A simple version of a “Mad Tea Party” Mother’s Day Brunch or Low Tea – would be seriously fun! Miss Party thinks Mom and everyone else will be delighted with your unexpected creativity!!
Mismatch your white china sets or color china sets and pull out the teacups and saucers you almost never use. (Plastic teacups and saucers work perfectly for young children who want in on the fun.) Rename your food dishes as if they were brought by characters from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. You may have a white Easter rabbit in your collection that can stand in for ‘The White Rabbit’. Gather a few other well-chosen props, and you have a unique centerpiece.
Print a few “Alice” quotes on parchment paper and set them at each place setting. See “Alice in Wonderland” Quotes, Part 1 – Non-sensical sayings and dubious advice!” (which is followed by a Part 2) to make the project easier.
“MAD TEA PARTY” BRUNCH or LOW TEA MENU:
Hot and Iced Tea
Apple Juice (children will pretend this is hot tea)
Mimosas or Bloody Mary’s
The March Hare’s Garden Salad
The Mad Hatter’s Very Merry BerriesSeasonal Mixed Berry Salad
or MYO Seasonal Berry Breakfast Trifles
Humpty Dumpty’s Deviled Eggs (use Heavenly Deviled Eggs)
Platters of crustless, mini sandwiches: (use simple, but crowd-pleasing combinations) Ham and Cheddar with Dijon Mustard; Chicken Salad; Turkey with Cranberry Chutney and Mayonnaise; Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream; and Turkey and Swiss Cheese Pinwheels
Basket of corn and fruit muffins, scones
Farmhouse Honey Butter,
Assorted Gourmet Jams and Jellies
Dessert suggestions: (offer some assortment of these types)
Lemon Loaf or other quick bread, decorated cupcakes, Pound Cake, Coffee Cake, or Sponge Cake
Fruit Tart, Cobbler, Pie, Lemon Bars or other fruit-based dessert
Mini Cannoli, Eclairs, Brownies or other chocolate-based dessert
Mixed Berry English Trifle
Raspberry or Strawberry Shortcake with Whipped cream
If you have time and are serving buffet style, make small tent cards with the fun names of your dishes.
Maybe you can talk the grandkids into wearing silly hats. If Mom (Grandma) is the type, decorate a fun hat or Spectator headband for her to wear, too, even if just for a few cute pictures!