My little baby is now 4! I always look at birthdays as a way to make one day extra special for my kiddos. It should be fun, extremely beautiful and tasty too! What could be better than an Alice in Wonderland party? I spent at least 6 months planning and making things for this day. I am doing 2 posts for this party: This first one is mostly professional pictures, done by my friend and talented photographer Johanna Rae http://johannaraephotography.com/, of all the decorating details before the party started that morning. The second one will be the actual party photos. I will do a few DIY posts along the way too, because almost everything was handmade.
Enjoy! We certainly did...
My amazingly talented mom made Mr. Dodo ( complete with his fire) for my birdbath in the front garden too! Honestly, he is one of my favorite things.
I wanted the daisies from the Disney cartoon to be a main theme at the party, so it starts at the front door with this wreath I made...one of two.
She is so excited for her friends to get here!
In the entryway I decided to place a copy of the book that I had everyone sign for Gwenna (Grandpa even wrote her a poem). I have done this for baby showers too, and I like that it is a special keepsake for my Gwenna to remember her day and have a favorite book full of birthday wishes.
Here is the second wreath, on the mantle, along with a vintage white bunny and teacups filled with daisies, atop brass candlesticks.
I had these old keys my mom gave me and the crochet daisies my mom made. I attached them to the birthday banner I designed and made and those touches made it super adorable, I think.
I came up with the idea of making little "Alice" scenes in my apothecary jars. I wish I had been able to make little card men for behind the queen of hearts but alas, I guess I needed 7 months to prepare for this party (hehehe).
I knew I needed something for this opening between rooms. I almost printed pages from the book (both the original and the Disney) and stung them down ribbon along with playing cards in order to create something really whimsical, but I decided simple was best. These daisy balls turned out just right.
I made this tiered teacup stand out of two candleabras and then epoxied teacups to the tops where taper candles would go...I did this two years ago knowing I wanted to give Gwenna this party sometime. I thought it would be cute to have the hanging teapot over it looking as if it was poring tea in mid air.
This is the special fabric I ordered from Hongkong via etsy.com here. It is PERFECT and along with Gwenna's custom dress (also etsy.com here), they were the starting points for the color palatte and feel of the party.
My mom made these tarts from a recipe on pinterest here. She added the chocolate "eat me" and they were so perfect and delicious!
Sweet touches like this make an event special, in my opinion.
It has become tradition for my mom to make the birthday cakes, and why not when she can make cakes like this one? I had designed a more elaborate cake but later came to the same conclusion (I often do) that simple would be better. This is perfectly sweet looking and tasting! It was vanilla with lemon curd filling. Just too yummy!
I got the idea for the paper banner from something I saw on Pinterest and my friend Hyo found a template for it and made it for me! I am so lucky that my friends and family are all willing to humor me.
I put most of the food onto silver platters and fancy servery because I wanted it to have a Victorian tea party vibe.
Except the actual plates, cups, forks, and spoons of course....I am not that dedicated! Though I have to say, I couldn't find any paper products I liked for the party, so I simply stamped everything with a rubber key stamp using a non-toxic stamp pad. I wish it had been waterproof too, because it smeared all over when we were eating off of the plates. Oh well, I tried.
I had originally wanted the party to be at 4pm, I even had the invitations printed and then I decided that it would just be too windy and hot by that time to enjoy the backyard. I moved the time to 9am and it turned into a brunch instead of a BBQ. I don't invite a ton of guests to these parties, it becomes too much. Mainly, I let my kids tell me who they want to have at their parties. It isn't for my friends (I have something in mind for them around Christmas).
Yes, my mom sewed 250 ft of flag for my daughter's "Vintage Strawberry Shortcake" birthday last year. I want to use it as much as possible because I just love it! It really sets the party mood.
You have got to have croquet at an "Alice" party.
I got a few paper lanterns to hang from the fabric flags for the perfect mad teaparty table.
My dining room table was brought out and a mix of chairs create just the right look along with my favorite thing...
The custom table cloth my mom made! Three different daisy patterns were sewn together with tons of ruffles for the absolutely perfect, little girl, party table.
I collected these giant silk flowers along with some moss ones to make a whimsical singing flower garden. Fun, fun, fun!
Lori gave Gwenna a few great vintage Alice books that I put on the hallway counter, along with all the guests goodie bags.here. I wanted the original Tennial drawings from the book along with "take one" embroidered in blue thread. I like that the bags are gifts too.
There is so much more I want to share with you still, so keep checking back!