Mad Hatter Tea Party

This Mad Hatter Tea Party was originally hosted by Donna over at Party Wishes.

Ok, let’s talk TEA CUPS! Those large tea cups are the PERFECT addition to this theme. I’m totally in love with them. All the bright fun details of this party really capture the spirit of this classic tea party from Alice in Wonderland. Then there is the croquet set. Again…AMAZING! This party screams the theme from beginning to end!

Have a look, leave a comment, and then hop on over to Donna’s Blog to see what else she’s got going on!

Enjoy Donna’s Mad Hatter Tea party…..


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On Saturday, I hosted my first Mad Hatter Tea Party. The week prior to the party, I was painting all day, everyday, trying to get ready. I was covered head to toe in paint!

This topiary sat next to the front door with a can of paint and used paintbrush left behind by one of the cards while trying to cover up his gardening mistake.

I cut the 4′ tall croquet wickets out of 1/4″ plywood and painted both sides. They are supported by 1X1″ pieces of wood with rebar drilled into the bottoms.

The giant stacked tea cups took MANY hours of painting. I would even bring them to swim practice. They drew quite the crowd!

I also brought a giant chess set for kids or adults who wanted a little quiet time.

The hedgehog balls are madeout of 4″ styrofoam balls. I ripped up paper grocery bags and used Mod Podge to apply them. Each ball took about 1/2 an hour…I made 16 of them. Luckily, my friends Sandy and Marina helped me with them.

The mallets were 2′ stuffed flamingos.

My client, Tammy, had a perfect backyard for this party. We hung paper lanterns from her pergola as well as giant butterflies.

For the table, I had another stack of giant tea cups as the centerpiece. It was filled with flowers, fiddleheads and butterflies.

The placesettings consisted of plastic pink chargers, black ceramic plates with white polk dots, giant metal flower and ribbon napkin rings with chartruse napkins and black and white Cheshire cat mugs. The place card holders were butterflies in pots and I made the name cards on the computer.

It was such a wonderful party and Tammy said that I would be her party planner for life.

That is the best compliment EVER!


I’ve had a lot if inquiries about the tea cups. I got them in downtown Los Angeles at the Flower Mart. They are pretty lightweight and I think they are some sort of fiberglass.

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