JUST IN: 2018 Mad Hatter’s Tea Judges Announced

Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum President Melissa Lewis and Mad Hatter’s Tea Chair Venise Stuart just announced the judges for the chapeau competition at Tootsies.

Melissa Lewis (File photo)

Venise Stuart (File photo)

The collection of judges includes the following: Patti Flowers of Patti Flowers Design Studio, Lee Fuqua of Duckworth Vodka, Empress Gilbert of Empressive GeoDesigns, 2013 Miss Texas/2013 Miss America 5th Runner Up Ali Nugent, WFAA’s “Good Morning Texas” Co-Host Alanna Sarabia, Chef John Tesar of Knife and Knife Burgers and Joe Vilaiwan of Vilaiwan Fine Jewelry.

Patti Flowers (File photo)

John Tesar (File photo)

So get that gray matter reeling and/or designer designing to compete in one of the six categories that include:

  • All That Jazz – Best Group (4 or more).  Men may participate in this one very special category with or without women in the group.
  • To the Nines: People’s Choice: The Best of the Best as voted by the attendees.
  • Elegance of Earlier Days: Most Sophisticated: Grace, Elegance and Whimsy.
  • Gilded Age: True to Theme: Everything from the era of the Astors, Vanderbilts, Gettys.
  • Grace and Folly: Most Creative: Shells and Pearls, Stepping Out.
  • Peacocks on Parade: Best Botanical: Hats adorned with beautiful flowers.

And even if you don’t have competition in your DNA, remember that the theme is “A Garden By The Sea.”

P.S. – While you’re racking your head about what to put on it, don’t forget to get your reservation for the fundraiser benefiting the Dallas Arboretum on Thursday, April 12.

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