Mad Hatter Day celebrates the Mad Hatter, from Alice In Wonderland. The original picture of the Mad Hatter by John Tenniel in Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (more commonly known as Alice In Wonderland, by Lewis Caroll) always depicts him wearing a hat, bearing the note “In This Style 10/6”. Although we know this is really an order from the time the picture was drawn to mean a hat in that style cost 10 Shillings and Sixpence, we take this as inspiration to act in the style of the Mad Hatter on 10/6 (In the UK this would point to the tenth of June, but as the day was founded in America it is the 6th of October).Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder what you’re at!
Up above the world you fly,
Like a tea tray in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder what you’re at!
How to Celebrate?
- Read Alice in Wonderland.
- Watch the movies based on the novel.
- Wear a hat the whole day.
- Host an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party.
Did You Know…
…that even though this holiday is called Mad Hatter Day and that the Hatter is also popularly known as the Mad Hatter, Lewis Carol never refers to the character as the Mad Hatter?
Are you planning your very own Mad Tea Party with your friends
- Have your invitations come from the Fish-Footman, addressed to `For the Duchess. An invitation from the Queen to play croquet.’
- Tell your guests not to be late for a very important date, like the White Rabbit
- Ask them to meet you in Wonderland
- Use some famous quotes from the books, like “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here (…)” for directions, and “Where shall I begin, please your Majesty (…)” for the start of the invitation
- Put a teabag, playing cards, or other stuff together with the invitation into the envelope
- Shape your invitations like a playing card, tea bag, teapot or tea cup. Or make a top hat, and replace the 10/6 card with a card containing the party details.
- Set up a long table, covered with all different kinds of teapots, mismatched teacups and saucers, chandeliers, etc. Combine normal sized teacups with some huge ones (like a flower planter), and some tiny ones as well (like a dollhouse sized tea set). Use a colorful tablecloth. Have an assortment of ‘odd’ chairs around the table, so that people have to sit at different heights. Place a large armchair at the head of the table, for the main guest.
- Put up several colorful patio umbrellas or beach umbrellas. Decorate them with dots on the outside and/or pieces of crepe paper / cloth on the inside, so they resemble mushrooms. Set them on different heights and tilt some of them.
- Hang colorful paper lanterns on the ceiling or on strings you tie between trees and bushes.
- Hide a plush animal representing the Dormouse in one of the teapots.
- Scatter Alice in Wonderland related items across the table, like little golden keys and keyholes
- Decorate your door so it represents the rabbit hole, or a looking glass, where people have to go through to enter the party. Or use a play tunnel.
- You could also decorate your door, or just the doorknob, to look like the door in Disney’s cartoon movie.
- Hang up signs with ‘this way’, ‘that way’, ‘up’, ‘down’, etc. painted on them, like in Disney’s Tulgey wood.
- Put some clocks in the room that are stopped at tea-time.
- Decorate the walls with playing cards (normal size or really huge cards from cardboard), and the floor with a chessboard-like pattern. Scatter around some (giant) chess pieces.
- Hang a branch to the ceiling with a Cheshire Cat plush (or just it’s grin) in it.
- Use lawn flamingos
- If you have a fireplace, put a large mirror on the mantelpiece. Or attach one to a door so people can actually go through the looking glass. If you don’t have a huge mirror, create one with aluminium foil.
- Make rabbit paw tracks and put them on the floor, leading in various paths through your house and/or garden.
- Stick googly eyes on flowers, door knobs, playing cards, and other items.
- Put up a children’s swimming pool to represent the pool of tears.
- Make vulture heads and paste them on top of some umbrella’s. Hang the opened umbrella’s from the ceiling.
- Add wings to a rocking horse, to create a rocking-horse-fly.
- Make mome raths by taping two pencils of different colors together, and glueing some fluffy fabric or colored feathers on top of them. Then, stick them all into the grass.
- Buy rose bushes at a garden store and decorate them with white and red roses.
- Stuff a big Alice-like doll into a small doll-house.
- Fill vases with flowers from the book, like tiger lilies, daisies, roses, violets, and larkspur.
- Fill vases with white and red roses, and hide one or several brushes with red paint in them.
- Make paper bags shaped like a top hat.
- Give several kinds of tea.
- Fill a bag with Alice in Wonderland themed foods (see below) and attach an ‘Eat me’-label to the bag.
- Buy little bottles, fill them with a nice drink (perhaps some alcoholic drink for adult parties) and paste a ‘Drink me’-label on the bottles.
- Make buttons with Wonderland characters or quotes from the books.
- Give everyone a copy of the book!
