The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party “A Wonderland of Fashion”
Mrs. Dee Wyly
Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and
Botanical Garden’s A Woman's Garden
Thursday, April 21, 2011
11:00 AM – Champagne reception and Vintage Hat Display by Marilyn
12:00 noon: Hat Judges present the awards (categories
listed below) and fashion show. Inside Rosine Hall.
Seated luncheon in the Outdoor Plaza.
Susan Walker, Chairman
Yvonne Crum, Honorary Chairman
Sharon Barbee, President, Women’s Council
of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Celebrating its 23rd year, this fabulous and fun party has
been an ongoing fundraising event sponsored by the Women’s
Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Monies
raised grow and maintain A Woman’s Garden, a major
garden at the Dallas Arboretum.
Over 600 women, some from as far away as
California, plan their trips to Dallas not only to take
part in the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – many in wild and
wonderful over-the-top hats - but to view the glorious
springtime azalea displays and flowers that grace the
arboretum during the Dallas Blooms Festival. (See attached
Event includes reception in Ginsburg Plaza with virtuoso harpist, Danielle
Harmon, professionally staged and choreographed fashion
presentation produced by Jan Strimple and lunch. Hats are
judged in different categories. Winners are announced at the
fashion show and take a walk on the runway.
Marilyn Hailey will display her vintage hat collection and
sketches collected over the years with original hats and
designs from Frank Olive, who designed hats for Neiman
Marcus when she modeled for them.
by the imitable Jan Strimple, the show features fashions
from Tory Burch, Karen Millen, Tootsie's, Betty Reiter and
Valerie Elizabeth (Society
Stylist and founder of The Little Black Dress
Experiment); Lisa Garza (Owner of
Lisa Garza Taste – Events and Catering. TV/The Food
Daniel Lewis,(Owner of
Green Peridot and on TV/Celebrity Stylist);
LeeAnne Locken (Actress,
Television Host, Producer. On TV/She’s Got the Look);
David Nelson Wren,
writer and raconteur.
Hat categories are:
Most True to Theme: A Timeless Tory;
Most Botannical: Fontaine’s Floral Finery;
Most Whimsical: Tickle My Tootsies;
Most Elegant: Magnificent Millen-ary;
Best of Show: Dee-Lightful;
Most Outlandish: Reiter or Wrong
Since its inception in 1982, the Women’s Council has
supported the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden overall
and through the creation, development and on-going funding
of the world renowned A Woman’s Garden and now, through
funding the garden’s enhancements that will continue to draw
visitors to our great city from all over the world.
Underwriting opportunities and naming sponsorships are
available. Individual ticket levels begin at $150.
Underwriting level begins at $250. Visit the website to
Honor your favorite Mad Hatter
by listing their name in the Mad Hatter's Program Book for
Chance Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100.
Chance tickets are NOT available at the event. Must be
purchased ahead of time. You can purchase them online here:
Drawing will take place at the luncheon and winners do not
have to be present to win.
For photos from past Mad Hatter’s Tea Parties and more
information, visit the website at
http://www.womenscouncildallasarboretum.org/ or email
chairman, Susan Walker, at
See attached bios.except for
Daniel Lewis. His press kit is 10MB. Please let me know if
you'd like to have it and we'll send. Or visit his web site: