Alice in Wonderland Tea Party


This is going to be a lengthy post. So brace yourselves. As I’ve mentioned before we do preschool graduation big in this house. And my last preschool graduate would be no exception. In fact, this party was originally planned for spring time but then I couldn’t get my act together in time, so we turned it into a little graduation celebration. I decided to do a much smaller party this time than I’ve done for the boys in the past. However, I think it was 10 times as much work. But totally worth it. Since I started planning it for April, I began slowly acquiring all the items. Pretty much I have lived, eaten, and breathed this party for 4 months.

Jane is my go to invitation person. She is ridiculously talented and my vision is penned to paper perfectly. She came up with the most adorable invitations for this sweet party. The photo is blurry, I took it at night time. But you can see how utterly adorable it is.

In fact, the entire week before the party was spent every single day doing things revolving around it. Whether it was an afternoon at the party goods store picking out favors and paper goods, or a day putting all the gift bags together, or shopping for lanterns, or sewing the playing cards banner, or traveling to kinko’s to get the game board made, or shopping for and cooking all the food. This was the first time I cooked everything myself. I might add it also was the first time I baked cupcakes! I know. Unreal. But we aren’t huge cupcake eaters, and in the past I’ve bought our cupcakes at bakeries.

For the adults I served turkey sandwiches, sangria, the black bean and corn salsa that has become a staple in this house, fruit salad, and sparkling waters. The kiddies had sunflower seed butter (since I am too paranoid for kiddies and nut allergies) and honey sandwiches, string cheese, fruit salad, goldfish, and cupcakes.  I also made a sparkling ‘mocktail’ for them from perrier and grapefruit juice.

The girls were directed by this sign to enter through our side gate to come to the backyard.

Once they came through the backyard we had little coloring pages I printed out with Alice in Wonderland figures on them, and then when all the girls arrived we began painting little tea cups and saucer planters. The tea cups are from Oriental Trading Co., and the paints are just acrylics from our local Blick Art store.

My sweet Alice’s costume was bought on our last trip to Disneyland.

For snacks while we were outside painting, the girls had water boxes from Amazon, and popcorn from our popcorn machine.

Once the painting was completed the girls cleaned up and our special surprise guest arrived. I hired an Alice in Wonderland character to come and attend the tea party. She walked through to the backyard and then all the girls followed her inside to see the table and find their seating assignment.

Lanterns are from Pier 1. The table setting is a paper table cloth from Party City and down the center I layered wrapping paper in the polka pattern for some fun contrast. Paper goods are also from Party City. I already owned all the platters. I purchased the clear dispenser for the drink with a chalkboard label from Pier 1. The glass drink bottles I ordered from Specialty Bottle Co., I ordered a lot and will use them for future parties.

My mom found the waffle cones where I placed the girls’ fruit salad at Gelson’s. And the goldfish was served in cupcake liners.

Alice helped serve all the girls their snacks and then read to them the story of Alice in Wonderland.

Once everyone was fed, Alice did face painting for all the girls, and then we played Pin the Grin on the Cheshire Cat. I searched for days for some kind of game or download for this and finally stumbled upon one on Etsy. I took the download and then printed it on glossy thick card stock and then mounted it on a larger board with japanese masking tape.

The morning of the party I sewed together a little banner of playing cards for some more decoration near the game.

The girls absolutely loved the game and kept doing it over and over again. And that was my sweet Alice’s party.

I really tried to multitask at the party as mama, host, photographer, and videographer. But these are all the photos I have, and the video is pretty short but it’s sweet. To watch it you’ll have to click on the post if you are using Google Reader.


happenings. . .

*Thanks everyone for all your anniversary well wishes through comments, email, texts, fb messages, voicemails. We love it!*

Some recent conversations and events:

I was talking to a friend on the phone about a little boy in Greta's preschool. Greta walks in the room and I ask, "Greta, what language does he speak?"

Greta: He speaks what I speak.

Me: And what's that?

Greta: (looking at me a little sympathetic and baffled at why I would be asking her this) I speak American White.

Me: (as I die laughing) Oh, you speak English.

Greta: Oh, American White is English. And my friend Alissa speaks Korea.

Too cute the conversations we have.

The kids have been learning a lot about other countries and cultures as their International Festival is approaching at school. Each class is assigned a country and we learn about the culture, food, music, art, games, etc from that country. And then we have a huge festival celebrating all the countries. So countries are definitely on their mind.

Earlier tonight:

Sawyer: Mama, can I just call China Korea?

Me: No. China and Korea are two different countries.

Sawyer: But they're near each other.

Me: Yeah, I guess. But no, you can't call them both the same names, there's no ChinaKorea country.

Same Day:

Greta: When you go to Yew Nork can you bring me a present?

Me: Huh?

Greta: Yew Nork. Can you get me a present like when you went to Los Begas?

Me: Ahhh, New York.

Greta: Yeah, Yew Nork.

Me: Yes, I will get you a present.

The kiddies made us a bunch of goodies for our anniversary. We received a placemat and painted cup and saucer with a plant inside from Greta. Sawyer made us a card and homemade stationary. And Gunnar drew us a beautiful card and picture and made us little iphone/ipod holders out of paper. So sweet those kids are.

Aaron made me wait all day and all night before he acknowledged our anniversary. He said Happy Anniversary as he rolled over to give me a hug before he got out of bed this morning. But then that was it. We had agreed on no gifts since we are celebrating our anniversary later this month with a vacation. But I thought, maybe a card, a flower? I went totally against our deal and bought him a beautiful tie bar that Greta and I picked out at Nordstrom and 2 vintage ties from my shopping excursion on Melrose. So tonight as the kids are getting their pajamas on, he brings in a beautiful arrangement of tulips and daisies, my favorite See's candies and a card. That boy, always messing with my head. But I was very proud of him for not being extravagant. Present shopping is really hard for him. He stresses and then overshops and overspends. And seriously, flowers and chocolate, the best. Not to mention, I did just get the most awesome vacuum of all time. We upgraded last month to the Miele Pisces. She's beautiful. You can come take her for a spin if you're nice.

We are heading to my favorite restaurant in Los Angeles tomorrow night. Going to take the kids with my mom to see the new Babies movie. Not sure who is more excited, me or the kids. I get a haircut on Saturday which is oh so needed and joyous because that means SOMEONE ELSE gets to blowdry my hair for me, and Sunday night bowling with friends like we've never bowled before. . .

Some really cute stuff I've seen around the web lately. . .

definitely on my etsy favorite list at the moment

cute patches. may need to watch a patch sewing tutorial soon.

kind of wishing I could pull these boombox earrings off.

Happy Thursday night and Friday and weekend to all of you. Ours will no doubt be memorable!

hair bow

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Yeah, I kinda have a thing for cute knit hair bows. I have found some adorable ones on Etsy. And this is one of them. I was surprised that it actually stays put in my hair. I get compliments every time I wear it and I have a feeling my collection may grow.

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