- Paint some unboiled eggs to resemble Humpty Dumpty. Form teams. Lay each of the eggs on a spoon – one egg per team. Your guests have to put the other end of the spoon into their mouths, and run to the other side of the field as fast as they can without dropping the egg (and without using their hands to keep it from falling). Then they have to hand over the spoon with the egg to their teammates, who have to run back. Repeat this until all team members have run the course. The team that finishes first without dropping the egg, wins. If you drop the egg and it is still in one piece, you may continue. If the egg breaks, you’re out!
- Have an “I’m late!” potato sack race, in which everyone has to hop to the finish like the White Rabbit.
- Get a hookah and attach a bubble blower to the end (or create one by bending a wire), so you can blow soap bubbles. Who makes the largest?
- Dance the Lobster Quadrille. Everyone has to make up a silly move and teach it to the other. Then, all moves have to be performed in a row.
- Make a Jabberwock piñata and use a (plastic or wooden) sword to beat it. Who slays the Jabberwock and becomes the beamish boy?
- And of course, don’t forget: EVERYBODY has won, and all must have prizes!
Food and drinks
Cream Cheese-Olive Spread
1. Stir together cream cheese, Spanish olives, and 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise. Shape cream cheese mixture into 2 (6-inch) logs; wrap in plastic wrap, and chill at least 30 minutes, or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container up to 2 days.
2. Place pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan.
3. Bake pecans at 350° for 8 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring occasionally. Let cool 30 minutes or until completely cool.
4. Roll cream cheese log in chopped chives and toasted pecans just before serving.
Homemade Chocolate-Dipped Caramels
1. Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a 3-qt. saucepan over medium heat; cook, without stirring, 7 minutes.
2. Stir in condensed milk, and bring to a boil over medium heat; cook, stirring constantly, until a candy thermometer registers 238° to 240° (soft ball stage), about 20 to 25 minutes.
3. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla. Pour into a buttered 8-inch square pan. Let stand at room temperature 8 hours.
4. Invert caramel onto a cutting board; cut into 1-inch squares using a bench scraper or knife.
5. Cook chocolate and shortening in a saucepan over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Toss caramels in chocolate mixture, in batches, until thoroughly coated, using a fork. Transfer to wax paper. Sprinkle with crystallized ginger or coarse sea salt, if desired. Chill 1 hour. Let stand at room temperature 30 to 45 minutes before serving. Store leftovers in refrigerator up to 5 days.
Sweetheart Sugar Cookies
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter, granulated sugar, and vanilla at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add egg, beating until blended.
2. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating just until blended.
3. Divide dough into 2 equal portions; flatten each portion into a disk. Cover and chill 10 minutes.
4. Place 1 dough disk on a heavily floured surface, and roll to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with a 3-inch heart-shaped cutter. Place 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Repeat procedure with remaining dough disk.
5. Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let cool on baking sheets 5 minutes; transfer to wire racks, and let cool completely (about 30 minutes).
6. Whisk together meringue powder and 2 Tbsp. water. Brush cookies with mixture, or dip cookies in mixture, and sprinkle with sanding sugar.
For jumbo cookies: Cut rolled-out dough with a 4 1/2-inch heart-shaped cutter. Bake at 350° for 15 to 17 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Makes: about 1 dozen.
For bite-size cookies: Cut rolled-out dough with a 1-inch heart-shaped cutter. Bake at 350° for 8 to 11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Makes: about 20 dozen.
Peanut Butter Truffles
1. Microwave first 3 ingredients in a medium-size microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30-second intervals. Let cool 10 minutes.
2. Beat chocolate mixture at medium speed with an electric mixer 1 to 2 minutes or until whipped and smooth. Cover and chill 2 hours or until firm.
3. Shape chocolate mixture into 1-inch balls, using a small ice-cream scoop. Roll in chopped peanuts. (If chocolate mixture becomes too soft to shape, refrigerate until firm.) Place on wax paper-lined baking sheets. Chill 1 hour before serving. Store truffles in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 5 days
Grilled Shrimp-Ham Puree 1/4 cup jarred piquillo peppers with 3 tablespoons mayonnaise. Spread on white bread. Sandwich with grilled shrimp and sliced serrano ham. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.
Pesto Chicken Mix 2 teaspoons pesto with 2 tablespoons olive oil; brush on thin baguette rounds. Top with sliced cooked chicken breast and halved grape tomatoes. Drizzle with more pesto oil.
Bresaola-Artichoke Mix 4 tablespoons softened butter and 1/4 cup chopped jarred artichoke hearts; season with salt and pepper. Spread on thin baguette rounds. Top with sliced bresaola and drizzle with olive oil.
Country Pate Spread Dijon mustard on white bread. Layer country pate and chopped cornichons on top. Top with bread spread with butter. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.
Peanut Butter–Bacon Spread peanut butter on white bread. Layer chopped cooked bacon and sliced banana on top. Top with bread; spread with mayonnaise. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.
