Special Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at the Dorchester this week

All week long, the Promenade at the Dorchester (in London’s Mayfair on Park Lane) has been transformed into the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, with help from the English National Ballet‘s young dancers. If you’re in old Lud’s town, there’s still time to catch it this weekend. Author Jenny Woolf says she “thinks the costumes probably come from the Frederick Ashton version of Alice in Wonderland.” It’s apparently an annual event. From the press release:

The Dorchester’s award-winning afternoon tea will be served with pirouettes, pliés and petit sautés as dancers from English National Ballet dressed as some of the favourite characters from Alice in Wonderland will be found among the specially created decorations and flower displays. Children can look out for favourite characters including the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Dormouse and Alice herself.

Accompanying adults will be able to sink back and enjoy the entertainment with a glass of champagne, delicious savoury finger sandwiches, homemade scones and a selection of indulgent cakes and pastries.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party will be served on The Promenade at The Dorchester from 26 October to 1 November 2009 at two sittings, 2.15pm and 4.45pm, and is priced at £47.50 per adult including a glass of Champagne and £30.00 per child. (Prices are inclusive of VAT and exclusive of service charge at 12.5%) For every Mad Hatter’s Tea that is ordered £1 will be donated to Cancer Research UK.

Fun Halloween Things

Online gift store The Afternoon carries the intriguing “Haunted Tea Party” tableware line: an appetizer/dessert plate that feature the Hatter, March Hare, and Alice in a witch’s hat at a midnight tea table set with pumpkin teapots; plates that say “Eat Me” and mugs that say “Drink Me” (of course); a punch bowl shaped like a giant tea cup (check out the ladle!); matching napkins; and a rather bizarre caterpillar bowl holder.

Even after much Googling, I can’t figure out what company has created this line, but no matter. What I did find is that another online retailer, Flag and Banner.com, has a matching banner! (Scroll about three-quarters of the way down the page.)

Minnie Maria Mad Tea Party

Minnie Maria (see previous post Rackham Alice Miniatures) has come up with a new batch of minatures: the entire Mad Tea Party.

A Doll’s Tea Party

Sponsored by Los Angeles doll shop The Valley of the Dolls, the Mad Tea Party takes place at Royal/T Cafe this Saturday, March 21. Click on the invitation above for further details.

Tea Party Vase

If you want to add a bit of madness to your next tea party, you can’t go far wrong with this stackable tea cup vase. The cups can be taken apart and stacked in different ways – I’ll let those who purchase it figure out how the trick is done. To my mind, the white cups call out for some china-painting personalization…