Mad Hatter’s Tea Celebrates 26th Year Anniversary With Style

By Samantha Subar  Photography by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky

THE SCENE: Savvy socialites from across the country joined in Dallas for the 26th year anniversary of Mad Hatter’s Tea themed Serenade to Style. Every year the fundraising event takes place at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden where guests sport their wildest and most over-the-top hats to be judged by a panel of elite fashionistas.

THE VIBE: The soirée began with a champagne reception in Ginsburg Plaza for 450 guests. Following the reception was an afternoon program and fashion show presentation produced by the incomparable Jan Strimple. Featured fashions included designers such as Diane von Furstenberg, Lela Rose and Escada. Hat award winners were announced and a seated luncheon in the tented Outdoor Plaza followed to cap off the afternoon of fashion and entertainment.

THE CAUSE: The Mad Hatter’s Tea has an ongoing history of fundraising for the growth and maintenance for A Woman’s Garden, a major garden at the Dallas Arboretum. Lisa Loy Laughlin chaired the event while Gina Ginsburg severed as honorary chair. Jocelyn White emceed the event and introduced all hat judges as they announced contest winners for each hat category. The judges, from news anchors to fashion authors to boutique owners, were highly qualified to declare which hats were the most fabulous.


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