Mad Tea Party Invitation, a la Hatter – An invitation to an elegantly mad affair!

This Mad Tea Party invitation has been designed to work with a vintage-styled Mad Tea Party or a less specific theme of “Alice in Wonderland”. The basic invitation could also be reworked to make it a bit less Mad Hatter and more Alice. Miss Party has extensively outlined a vintage-styled Mad Tea Party, a la Hatter, see “Tea Party Events”. If you haven’t read those posts, you absolutely must do so, you’ll find dozens of ideas that will have you falling down the rabbit hole!

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The central thing to remember with this invitation is that the Mad Hatter is the host of this tea party and so the invitation has been worded as if written by him. Miss Party has imagined the Hatter sitting at his writing desk with a pile of elegant invitations and a cup of tea. He uses his favorite ink pen to handwrite the invitations and then sets each aside to dry. The Hatter is quite scatterbrained, of course, and he absentmindedly sets his teacup onto the drying invitation, dripping spilled tea from his saucer as he occasionally takes a sip. He barely notices the tea stains as he proudly considers his penmanship. Satisfied he has done a fine job, he sends each invitation off in an envelope with a gold embossed stamp.

Alice’s light blue dress, sweet white pinafore, and black headband, inspired the color selection for the invitation and envelope. Other color combinations can and do work well. In the end, however, the client decided this was her favorite and Miss Party concurred it suits her party perfectly! The invitations are printed on soft eco-white card stock cut to size. The backing cover, which the client deemed “Alice Blue”, has a fold-over tab that is pre-punched. A 1/8 inch black satin ribbon representing Alice’s headband, has been threaded through the holes. The backing gave the invitation a book-like feel. The right side of the white card has been torn away as if the Hatter tore a page from a book. The finishing touch is an adorable stamp reading “put the kettle on, let’s all have tea” embossed with Queen’s Gold Embossing Powder on the flap of the envelope.

SOURCES:

The Paper Source: Eco-white card stock (8 1/2 x11″ cut to size); Bluebell A7 Invitation Backings; Bluebell A7 envelope; 1/8 black satin ribbon; Queen’s Gold Embossing Powder; teapot stamp
http://www.dafont.com: font used – “Quilted Butterfly” (there are numerous other fonts which would be perfect as well)
Michael’s Crafts: Versamark embossing stamp pad (clear)

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