by Emeric Harney October 01, 2020 3 min read 7 Comments

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:

  • In 1986, a group of computer programmers in Boulder, Colorado were inspired by the original Hatter illustrations to petition for National Mad Hatter Day. It was first recognized as an official holiday in 1988.
  • Lewis Carroll may have been inspired to create a hatter character since he grew up in Manchester, England, where hat-making was the primary industry.
  • The phrase “mad as a hatter” was not used in  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It had its origins in the late 18th and early 19th centuries when haberdasheries used mercury nitrate to cure felt. Over time, the vapors caused the hatters to develop mercury poisoning, which had symptoms similar to madness and led to “mad as a hatter” becoming a colloquialism for a person suffering from insanity.
  • In the story, Alice encounters the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the slumbering Dormouse in the middle of their tea party… one that is perpetually ongoing due to the Mad Hatter’s watch having stopped. And so, the tea party never ends!

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:

  • Macarons in festive colors
  • Shortbread cookies with “Eat Me!” written in icing
  • Teacup-shaped sugar cookies with “Drink Me” written in icing
  • Tophat-shaped sugar cookies with “10/6” written in icing
  • Queen of Hearts bright red strawberries with the tops cut off
  • Caterpillar-inspired  Matcha muffins
  • Bread and the best butter (keep away from watches!)
  • Cucumber sandwiches
  • Tea sandwiches
  • King of Hearts  Mushroom Tarts
  • Assorted nuts!

Whatever you drink or eat or wear, raise a cuppa to a reason to be silly and childlike again! Happy National Mad Hatter Day!

Emeric Harney
Emeric Harney


7 Responses

Gabriela Griffith
Gabriela Griffith

October 26, 2020

Lovely article and ideas. Definitely a tea lover’s day.Thanks!

Deborah DeMint
Deborah DeMint

October 15, 2020

We kove black tea! Will you have bottled black iced tea back? Or teabags so that we can make our own? Thank you

Karen Grimaldi
Karen Grimaldi

October 15, 2020

Love this! So creative & fun – Happy Mad Hatter Day!!

Laura
Laura

October 15, 2020

Brilliant ideas! Thank you for sharing. This would be a wonderful tea party birthday for any age. So fun. I just ordered most of the teas you recommended, except the Ceylon silver tips—I will need to save up for that one.

Sharon Gaydos
Sharon Gaydos

October 15, 2020

Love It! Love It! Love It!

Terri Klingelhoefer
Terri Klingelhoefer

October 15, 2020

Very appropriate day to share my birthday.

PATRICIA
PATRICIA

October 15, 2020

Great story! I grew up in Danbury, Connecticut, which, in its heyday was renowned for being the “Hat Capitol of the World”. Our high school teams are still known as the “Hatters”. Somewhat ironically, this is the first I have ever heard of “National Mad Hatter Day”! I will surely forward your email to my fellow “Hatters”-thanks!

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