On Saturday, May 7, 2011 Mackle Park’s Community Center was transformed into a Wonderland straight out of Lewis Carrol’s imagination. Attendees at the City of Marco Island’s 2nd annual Mother/Daughter Mad Hatter Tea Party found their way by following the white rabbit’s footprints into the large community room adorned with birds, butterflies, paper lanterns, flowers, and clocks.
Upon entering Wonderland, guests were greeted by the Mad Hatter (Lola Dial), Alice (Amber Prange), and the Red Queen of Hearts (Mindy Matusiak). Guests dressed in their attire fit for a high tea,circled the long, elaborately decorated tea table to find their places, marked by formal place cards. The tea table was adorned with a beautifully mis-matched array of table cloths, rose petals, playing cards, doilies, tea napkins, sugar cups, creamers, teacups, and saucers.
For the first hour of the program, guests spent their time creating their own Mad Hatter party hats, constructing Alice In Wonderland mobiles, and painting white, hair barrette roses red. Guests also had the opportunity to play croquet Alice In Wonderland-style by using flamingos as the mallets and hedgehogs asthe balls. Prizes were also awarded to guests who correctly answered Alice In Wonderland trivia questions and to guests who were successful in the Queen of Hearts drawings.
Promptly at tea time (11 a.m.), the Mad Hatter, Alice, and the Red Queen began pouring hot water from an eclectic collection of teapots into everyone’s keepsake teacup. The ladies then chose their desired flavor from an assortment of teas. While their tea was steeping, guests were invited to visit the food tables which were complete with almonds, red velvet cupcakes with “Eat Me”inscribed on them in icing, chocolate chunk scones, shortbread cookies, quiche, and creampuff chicken salad sandwiches.
Throughout the event, the Cheshire Cat kept watch over the festivities from his perch on an overhanging tree limb. The Mad Hatter Tea Party proved to be an incredibly successful event; indicated by the smiles, laughter, and conversation that filled the room. Lifelong memories were definitely created today and the Parks and Recreation Department looks forward to this continuing to be a family tradition; another one of the highly anticipated annual events provided by the City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department.