Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Mad Hatter Was Here...


Here we see Lewis Carroll as he imagines some of the characters in his new story....

Alice meets the Mad Hatter, March Hare, and two darling doormice.

The Cheshire Cat wasn't all there...




I had to take a few pictures the next morning when the light was nice. It was such a fun party! Friends, family, and neighbors joined us, and many of them had gotten into the spirit and dressed to match the theme.
We ate pumpkin soup, homemade bread and homemade crackers; a variety of cheeses including brie, gouda, white farm cheddar, and my own goat cheese with raspberries and black grapes; cupcakes of course and cookies printed with instructions for Alice; Gramie's traditional homemade donuts; Jill's favorite winter squash dip; October Ale (a mix of spiced apple cider and ginger ale) and our own made from scratch rootbeer.
The setting was so magical with paper lanterns, thrifted tea pots on all the tables (filled with dry ice and warm water for effect!) and all set out under our big pine trees.


Here are some details of the Alice dress I made for Lucy. I finally found a purpose for the antique apron I found 15 years ago!



Every year we put up our "Family Graveyard" for Halloween. I had to laugh when I was able to snap this picture of one of our black cats walking through.


I have to say a little about the Mad Hatter costume. It was AMAZING!!! Jill found the purple velvet Ralph Lauren suit at Savers (thrift store) for $15, added a crazy purple and gold silk tie which she tied into a very fancy knot, my old silk shirt, some awesome shoes also from the thrift store, and of course, the HAT, made by Lucy. She also wore a little silver thimble and had a giant needle threaded with silk ribbon in her coat pocket. She was a most elegant Mad Hatter!
Thank you to everyone who came and helped make our party so fun! It was a truly enchanting evening!

9 comments:

Sallybee said...

Enchanting and magical to say the least!! The picture of the black cat in the graveyard is hilarious.

Linda said...

Oh my! What an amazing party Beth, truly magical and wonderous! The costumes were outstanding and the carved pumpkins, words cannot describe, just lovely...

Such a fantastic celebration, thanks for sharing, oh and I forgot to mention the Alice dress... Wow, you are very creative and talented :)

Warmly

Linda

Hanne said...

I really want to come next year!!!
Are you going to post the recipes?

curegirl0421 said...

Great hat!!

Tammy said...

This is just unbelievable amazing!!!

suzanne said...

Oh dear Beth this is truly magical. To create a moment like this takes such talent so hats off to you! Oh I would have loved to have joined in...I especailly would have loved the preparations.

A wonderful day to you beth
Warm regards
Suzanne

Nicole said...

Wow, Beth! What an incredible party! Your photos and descriptions are lovely, what fun you must all have had! And cheese from your own goats!? Perfect! : )

Melinda Cornish said...

It looks like a whole lot of fun!

Between Hitching Posts said...

How was that lovely hat made? - if you don't mind me asking.
We are having a Mad Hatter Tea Party for my daughter's birthday in March ( just in time for the new movie release)! I would love to make a hat like this one.