How To Host A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

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.

mad hatter's tea party

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. 

Alice in Wonderland Decorations

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!

Vintage Key Invitations

Or go for a classic royal type invitation like this one with a pretty lavender bow and lace cover:

Lavender Bow Invitations

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.

Dress Code

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:

Mad Hatter 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.

Mismatched Tea Sets

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!

Tulle Table Skirt

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.

Melting Clock

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, 

Down The Rabbit Hole Signs

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.

Hang bunting in the garden
Hanging parasols above the table look wonderful

Large top hats and Queen of heart cards can be placed along the tables to add to the atmosphere.

Fantasy Top Hat to add to the table or wear!

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. 

Sweet Cupcake Domes

Place Settings:

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. 

Alice In Wonderland Tea Set

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. 

Going Bonkers Stemless Wine Glasses

Serving the Food

Use tiered plates to fill the table with delightful treats and mouth-watering sandwiches.

Tiered plates

Pretty cupcakes can be placed in individual teacups and stacked up on the table to tempt your guests.

Royal Albert Candy Teacups

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. 

Mini EAT ME Cake Domes

Food Selections

Savory food selections:

Cut raw vegetable sticks labelled ‘Rabbit Food’

Classic high tea sandwiches cut into diamond, heart, clubs and spade shapes

Sandwich Fillings:

-cucumber and cream cheese

– tuna and chives

– ham and mustard

– sun dried tomato and cream cheese

– cheese and tomato

Sweet suggestions:

Pretty cup cakes with brightly coloured buttercream icing

Heart shaped jam tarts

Macaroons in pastel colors

Macaroon Stand

Iced cookies in the shape of clocks

Chocolate coated strawberries

Oreos dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with pink sugar

Chocolate Covered Sandwich Cookies

Sponge cake with layers of strawberries and cream dusted with powdered sugar.

Cookies shaped like teacups, clocks and keys

Freshly baked Flower cookies

Alice in Wonderland themed cupcake toppers

ALICE Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers

Tea Selections:

Mad Hatters Iced Tea

Mad tea party blend tea

Other drinks

Pink lemonade

Pink champagne

Hot chocolate bar

Extra Fun Items:

Tea party themed party favors:

Tea Pot Party Favor Box
Tea Caddy Gifts
Tea Strainers and Loose Leaf Tea
Teacup Gift Sets make a beautiful and thoughtful gift for guests

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