Name: Isabella, 5
Location: Charlotte, NC
I was sooooo excited when Isabella told me she wanted an Alice in Wonderland party. The potential for magical moments and lasting memories was limitless.
I started by making a map to guide all of the kids through the party and hopefully provide a little order to the chaos that birthday parties can quickly become. The card showed them all of the things they were going to see and do while visiting Wonderland.
One of the first things I knew we had to have for the party was the room where Alice shrinks to go through the tiny door. The party was entirely outside, so I built a faux wall with the help of my wonderful husband. I painted the walls pink and white and added a chair rail and baseboards to make it look more realistic. On the walls, I hung a couple watercolors from vintage Alice in Wonderland illustrations. And then I cut a small door that could be swung open to reveal the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.
In the faux room, I placed a small platter of tiny cupcakes on a side table. Each tiny cupcake had the message "Eat Me" sticking out of the icing. The kids had to each eat a cake before they could "shrink" and go through the tiny door. And yes...I do know that Alice had to drink to shrink, but I opted for cakes instead : )
On the other side of the tiny door, was the Mad Hatter Tea Party! I used a couple drapes from IKEA as a backdrop for the table and to hide the playground. Above the table, I hung pink paper lanterns and strands of paper "poofs" and giant paper pocket watches. On the table, I decorated with paper placemats I made using a garden trellis paper punch and six different colors of 12"x12" cardstock. I also used a couple teapots to make fresh flower arrangements, and then I finished off the table design with carved bunnies and some adorable ceramic mushrooms.
We served traditional tea party fare with a couple of Isabella's favorites added in. We had lemon poppy seed muffins with strawberry butter, mini powdered doughnuts, meringue cookies, ham and cheese sliders, chicken salad croissants, fruit salad, pasta salad and my favorite...fruit pizza. We served lemonade and punch in "Drink Me" glasses.
I made paper teacups and placed them on the Mad Hatter table, on the food table and I also used them to make the favors. I used these IKEA frames to display some of my favorite quotes from the book.
Next, came the games...we had a Tweedledee and Tweedledum three-legged race, played "Pin the Grin on the Cheshire Cat" and had a teacup water race.
The last thing to do on this tour through Wonderland was to sing "Happy Birthday" to Alice and eat some cake. Before everyone left, Isabella gave them a paper teacup favor filled with sweet treats.
And that was a wrap! Isabella is now five and our whole family had a blast with the Alice in Wonderland theme. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next year : )
Thanks, Angela! Readers, head over to Angela's blog, Angenuity, for lots more!
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