With Alice in Wonderland fresh in the theatres and raking in the dough, everyone is ravenous for all things Alice.  In fact, in the past few weeks, I’ve had a highly unusual amount of people ask me how to throw a “mad tea party” (especially usual, being that no on had ever asked me how to throw a “mad tea party” before).

So, after re-reading my childhood copy of the classic tale, I’ve collected several “must-haves” for such an occasion.  Here goes:

Alice serving teaNow that the weather is beginning to cooperate, having the tea party outside is a good idea.  That way, any March Hares that may find their way to the party will be made welcome.  And don’t forget to leave a space for Alice!

Make sure to have lots of fun and games.  Some ideas include a game of musical teacups (the loser is the one who gets the cup of coffee – and has to drink it!), singing songs (i.e. the classic Twinkle, twinkle little bat) or playing cards (the Queen of Hearts is wild, of course).

Since traditional tea food is served at traditional tea parties, forego them for more exotic fare.  Try serving only tea-infused food (I just happen to know a place where you can get lots of recipes).

And, as I’m sure you know, serve nothing but the finest tea.

Finally, as it is a very important date, tea partiers should be urged not to be late.  Try to start the party as close to 6 o’clock as possible (why, you may ask? Because this is when the Mad Hatter’s clock has stopped because he and time were ‘not on good terms’).

I hope there’s a sequel!