A crazy "Mad Hatter Fondue (Un)Birthday" Dinner Party, which was a surprise for a friend's husband. She asked me to organise a mad, silly theme, where everyone would somehow be taking part in it, without even trying! So, we gave everyone funny hats to wear - it was certainly a conversation starter!
What People Ate
Swiss Cheese Fondue... and more cheese fondue... Until we were totally mad about cheese!
What People Drank
Mulled wine by the log fire outside... white fondue wine... Schnapps... Grappa... more wine... and tea to help digestion
Watching the (un)Birthday boys face, as everyone shouted out SURRRRRRRPRISE! He was truly surprised!
Most Touching Moment
...I think I saw the birthday boy shed a tear of joy! (but shhhhhh, lets keep that between you and I!)
The Mad Hatter Birthday Boy of course - he was donning his crazy mad top hat and looking very Wonderland-like indeed
Orange slices and prunes... and a side helping of "Luft Torte" (air cake) made or meringues and cream and even more heavenly whipped cream
Each guest received a bottle of "Take me" Prosecco, so they could continue the party at home... a bottle of "Drink me" Water (to aid their sore heads the next day)... and a bag of "Eat me" chocolate eggs, to make them as cuckoo as the mad hatter!
Activities / Games
Eating fondue is like playing one biiiig loooong game: if you drop the bread in the pot, you have to buy everyone a round of drinks!
DESIGNING THIS THEME
The tough part with this theme, was that it is usually very girlie, so my biggest challenge was to make it macho yet still silly and fun! I therefore decided on using "manly colours" (those are my husbands words! haha), which were navy, red and mustard yellow. I chose a chevron printed pattern too, instead of using too many red hearts and wanted to incorporate the original pictures from the Alice in Wonderland book. And this is what I came up with....