Welcome to Wonderland where jumbo cards fall from the sky, the cheshire cat is always smiling and everyone wishes you a very merry un-birthday! Patty Liu co-hosted this Whimsical Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party full of DIY ideas and cute food inspired by the magic of Wonderland!
PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:
– Card Soldier Rice Krispie Treats and Cheshire Cat Tales
– Jumbo Card Invitations, “Take Me” candy favors & a manzanita branch with hanging keys
– Homemade queen of hearts inspired tutu and matching card headband
– “Drink Me” tags and sweet treat crafted “tea cups” from candy and ice cream cones
PARTY DETAILS, as told by Patty…
I just wanted to share a little real party my friend I put together for her daughter’s 7th birthday. We’re not professional event planners or anything, just everyday people who like to browse the hostess blog and pinterest for fun party ideas. I hope other readers of the hostess blog will find this party inspiring since we did it on a very limited budget and we made a lot of DIY crafts. We’re lucky to have another friend who is a baker and she helped us with the desserts and treats. Plus a graphic designer that helped us design the fun invitation, signs and name tags. Below is just some details on some of the things we made.
We made the invitations look like the Queen of Hearts playing card. And the backs of the cards were paired with a red pattern to make it look even more real. These were simple to make, print and cut out.
SECRET KEYS & BRANCH
Our friend had this fantastic manzanita branch that has gotten some good use out of it at many parties. We purchased a lot of little keys off ebay and strung them up in colorful ribbon and hung them up all over the tree. It added a fun and whimsical feel to the decor.
DESSERTS & FOOD
– Drink Me bottles: were simply empty Frappacino bottles that we removed the labels from. This was a great idea we found on Pinterest. Added a little Drink Me tag and ribbon and wha la.
– Edible Ice Cream Cone Tea Cups: were super cute and super easy to make. We also found this idea on Pinterest. All we needed was plain ice cream cones, gummy rings, large cookies and iced frosting from a tube.
– Rice Krispy Treats Cards: was just a simple recipe of rice krispies topped with little heart-shaped heads made of card stock.
– Cheshire Cat Tails: was just giant marshmallow skewers dipped in colored white chocolate and sugar crystals. These were yummy and the kids loved them!
– Heart Shaped ham & cheese sandwiches: made by the queen of hearts. Easy cut outs using a cookie cutter, plus add a little EAT ME tag.
We found cute little mason jars for $1 each and filled them with an assortment of candy. Tag it with a TAKE ME tag and it’s ready to go.
LARGE HANGING CARDS
We purchased a deck of jumbo cards and strung them up and hung them up all over the ceiling.
These were simply printed on a card stock paper and we added a thick cardboard strip to the backs of them to keep them sturdy.
These were purchased at a party decor warehouse for $10 each.
This was completely handmade with regular tulle in different shades of blue and white. We hot glued different cut out shapes and added ribbon. It was beautiful! This was definitely the most expensive item we made.
We played “Pin the Smile on the Cheshire Cat”, a ring toss and a “Color the Roses Red” quiet coloring session. That was a godsend, it kept the kids quiet for at least 20-minutes! :)
– Party Styling & Design: Patty Liu