Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

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.





  As the guests arrived they were given a chocolate to eat in the hallway by hubby, then they followed the white rabbits footprints before they "shrunk" to fit through the doorway hubby had created. (He's very clever!). Cordelia, Piper, Ruben and I were all waiting in the room for everyone to arrive.



 We had put "fancy dress" as optional because I didn't want anyone to feel pressured into buying/making fancy costumes. Cordelia was dressed in an Alice costume and her friend also came as Alice, we had a fabulously dressed Mad Hatter guest too!! When everyone had arrived I gave them all a pen and a sticker to write their names on backwards, we were supposed to say them for the whole party but forgot!

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!


 Singing Happy Birthday to Cordelia!

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.
 Cordelia had a fabulous time and hope everyone else enjoyed it too! Thank you to all those who came!

16 comments:

  1. Really fabulous birthday idea x

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    1. Thank you Angela, I am nearly out of themes after 4 children and 42 collective birthdays!!

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  2. Love it Zoe! N thinks it looks brilliant too! Happy birthday Cordilia x

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  3. It was a wonderful party and everything looked fab! My lot can vouch for everything tasting great too ;)

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    1. Ah thank you Bella! Mason looked fab in his mad hatter outfit too! x

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  4. Wow what a wonderful party! and a party i am sure she will remember forever!

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  5. Your children are SOOOOOOO lucky! xxx

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    1. Haha thank you! Wonder if they'd agree with you :-D?

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  6. How beautiful! What a wonderful party idea, looks like everyone had marvellous fun and what scrummy wonders to eat mMmmmm. xXx

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  7. Thank you!! I had some of the leftover cupcakes & jam tarts and they were yummy!! You can't beat homemade cake, I really can't do bought cake anymore! X

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  8. It really was a fab party! Thanks for having us there!

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  9. It was a brilliant party and i will remember it forever! thanks so much mum :P

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