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We’re All Mad Here: Halloween Tea Party Tips Inspired by Sage Goldnik

Full disclosure: I’m a full-time publicist and Good Earth Tea is my client. I’m pitching these Halloween Mad Hatter Tea Party tips inspired by Sage Goldnik to other bloggers and thought I should share with my audience as well, since it’s so fun and I wrote them! 

Photos from Sage Goldnik’s Instagram (

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You might be too old for trick-or-treating in your neighborhood, but in Wonderland, it’s never too late to celebrate the date. This Halloween, host a Mad Hatter-themed tea party filled with fun, fantasy and flavor. Here’s how:

We’re All Mad Here: Halloween Tea Party Planning Tips

Invitation: As the Cheshire Cat says, “Every adventure requires a first step.” Choose a paper invitation shaped as a playing card, teapot or teacup. Use Alice in Wonderland-inspired phrases like, “Don’t be late for a very important date.”

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Food: Present indulgent finger foods such as mini sandwiches, cupcakes, frosted pumpkin cookies, petit fours and macaroons on white-tiered dessert stands. Insert toothpick flags with the wording, “Eat Me,” into a few of the treats.

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Beverage: Brew Good Earth’s Turmeric Chai loose leaf tea like style influencer Sage Goldnik did during his Mad Hatter tea party ( A true tea-lover’s chai, this masterful organic blend is full of robust flavors with spicy ginger and pepper, sweet cinnamon and the earthy touch of exotic turmeric. Enjoy it black or with milk and honey, and let the wondrous combination of Indian spices work their magic on your palate. Serve the tea in mismatched teacups and saucers. Label your teapot with a sticker that says, “Drink Me.”

Décor: Gather around a long table adorned with a black tablecloth (this will make your dessert stands really pop!). Seat guests in chairs of different heights and colors. Use gold and silver teapots filled with red and purple flowers as your centerpieces. Display accents such as pocket watches and playing cards around the table. Get a little creepy and tuck a stuffed dormouse into a teapot, scatter mushrooms in surprise places or glue googley eyes on objects.

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Games/Activities: When guests arrive, ask everyone write their names backwards on a nametag. Play chess, tell riddles, pin the grin on the Cheshire Cat, find the Golden Key and paint your own tea cup. You can also recite Mad Hatter poems like this:

“Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder what you’re at!
Up above the world you fly,
Like a tea tray in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder what you’re at!”

Dress: The wackier the better! Wear top hats, stripped tights, bright makeup, funky jackets, boots, elaborate scarves and fitted jackets.

Favors: Begin at the beginning and go on ‘til you come to the end: then stop. Set up a candy bar and hand out bags for guests to fill up on their way home.




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Navigating life as a wife, mommy of two babies (Genevieve-3, Luca-infant) and two rescued fur-babies (Lulu and Gracey), and full-time public relations maven. I got divorced in my 20s and wrote a book about it (, have Epstein Barr Virus/chronic fatigue syndrome/ Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease, live in a renovated log cabin in NJ, can't cook, quit breastfeeding after four weeks and have no regrets, taught my daughter to say "tattoo" and recognize diamonds before she turned one, call soap operas as my guilty pleasure, and have a little rainbow baby boy who adores his sister. Instagram @ hellojoelle Twitter @ChippedNailsMom Email chippedpolishandpattycake at

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