For Cordelia's tenth birthday we planned an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party, I've always wanted to do one so I was very excited that it was what Cordelia wanted. Over the last few weeks we have spent a lot of time gathering things together for the party and fortunately as I collect china teacups and saucers that made things easier! Cordelia made tea cup invitations and invited her friends so we had 15 children altogether, just enough for the house to cope with I think! We had thought about playing some games outside but the weather was not looking as good as it was for last year's party sadly so we planned indoor games. I made my own bunting that read "Happy Birthday" from material scraps, Cordelia painted these clock faces out of cardboard and we hung them around. We had arrows saying "This Way" and "Up" etc and put them in different spots around the walls. Across the room we hung string with folded paper doilies across them-they looked a little 1940's, so I was rather pleased with them! I made "Eat Me" signs from patterned paper and cocktail sticks and "Drink Me" signs from textured card and tied them on to the teacups with 3mm ribbon.
The first game we played was musical playing cards-basically you play music and dance and when the music stops you have to jump on one of the A4 size playing cards laying on the floor. After each turn a card or two gets taken away and if you don't get to stand on one your out-or off with your head! The winner was allowed to pick a prize from the prize tree. We had gone for a walk in the woods last weekend to pick some suitable branches for this, hubby then planted them into two pots and we put toadstool sweets, heart sweets and marshmallows into cellophane bags and hung them off the branches with brightly coloured wool The second game we played was pass the mad-hatters hat charades. Hubby had thought of some rather random charade actions, but if nothing else it was entertaining for the parents and challenging for the children-a dragon eating a banana was my personal favourite!
Then it was time for some afternoon tea, I had baked a selection of cupcakes and jam tarts, and there were scones, pink wafers and pink lemonade too. I tried to go for a brightly coloured cake but I'm not fantastic with fondant icing so I think I'm going back to butter cream icing for future parties! After the guests had eaten some food, we played a game of "Who am I?" the Disney version which proved very funny!
Then the children went off and played together, coming back occasionally for more snacks! When it was time to go the children were given a small box (Lakeland) filled with chocolate eggs, we attached name tags on with ribbon and a tiny key charm (which I bought from Ebay!) and home made white chocolate rabbit lollipops wrapped in cellophane bags and tied with pretty ribbons.