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Mad Hatter Tea Party


Mad Hatter Tea Party


The Mad Hatter’s tea party is possibly one of the most famous tea parties of all times. It is for this reason that Decatur Parks & Recreation decided to use the theme for a tea party. This is the second tea party that the department has hosted this year. Girls between the ages of seven and twelve were joined by their mothers and grandmothers for the event. Everyone came in their finest attire. The most prominent piece of everyone’s outfits seemed to be their hats. There were floppy hats, feathered hats, sequined hats and all sorts of other kinds of hats.


After introductions were made, the scene from Lewis Carroll’s book that inspired the entire party; when Alice joined the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Dormouse for tea; was read aloud. There were many of the girls that had never read the book and everyone seemed enthralled with the story. Next, they all received a lesson in tea etiquette. Everything from where to put the napkin to how to hold the tea cup was discussed. The most fun part of the tea party for everyone seemed to be the tea tasting and the food.

Everyone got involved in the Make n’ Take craft. This time the girls and their guests made Queen of Hearts crowns. There were smiles and laughter while the crowns were cut out and tied with ribbon around their heads. The event concluded with pictures and everyone asking when the next tea party would be held.

Decatur Parks & Recreation is inspired to continue to bring programming like this one to the community. There is a great interest in teaching children manners and etiquette. This interest lets the department know that though a tea party might be old fashioned, the surrounding communities are still steeped in traditions like this one. Look for the next tea party to be held in the spring. It will surely be quite a Royal event. 

Suzanne Langdon
Assistant Center Supervisor
Aquadome Recreation Center

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