Edmond Mad Hatter party attracts dads and daughters

Fathers and daughters gathered in Edmond for a Mad Hatter Tea Party. The daughters had the opportunity to make fancy hats while enjoying cookies and lemonade with their dads, some with cameras in hand to record the afternoon.
by Diana Baldwin Published: February 14, 2012

— Feathers, flowers and fabric were a hit for the girls at the Mad Hatter Tea Party. The dads' favorite part was spending the afternoon with their daughters.

Edmond's Parks and Recreation's Department held the daddy-daughter event for the first time this year.

Diane Self, program manager for the Parks and Recreation Department, called the Sunday afternoon activity a success with 72 fathers and daughters showing up.

“There are a lot of daddy-daughter dances, and we wanted to try to find something different,” Self said. “We want to have each year a mother-son activity and something for daddies and daughters.”

Hats were made available to the daughters to trim with various colors of decorations and fabric.

Refreshments included lemonade, cheese, crackers and cookies decorated with the words “eat me” taken from “Alice in Wonderland.”

Park staff members and friends were dressed up as Alice, the queen, a rabbit and the Mad Hatter.

“The girls really had fun having their pictures taken with the different characters,” Self said.

Dads with phones and cameras in hand were in line to take photos of their daughters and their fancy hats.

“We had a lot of fun. We are going to do it again next year,” Self said. “Dads were asking us to do it again.”

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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