Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Host your own Mad Tea Party

Lucy's 3rd birthday is coming up in September and I'm already brainstorming like crazy how to pull off a cheap but awesome party for her. Last year for her 2nd we celebrated but because of schedules she didn't get a party. Her 1st birthday party was amazing! I honestly don't know if it will ever be topped. She had such a great time. This year she requested a princess theme bash so we'll see in about 4 months how it goes! I can tell you that very soon we'll be going on a "Princess Party Research Trip." That's a must, right? :)

In the are some tips for throwing your own Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party.

Tip #1: Don't be like us....we found this amazing iron rabbit garden statue at Goodwill,
spray painted it white,
then on party day forgot to set it at the Wonderland entrance!

Tip #2: Dollar Store or Craft Store glass bottles filled with colored water add a little maddness :)
To use these as drinks for your young guests just mix up various Kool Aids and 
tie "Drink Me" signs on the bottles.

Tip #3: Details! 
Mome Raths are a cheap/easy detail to set your wonderland scene.
Just cut and spray paint dowel rods. 
Glue strips of ribbons and a fuzzy pompom on top!

Tip #4: Use bed sheets and curtains to create whimsical canopies 
that don't cost you anything.
An old wicker chair from a thrift store makes the perfect throne for the guest of honor.

Tip #5: Thrift stores are excellent places to find cheap tea pots and cups.
Our Door Mouse was one we stumbled upon at Party City for less than $7.

Tip #6: Mirrored Objects.
We did have a big mirror for the looking glass but to enhance the affect 
we also used a silver frame with black and white photo of the birthday girl reading the book,
and a mirrored cone from Target's Christmas decoration collection.

Tip #7: You can find large metal or wooden keys at a lot of craft stores. 
A touch of spray paint or you can leave it natural.

Tip# 8: Fabulous signs. 
Wonderland is all about signs, right? 
G.I. Joe hand made these with wood scraps and paint! 

Tip #9: For hostest-friendly, yummy, cheap foods we did all desserts. 
The big feature was a Make Your Own Tart Bar!
Just get some cakes/cookies/pastries for the tarts 
and set out fruits, oreo crumbs, whipped cream, cheesecake filling and other puddings.
This was such a huge hit for the kids and adults!

Tip #10: Lawn games! 
These are cheap to buy and guests of all ages will be amused by them.

Tip #11: Caterpillars might blow smoke but we blow bubbles. 
Bubble machine cost=$10 at Target.
Best $10 we ever spent in our life. 

And there you have it. 
How to host Your very own Mad Tea Party.
Cheap and Easy.



Carolyn said...

Wonderful idea! Great job on the signs--its a wonderful touch!

Sammie said...

OMG my daughter would LOVE this. She loves Alice in Wonderland in all it's forms. I think she even likes the Johnny Depp version better than the cartoon version. I'm going to have to keep this in mind for her bday next year :)

chambanachik said...

How gorgeous!

Mowenackie said...

This is amazing! What a terrific idea - or a bunch of ideas, really. I love it!

Happy Together said...

That is just the cutest party ever! Love it!

JG said...

What a cool idea! You guys pulled that off perfectly!

Laina said...

How fun! Very creative! I love your ideas. My daughter is also turning three (her bday is July) and I am trying to come up with an idea. Last year we did a Dora the explorer fiesta theme with all bright colors and sombreros and a taco bar..huge success! Gotta get to thinking what to do this year!

♥ Dani said...

Such clever ideas! I can't wait to have children so I can plan fabulous birthday parties for them, too!

Alana said...


Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite books ever! I was Alice two years ago for Halloween. Now I just have to have a baby so I can have this party. :)

FrEEna said...

What a wonderful decor, i love it !

Mindie Hilton said...

I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

Come strut your stuff.

Mindie Hilton said...

Thanks so much for linking up to Bacon Time. Our first party was a big hit with over 300 links. I can't wait to see what you have for me next week. I have a special give away planned just for linkers at the party. I would love it if you would add my party button to your lovely collection or a link. Thanks again.

Yanny said...

Love the photos and everything looks so pretty :)

Canterbury Cakes said...

I love the photography in this post, it really adds to the atmosphere of the day.