Talk about a party with NO RULES! All things colourful and wacky are welcome for this Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party inspired party!
My Disney enthused best friend said she absolutely, positively did NOT want a birthday party, so I went ahead and planned a spontaneous surprise Alice in Wonderland "Un-Birthday" pulling inspiration from the Mad Hatter's Tea Party scene!
Meet the Queen of Hearts: the girl who "didn't want" a birthday party! This area of the party was inspired by the Queen's court and her Card Guards. The floral arch was created by a florist friend. I made the Card Guards using bristol board (with a cardboard support at the back to stand) and construction paper.
Guests were greeted at the door with a little "drink me" potion in order to enter the party. In exchange for removing the "potion" from the tree, they were encouraged to leave the birthday girl a message on a heart shaped note card.
PRO TIP: EVERYTHING but the tree itself was found at the Dollar Store!! The glass bottles came in a pack of three and I wrapped some craft burlap and twine around them. Heart shaped note cards were cut from construction paper. When you're planning a party, the Dollar Store truly is the most magical place on Earth.
To keep things mysterious, I letter mailed guests their invitation which I designed and printed on kraft paper to throw back to the vintage Lewis Caroll Alice in Wonderland books.
Bringing the movie to life with hand decorated "Eat Me" shortbread cookies.
Curiouser and curiouser: Each bite of these Cheshire Cat Tails was the perfect combination of chocolate and marshmallow. Check out the super simple recipe below:
There is nothing "mad" about this Cheshire Cat other than how fun it was to make! I rounded a simple layered cake for the body and used rice krispie treats to make the paws and tail. It was the perfect addition to a Mad Hatter's Tea Party!
Details, details, details! Each of these cupcakes were homemade and topped with a unique fondant topper. I made sure to represent each character and each scene in Alice in Wonderland with these cupcakes (word for the wise, do not attempt this unless you have a TON of time on your hands lol!).
The Queen's Card Army guarded the dessert table. I hand cut the heart face toppers and attached a toothpick and pierced it into rice krispie squares. You can use anything! Pop tarts, cupcakes, etc.
Build your army. Click to download free printable card guard toppers!
Pour cup of tea and don't be late - have a very merry Un-Birthday!
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