Mad Hatters Tea Party

13th August 2011
A few weekends ago, I visited Bodiam, East Sussex for The Mad Hatters Tea Party which was being held by Mad Hatters Fancy Dress. The event was amazing. Everyone got into the spirit of things, with the spectacular grounds decorated, people dressing up and tea served in china cups.
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I spoke to Jennifer, who runs Mad Hatters, and asked her for some background information for the business.
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"About 12 years ago, I saw in our local Friday ad, about 500 costumes for sale at a reasonable price, and thought I might give it a go, having been interested in art, and drama at school. At the time I was studying for a PHd in English Lit., but thought it might be a nice side business to run in my spare time. 12 years later, we have over 3000 costumes, the PHd has not been completed, the business now employs 8 people, and offers both theatrical and high quality fancy dress costumes and accessories for both private and co-operate hire through out the whole of the Uk. We were one of the first company's to offer on-line hire, and next month we are going to be opening up our sales to international customers.
For me costumes are like art works, the more detailed, well made and constructed they are, the more glamourous you feel wearing them, so we have always strived to find the best manufacturers in order to offer an affordable way of looking the best at any event.
Personally I love the vintage side of the business, which we have launched as an individual collection this year. We regularly send staff to the Goodwood Revival, War and Peace and other such events throughout the year, and now have a well established collection of both vintage and reproduction period clothes and accessories perfect for such outings.
The best thing about the business is that it is often the start of peoples parties. People always come in, have fun choosing there outfits, giggling and laughing at their new attire, in preparation for their event, and it is great to be a part of this. We loved having the open day last Sunday, and meeting so many new faces, and the photography that has come from this event has been superb. We really hope that more people will be inspired to have more costumed events from this, as fancy dress is a wonderful ice breaker at parties, people start the evening smiling when they see the array of colours and characters that can be brought to life through fancy dress."
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I would urge anyone in the Kent or the surrounding area who requires a fancy dress costume for an event, to visit Mad Hatters Fancy Dress, as you will not be disappointed.

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