Celebrate Unbirthdays & More at NYC's Alice in Wonderland Pop-Up Tea Party
It's perfect for Instagram.
Stepping into a literal wonderland has never been easier for visitors to the Big Apple. The Mad Hatter's (Gin &) Tea Party is touching down in New York City after wildly successful runs in Chicago and Los Angeles, filling Instagram feeds with Technicolor photos with instantly recognizable characters from Lewis Carroll's classic works Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. New York will have the honor of hosting the pop-up in May and July 2020, so guests will have plenty of time to brush up on the intricacies of "The Walrus and the Carpenter" and practice their flamingo croquet.
According to Travel + Leisure, the parties combine "craft cocktails, teatime snacks," and "amazing costumes." The Mad Hatter plays hosts to visitors, but expect plenty of face time with Carroll's motley crew of characters, such as Alice herself, the Queen of Hearts, the March Hare, and the ever-elusive Caterpillar. Don't have a full-on Tim Burton-inspired cosplay ready? Don't worry. Attendees all get to borrow a wacky hat (if they so choose), so that every snapshot — and there are plenty of amazingly intricate and colorful backdrops to use — looks that much more whimsical.
The craft cocktails are made with gin and appropriately served in teacups and T+L notes that there are "non-alcoholic options available, as well as vegan, gluten-free, and allergy-friendly." All guests must be over 21 to attend and adding to the fun and Alice of it all is the fact that the location is TBD. Guests can already RSVP and make reservations at the times of their choosing, but the actual venue won't be announced until closer to opening day this summer.
"Our Mad Tea Party will take place in a secret Wonderland garden somewhere in New York," the site reads. Pre-sale tickets are $65 and include one welcome beverage, three additional specialty cocktails, small pastries, and bite-sized snacks.
Of course, the photo opportunities alone make this a must-visit for fans of Alice and Lewis Carroll. The drinks? That's the icing on the unbirthday cake.