Real Party: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

With the world’s eyes fixed on London and all of the Royal Wedding talk, I thought this party would be fitting for today.  This adorable tea party was created by Daria Bishop, a talented Vermont photographer, for her daughter’s 12th birthday.  This party has it all… cheerful colors, whimsical details, mad hats and amazing cupcakes.  Oh, and tea of course!  Inspired by an inherited tea set, this Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is perfectly charming.
Mad Hatter's Tea Party

A few thoughts from Daria about this lovely tea party:

“A seed was planted to have a tea party years ago when my dearly beloved Grandma Lois passed away and I inherited a set of nine lovely tea cups with matching saucers.  Summer was just a baby at the time of her passing, but I thought it would be perfect to one day have some of her little friends over for tea and finger sandwiches.  Well, the years flew by and suddenly Summer was turning twelve!!   One afternoon a couple of months ago, I took the kids to see the movie Alice in Wonderland and we loved it!  It was during the movie that I was inspired to finally have that tea party.”

Mad Hatter Tea Party

Mad Hatter Tea Party

Cupcake details from Daria:

“Marion Peer of Vermont Sweet Tooth in Stowe made the cupcakes which were unbelievably beautiful!!  Each and every one was a work of art.  They were almost too gorgeous to eat and they were delicious as well!”

Mad Hatter Tea Party

Party activity details from Daria:

“The girls were given a hat to decorate for the party.  Andy created an Alice in Wonderland themed scavenger hunt for the grand finale.  The goody bags included a tea cup, a coaster and a box of tea.  Appropriate for the occasion.”

Mad Hatter Tea Party

A few last thoughts from Daria:

“It was such a pleasure planning this party for Summer and her friends and such a joy seeing it come together.  I know my Grandma Lois would have been thrilled that her tea cups were so adored and appreciated!!”

Special thanks to Daria for sharing this lovely Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with us.  You can read more about this party HERE on her blog.  Be sure to check out more of her amazing photography while you’re there!

Vendors & Credits:
Party Planning & Photography: Daria Bishop
Cupcakes: Vermont Sweet Tooth
Party Planning Assistance: Alison Bucholz-Ellis of Floral Artistry

Carrie Sellman , Founder & Editor

Carrie Sellman is the Founder & Editor of The Cake Blog. Her work has been published in BRIDES Magazine, Country Living Magazine and featured online at People, Today, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, Real Simple, TLC, The Cooking Channel and more.


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    This is my kinda party!! I love the paper flowers, I have them in my house all over the place. And the CUPCAKES? I don’t even know what to say…except I have to make those :) Thank you for the great inspiration!
    Jenny @ Momma’s Cakes
    Salem, OR


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