My Party: Paige

Tiverton, RI

We have a feeling Paige and her friends will remember their trip down the rabbit hole for a birthday tea party for a long time. Her mom, Jessica describes: This February, a gaggle of little girls joined us to celebrate Paige's 3rd birthday with a Mad Hatter's Tea Party. Each child arrived in character (a March Hare, a White Rabbit, a Dormouse, a White Queen, a Red Queen and a Cheshire Cat). Paige, of course, was Alice.

I have always wanted to do a full-scale girls tea party. I crafted a magical setting out of our kitchen dining area, floating giant tissue poms (from Etsy's Prost To the Host), paper lanterns, tulle and butterflies from the ceiling. we made the lanterns, borrowed the rest from my eldest daughter's room. I papered the French doors using leftover scrapbook papers and printed out pictures of the book illustrations. I found tea pots and tea cups from thrift stores and Home Goods. I wanted a very mix-matched look. We were on a tight budget and used a lot of things from around our home to create the off-kilter feeling of Wonderland.

As guests arrived, they were ushered to the Hatter's Millinery - our living room - where they created fantastical works of hat wonder using blank canvas stovepipe hats that I found on Oriental Trading Company. We had plenty of tacky glue, felt stickers, tulle, ribbon and pompoms. We put lots of supplies all over the table and let the kids go crazy.

Once everyone was there and the crafts were finished and set aside to dry, the girls lined up to follow the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole (a spring-tunnel covered with a brown blanket that went under an opaque brown curtain). On the other side they greeted Wonderland! The room was completely hidden unless accessed via the rabbit hole, so it was a total surprise for the children. The Hatter himself, my husband Alan, was seated at the head of the table. The girls were treated to real china, tea (pink lemonade), miniature sandwiches, cupcakes, tarts, cookies and more.

We had a nice mother's tea in the living room while the girls were giggling in the other room. The peals of laughter coming from behind the curtain were priceless and my husband gets big props from me for being such a good sport.

It was a perfect 2 and a half hour party on a Sunday afternoon. Our daughter is still raving about it. The next morning she sat at the table, now back to being the breakfast table, gazed up at the still decorated ceiling and sighed: "Oh mommy, I really love my party."

Thanks Jessica! Readers, you can see more of Paige's fabulous Mad Hatter birthday tea party at Jess Finds.

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.