Roast Beef–Horseradish Spread horseradish cream on rye cocktail bread. Sandwich with sliced cucumber, roast beef and watercress; season with salt and pepper.
California Chicken Cut whole-wheat toast into pieces. Spread with green goddess dressing. Sandwich with sliced smoked chicken, sliced avocado, diced tomato and sprouts; season with salt and pepper.
Salmon Salad Combine 1 cup flaked cooked salmon, 3 tablespoons each mayonnaise, chopped chives and dill, and 1 teaspoon each Dijon mustard and lemon juice. Layer the salmon salad and sliced radishes on pumpernickel bread. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.
Smoked Turkey–Apple Brush the inside of a split baguette with softened butter. Fill with smoked turkey, cheddar cheese and sliced apple, and season with salt and pepper. Slice; top with a dollop of apple jelly.
BLT Mix 1/3 cup each mayonnaise and finely chopped cooked bacon; season with pepper. Spread on toasted white bread. Sandwich with sliced cherry tomatoes and baby greens. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.
BLT Club Make BLT sandwiches (No. 32) but add deli-sliced turkey and make a double-decker sandwich.
Tuna Salad Combine 12 ounces drained canned tuna, 2 tablespoons each minced red onion and chopped niçoise olives, and 1/4 cup olive oil. Drizzle the inside of mini potato rolls with olive oil; fill with the tuna salad and chopped hard-boiled egg. Cut in half.
Green Jasmine-Mint Iced Tea with Lemon
- 1/4 cup loose green jasmine tea, or 12 green jasmine tea bags
- 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, plus more whole sprigs for garnish
- 4 cups simmering water
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1/3 cup honey
- 4 cups cold water
- Steep loose tea (or tea bags) and mint leaves in simmering (not boiling) water for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Strain the tea (or remove tea bags and mint leaves) and pour into a large pitcher. Stir in lemon juice and honey until the honey is dissolved. Add cold water. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. Serve over ice with mint sprigs, if desired.
- Of course you and your guest all dress up as Wonderland characters!
- Have your guests wear top-hats or rabbit ears.
- Grease-paint children as rabbits, or cats, or other Wonderland characters.
- If you need costumes, or ideas to design your own costume, check out these costume ideas or ready-made costumes.
- Soundtracks from movies, like Disney’s animated movie and Tim Burton’s movie
- ‘White Rabbit’ by Jefferson Airplane
- ‘I am the Walrus’ by the Beatles
- ‘Looking Glass’ by Hypnogaja
- ‘Through The Looking Glass’ by Symphony X
- ‘What are you waiting for’ by Gwen Stefany (together with the video clip)
- ‘Don’t come around here no more’ by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (together with the video clip)
- Pogo has created a song from samples from Disney’s cartoon (free download)
- ‘Heads Will Roll’ by YEAH YEAH YEAHS
- ‘Alice In Wonderland’ by Wynter Gordon
- ‘Sunshine’ by Aerosmith (video clip)
- ‘Alice, Alice’ by Victim Effect
- ‘Alice’ by Lisa Mitchell
- ‘Off with your head’ by Mz. Ann Thropik
- ‘Fairytale’ by Omnia
- ‘Jabberwocky’ by Omnia
- ‘The Streets fell into my window’ by The Red Paintings
- ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ by Adam Lambert
- ‘Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum’ by Bob Dylan
- ‘The Walrus and the Carpenter’ and ‘Jabberwocky’, by Donovan
Quotes About Mad Hatter
― Lewis Carroll,
― Lewis Carroll,
Alice: “I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”
― Tim Burton,
― Lewis Carroll
“It isn’t mine,” said the Hatter.
“Stolen!” the King exclaimed, turning to the jury, who instantly made a memorandum of the fact.
“I keep them to sell,” the Hatter added as an explanation; “I’ve none of my own. I’m a hatter.”
― Lewis Carroll,
― Alice Through the Looking Glass
`If you knew Time as well as I do,’ said the Hatter, `you wouldn’t talk about wasting it. It’s him.’
`I don’t know what you mean,’ said Alice.
`Of course you don’t!’ the Hatter said, tossing his head contemptuously. `I dare say you never even spoke to Time!’
`Perhaps not,’ Alice cautiously replied: `but I know I have to beat time when I learn music.’
`Ah! that accounts for it,’ said the Hatter. `He won’t stand beating. Now, if you only kept on good terms with him, he’d do almost anything you liked with the clock. For instance, suppose it were nine o’clock in the morning, just time to begin lessons: you’d only have to whisper a hint to Time, and round goes the clock in a twinkling! Half-past one, time for dinner!”
― Lewis Carroll
― Michael Buckley
― Lewis Carroll,