The 700 guests arrive at Montreal's Windsor Station to find an entrance blooming with oversize flowers.
The White Rabbit--complete with oversize pocket watch--chides arriving guests saying, "You're late!" Note the "chess piece" boxwood topiary.
Arriving guests are treated to a children's choir singing "Alice" songs such as "The Walrus and the Carpenter" and "Beautiful Soup."
The registration area is chock-full of clocks.
The cocktail area features a Mad Hatter's tea party display in the center of the space, complete with bizarre furniture, colorful place settings, and a lopsided hat cake.
A closer view.
The Mad Hatter's crazy cake in the cocktail area.
The Red Queen threatens to decapitate guests, but she eases the pain by sharing a flute of champagne from her skirt.
Alice and her fellow entertainers--all magicians--who interact with guests throughout the evening.
After cocktails, guests go through the boxwood "keyhole" to the dinner area.
The dining room treats the 700 guests to a fanciful world based on Alice motifs, including a stage backdrop with three-dimensional chess pieces, checkerboard dance floor, and chandeliers created from oversize playing cards.
More views of the dining room ...
And another ...
The chessboard dance floor.
The event features 12 different combinations of linen, tables, chairs and centerpieces, making for a complex setup. Here, the pocket-watch theme.
A table featuring a flamingo croquet mallet.
A centerpiece of teacups
The event's signature daffodils.
A longer view.
A daffodil and teacup candelabra,
A magic mushroom tabletop.
A rose-theme tabletop.
Daffodils pop against striped linen.
The children's orchestra on the dance floor.
Kristalleon performs on crystal glasses.
The electric-violin act FUSE takes the stage.
The Mad Hatter magician shows his skill.
Alice takes to the dance floor with the White Rabbit.
Banquet staff prepares to serve the Humpty Dumpty course.
The egg course: Three blown-out eggs filled with different treats plus one LED egg.
The Bee-yoo-tiful Soup course: Rabbit consomme with "sugar lumps" of rabbit meat and a puff pastry "pocket watch."
Lobster with a pool of Alice's "tears."
The "Curiouser and Curiouser" "English Breakfast"--actually panna cotta with passion fruit and gingerbread triangles.
A petits fours platter.
Some 700 guests fall down the rabbit hole into a fanciful Daffodil Ball from Alison Silcoff Events that brings in lots of lettuce for the Canadian Cancer Society.
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