Before we start, you need to turn on this tune to add to the feel. Skip all the talking and get to the song. I’ll wait. It’s Alice in Wonderland all the way through…
Okay, now we are ready!….
This is my girl. My girl who turned 15. My girl who wanted a tea party for her birthday. Say what??? This girl did sledding parties, movie nights, pizza parties…never anything girly. But, at 15 she requests a full-on girly tea party. Well, okay then! The theme was Alice in Wonderland. When I heard that my stomach turned a bit thinking of the bright colors, off-kilter cakes, and bubbles. Why bubbles? I don’t know.
Thank goodness she wanted the softer, more vintage version of the Alice in Wonderland theme. More in keeping of what you imagine the book to be. Okay, I can do that. I’ll still have to channel an inner girliness that I wanted to keep boxed up and on the shelf. But, for my girl…I’ll take that box down and run with it.
First, let me share a few pictures just of my lovely girl. And then I’ll let you in on the secret, easy way to achieve this fabulous theme!
Isn’t she just the sweetest?? Okay, enough bragging…on to the party!
Alice in Wonderland Invitations:
- formal, hand written notes.
- a bag of tea in an envelope with a little note attached to the tea topper
- a simple invitation with a pressed flower
- I purchased this set of printables and used the invitation from there.
Instructions to Guests:
- wear “tea party” clothes. Dresses for girls, jackets for boys.
- hats. hats are a must!
- be prepared to speak in an English accent.
Alice in Wonderland Decorations:
- layers! Layers and layers and layers. When you think you have enough stuff on the table…put more onOkay, when I say pile layers and layers on the table you are asking…”But, WHAT?”. Quick answer… playing cards (the cheap red kind, nothing weird)
vintage clocks and watches
vintage dishes. or just white dishes.
old springs, screws,
clear vases filled with …sugar?…yarn?…confetti?
old anything! (except people. that’s frowned upon)
cupcakes, mini pies, cute food!
There are cups inside other cups, vases on plates, ribbons on ribbons, something in something else, on something else, or covering something else! More is better.
- Add height however you can!
I strung banners from the chandelier to the corners of the table; I also hung coffee filter pom pom’s from the chandelier. Playing cards were punched with holes and strung together for a great, inexpensive banner. I tried to create a mini room in my dining room. Yes, the girls sometimes had to look a bit hard to see the person across the table. But…it added to the illusion!
- mismatched is good!
- different colors, not so good!
Use vintage dishes if you can. I went to the thrift store and picked up some cheap, cheap ones. Each girl got to keep the one she used as a party favor. The only thing I looked for was white. Use white wherever you possibly can! Otherwise, your table will look like a hot mess!
- the little details count!
You are piling the table with white. Anything white. It really isn’t terribly hard to decorate. So, the time should be spent on the little things.
- Drink Me, Eat Me signs.
Adding little tags to the straws, tea pots, cupcakes, pies…whatever edible item you have on the table…is a great way to add the Alice in Wonderland theme. Just use a bit of cardstock and thread. Or a toothpick with a cardstock flag works great for the pies and cupcakes!
My napkin rings are part of the printable I bought (where the invitations came from). But, even a simple ribbon would be a great touch! Just be sure to keep it white!
These placecards are candy dots. I used an edible marker to hide the letters of their name amongst numbers, folded it over and stuck it to the table. Along with their teacup, the girls took their place cards home (or ate them!).
We made homemade teabags (instructions here) and filled them with nerds. Of course, it’s not really meant for tea; just a fun favor! The tea toppers are part of the printable pkg I bought. But, you could make your own as well.
Every girl had a chocolate bar wrapped in cute paper with a flower on top sitting at their place setting. Party favor’s don’t have to be elaborate or expensive. For this party each girl (there were only 3) took home their thrifted tea cups, Nerd teabags, Candy place card, and chocolate bar.
- Flowers and Candles.
When you think you have enough on the table…put on more. Especially flowers and candles!! Just be careful where you put those candles; we don’t want any fires!
I picked up a cheap bunch of flowers at the grocery store, separated the bunch and put them in multiple place on the table. Inexpensive tea candles were set on upside down wine glasses, in votives, even on plates.
Alice in Wonderland Food
- Tea… of course!
I picked up an extra couple of tea pots at the thrift store for $4.00. That way I could brew 3 different kinds of tea. We had traditional English Breakfast, Vanilla Cream something, and Cinnamon Spice.
- Mini pies.
Would you believe these were .65 at Walmart? Who cares if they are good….adorable! And, the girls ate them up!
- Cotton Candy Cones.
I rolled up heart doilies into cones and popped cotton candy into them. Old springs make a perfect place to set the cones!
- Red Velvet cupcakes with edible flowers on top
pink lemonade, and cotton candy are in this picture.
- Strawberry Shortcake Skewers.
Angelfood cake and strawberries are ran through a skewer; with a hershey kiss at the end. See the Eat Me tag?? It’s the details that count!
That’s all we had for food. Mini pies, cupcakes, cotton candy cones, and skewers. With pink lemonade and tea. But, it was perfect!
I’ll leave you with a few more pictures of the party…