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How about a Mad Hatter tea party for the bride-to-be?

If you've ever had to plan a wedding, you no doubt understand how difficult doing so can be - it can drive you positively mad, can't it? If you're planning on throwing a shower for the bride-to-be, why not embrace the insanity and have a Mad Hatter tea party? It's surprisingly easy to plan and can quickly become a beloved memory for you and your gal pals. Not sure where to begin? Here are some quick tips on how to make the most out of the theme.

Perhaps the best part of this event is the fact that everyone gets to dress up as his or her favorite Alice in Wonderland character! The betrothed is reserved the part of Mad Hatter, of course, but you have plenty of other great personalities to choose from. There's Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the Cheshire Cat and of course the Queen of Hearts. Once you've defined your roles, all of your friends will head out and fine find great costumes to show off their creativity.

Rent a long table for the party and decorate it as lavishly as you can. Sprinkle clear diamond confetti across the surface and stack water pearls in tall glasses for a nice touch of class. Of course, there's plenty more you can do to add a bit of madness to the proceedings. For instance, hang a wide array of paper lanterns throughout the space - they'll give a unique and varied color palette to the room.

Of course, don't forget the tea! Serve a wide variety of unique flavors. If you're feeling mischievous, you can give your guests mystery flavors and get them to guess what they could be.

Don't forget the favors! After watching the bride-to-be open presents for a few hours, the other ladies may want a little something of their own to bring home. Hand out goodie bags filled with great stuff like heart-shaped measuring spoons or heart-shaped French soaps. They're sure to please! With a unique theme like this, you can bet that everyone in attendance will walk away with fond memories.