If you feel like there’s a national day for just about everything, you’d be pretty much right. In October alone, there are days like National Get Funky Day, National Orange Wine Day, National Fluffernutter Day, National Moldy Cheese Day, National Grouch Day, National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day (we can def get behind that!), National Black Cat Day (makes sense), National Hermit Day (we all understand that one now) and National No Bra Day (all the females working from home get that one, too). But one day that we can really sink our teath into is National Mad Hatter Day on October 6.
The Mad Hatter is, of course, one of the main characters from Lewis Carroll’s 1865 story Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The Hatter is a whimsical character drawn by the book’s illustrator Sir John Tenniel as wearing a tall top hat with “10/6” written on it, which refers to the cost of a hat in those days-- 10 shilling and 6 pence. Thus 10/6 is the perfect day to celebrate National Mad Hatter Day.
A few Mad Hatter tidbits:
You can understand why we are all for never-ending tea parties, of course. National Mad Hatter day is generally celebrated by the wearing of outrageous hats, throwing fun, Alice-themed tea parties and just general madcap silliness! If you haven’t any idea why a raven is like a writing desk, enjoy saying things that are vexing and maddening to your guests, wish with all your heart to wear outlandish headgear and can’t get enough of tea, we invite you to celebrate National Mad Hatter day with us.
For starters, we’ve put together a pairing of our existing Harney teas with some of the main Alice characters:
Your Alice-themed teas in hand, throw together a tea party that is festive and anything but refined. While all that is mentioned about the Mad Hatter’s tea party is tea and bread and butter (along with no wine, even though it was offered), here are some ideas inspired by the story and its characters:
Whatever you drink or eat or wear, raise a cuppa to a reason to be silly and childlike again! Happy National Mad Hatter Day!
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