Down the rabbit hole to a truly mad tea party

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Croquet ready at a Mad Hatters Tea Party

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Sugarpuff remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the mum: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Sugarpuff.
“You must be,” said the mum, “or you couldn’t be related to us.”

OK, so I may have taken a little licence with Lewis’ original here but you get the gist… we’re all fairly certifiably nuts at Casa Eats World. Which is hardly news. But what you may not know is that we’re not always travelling or stuffing our faces! Sometimes we’re tumbling down rabbit holes in search of crazy adventures. Though you can pretty much guarantee we’ll always stop for a snack.

Chief nutter and tea party connoisseur, Sugarpuff, has turned five and to celebrate in salubrious style she decided on a decadent tea party sprinkled with a hefty dose of insanity. Inspired by Alice and her whacky adventures in Wonderland, her “easy peasy” requests included games in a giant garden (we live in a flat), a ten-metre tall cake, the presence of a talking cat and magical tea party food that could make her new school friends change sizes and shapes.

I found myself wondering if acid flashbacks can actually skip a generation? And if the parents of said school friends would be upset about my daughter’s desire to drug and experiment on their children? Figuring the answer to both questions was a fairly definitive yes, I sat her down to negotiate.

After much debate and a few mighty harrumphs, she eventually acquiesced to kiddy croquet in a local park, a tallish cake, the presence of some cool cats in the form of her much adored former pre-school teachers and cousin, and some pretty but non-toxic party food that wouldn’t have her mother arrested and imprisoned for narcotic distribution or child abuse.

COusins celebrate their birthday

While Alice may have believed in as many as six impossible things before breakfast, generally I only believe in one… sleeping in past 6.30am with two small children in the house. But on the morning of her party I’m up way before that as I have at least six impossible tasks to perform before breakfast to get this mad tea party on the road, not least of which will be getting the birthday girl to make a decision on what to wear. After a dozen outfit changes, and more than a little flouncing, I could care less if she wore a gorilla suit with a pair of six-inch heels, but I digress.

There are 8,785 perfect little crustless tea-party sanctioned sandwiches to make, a platter ful of vegetables to julienne, fancy fruit to rinse and slice, guacamole to throw together, cream to whip, and a towering cake from hell to finish.

Mad Hatters Tea Party Birthday

Then I need to find time to comb my unkempt locks and have a shower so I don’t turn up to the party looking, and smelling, like the love child of the Mad Hatter and the white rabbit.

Before the guests descend we decorate our favourite tree in our favourite green park with ribbons, bunting and blooms. Then we put up signs so people can find our mad tea party… like the streamers, high tea platters and raving loons running about the park aren’t give away enough.

It's a sign. A sign they're mad

And as for mad, we don’t need any magic potions. We simply load the kids up on sugar and the madness and mayhem follow as if by magic.

A magical day for our little Mad hatter

The children dine on the aforementioned sambos and pretty home made cakes.

Drizzle cakes for a mad hatters tea party

They gobble little clock cookies (recipe below) and scrumptious scones piled high with jam and cream.

Tic Toc Mad Hatters Tea Party Cookies

And they devour the glistening piles of jewel-hued fruit. Someone even eats a whole vegetable crudité. Though that may have been a parent.

Raspberry rampage

The kids play a round of Wonderlandesque croquet before the boys take off with the mallets, and what appears to be the intention of beating each other to death, while the girls run wildly amok.

The kid sloved the croquet set at Sugarpuff's Mad hatters Tea Party

There is more wanton violence when the piñata arrives.

Piñata time

Trees are climbed and merry made and then it is time for the cake. As over the top, tall and mad as a small eccentric nutter could desire.

Mad hatters tea party crazy cake

Only this year she announces to her gathered friends and their gobsmacked parents that she loves it because, unlike last year’s effort, this one doesn’t look at all like a chocolate vagina. Phew.

Crazy colourful cake for a tea party

Lunging down the rabbit hole with Essentially Jess for #IBOT

24 Comments on Down the rabbit hole to a truly mad tea party

  1. Kate
    March 22, 2016 at 11:56 pm (8 years ago)

    Stunning cake and the biscuits are just gorgeous!

      March 23, 2016 at 8:06 am (8 years ago)

      Thanks Kate! I just wish I’d got a few better pics of the cake before it was devoured

  2. Lorraine @Not Quite Nigella
    March 23, 2016 at 11:44 am (8 years ago)

    A very cute birthday for Miss Sugarpuff!! I hope she had a great time-how could you not with all of that colourful fun!! 😀

      March 23, 2016 at 2:09 pm (8 years ago)

      She had a blast. It was right up her crazy alley.

      March 23, 2016 at 2:09 pm (8 years ago)

      Thanks Christine. It was lots of fun 🙂

  3. Jacquie
    March 23, 2016 at 3:09 pm (8 years ago)

    What a great party! Love all the details you have related to the story. And the food looks amazing – yum!

      March 23, 2016 at 7:01 pm (8 years ago)

      Thanks Jacquie, the birthday girl had a blast. 🙂

  4. Em @ Have A Laugh On Me
    March 23, 2016 at 8:55 pm (8 years ago)

    Stunning Aleney and wishing your gorgeous girl a fabulous 5th birthday – LOVE the cake….

      March 26, 2016 at 11:18 am (8 years ago)

      Thanks Em, she had a great time 🙂

  5. Amy @ HandbagMafia
    March 25, 2016 at 9:52 am (8 years ago)

    Gah! Too adorable- great work aleyney- she’ll love looking back on that party!

      March 26, 2016 at 11:19 am (8 years ago)

      I hope so! I was just happy she didn’t think her cake looked like a chocolate vagina this time 😉

  6. Renee Wilson
    March 25, 2016 at 4:38 pm (8 years ago)

    Oh my Gosh! This looks amazing!!!! I love everything, especially that cake!

      March 26, 2016 at 11:20 am (8 years ago)

      IT was pretty yummy! ANd lots of fun to make.

      March 26, 2016 at 11:19 am (8 years ago)

      Thanks Ingrid. It was a lot of fun

  7. Kirsty @ My Home Truths
    March 25, 2016 at 9:48 pm (8 years ago)

    A chocolate vagina! Hahaha – I can only imagine the gobsmacked reactions to that!!!!!

      March 26, 2016 at 11:20 am (8 years ago)

      It seems to be her party trick Kirsty. And yes, there were some seriously dumbstruck parents.

      March 27, 2016 at 8:48 am (8 years ago)

      It was stacks of fun. 🙂

  8. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    March 27, 2016 at 6:54 am (8 years ago)

    Oh wow. This is sensational! Seriously …
    That cake!
    And croquet … that’s the money shot right there … croquet …

      March 27, 2016 at 8:49 am (8 years ago)

      If only we could have found flamingo mallets and a hedgehog ball 😉

  9. Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    March 27, 2016 at 9:49 pm (8 years ago)

    This looks brilliant! Well done with the cake. I think I might adapt your cookie recipe for spiderman cookies on the weekend. I have to get my party planner on during the week.

  10. Maxabella
    April 13, 2016 at 1:17 pm (8 years ago)

    I love this party, Aleney. My big girl is mad for Alice and I think she wants an Alice party at the end of the year. I’ll be pinning, just in case!! x


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Hey, I’m Aleney! A mum, award-winning travel writer, magazine editor and gallivanting glutton. He’s Raff, the “boy” in boyeatsworld, and a fearless foodie, adventurer and eco-warrior. Along with his all-singing, all-dancing, all-adventurous sister, Sugarpuff, we’re exploring the world’s colour, culture and cuisine on a food safari for the junior set.

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