This year my daughter turned 4 and wanted to have a tea party themed birthday, so naturally, we planned a Mad Hatter Tea Party. We have watched the cartoon version of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland quite a few times together, and she thinks the tea party scene is so funny. Staying true to my non-character style, we went for more of a Wonderland inspired party. My daughter loved it and is already throwing out party ideas for next year.
The decor was all over the place (just like a Mad Hatter Tea Party should be) and seriously, so fun to put together. If you haven’t watched the movie in a while, you should; you will be surprised at what your adult eyes see. I knew I wanted to incorporate a lot of flowers, clocks, teapots and teacups… the more the merrier! My sister had a few teapots and teacups on hand and I found a few at thrift shops, vintage shops, etc. – when I saw them at a decent price, I would snag them. In my opinion, you can never have enough vintage teapots. Not only are they fun for tea parties at home, they make beautiful vases for future use. Candelabras were placed on milk glass cake stands with small teacups tied to them and small, floral cake plates were placed on the top of each candelabra. It created a really fun and quaint feel.
Large clocks and a custom chalk art sign were hung inside the window frame to create a whimsical Wonderland feeling. Small table clocks were placed throughout the party table. I also put a few different beautiful hardback copies of Alice in Wonderland to help tie in the theme. The cookies were decorated as ‘eat me’ tags, teapots and the number 4; those of course, were a delicious hit! The calligraphy ‘eat cake’ balloons were helium filled on both sides of the table with a large, silver number 4 on one side and a big pink flamingo on the other.
As you know from my previous party post, one of my favorite things to do at a party is to purchase a book with the same theme as the party I am planning, and to set it out for the guests to sign. It is so fun to look back at all of the birthday books and it’s a great keepsake for when kids get older. We have a signed birthday book from all four of Ainsley’s birthday parties. For this year’s Mad Hatter inspired theme, I choose this book.
We finished out the party with a pinata and blow-up slides for all the children to enjoy. Ainsley had a wonderful time and really loved her party. I loved styling this party and seeing her face light up with joy; she is the sweetest, kindest little lady around and I can’t believe she is four years old!
Styling + Event Planning : Ally Hess
Cookies : Candace Cookies
Cake : Elaine Lloyd
Custom Chalk Art : Peacocks and Peonies
Blow-up Slides & Obstacle Course : SportSide Entertainment
Friendly Mama PSA: Party planning is something I enjoy very much, however I would never cast judgement on anyone who chooses to do things different when it comes to parties, holidays, etc. This is what works for our family and it’s something I love to do. I love the support from this community because in reality we all get to choose what works best for our families. Cheers, y’all!