teas. Don’t forget to also add pretty glass or bone china milk jugs. Bowls of sugar cubes and slices of lemon should also be added to the table.
Savory food selections:
Cut raw vegetable sticks labelled ‘Rabbit Food’
Classic high tea sandwiches cut into diamond, heart, clubs and spade shapes
-cucumber and cream cheese
– tuna and chives
– ham and mustard
– sun dried tomato and cream cheese
– cheese and tomato
Pretty cup cakes with brightly coloured buttercream icing
Heart shaped jam tarts
Macaroons in pastel colors
Iced cookies in the shape of clocks
Chocolate coated strawberries
Oreos dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with pink sugar
Sponge cake with layers of strawberries and cream dusted with powdered sugar.
Cookies shaped like teacups, clocks and keys
Alice in Wonderland themed cupcake toppers
Mad Hatters Iced Tea
Hot chocolate bar
Extra Fun Items:
Tea party themed party favors: