Alice in Wonderland Party
My daughter’s birthday is the day after mine, so I thought this would be the perfect excuse to organise our Alice in Wonderland party! We held the party at the village hall up the road from us, as it has a big outdoor area. I wanted to create a fluid party where there were no organised activities at a particular time but lots for our guests to do if they wanted to. We ended up with 75 guests and a heatwave.
The invitation was in a Victorian, collage style – a selection of images connected to the story: clocks, roses, tea cups, tea pots, playing cards and the Mad Hatter’s hat.
Food and decorations
As this was Alice in Wonderland, a tea party was essential! I made a coffee sponge from my son’s cookbook, my mother-in-law’s apple cake, a Nutella cake (with walnuts on top to make sure my allergic friend stayed well away from it!) and my Mum’s trusty chocolate yoghurt cake. We’ve only got a small freezer, so my friend looked after the cakes for me until it was time to ice them. Our local cafe, Changing Perceptions, makes a savoury cream tea, so I borrowed the idea (and some advise on how to make the scones). We had cheese scones (thanks to this recipe), Chive Philadelphia and red onion chutney. My friend, Fiona Purkiss, who owns The Glitterball Bakery, made me a gluten free Victoria sponge for our celiac guests (I didn’t want the responsibility!).
We took lots of bunting, pom poms and balloons from previous parties along with us but ran out of time with setting up food, bouncy castle, drinks tent, crafts and activities. I made a Wonderland style sign, that actually confused a lot of guests completely!
We had a variety of age groups for the kids, from babies to twelve year olds, so I did three different craft options; Mad Hatters decorating, Flamingo Croquet and Talking Roses.
There were some great hats in the supermarket, that were reduced to 30p each, so bought 30 (much to the amusement of my husband). Then raided my son’s craft supplies and Poundland. Flamingo Croquet was card templates that I drew and cut out, squares of pink tissue paper for feathers, pipe cleaner legs and googly eyes for the flamingo; pine cones and googly eyes for the hedgehogs. Talking roses were tissue roses with googly eyes stuck on them. I was really surprised by how many children decorated hats. Two of the children wore theirs to school for the whole week afterwards.
Most of the children at the party were similar ages to our two, so I created two treasure hunts:
The older children (4-8 years) needed to look for a series of images from the books dotted around outside. The children needed to answer questions based on the images. The younger children (1-3 years) needed to collect four coloured paper keys that were in envelopes around the outside area. The prize was a small golden chocolate Lindt rabbit from the “treasure chest”. The chest was a decoupage suitcase I bought at Arty Crafty and covered with gold tissue paper.
I was really surprised, and impressed, that most of the children did one or both of the treasure hunts. Chocolate is always an incentive!
Alongside the craft and treasure hunts, we also set up a photo booth with a gold curtain and a suitcase full of props. There was a tea set and Alice in Wonderland colouring for the young ones. We also had some circus props – plate spinning, diabolo and juggling sacks – for the older ones.
We also had a bouncy castle and drinks tent, which is actually where people most time! It was the first day of a heatwave, so a lot of drinks were consumed and my two year old daughter ended up reduced to just her nappy!
The party was a huge success as all our guests were happy, well fed, well watered and a bit sunburned!
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