Happy 200th Birthday to Alice’s Illustrator

Two hundred years ago, on February 28, 1820, John Tenniel was born. He would go on to become knighted for his artistic achievements, chief among them his 50-year-stint as political cartoonist for Punch magazine. According to Alice-in-Wonderland.net, author Lewis Carroll had originally wanted to do his own illustrations for “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” and when he did finally concede to working with a professional illustrator in 1864, was not an easy man to please. Eventually the pair would publish a story with images that are now iconic in the world of afternoon tea. In honor of Sir John’s depictions of a zany tea party whose guest list featured a Mad Hatter, March Hare, Dormouse and Alice herself, we have mined our afternoon tea directories for venues and events across the U.S. that serve tea in Wonderland.

tea party of Alice in Wonderland
“`Take some more tea,’ the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
`I’ve had nothing yet,’ Alice replied in an offended tone, `so I can’t take more.’
`You mean you can’t take less,’ said the Hatter: `it’s very easy to take more than nothing.’
`Nobody asked your opinion,’ said Alice.
`Who’s making personal remarks now?’ the Hatter asked triumphantly.”

Mad Hatter and Alice Tea Parties throughout the U.S.

Below we share pics of fabulously designed tea trays and themed decorations for Wonderland afternoon tea venues and events across the country. This story has certainly inspired folks to be whimsical and creative, which we love at an afternoon tea. In the list below, you’ll note the Mad Hatter is the standout favorite character, which does make sense if you’ve read the book: he was the host of a never-ending teatime…

mad hatter reciting
“…at the great concert given by the Queen of Hearts, and I had to sing
‘Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at!’
You know the song, perhaps?’
`I’ve heard something like it,’ said Alice.
`It goes on, you know,’ the Hatter continued, `in this way:
‘Up above the world you fly, Like a tea-tray in the sky. Twinkle, twinkle–‘
Here the Dormouse shook itself, and began singing in its sleep
`Twinkle, twinkle, twinkle, twinkle–‘
and went on so long that they had to pinch it to make it stop.
`Well, I’d hardly finished the first verse,’ said the Hatter, `when the Queen jumped up and bawled out, ‘He’s murdering the time! Off with his head!’
`How dreadfully savage!’ exclaimed Alice.
`And ever since that,’ the Hatter went on in a mournful tone,
`he [Time] won’t do a thing I ask! It’s always six o’clock now.’
A bright idea came into Alice’s head.
`Is that the reason so many tea-things are put out here?’ she asked.
`Yes, that’s it,’ said the Hatter with a sigh: `it’s always tea-time, and we’ve no time to wash the things between whiles.’
`Then you keep moving round, I suppose?’ said Alice.
`Exactly so,’ said the Hatter: `as the things get used up.’

California

Our amazing guests made such a fantastic effort for this event, we love you all!!

Posted by Shakespeare's Corner Shoppe & Afternoon Tea on Thursday, March 8, 2018

Who upset the Queen of Hearts?

Posted by Shakespeare's Corner Shoppe & Afternoon Tea on Thursday, March 8, 2018

Connecticut

It's going to be a cloudy day today. Come in for a wonderland afternoon tea anytime today and get 10% off.

Posted by Alice in the Village on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

"If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there" – Cheshire Cat

Posted by Alice in the Village on Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Georgia

Louisiana

Massachusetts

Our Foxboro location party information is finally available!!!! (sorry it took us so long to get it ready)To learn more…

Posted by Alice in the Village on Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Michigan

Minnesota

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

Ohio

Oregon

It’s starting To look a bit Mad in Here!

Posted by Clockwork Rose Tea Emporium on Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Texas

Looking through the glass at our wonderful dining room.

Posted by Madhatters Tea House and Cafe on Thursday, November 4, 2010

Virginia

Check Your State’s Afternoon Tea Directory Often

Every month we update all our afternoon tea directories with new tearooms and events as we learn of them, so be sure to check back routinely to see what’s new in the afternoon tea world near you. Could be another mad teatime pops up in your listing!

DestinationTea
Tea Voyageuse, discovering the world of afternoon tea, based in Atlanta, Georgia.

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