22 Aug

Wonderlandia Table #1: Kids Birthday Party

Wonderlandia - Kids Birthday Party

I am SO excited to share this first Wonderlandia table with you – it’s definitely full of WONDER and IMAGINATION! This design {which was part of our Glue Dots Tablescape Exhibit} was tailored to a Kids Birthday Party and was dreamed up by designer & mom Abigail Barnes of Paper and Cake (who also just launched a shiny new website!).

I just love how she took the “Wonderlandia” concept in a totally unique direction, playing on the idea of an imaginary trip across the world… how fun is that?! (I bet you could tailor some of these ideas to a super-cute “Welcome to the World” themed baby shower too.)

Wonderlandia - Kids Birthday Party

Wonderlandia - Kids Birthday Party

Red on for LOTS more whimsical images, creative details from Abigail, and a little more info on the designer herself…

Wonderlandia - Kids Birthday Party

Wonderlandia - Kids Birthday Party

Wonderlandia - Kids Birthday Party

Wonderlandia - Kids Birthday Party

Wonderlandia - Kids Birthday Party

Wonderlandia - Kids Birthday Party

Wonderlandia - Kids Birthday Party

Wonderlandia - Kids Birthday Party

Wonderlandia - Kids Birthday Party

Wonderlandia - Kids Birthday Party

Wonderlandia - Kids Birthday Party

PARTY TIME! Abigail with her table…

Wonderlandia - Kids Birthday Party


CREATIVE DETAILS, as told by Abigail

“Jenn so graciously offered me the task of designing the “Kids Birthday” table, and other than asking me to work in the “Spirit of Wonderlandia” and to use the general color palette of the overall party, gave me free rein to go crazy. I’ll be honest with you, I was feeling completely over my head. And why wouldn’t I? The other table designers are super creative people!

After getting over the initial shock of it all, I put my glasses on, opened up a new browser window, and emailed my friend Amy. It did take a couple of days to figure out exactly what my theme would be, I mean I couldn’t just put some fairies on it and call it a day, could I?

Fanciful illustrations of a flying machine and a sailing vessel make this the perfect party for a little birthday girl who dreams of a trip full of wonder. Bright colors combined with more natural tones – in moss and kraft paper – gave extra depth to a table full of details. From suitcases covered in “vintage” travel stickers, guest’s passports filled with puzzles and activities to napkin rings doubling as place cards, you can bet imaginations were running wild.

And now, for the best part… I will be offering this “Imagine a Dream” printable party collection in my shop – yay! I’m excited to finish it and have it ready for you all. It was such a fun set to work on, such a fanciful collection to look at… wouldn’t your daughter just love it?”



– Concepting, Styling & Graphic Design: Paper & Cake
– Cake Pops: A Twist of Cake
– Fondant Cupcake Toppers: Edible Details
– Sugar Cookies: JP Creatibles
– Linens: La Tavola (Round Tuscany Spice Linen, Tuscany Rouge Napkins, Tuscany Pink Chair Cushions)
– Photography: Dan Fields Photography and Missy Marie (Abigail’s sister!)



It must be genetic. My mother tells me the story of my five-year birthday party, how all I wanted for my gift was a clown costume, which, of course, she made and I wore to the party. It was a pink and blue polka dotted number with a solid pink neck ruffle and a pointed hat topped with a yarn tuft. Could that have been the start of my love for themed parties? I fondly remember planning a 1st birthday party for my now 9 year old daughter. Even back in 2003, I was adamant that I would not buy a prepackaged “kit” of birthday supplies. No Dora, no Thomas the Train and NO princesses! Once I had arrogantly announced this plan to my friends I couldn’t then go back on my word, even after I discovered how difficult it was to create everything from the ground up. Thankfully, I had a computer, a degree in graphic design and DNA saturated with creativity. In 2008, Paper & Cake was launched with a nod to my past and an eye on the future of entertaining – printable partyware.

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Leslie SAYS:

I loved this table at the party! It was so fun! The cake pops were adorable and delicious!

August 22, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Do {Piggy Bank Parties} SAYS:

Abigail did a WonDer-Filled job! Love the whimsical details!

August 22, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Laurel G SAYS:

wow this is amazing! I’m loving the globe!

August 22, 2011 at 3:42 pm

partycraftsecrets SAYS:

I’ve got a passion for bunting and paper garlands, so I’m dotty about the chair-decoration!

August 22, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Denise SAYS:

absolutely beautiful!!!!

August 23, 2011 at 4:37 am

Kelly SAYS:

Just cannot get over how CREATIVE this design is! The globe and “earth” cake pops are TOO CUTE!

August 24, 2011 at 8:39 am

Chummy SAYS:

Love everything in it!!! where did you get the popcorn containers, is that cardboard paper

August 24, 2011 at 9:32 am

abigail SAYS:

@Chummy… the popcorn containers are part of a printable set that will be available at http://www.paperandcake.com. Just print on regular white cardstock, cut, fold and add a little tape :)

August 24, 2011 at 10:28 am

Erika SAYS:

This one is great.

August 24, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Miriam Corona SAYS:

beautiful and imaginative! just perfect! you nailed it!

August 25, 2011 at 9:33 am

Goliath SAYS:

Just want to ask where you got those pretty little suitcases?

August 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm

abigail SAYS:

August 26, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Nicole SAYS:

I love this setting! Perfect for my son’s 4th birthday at the end of September. He is obsessed with countries and knows them all, as well as all the states in America (even though we live in Australia) . . .

Is this set available yet to purchase?

Thank you :)

August 30, 2011 at 5:28 am

abigail SAYS:

hi nicole… it will be ready tomorrow! check my website thursday morning (im in california) http://www.paperandcake.com, or send me an email and i can notify you. thanks!!

August 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm
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