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
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 www.talkingtables.co.uk.
For something more permanent, try chintzy teacups and saucers (£20) and giant cake stands (£250) at www.maxwellandwilliams.co.uk. And Dartington Crystal has an Alice teapot in three sizes from £17.50, from next week. Call 01805 626262, or visit www.johnbeswick.co.uk.
Alice books on display
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 www.bl.uk/alice).
Time to go mad
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 www.stevecharles.com, or call 020 7581 2677.
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 www.annacasa.net.
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 www.jaqueslondon.com.
Win an Alice in Wonderland Wii game
Disney is also giving away three of the new Alice Wii games. To enter go to www.homesandproperty.co.uk/offers. The competition closes on 10 March 2010.