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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDisclosures suggest rebates and insurers responsible for rising out-of-pocket drug costs Democrats keeping GOP from motivating voters with Trump impeachment threat, analyst says Celebrities, lawmakers wear black to support Kavanaugh’s accuser 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 TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown 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 DingellFormer Rep. John Dingell returns to Twitter after heart attack John Dingell suffers heart attack, said to be ‘in good spirits’ The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh confirmation in sudden turmoil 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) ChatterjeePartisan politics at independent agency draws bipartisan rebuke Overnight Energy: DNC to reject fossil fuel donations | Regulators see no security risk in coal plant closures | Senate committee rejects Trump EPA, Interior budgets Journalists take a trip down the rabbit hole at CNN's 'Alice in Wonderland'-themed brunch 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.