Why is a raven like a writing desk, anyway? “Because they both have quills, of course!” Mad Hatter Day (10/6) is the perfect time to celebrate all things topsy-turvy in honor of the show-stealer from Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland. Tumble down the rabbit hole to throw your own twisted tea party with everything from sparkly teas to tempting cookies. Check out the easy recipes below to get inspired.
The Wonderland Tart
We love this Alice-inspired tart from The Piebrary—with a cookie crust, a rose-infused custard filling and fresh raspberries studded throughout, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser. The red and white color scheme pays homage to the infamous Queen of Hearts. To grab the recipe, click here.
Alice's Earl Gray Tea Cakes
Make these cute cakes from Olivia’s Cuisine as a centerpiece for your very own mad tea party. These Earl Grey-infused treats will be an extra special afternoon snack. Topped off with fruit jam or butter, they’re also the perfect accompaniment for a cup of tea or coffee. Click here to get the recipe.
Queen of Tomato Tarts
In homage to the Queen herself, top off your mad hatter tea with these tarts from Winos and Foodies. They’re surprisingly easy to pull off with the help of puff pastry and heart-shaped cookie cutters. Click here to snag the recipe.
"Eat Me" Cookies
Take a cue from Diamonds for Dessert and make these cookies inspired by Alice’s tempting “eat me” treats. A touch of food coloring turns the dough pretty pastel pink and orange. Let your little chefs help out in decorating the cookies with colorful icing and sprinkles. To get the recipe, click here.
Jasmine Ginger Iced Green Tea
Of course, not all kids are crazy about hot tea. Keep everyone happy by mixing up this sparkling green tea from Kingfield Kitchen. With fresh lime and strawberries, it’s the perfect cool drink for any celebration, Mad Hatter Day included. To get the recipe, click here.
Cucumber Goat Cheese Sandwiches
No afternoon tea is complete without tea sandwiches, and this version from Framed Cooks is adorable (and kid-approved!). Goat cheese, thinly sliced cucumbers and soft bread are all it takes to whip these up, and we love the idea of cutting them into stars with cookie cutters. Get the recipe by clicking here.
— Susie Foresman