Journalists take a trip down the rabbit hole at CNN's 'Alice in Wonderland'-themed brunch
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Members of the media found themselves down the rabbit hole Sunday morning at CNN's "Alice in Wonderland"-themed Political Hangover brunch, which helped cap off a whirlwind of parties thrown in connection with the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner.
 
Four thousand red and white roses, styled to resemble the CNN logo, welcomed guests outside the party at the Long View Gallery. 
 
More flowers lined the walls inside, and vines hung from the ceiling as a DJ played popular music. Everyone from former Trump spokesman Jason Miller — now a CNN commentator — to House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico This week: House jump-starts effort to prevent shutdown Schumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill MORE (D-Calif.) had the option of sipping on Margaritas, Bloody Marys, Mimosas or Moscow Mules. The diverse group also included Michael Avenatti — lawyer to Stormy Daniels, the adult film star suing President TrumpDonald John TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat MORE — and White House spokesman Hogan Gidley.
 
The Entertainment Software Association, a trade group representing the video game industry, provided brunchers with classic Mario Brothers games and a virtual reality game station. 
 
The “Alice in Wonderland” theme was reflected in some of the games offered at the party, such as giant Jenga blocks and a human-sized Connect Four. Bite-sized pastries and tater tots were served under a neon “Eat me” sign. Corn dogs, breakfast sandwiches and mini fried chicken sandwiches were passed around.
 
Antique-style teacups, evoking the Mad Hatter, held Compass Coffee and teas, while giant playing cards — featuring caricatures of Trump — lined an archway.
 
Finally, as a reprieve for those who had taken part in the four-day party marathon that began on Thursday, there was a small glass bottle of water containing activated charcoal, a supposed hangover cure.
 
“Drink me,” declared a glowing neon sign by the door above the table. 
 
Also spotted at the party: CNN’s Jim Acosta, Jeff Zucker, Don Lemon, Jeremy Herb, Chris Cillizza and Jake Tapper; Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellPolling director: Young voters swayed by health care, economy, gun control The Hill's Morning Report - Can Trump save GOP in North Carolina special election? The Hill's Morning Report - Congress returns: What to expect MORE (D-Mich.); Michael Steel, of Hamilton Place Strategies; Jordan Klepper, host of Comedy Central’s “The Opposition;” Bryan Lanza, a former Trump spokesman who is now at public affairs and lobbying firm Mercury; Variety’s Ted Johnson; Tammy Haddad; Kathryn Lyons of FamousDC; longtime White House reporter April Ryan; Neil Grace from the Federal Communications Commission; Neil ChatterjeeIndranil (Neil) ChatterjeeTo cash in on innovation, remove market barriers for advanced energy technologies Overnight Energy: Natural gas export project gets green light | Ocasio-Cortez says climate fight needs to address farming | Top EPA enforcement official to testify Regulators approve Louisiana natural gas export terminal MORE, a commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; the International Franchise Association’s Matt Haller; Chris Gindlesperger of the National Confectioners Association; Nikki Schwab of the New York Post; Jared Michael of Craft; Ron Bonjean and Rodell Mollineau of Rokk Strategies; Jared Parks from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; lobbyist Jim Courtovich; Josh and Blair Holmes; David Urban, a GOP lobbyist at American Continental Group who worked with the Trump campaign; Kenny Day; Jill Colvin, White House reporter at the Associated Press; and Nika Nour from the Entertainment Software Association.