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Mad Hatter party supplies are a madly wonderful addition to your Mad Hatter themed celebration. Bring your top hats and be careful when singing, because the Queen of Hearts may be lurking about this fanciful setting. Decorate your event with our whimsical Mad Hatter plates, napkins, cups and other Alice-themed party items! What time is it? Why, it’s always 18:00 with the help of these fabulous Mad Hatter party supplies!
Of course, the Hatter or the Mad Hatter first appears in the famous novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland written by Lewis Carroll. He is first mentioned by the Cheshire Cat when Alice asks the cat about what sort of people live there. The Cheshire Cat responds quite directly that “in that direction lives a Hatter, and in that direction, lives a March Hare. Visit either you like: they’re both mad!”
Later it is learned that the Mad Hatter had once tried to sing for the Queen of Hearts and his attempt was met with disapproval. In fact, the Queen was so annoyed at the Hatter’s singing that she sentenced him to death for “murdering the time”. However, the Hatter managed to escape and time (out of respect for the hatter’s deeds) stopped itself, leaving both the Hatter and the March Hare eternally at 18:00 (6:00PM). The Hatter later appears as a witness at the Knave of Hearts’ trial and appears again in Lewis Carroll’s sequel, Through the Looking Glass.
There is some thought that the idea for the Hatter came to Lewis Carroll because of the number of hat traders in Stockport, the city where Carroll grew up. At that time, mercury was used in the hat-making process and, over time, many hatters would suffer its effects. The phrase “mad as a hatter” is believed to have blossomed out of this period.
In Carroll’s book, the Hatter asks Alice a curious and infamous riddle: “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” After Alice tries to puzzle it out for a while, she gives up. The Hatter then responds, “ I haven’t the slightest idea!”. The riddle became a popular piece of conjecture with many people offering their guesses as to the answer. It was Lewis Carroll himself who later admitted that the riddle originally had no answer. Today, the riddle sometimes is mentioned in other popular films and literature.
We think it’s super-cool that you’ve decided to throw a Mad Hatter themed get-together! Be sure to include our fantastic collection of Mad Hatter tableware, Mad Hatter decorations, party favors and other fun and zany items. You and your guests will have a great time (no matter what time it is) with all of our exciting Mad Hatter party supplies!
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