When my youngest daughter turned 9 a few weeks ago, I wanted to throw her a Birthday party that would be as dreamy, quirky and fabulous as she is – and because we are all mad about Alice in Wonderland here in this house it just had to be:
The Mad Hatters Tea party.
I created a Pinterest board – click here – with ideas of how I could get the specific look, and then I went to work:
Things you’ll need for a Mad Hatters Tea party:
Vintage crockery, teacups, saucers, tea/coffee pots, silverware, glasses, crystal – I looked in Thrift shops and found some really beautiful stuff for next to no money.
I had printed out Alice in Wonderland name cards; arrows showing you where to go; Mad hatter quotes; tiny cut-outs of Alice, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, The white rabbit; I had plastered an entire wall with playing cards; and then, of course, loads of clocks.
An outstanding tablecloth, decorations, flowers, napkins, candles (not lit)
Dried flowers, glitter balls, marbles, candleholders, fresh flowers – I chose Dahlia as they are extravagant and perfect.
Quirky and pretty cakes in bowls and etageres scattered on the table,
Tiny bottles filled with juice – and with a “drink me” label,
Tiny cakes with an “eat me” label,
Party games for the Mad Hatters Tea Party:
The first thing the girls did were to decorate their own party hat – we had small cardboard hats and they were decorated with feathers, stickers, glitter, sequins – so they all had a hat for the Mad Hatters tea party.
I had arranged a few games for the girls. The first game was a key treasure hunt – where they each had to find a key – all with different coloured ribbon. The keys led them to the treasure, and they had to try and see which one of the keys opened the lock. Inside we had small goodie bags for the girls.
Second party game was to pin the smile on the Cheshire cat and that too went down a storm. The rest of the afternoon, the girl’s giggles when they tried to remember funny tidbits from the Alice in Wonderland story.
Third game was pass the parcel – and everyone ended up with some cute stationary for the pencil cases.
The food served was minimuffins, crisps, popcorn, tangerines, tea from the old teapots, amazingly delicate cakes from Leckerbear, and homemade sausage rolls. Later the girls indulged in yummy ice-cream with sprinkles, and the each had a yummy goodie bag when they left.
I am preparing a HOW to make your own MAD HATTERS TEA PARTY video that will be on Youtube soon, I’ll keep you posted.