Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden Hosts the Annual Mad Hatter’s Tea, Luncheon and Style Show

By Jake Gaines
Photography by Danny Campbell, Quoc Cong, Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky

THE SCENE: Recently over 500 Who’s Who guests gathered for the 28th annual Mad Hatter’s Tea at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. The theme was Steel Magnolias as attendees donned extravagant hats in shades of blush and bashful pink, and other chic colors, for the chance to win the various contest themes ranging from Simply Elegant to What Was She Thinking? The highlight of the event was not only the plethora of eye-catching chapeaus, but also the beautiful display of springtime’s floral scape within the Arboretum.

THE VIBE: The romantic comedy film’s theme luncheon served up Glenda’s gazpacho, followed by the entrée of Patricia’s field and micro greens with thin sliced radish, fennel, marinated peppers and carrots, accompanied by Connie’s fried chicken, Big Mama’s fried green tomato, deviled eggs, Renee’s corn relish and Ouiser’s pickled okra. Dessert featured Miss Jocie’s banana pudding in mini Mason jar, Linda’s pecan tart and Miss Faye’s mini buttermilk pie. Celebrity emcee Kellie Rasberry greeted the guests as they were seated, then enchanted by a fashion show of spring and summer fashions sponsored by Tootsies, produced by Jan Strimple. Jody Dean of KLUV-FM led an exciting live auction and finally, with much anticipation, the judges presented the awards to the guests with the most fabulous hats.

THE CAUSE: Welcoming guests were Jocelyn White, Chairman, was joined by Renee Farren, President of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Honorary Celebrity Chairs Janine Turner and Linda Gray; joined by Vice-Chair Linda Spina, Mary Brinegar, President of the Dallas Arboretum and Dave Forehand, Vice-President of Gardens. The Women’s Council supports the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and funds the renowned A Woman’s Garden, the only public garden in the nation that is visualized by women, funded by the efforts of women and dedicated to the spirit of women.

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