26 Aug

Wonderlandia Table #6: A Modern Glam Tea

Alice in Wonderlandia Glam Tea Party

I’m really excited to share this final Wonderlandia table with you today… this one was actually designed by yours truly. =)

I wanted to do a “Modern Mad Hatter Glam” tea party theme for the table with lots of bright colors and bold patterns — filled with inspiration & DIY ideas that could be used for any sort of occasion — from whimsical weddings & baby/bridal showers to milestone birthdays, ladies luncheons, etc. The key elements included: embellished tea cups & saucers, faux butterflies, bold patterns, metallic gold accents, and Alice in Wonderland inspired details like moss, skeleton keys, and clocks. And of course… some sparkle and bling to bring in the GLAM!

Alice in Wonderlandia Glam Tea Party

Read on for more colorful images and all the creative details…

Alice in Wonderlandia Glam Tea Party

Alice in Wonderlandia Glam Tea Party

Alice in Wonderlandia Glam Tea Party

Alice in Wonderlandia Glam Tea Party

Alice in Wonderlandia Glam Tea Party



Here’s a run down of the design concepts & elements for this table:

Linens & Chairs:
I wanted this table to be very fun & glam, so the a sequined black New York linen from La Tavola made for the perfect foundation! Bright Dupionique Iridescence napkins and chair cushions added the perfect pop of bright color and really stood out against the black. Gold chiavari chairs were adorned with the cutest black & white paper clocks, which I found at Windrosie on Etsy.

Place Settings:
Tea cups and saucers served as the focal point of the place settings. Simple, modern white cups & saucers from crate and barrel were dressed up with custom “Drink Me {Please.}” labels on the cups {free download coming soon}, which were attached with Mini Glue Dots for easy removal after the party.

The saucers were embellished with a small gold foil dessert doily in the center and acrylic beads all the way around the edge. The beads were cut from a strand of an inexpensive acrylic beaded curtain I had leftover from another party. 1 strand goes a LONG ways and you can still use the rest of the curtain as a party backdrop or to dress up other elements of the party. Acrylic gold charger plates (about $2.50 each) added a touch of glam.

The wine glasses {from HomeGoods} were adorned with decorative keys and key holes that are actually scrapbooking embellishments found at Michaels. Extra keys & key holes were also sprinkled around the table. They started off a darker copper color so I spray painted them bright gold first to better match the design.

Floral Centerpiece:
Did Heavenly Blooms do an amazing job with this floral centerpiece or what?! I was overjoyed when she arrived with these (a smaller version was used on the dessert table) – they were EXACTLY what I had envisioned! The elevated horizontal design was inspired by this centerpiece from this table that Canvas and Canopy styled a while back. It was one of the first things I thought of when designing this table because the unique style is so striking and whimsical – just like a modern Mad Hatter tea party should be! I added was some faux butterflies to the vase to help tie it into the place settings.

Table Embellishments:
The middle of the table around the base of the centerpiece was decorated with bright green moss, flower balls, tea cups/saucers, and a tea pot. I found the tea pot at Shinoda Design Center for only $4. It started out basic white, so some red spray paint, faux diamond ribbon, and paper labels were called for in order to give it a “modern Mad Hatter makeover”. A coat of clear ceramic craft glaze was added after the spray paint to give it a super shiny, high-gloss look.

A few of the saucers were also spray painted red, orange, and pink, then, glazed, and embellished with more custom paper decals {free download coming soon}. I only painted the inexpensive cups/saucers found at HomeGoods… the white ones from Crate & Barrel were just decorated with paper skeleton keys (attached with Mini Glue Dots) and the 2 red/white cups with the bold graphic pattern are actually rice bowls found at C&B too. =)

How Glue Dots were used:
– to attach the paper labels to the tea cups
– to attach the acrylic beads to the saucers
– to attach the butterflies to the centerpiece pedestal and the plates
– to attach the decorative key holes and keys to the wine glasses



– Graphic Design & Table Styling: Jennifer Sbranti
– Flowers: Heavenly Blooms
– Paper Clocks (on chair backs): Windrosie on Etsy
– Linens: La Tavola (New York Linen + Dupionique Iridescence Napkins and Chair Cushions in Fuschia & Tangerine)
– Gold Chiavari Chairs: Raphael’s Party Rentals
– Photography Credits: Dan Fields, Lisa Theile, and Karly Barker


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Susan SAYS:

This is so fun!! LOVE the modern take on the Mad Hatter theme!

Reply August 26, 2011 at 7:45 am

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor SAYS:

I can’t believe more people haven’t remarked on the beauty of this party theme… it is simply stunning! The floral centerpiece is incredible and all the little details, make this setting gorgeous and whimsical. Wish I was attending that party!

Reply August 26, 2011 at 9:27 am

jenn s. SAYS:

Thanks, Cindy :)

August 27, 2011 at 9:04 am

Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe SAYS:

So beautiful Jenn! I so hate I missed that night.

Reply August 26, 2011 at 3:57 pm


That centerpiece is AMAZING!!!!! The florist did a fabulous job!!

Reply August 26, 2011 at 10:02 pm

vintage engagement rings SAYS:

Love the glam look!

Reply August 27, 2011 at 9:33 am

Melissa R. SAYS:

Ahh love this!!! Wish I would have had this reference for my Bride in Wonderland bridal shower last year!!! :)

Reply August 28, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Sarah SAYS:

Wow! The teapots and the added butterflies are both amazing. This would make a fun mother and daughter garden party event.

Reply August 29, 2011 at 9:57 am

Get Candy Dishes SAYS:

First of all, what a beautiful centerpiece! It’s so colorful and fun, and I love how the butterflies add to its whimsical quality. :) And I also love the keys on the glasses as well as the rest of the details you’ve so carefully put on everything. Great job!

Reply August 29, 2011 at 10:35 am

yvette smith SAYS:

Truly beautiful i will be useing some of these ideas for my daughters 11th birthday party in October

Reply August 29, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Pear Tree Greetings SAYS:

What a fun and gorgeous grown-up tea party!! I love everything about this! -Steph

Reply August 29, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Lynn SAYS:

My sister is absolutely in LOVE with Alice in Wonderland. I have been searching forever for a set like this and up until I came across yours, everything else came across as cheesy. My sister is currently pregnant and would DIE for this theme for her babyshower! 

Reply August 30, 2011 at 7:49 am

natalie SAYS:

I have been obsessed with your site for years! I get so many great inspirations from it and then I see your picture and realize somehow our families are related!!
too small a world!

Reply September 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Loralee Lewis SAYS:

Jen, this is truly lovely and it stands out. As a paper fanatic, I always love seeing something that is tasteful and innovative, I love how you don’t ignore the details. You are such a talent!

Reply September 15, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Cherisse SAYS:

Love everything about this! Just wondering when the free downloads for the Eat Me and Drink Me decals are coming. I am in love with them!

Reply November 1, 2011 at 8:32 pm

jenn s. SAYS:

Hi Cherisse –
I’ll put it on my list for early next week. I’ve been meaning to upload them for quite a while but keep getting distracted by other things! Thanks for the reminder :)

November 1, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Cherisse SAYS:

Thanks Jen! I can’t wait until you put them up!

November 7, 2011 at 9:07 pm

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