Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Decorations
Decorating for an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party is such fun!
The colors are so vibrant and everything just looks so good!
My favorite element of this party...and the main focal point...was an arbor that we created.
We secured some deck finials to PVC pipe and used them as the corners of our arbor.
Then we strung curling ribbon between the posts and hung party lanterns of different shapes, colors, and sizes from the ribbon.
We also made mini paper poms, strung them to create garland, and used that on the arbor, as well.
It looked amazing, and had movement when a breeze blew through.
Ok, maybe I have two favorite elements of this party, because the cupcake centerpiece was pretty stinking amazing, too!
My hubby made a shallow wooden box for me that we painted and filled with foam.
To create a whimsical "wonderland" feel, I covered the foam with moss.
Tissue paper pom flowers "grew" on the moss, while hand-crafted paper butterflies "danced" among the cupcake flowers that sat proudly on DIY cupcake tier "stems."
The kiddos had a blast playing in "Wonderland!"
As they arrived, they went to a frame-making station where they decorated picture frames to be taken home later.
Before we got into the games, we talked a little bit about the story of Alice in Wonderland, and about how Alice was chasing the rabbit that was "late for a very important date!"
The kiddos took turns trying to "capture" the rabbit by tossing fabric-wrapped rings over bottles topped with graphics of the rabbit.
Once they "captured the rabbit," they dressed for the tea party.
We had a station set up where they could dress up like different characters from the story.
The station was complete with a mirror, that was propped on the ground so the kids felt "big" like Alice.
After the kids were all dolled up, we played "Pin the Heart on the Queen of Hearts," then headed to the "tea party."
We tried to stick with the theme for the party menu, but wanted to make sure that our foods were kid-friendly.
Here's what they got to choose from:
- Finger sandwiches
- Watermelon balls, served in a teacup-shaped watermelon
- Queen of Hearts raspberry tarts
- Flower veggie bouquets
- Cheese cubes
Alice in Wonderland Cake
Since we had so many colors, textures, and patterns at play in this party, I decided to keep the cake simple.
I used a nice vanilla buttercream to frost the cake, then spun the cake, using a knife to create a rustic, ridged effect in the frosting.
The cake was topped with some fresh flowers to keep with the tea party theme.
Cupcakes topped with Alice in Wonderland Tea Party cupcake toppers completed the display.
We had prize grab bags available during the party, so each time the kiddos played a game, they were able to choose a prize from the grab bag.
Those prizes served as party favors for the kids.
Here are some other goodies that each little guest left our party with:
- A personalized frame that they designed when they arrived to the party. (A pic of the kids dressed up at the party was sent with the thank you notes to be framed in the frame).
- A blooming flower cupcake from the cupcake centerpiece.
- Gumball tube/cupcake liner flowers. (Get the DIY tutorial here)
Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Resources
- Alice in Wonderland Dress: Bits 'N Scraps
- Alice in Wonderland Headband: Nikki, in Stitches
- Paisley Plates: PlatesAndNapkins.com
- Gumball Tubes: The TomKat Studio
- Green Shimmer Gumballs: The TomKat Studio
- Flower Cupcake Cups: Cakes and Kids, Too
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