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With the release of Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland, we have put together a shopping guide so that you can host your own Mad Hatter's Tea Party
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The March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly: "Take some more tea." Alice replied in an offended tone: "I've had nothing yet, so I can't take more." "You mean you can't take less," said the Hatter. "It's very easy to take more than nothing."

With the release of Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland, staring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, we're taking author Lewis Carroll's quizzical dictum more-or-less seriously with our guide to all that you need to host your own Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

Such a card

Talking Tables
If you want to keep your teatime celebrations brief, Talking Tables will be stocking this ingenious pop-up card cake stand, below left, from April onwards (£9.65). Call 020 7627 6767, or visit

Cardboard cake stand
Cardboard cake stand (£9.65)
For something more permanent, try chintzy teacups and saucers (£20) and giant cake stands (£250) at And Dartington Crystal has an Alice teapot in three sizes from £17.50, from next week. Call 01805 626262, or visit

Alice books on display

British Library
A special display of Alice-related items, including the original manuscript of Alice's Adventures Under Ground and two volumes of Lewis Carroll's diaries, together with a volume illustrated by Salvador Dali will go on show at The Sir John Ritblat Gallery at the British Library's St Pancras building, 96 Euston Road, NW1 (Call 01937 546 546, or visit

Mad Hatter's Tea Party tile panel
Mad Hatter's Tea Party tile panel by Steve Charles (£40)

Time to go mad

Steve Charles
Specialist surface decorator Steve Charles, who does amazing things with everything from stones and shells to ceramic tiles, has a selection of glazed Alice tiles and panels including a Mad Hatter's Tea Party tile panel, plus panels depicting Alice In Wonderland with a flamingo, and a Mad Hatter, (right, £40). The showroom is open by appointment only; otherwise, visit, or call 020 7581 2677.

Curiouser and...

Anna Casa
More whimsy from Anna Casa includes the Titanium Mirror Clock by Reflex (from £2,365), the Siegfried high-back chair by Visionnaire, in either leather or fabric (from £8,000) and the Megatizzi high-back bench by Creazioni (from £3,699). Call 020 7352 8353, or visit

Croquet set
The Jaques London Edwardian croquet set, £49

Croquet Okay

Jacques London
Toy and game manufacturer Jaques London hopes that Alicemania will reignite an interest in old-fashioned outdoor games. Lewis Carroll married into the Jaques family and was one of the founding members of the Oxford Croquet Club.

Jaques croquet sets come in a range of styles, from £49 for the Edwardian set up to £3,499 for the Sandringham. Call 01732 500200, or visit

Win an Alice in Wonderland Wii game

Disney is also giving away three of the new Alice Wii games. To enter go to The competition closes on 10 March 2010.

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