I love this Alice in Wonderland birthday party that was sent in by photographer Becky Joiner from My Fabulous Life.
It’s such a fun idea for a children’s birthday party as it gives loads of inspiration for dressing up and fun games. And of course going wild and wacky with the afternoon tea!
I can’t wait to have kids just so I can host parties like this one!!
Over to you Becky, to fill us in with details about the day…
When everyone arrived to celebrate Scarlett’s fifth birthday, we met at the rabbit hole ready to fall through into the curious world of Alice in Wonderland.
All the children arrived suitably dressed in characters from the story. The white rabbit led us through the rabbit hole, which was made of a large piece of brown card hung on a doorway with a hole cut through the middle. The children crawled through a play tunnel and were greeted by the Cheshire cat on top of a signpost directing them “That way” and “This way” “Anywhere” or “The other way”.
All the games were themed to fit with the story of Alice in Wonderland:
- We played croquet with curled up soft hedgehogs and used a garden croquet set
- The pool of tears game was a paddling pool filled with water and you had to hook the animals out with a stick to save them.
- Egg and spoon race to represent Humpty Dumpty sat on wall
- Pin the tail on the Cheshire cat
- We did the Caucus race, which is a really musical bump. Everyone ran around and when the music stop you had to sit down on a cushion.
- Printed out Alice In Wonderland colouring sheets, perfect quite game that was amazingly successful!
- We had the white rabbit “I’m late” sack race
And of course the highlight of the party was The Mad Hatters Tea Party.
To create a tea party, I wanted to mix up all the china, add lots of colour with hearts and big lollypops.
I bought a selection of china tea sets from charity shops and borrowed a mismatch of teapots. We sourced some old potion bottles from Ebay and attached labels that said ‘Drink Me’ and made cupcakes and decorated them with icing that said ‘Eat Me’.
We had jam sandwiches cut into heart shapes using a cookie cutter… ‘jam to-morrow and jam yesterday — but never jam to-day…’
On the table I added hedgehogs that I got from a garden centre and a few from charity shops all different sizes, we had windmills and Chinese lanterns and brightly coloured bunting hung up above the table.
I spent ages trying to get flamingos and eventually found them on Ebay USA. They look great and added to the quirkiness of the party.
We also bought a few rolls of pink wrapping paper, cut out flamingos, added a bit of detail with a marker pen and stuck them to the walls and windows.
Large and small playing cards were hung up using fishing wire to represent the house of cards falling down at the end of the story.
I filled cute cupcake cases with table sprinkles and mini chocolate insets, clocks and hearts. I sourced all the sweets from the excellent Chocolate Buttons www.chocolatebuttons.co.uk
And finally, with the party bags I like to keep them simple, so the children were each given an Alice In Wonderland book, a swirly whirly lollipop and a Kinder Egg.
Thanks for sharing Becky – so much fun!!