Alice's Very Merry Tea Party--A Fun, Fundraiser Indeed

Posted by  | May 25, 2010  at 1:33 PM  
"There is a place. Like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger! Some say to survive it: You need to be as mad as a hatter."
                                                                                           -The Mad Hatter

Saturday, May 22, the historic McFarland House in Martinsburg, WV, was transformed to a different time and place as guests were invited "down the rabbit hole" for Alice's Very Merry Tea Party. As my guest and I approached McFarland House, we were welcomed by gentlemen in full Edwardian regalia complete with top hats. As we quickly learned, hats in general were a key element in this Tea Party! Upon entering the house, we were eagerly greeted by the Mad Hatter himself who promptly queried as to our missing chapeaus. He insisted that the situation must be remedied, once we were given some "mad money." After receiving our mad money and silent auction number--on a tea bag, no less--the Mad Hatter, helped my friend and find proper toppers. I was fitted with a pale blue number,complete with a netted veil, while my friend was given a lovely pill box with tulle towering from the top. Both hats were lovely vintage numbers that we warned the Hatter we may not want to return!

After being fitted for hats, we proceeded to a parlor where the Hookah Smoking Caterpillar welcomed us, and allowed us to officially enter "Wonderland." As we walked through the sliding doors we were able to peruse the silent auction items, vote on elegant tea cups, and attempt to beat the Queen of Hearts in a game of Flamingo Croquet. After everyone lost to the Queen (who cheated, but don't tell her I said that or she'll be "off with [my] head"), the Cheshire Cat sauntered down the stairs, and serenaded the crowd. This led to a series of skits with the Queen of Hearts "offing" several naughty knaves.
Following the rousing croquet match, it was time for tea! A traditional English tea was served complete with 3 varieties of tea: Earl Gray, Orange Pekoe, and a Rose Tea topped with dried rose petals. Keeping with tradition, there were sandwiches, sweets, and scones with clotted cream and lemon curd on the side. As guests nibbled on the treats and sipped their tea, the cast continued to entertain with appearances by Alice, the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, the White Queen, the Cheshire Cat, the Door Mouse, the March Hare, and of course the Mad Hatter would never miss Tea!

It was a fun, entertaining, and interactive afternoon for guests of all ages. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Ryan Film Institute, and after this show, I eargerly await their future fundraisers!

More pictures from Alice's Very Merry Tea Party after the jump!

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