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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Mad Hatter Tea Party - Part 1

It was my turn to host our monthly ladies social for our neighborhood. Every month, the hostess gets to pick a theme or activity. I chose to have a Mad Hatter Tea Party. (I didn't even realize that "Alice" was coming out this month but it was perfect timing!)

The only requirement for the ladies was to wear a hat. Any hat would do. I wanted to have a few extras on hand just in case some one forgot theirs.

So I brought out my vintage hat boxes, full of vintage hats. Of course I had to have an extra special one for me since I was going to be the Mad Hatter.
I thought this one was a little quirky, but it didn't look as "special" as I wanted.

I thought this one would be funny with all the little dingle balls on it. But, believe it or not, it wasn't as silly as I thought it would be. It was really cute on, but not "mad."
I started looking for a black, top hat at antique store, but the few that I found were $175 and up!! Then a friend and I found a beige hat in one of my favorite stores and it was only $35.00, and then the owner lowered it to $27.00 out the door. Wooo Hoo!

It's all custom/hand made. The photo isn't that great, but those are hand done stitches around the top there. The hat's a little beat up, but I think it just added to the "mad" look.

I didn't want to leave the band black as this looked a little manly to me. So I added a soft pink band and finished it in the back with vintage shabby pink roses.

I didn't remove the black band because I wanted to keep it original. I just hot glued the band to itself and pinned the roses on. It looks way cuter in person than in the sad photo (I was losing sun light fast).

And here are my hats, just before the party. Every one who came did wear a hat except for one gal who picked the blue hat. It's SO cute on! It reminds me of the hats the girls from Pride and Prejudice wore. More on the party on the next post.
Patricia :o)


Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I adore hats! I like having my picture taken in them IF I have to have it taken.
So cute. All of them and the theme you chose WAS perfect. I want to see the movie badly! No one wants to go with me...darn it!
I love the black hat. :) Too cute.

the rusty cupboard said...

How fun??/ hope you had a great time

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

What fun!! I wish I had all my Grandmother's old hats. She loved to wear hats. Glad you had fun. Love & blessings from NC!

GardenofDaisies said...

Your hat party sounds fun! We like to wear silly hats when we got to tea shops. Just adds to the fun, girliness of the whole experience.

Rebecca said...

Thanks for stopping by Patricia! :) Because you let a sweet little comment for little OLD me :), I've entered you into my drawing for the Sachet and Card Set. Whoot Whoot! Somebody is going to win!

I love your hats and that pink rose hat box is 2die4. Love it.


Crystal Rose Cottage said...

How darling and what a cute idea! I love what you did to the top hat without disturbing the original band. Can't wait to see the party pictures!~Patti

Julie said...

Ahem...she said tapping her finger on the desk...and where is that next post with all the neighbors in their hats??? ha ha .. great party idea!

Carolyn said...

Cute idea! I love hats too.


Erin said...

What a fun collection of hats! I wish I could try them all on!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I was going to email you but there is no place to do I will answer your questions here. I hope that's alright. We didn't find much today either. I did find some great hardback novels though, in perfect shape. She was selling 10 for a dollar but I only found 6 that I wanted to read. Mostly biography's. Two brand new Beatrix Potter I was happy about that.
I also bought a cute pitcher for flowers with a bunny on it..and...I got Fitz and Floyd salt and pepper shakers for a dollar. I will probably post them. was a fair day really. There didn't seem to be many out there and the ones we found were not very good.
I love it when I find garden things! I haven't found any for awhile. Be sure and post your things. I wanna see! :)

Rebecca said...

I am crazy over that hat! I love it, what a great find, I have a thing for top hats anyway and I have never seen a linen one.
Your party sounds so fun! And such good timing with the theme.

Pear tree cottage! said...

Looking forward very much to following your blog so added my name to your many friends......hope that is ok!

I will have to direct a blog friend over here in Australia to your blog as she has the same passion as you and has thousands of treasured pieces of embroidered vintage linen. you are like two peas in a pod! lol lol.