This year's Tea 43206 promises to be something out of a fairy tale -- "Alice in Wonderland," to be specific.

The theme of the seventh annual tea-party bash, which raises money for historic preservation in German Village, is based on the classic fantasy novel.

Tea will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the German Village Guest House, 748 Jaeger St. Tickets, $75 each, can be purchased at

Darci Congrove and John Pribble, who own the guesthouse, are hosts of the party.

"We needed freshening," Congrove said of the reboot. "We also completely renovated the house and garden."

Jenna Mikes, whose parents live in German Village, will play the role of Alice during the tea party. She said her parents, Kate and John Mikes, along with friends Andrea and Tom Mackessy, held a pretour party earlier this year for the Haus und Garten Tour.

Jenna Mikes, who lives in Chicago, said she dressed as a flapper girl and helped serve drinks. She said she has an impressive costume complete with a custom-made apron.

"I'll always dress up as princess," she said.

Congrove's friend, Kelly Greismer, will dress as the Queen of Hearts.

Also new to the party will be a photo booth.

Some elements of the party will not change. A silent auction is planned. Patrons are being asked to don their most magnificent hats. Congrove will make light appetizers, including roasted shrimp, teriyaki chicken skewers, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus and cherry tarts.

First-place and runner-up awards will be given to the best hat and Wonderland-theme costumes.

"And I am aware of multiple people who are already planning," said Congrove, a member of the German Village Society trustees.

Last year's fundraiser raised $30,000 for historic-preservation projects in German Village.

Money raised from the event benefits the Fund for Historic Preservation at the society, said Shiloh Todorov, the society's executive director.

More than $135,000 has been raised to date and used for a number of historic-preservation projects, such as digitization of the society archives, production of a video-recorded oral-history project and improved tour programming for school-age children, Todorov said. A significant balance remains to apply to the society's signature project: a comprehensive sign program for the neighborhood, she said.

"I didn't think it would be this big," Congrove said. "It's made a lot more money than I expected."