I hosted my very first tea party for my daughter’s 3rd birthday. As this was my first ever children’s party, I tried to do it on a budget and also almost everything was handmade/DIY not all by myself but with help from my family and friends. I was very very stressed about the build-up to this party. I’ve never done anything like this before and all the more reason too when I’m finally in my own house. I had so many deliveries coming and I felt like I was waking up early to open my packages, I found a lollypop inside a parcel which I’m still not sure is actually a lolly pop.
I decided to do an Alice in Wonderland themed party as I got bought the book in 2016 read and loved it, I watched both the Disney (1951) and (2010) this year. I fell in love with this story and I believe to see a bit of Alice in not only myself but also in my daughter. She is the Alice to my Wonderland.
The White Rabbit drew by my mother, welcoming you into the dining room which I transformed into Wonderland. This was the best thing that has ever happened to my dining room as it is hardly ever used and there’s only a table, chairs and a couch in it. For people who cannot draw you could always trace the characters to create cheap and handmade decorations for a party. My mother is amazing at drawing and occasionally I can draw but those genes are not recessive.
Talking doorknob from Alice in Wonderland – I made this myself with inspiration from this pin I found on Pinterest, I don’t have a printer so I just had to try judge my own measurements and try to adjust it as I don’t have any handles in my house which are knobs. I also used googly eyes instead of drawing them, as I have a bit of an obsession with them. I own 1,800 of them but that’s a story for another day.
I got the 5ft Backdrop from an Amazon company named Dazzle The Party Store and the dangling hats and teapots from an Amazon company named parties2amaze. They were really funky and transformed the room into the Wonderland I hoped for. Luckily for me, my boyfriend is tall and white tac works wonders otherwise these would not have made it onto the walls.
I tried to wear this as an actual hat throughout the day by bouncing underneath it and making it rest on my head. I am the mad hatter. I also wanted to stretch it over to the Mad Hatter Drawing so he was wearing a hat. I like to think I’m funny but I make myself laugh.
I have an open plan dining room which leads into the office which I wanted to block off so I bought a pack of cheap cards, with the idea to hang cards to create a door curtain with them so this is what I and my friend came out with. All you need is a hole punch, some chunky string, a pack of cards and a willing friend (victim) to help you. This was actually made the day of the party as it goes we didn’t have a hole punch so it was very last minute but I think the result was quite good.
My amazing friend made these beautiful flowers and tried to recreate a scene from the original (1951) film. Here is a link to how to make your own https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0K34F_-R-Uk and some accompanying music to go with it.
We’re painting the roses red…
To decorate my table I used my Lewis Carol Alice book, a glass I bought from The Works, little eat me and drink me bottles I had made, Heart Confetti and a checked tablecloth I got off Amazon. Looking at the checkered tablecloth made my eyes go funny and I still have a headache, I was worried about it not fitting the table as it did not have dimensions.
I made my own cupcakes very easily using a simple cupcake recipe on BBC website, I added cocoa powder to make them a bit more flavoured rather than the plain sponge and decorated them with handmade cupcake toppers I had made. Turns out I’m not great at piping which meant my icing had to be spread on. I forgot that you need to stir the icing before putting in the piping bag otherwise you have made cement.
My first Birthday Tea party was a fantastic day with memories we will have forever. Amelia had a fantastic day playing with her friend, playing pin the tail on the white rabbit, blowing bubbles, dancing and most of all eating food. Even the dog seemed to enjoy the party especially the bubbles.
Not once did I ask someone if they wanted a drink? Maybe I’m not a great hostess but I made a good Wonderland in a singular room and that’s pretty much the same thing? I made party bag’s I didn’t even give out, so that was a waste of time. I spent 20 minutes blowing up balloons that I forgot to even bring into the dining room, they are currently congregating under my living room table as I write this.
Amelia’s dress was also handmade by my mother, which is just fantastic. The birthday cake was made by a friend, I don’t think I could have stuck any more candles on it if I’d tried then I thought I had spelled it wrong. I was carrying the cake into my daughter and I’m mentally telling myself don’t drop this cake on your child’s head, I was wondering why I had been left in charge of this task as I have no coordination whatsoever. I’m walking in, everyone is singing, the candles are starting to go out and I knew then, there was no turning back, I was in way too deep. I could not have made this happen without all these fantastic people who helped contribute towards Amelia’s big day.
Isn’t she beautiful? Bit cheesy? Sorry, she melts my heart.
To conclude the day my daughter got to sing and dance with Elsa. I have never seen her so happy, completely in her element. I cried when she turned to me and said ‘Mummy, Elsa is in my house’ it was very overwhelming for me. For those of you who have noticed, my daughter is not in her costume because she had an accident…
I’m so happy with the results of this tea party which felt like a college project. I’m still waiting on a delivery of a Cheshire Cat who decided not to arrive on time. Where are you? You’re late, You’re late for a very important date.
I hope this post has helped anyone trying to plan a party on a budget or even just to help give inspiration. Please share, comment and browse through my other blog posts!