Today’s outfit revolves around what I wore to Angela’s Mad Hatter Tea Party Birthday. It was such an ingenious idea, really, as we all love tea, cakes and dressing up, and I feel it’s absolutely necessary to specify that it’s a Mad Hatter-inspired tea party, lest people think that we are getting together for a radical right grassroots movement birthday party. I rarely ever, ever utter this sentence, but in this case I think it’s appropriate: it’s not that kind of party.
The whole party was a thrifty endeavor from day one: she thrifted packs of vintage playing cards for decorations, borrowed mismatched teacups and saucers for serving, and offered a menu of petite sandwiches and cookies to match pots of freshly boiled water and large selection of tea. My gift to her was four vintage teacups and saucers to add to her collection.
I’m extremely proud of the fascinator I made out of fake flowers and feathers, but I wasn’t the only one who went the DIY route. My friend Valerie made her feathered, veiled hat as well as her daughter’s peacock headpiece. They both looked awesome. We found Anthony’s entire outfit at at thrift store–including that wicked tweed jacket that fit him perfectly.
I’ve had this dress for years and years. I bought it at a thrift store even before I became pregnant and the fabric is forgiving enough that my post-pregnancy body still rocks it. I wore it with complementary mustard yellow tights from Target and brown suede boots. I bought some cheapie lace gloves from a local store we call “Clothes Save”, which offers cheap prom and quicenera dresses. (Now that I’m done they’ve gone straight to the dress-up chest.) A deep forest green velvet blazer, and of course the fascinator, completed the look.