Do you love Alice in Wonderland? Are you an adult looking to throw a grown up version of those kid’s birthday parties on Pinterest? You’ve come to the right place. Here is my Alice in Wonderland cocktail tea party!
A couple of weeks ago I turned 30. Yep. The BIG 3-0 and I threw myself an Alice in Wonderland birthday party. I had been wanting to throw my daughter and Alice in Wonderland themed Tea Party birthday but she just isn’t old enough yet to enjoy it the way I wanted to throw it. So, I decided instead I would throw one for myself! I used to throw these amazing college parties you know, pre-motherhood. I was beginning to missed those crazy parties. So, I decided 30 was a good enough year the celebrate.
I had to throw this party together rather quickly since my birthday is three weeks after Christmas and it always takes about a week to recover from Christmas. So in two weeks with a minimum budget. Lucky for me, my daughter already has an Alice in Wonderland themed room. I’m already Alice in Wonderland obsessed and my cousin’s girlfriend Sara sent me a few things from her 30th Alice in Wonderland party all the way from Texas!
I knew I was going with an Adult Tea Party Theme for the party so I made these invitations inspired by this sign I saw on Pinterest
For the decorations I geared my theme around the set of plates and napkins I received from Sara (my cousin’s girlfriend). There were made by Talking Tables . I adored the vintage feel they had so I decided to order a few more things from the same company. So, I ordered the Tea Party Banner and these little trays . I was smitten with everything Talking Tables had in their Alice in Wonderland collection but since I was on a budget I just got the basics. This is adorable treat stand though I would have loved to of had it for the party. Talking Tables even had some free downloads on their site for invitations, Thank you cards and food labels. I actually started food labels but forgot to finish and print them. OOPS!
Of course, the most important part of a tea party is the teacups. I love tea cups! I am always hunting them down at thrift stores and vintage shops. Therefore, I already had a small collection but I knew I would need some more. I went to my local Restore. Sometimes it’s a little hit or miss there but the day I went I hit JACKPOT. It was like gold for me. I got a whole box of teacups and saucers, I even found a teapot, and a beautiful decorative serving dish. This haul finished up the shopping for the party decorations.
So now without further adieu I will walk you through all my decor ideas and how they came to be.
My favorite little corner. The teacup lamp that my wonderful hubby and I made for our daughters room fit perfectly in my Mad Hatter Tea Party. Surrounding it is the beginnings of my Alice In Wonderland Book collection and a ceramic white rabbit also from my daughter’s room.
The four frames came from a yard of fabric I had purchased. It features those four panels. I can’t even remember what I purchased the fabric for but they fit perfectly in those frames and I loved them for the party. They will also live their second life in my daughters Alice in Wonderland room. (maybe one day, IF she ever cleans it I can give a tour)
I then brought out my vintage toy china set to hang on the wall. This tea set is extra special to me because it was actually my moms as a child which she gave to me as a child and I will be giving to my daughter when she is a little older.
The remained of my Alice In Wonderland book collection was displayed on this corner shelf with some of my daughter’s figurines.
I borrowed this clock from my daughter’s room as well. I got this funny clock from Hobby Lobby during the summer. It really added a bit of silly to the room which is necessary for any Alice In Wonderland party.
I made this beautiful centerpiece for my table. It’s a white teapot that I picked up at the Restore with my haul filled with white painted red roses and some playing cards.
Who’s ready for the food? I’m always hungry so bring on the food.
I wanted Tea Party like foods but since the party was in the evening with boozy tea I knew I needed some savory foods as well.
So I made Taco Cupcakes
Since no tea party is complete without some sweets. I made my first ever Macaroons. I even purchased the little pan to make them. They aren’t as beautiful as the store brought ones but for my first time I think they turned out pretty dang good. I made them in traditional Disney (not Tim Burton) Cheshire cat colors: pink and purple.
I also made two types of petit fours. I used this cake recipe to make both.
The first was a basic vanilla Petit four with this candy glaze . These were delicious and still good well into the next week after the party. I left some plain pink and others I dipped in candy glitter. They were so cute. Sara had given me these cute little food flags from Talking Tables that really added to the theme throughout all the food.
The final sweet treat was a bit of a risk. I wanted to make Maple Bacon Petit Fours. I blame this one on the cooking show Cooks vs. Cons. I had been marathon watching that show and all the sudden I felt like a pro. haha!
So this is where it got fun. First, I made Bacon jam. Which I messed up 🙁 I burnt it somehow. I don’t know if overcooked the bacon or what but this right here killed the whole dessert
HOWEVER, I’m going to try it again. I plan on perfecting this because it has real potential! I then put this as a layer inside the cake of the petit four. For the glaze over the petit four I used this recipe but I substituted the almond extract for maple. The glaze was perfection. I am actually really excited to try this again. I’ll post an update when I perfect the recipe.
No, Adult birthday party would be complete without some booze! I knew I wanted to make some tea for my tea party and being the Southerners we are it; had to be sweet tea so I got Jeremiah weed and mixed it with water. My first batch was about 50/50 Vodka water but it was a bit strong for us old folks and I ended up watering it down a bit more.
Since one of my teapots had this infuser basket I added lemons. So we had booze tea and boozy lemon tea. Both were equally delicious.
Now that you’ve seen most of the decorations and learned how I made them. I’ve shown you the food and the recipes I used. Let me show you how it looked all together.
For the table I had some little clock charms, lock charms and old vintage key and playing cards that I had just placed around between the teacups, teapots and food. Most of my efforts went into the table and it’s appearance. I thought it really worked out nicely.
I also made myself a skirt to wear with some Alice in Wonderland fabric I had and being the Alice obsessed person I am, I already owned that mini top hat which really completed the outfit.
And there you have it. My Alice In Wonderland Tea party for my dirty 30! It really was a blast and I loved every minute of it. It sure is nice to do something for yourself every once in a while. Even if it is a lot of work.
I hope you enjoyed my little trip down the rabbit hole.
I know, I certainly did. I’ve actually kept all the decorations up in my dining room ever since the party. I love them so much I can’t bring myself to take them back down!
Oh, and in case you’re wondering what it’s like to be 30. Well, the present my husband gave me explains it all
30 is getting a frying pan for your birthday and being ecstatic about it!!
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