The Random Writings of Rachel: Alice in Wonderland 14th UnBirthday Tea Party

Alice in Wonderland 14th UnBirthday Tea Party

MaryGrace has a different kind of personality from most of the members of our family--she's a little quieter, a little less feisty, a little sweeter and more ladylike. We may not always understand our calmer, nicer sister, but we were determined that she'd get exactly what she wanted for her birthday, and what she wanted was a small tea party. We tend to go for larger groups of people at our parties, but this one only had 11 people in attendance in all, which made it a very small party indeed (given that there's already 4 of us with just the sisters who still live here).

The Alice in Wonderland theme was a late addition to the party design. She wanted a tea party, but about a week before the event, decided that making it an Alice in Wonderland themed party would make it even more fun.


And of course we all dressed on-theme, with MaryGrace as the Cheshire Cat, Rebekah as the Mad Hatter, and little Sarah as Alice herself. I was the Queen of Hearts, as you might notice in other photos.

We had our tea in the middle of the afternoon, meaning that a full meal was not a necessity. We made a chocolate and a cheese fondue, had a variety of dippers, as well as a few other treats like these rice krispie treats:


Our usual party philosophy can be seen clearly in the rice krispie treats above. We love themed parties and all the cute references that they allow...but we generally try to keep the party budget to be spent on actual food for our guests and when it comes to the cutesy themed things that we delight in--we make do with what we have. I would have preferred to create rice krispie treats in the suit of hearts, since that's the most important one in the Alice story, but that's a ridiculously small point and we already had black icing but not red icing...so spades, it was.


The red and white flowers were in homage to the white roses painted red.



We went all out, trying to make the table look as quirkily elegant as possible, using whatever table finery we had. Note that there's a plastic cover over the white tablecloth. This was a fondue party with teens and preteens--the plastic cover was definitely necessary. :) We had two kinds of tea, strawberry tea as well as jasmine green tea, and we also had sherbet punch.





And it wouldn't be an Alice party without some traditional "Eat Me" and "Drink Me" labels, now would it?






 For party activities, after we had had our fill of chocolate and tea, we retired to the table of craft supplies, where we used origami paper and followed MaryGrace's instructions to make an origami rose--a venture we were all more or less successful in. That was my first time ever trying origami and I now have a greater awe of the art of folded paper!


After the origami lesson, we had a coloring competition, in honor of MaryGrace's love of coloring. We put the DVD of the classic Disney cartoon version of Alice in Wonderland in the DVD player, and had a fun time coloring away while watching the movie. Watching the film at the party ended up being a good choice--several of the guests had never even heard of the story or seen the film, so the theme of the party certainly made much more sense to them as they saw details from the party showing up in the movie. And I enjoyed it because it's probably been 15 years or so since I've seen that movie!


Angel was the one to choose a winner for the coloring contest, and the winner went home with a t-shirt bearing the Mad Hatter's Tea Party scene from Wonderland, which we thought was perfect, given the party!

MaryGrace loved her UnBirthday (true, since the party didn't take place on her actual birthday), and was inspired to draw this in her sketchbook when it was all over.



I think my favorite part was the strawberries and chocolate fondue...

Another fun party down in the archives. What's your favorite party theme?

34 comments:

  1. That looks like such an adorable, fun party!

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  2. How adorable, this looks like such a great time & tea parties are definitely the best! xx adaatude.com

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  3. As soon as I saw the table I immediately thought of the table from the Disney movie. You did an amazing job. Alice in Wonderland is such a fun theme for a party too, regardless of your age. Actually, my birthday is next month, maybe I will look at doing that for mine, so thank you! I love the sketch your sister did, she is very talented and that is one of my favourite sayings. Have you read the book?

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  4. How fun! I absolutely love Alice in Wonderland, and the tea party is my favorite, besides for painting the roses red--which you also covered. I also love the caterpillar and the mushrooms/smoke rings--=although not sure that would be great for a teenage party! I have not read the book yet but it is definitely on my list. Is is so much different from the movie?

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  5. This is so sweet! I love the eat me and drink me labels and the table looks amazing. Happy 14th unbirthday MaryGrace!!!

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  6. What a wonderful idea. I love tea parties and so nice to have something that is a fit for your lovely daughter.

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  7. How fun! Such a great idea! Tea parties are the best! Looks like you all had a blast!

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  8. What an adorable party theme and setup! I love it!

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  9. I absolutely adore this party! All the little details are spot on.

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  10. This looks so fun! Invite me next time? ;)

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  11. This party looks so wonderful! The rice krispy treats look awesome, and the strawberry tea sounds especially delicious (I've never had it before, but if it's strawberry, it must be good!). Oh man, now I want to watch the cartoon, which I have not seen in years as well! I watched it quite often when I was young, though.

    I agree; themed parties are definitely more fun. They just allow for a huge amount of creativity and create an enjoyable focus point. Many, many years ago, my mom hosted a Little House of the Prairie themed party for my birthday, which was awesome :) And a couple of years ago, my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary by throwing ourselves a Star Wars themed party, which was a lot of fun as well!

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  12. WHAT! this is so much fun!! and i love the rice krispie's that are playing cards! :)

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  13. So cute! I love the playing cards rice crispie treats!

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  14. Seriously love this! I want an UnBirthday Party! Your details are perfection!

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  15. What a fun theme and great party! I adore parties, theme ones especially.

    You and your sisters did a great job.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  16. Such a beautiful event :) I especially love the fact that you were all able to watch the movie and see everything tie in together. That must've brought you all such satisfaction! Coloring is my fave too, I would've never thought of that at a birthday party. I think my favorite kinds of themes would have to include some kind of country or tropical island :)

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  17. How clever! I think you nailed it!! Brings back memories of themed parties as a kid, I love them. :)

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  18. Such a cute theme for a party. I love how everyone dressed up, and the rice crispy squares are awesome. I also love all the "Eat me" cards. Great job!

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  19. I love this, it is so cute! Especially the outfits are great.

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  20. Oh my goodness this looks like so much fun! I love theme parties.

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  21. This looks absolutely adorable! we threw a good friend of mine a Mad Hatter Tea party for her bridal shower last year and it was so much fun! This looks a little more intimate than ours though, which stays closer to the tea party idea. The decorations are spot on!

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  22. This is so cute! I love Alice in Wonderland so this looks great!

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  23. What a SUPER CUTE birthday idea! I love it!

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  24. Oh my gosh, this is my kind of party!! I absolutely LOVE all things Alice in Wonderland. Love love love. Your tea party is just the most precious thing and those rice krispie cards are absolute genius.

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  25. This is absolutely adorable! I feel so inspired and you did a wonderful job making an elegant Alice in Wonderland theme!

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  26. Rachel, MaryGrace's birthday sounds and looks like it was absolutely wonderful! I have been itching to read about it since I saw you post earlier.
    I love how you used upturned bowls with plates stacked for a stand, that is genius! And you know what, I think it adds so much more quirk and charm to your celebrations than any regular serving stand could.

    MaryGrace, you are one beautiful young lady and I hope your UnBirthday remains a beautiful memory for years to come <3

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  27. How fun! What a fun way to celebrate!

    Karin | truncationblog.com

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  28. This is so so cute! I love the rice crispy treats!

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  29. I love this idea, you are so creative! I am sure you have created a totally different world for MaryGrace. Love it!

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  30. Every time you post about a party you plan, I end up really wanting to hire you for my next party. This is brilliant!

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  31. Such an adorable party! Thank you for sharing with us at #MMBH!
    XOXO
    www.mrsaokaworkinprogress.com

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  32. Love that, thanks for sharing! The party was exciting! :)

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