Isla turned 8 at the weekend, and for her birthday she requested an Alice in Wonderland themed Mad Hatter style tea party for her and three of her friends. Being a massive Disney fan, I was more than happy to oblige. I LOVE a themed birthday party, and have previously gone to town with them, and this one was no exception. So I thought I would write a post about our Alice in Wonderland party ideas to provide some inspiration in case you were thinking of doing something similar.
The Alice in Wonderland Birthday Cake
No birthday party would be complete without a birthday cake. I love to bake, but sugarpasting is a skill I still need to master! Not deterred by the challenge I set about designing my 3 tier birthday cake taking inspiration from Pinterest and the original Disney film. I was pleased with the outcome, although don’t look too close or you’ll see the cracked icing!
I did cheat a little and bought a set of Alice in Wonderland figures, but I made the watch, cards and Cheshire cat myself from modelling paste. Big time Disney buffs will notice the obvious mistake! No? Well the White Rabbit’s clock in the Disney film always says 12.25. However I did my big and little hand around the wrong way so mine says 4 o’clock instead.
Styling OUr Alice in Wonderland Party
Our Alice in Wonderland Party was going to be a Mad Hatter inspired tea party, so we wanted the main focus to be the table. We kept decorations of the room to a minimum with some balloons and some pastel coloured tissue paper pom poms. I also had a small tea pot hanging from the light fitting, with ribbons coming from the spout which also became home to Oliver’s little toy mouse.
I opted for chequed table cloths as I felt they were quite striking, although the tea party in the Disney film is actually on a pink table cloth.
I made some clock table placemats by laminating an image I created on Canva.
You can get some lovely paper plates, napkins and paper tea cups for a themed Alice in Wonderland party, however we were lucky enough to find cups, saucers and plates for £5 from our local charity shop. So if you are planning your own Alice in Wonderland party check out your local charity shops.
What would a tea party be without tea? Well I knew the girls wouldn’t actually drink tea, instaed we served juice from teapots that we also found in charity shops.
I also bought these cute little ‘drink me’ bottles which added a nice touch the table decorations.
Along with my daughter we made some Mad Hatter Headbands for the girls to wear during their tea party.
We also had a separate sweet table, where the birthday cake took centre stage! Vinatge cake stands (which I already had) held a variety of sweet treats for the girls to enjoy.
I also bought these super cute mini ‘eat me’ cloches. When I ordered them I thought they would take a cupcake, but sadly not, just big enough for a little macaron.
Both tables had old jam jars filled with brightly coloured flowers to complete the look.
The Party Food
My daughter wanted a proper tea party, so we made finger sandwiches, which they had with vegetable crudites with hummus served from more tea cups.
Of course they all wanted to taste some of the numerous sweet treats on display! I made cupcakes using my basic cupcake recipe, and decorated them simply with buttercream and sprinkles in contrasting red and white. I bought these fab cake toppers and cupcake sleeves which added the finishing touches.
My daughter made some Queen of Hearts jam tarts, using my homemade Raspberry jam, which weren’t as popular with the girls but tasted delicious!
No Alice in Wonderland party would be complete without some Eat Me cookies. I had very elaborate plans for decorating these but ran out of time so the decorations and fairly simple. I used my sugar cookie recipe, which is really simple to do, and makes yummy cookies that almost taste like shortbread.
All in all it was a really lovely tea party that they girls all seemed to enjoy. Now what theme shall we do next year?
Have you had a themed birthday party before? I’d love to hear about it if you have in the coments.