“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”
There was certainly an air of fun on arrival with The Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter there to greet everyone. While waiting, the Mad Hatter could often be found killing time by talking to the bushes. They seemed very engaging as the conversation seemed quite animated! I wonder what they were saying..?
Once everyone arrived and the party started, the atmosphere was relaxed. And it was hard not to be in such beautiful surroundings. Since our last visit, Iveridge Hall have been doing some upgrades and the garden and outdoor space was spic and span and perfect for our party. There were views over the local fields and hidden nooks and cranny’s for the children to explore. Little Hiccups had also set up a small sensory space under a gazebo for those children that wanted the opportunity to chill out in a sensory environment. I think the favourite was in the end – the foil blanket. You can’t go wrong with one of those! The space was a good size to allow the families to sit comfortably and watch the entertainment. The weather was perfect from my point of view (ginger person here!) – warm but overcast so we were comfortable but not burning. Yay!
We also had our usual facepainter back who worked solidly ensuring that every child received the decoration that they wanted. I even managed to sneak in early with my heart themed face (of course).
And of course it wouldn’t be a Tea Party without the food. And that was just glorious. The cakes were immaculate and beautifully presented and I have to say…went very quickly! There were items such as Baby summer vegetable and cheddar quiches, Spinach & feta filo cubes, Raspberry jam tarts and Triple chocolate Brownie. There was not a bite left to eat when we were packing up. I call that a success.
What the families said:
“I would just like to thank you and all your amazing team for a wonderful afternoon on Saturday. The Mad Hatter and The Queen of Hearts were particularly engaging!! My son commented on how calming the atmosphere was which was so lovely to hear from a hyperactive 10 year old boy! Thank you again , we hope to join you all again soon !”
“Thank you! We had a lovely time!”
“Thank you so much! X and I had a lovely afternoon and it was nice to meet and chat xx”
“It was amazing!”
“X absolutely ‘loved’ the Queen of Hearts, and became like her little assistant all afternoon!”
“Thank you, Little Hiccups, for such a lovely event, and it felt fantastic meeting you all again for the first time since Covid-19! And, once again! You didn’t disappoint! With the entertainment, and the food and drink lol! See you at another event, soon!”
“WOW today was amazing. I cannot thank Little Hiccups enough. The event was absolutely amazing as always!”
“Thankyou so much for yet another amazing afternoon! X said he’s coming again tomorrow! He’s still got his rainbow facepaint on and is carrying his trophy around. Lovely to see everyone again!”
“We absolutely loved today. Thank you so very much. For helping me too. And the much needed coffee. Thank you”
“Thank you so much”