As a kid, I loved reading Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass. At the time I didn’t know it was a political satire but I loved reading the story and looking at the pretty Victorian illustrations. It helped too that Disney’s Alice in Wonderland was one of the first movies I ever saw and become one of my favorite Disney movies.
Of course one of the best-known chapters is the tea party scene with Alice, the Hatter, March Hare and Dormouse. It’s pure silliness with unanswerable riddles (“Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”) and ditties like this:
“Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder what you’re at!
Up above the world you fly,
Like a tea-tray in the sky.
So what if I were to host my own Mad Hatter-themed tea party, minus the nonsense and musical chairs? Where to begin?
Curiouser and Curiouser
If there’s time, I would start collecting mis-matched teacups and saucers from garage sales and flea markets. But, if timing is an issue, there is a treasure trove of handmade or vintage items you can find on Etsy, from invitations to tea sets.
Since this is grown-up tea party, I’d also serve a festive libation along with tea. How about a Tea Tini? For the iced tea, I’d steep a flavored tea, like red zinger and chill in the fridge before serving the drinks
from About.com Cocktails
- 1 3/4 oz vodka
- 1 oz sweet iced tea –
- 1/4 oz fresh lemon juice
- lemon wedge for garnish
- Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass rimmed with sugar.
Garnish with the lemon wedge.
When it comes to tea parties, the first thing that comes to mind after tea, is little tea sandwiches!
From Sandra Lee on Food Network
- 24 bread slices (recommended: white, rye, whole grain,pumpernickel, or a combination)
- 1 cup guacamole
- 2 cooked chicken breasts, thinly sliced
- 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons chopped chives
- 1/2 English cucumber, sliced into thin rounds
- 1/4 cantaloupe, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced
- 1/4 pound thinly sliced prosciutto
- Special Equipment: 3-inch round cookie cutter
Using a round cookie cutter, cut out the center of the bread, removing the crusts.
Guacamole Chicken Tea Sandwiches:
Take a piece of the bread and, using a butter knife, spread 1 side of it with guacamole. Spread 1 side of another piece of bread with mayonnaise. Top guacamole with chicken and then the mayonnaise-smeared bread.
Chive Cream Cheese and Cucumber Tea Sandwiches:
Mix chives into the softened cream cheese. Spread 1 side of 1 slice of bread with the chive cream cheese. Top with a few slices of cucumber and then with another slice of bread.
Prosciutto Melon Tea Sandwiches:
Place prosciutto on 1 slice of bread. Top with some melon and another slice of bread.
Some sweet ideas:
And that, my friends, are just a couple of ideas for your Mad Hatter Tea Party. So what are you waiting for? Don’t be late – you have a very important date!
P.S – You should pop over to Black Cat Original’s blog. She’s hosting this High Tea Linky Party.