Real Party – Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
I am sooooooo excited about todays real party! Karen of Creative Cotton Bags, contacted me a couple of weeks ago to let me know about the party she was planning for her daughters 16th birthday and I immediately said yes to featuring the party here, just from the preview photos. I loved the fact that this party was for a teenager as so many parties featured on blogs are for little children, but even big kids love a themed party! So I shall now hand over to Karen to share how she created her very own Mad Hatter’s Teaparty.
I had been anticipating my daughters 16th birthday for a while and dreading
the “party”. Would she push boundaries? Would she want something “grown up”? I
was both pleasantly surprised and somewhat relieved when she told me she’d like
her last ever “childrens” party. I came up with the idea of a Mad Hatters Tea
Party. I felt it had a lot of scope for twenty 15 and 16 year old girls!
20 and then to just be left to dance!
Invites went out in the form of playing cards and the buzz started! Lucy
and her friends decided that they would all come as different characters from
Alice in Wonderland so as not to double up on the night. Lucy, as the birthday
girl, opted for the Mad Hatter.
When it came to theming the party I was torn between the wonderful works of
Tenniel and a pretty quintessentially English feel. Unable to choose, I decide
to mix the two!
I bought Cath Kidston style paper plates and cups and trawled charity shops for
mismatched tea cups and saucers. The lady in our local charity shop got carried
away with it all too and it was with total delight, on one visit, that she
produced a giant teacup and saucer, miraculously in the right colour
on the small glass bottles my local publican recycled for me. This was becoming
a community project! Another friend came forward and offered me 5 beautiful old
tressle tables. It soon all started to come together.
Many of the “props” I borrowed from my husbands shop and we are lucky
enough to have the timbered framed outbuilding opposite our house in which to
hold the party.
I was dreading making the Mad Hatters costume but again found just about
everything I needed in local charity shops and craft shops. I found the internet
an invaluable tool for studying costumes and watching a tutorial on how to make
cake pops. I even tiptoed into the world of sugarpaste cake decorating! I drew
the line at making the birthday cake but a dear friend provided me a 3 tier
white cake and I then decorated it with an abundance of penny sweets.
done had been achieved with a printer, some bakers twine, a tag maker, some
sticky labels and tissue paper it looked amazing! I am not a cake maker but I
had a go and was delighted with the results.
wonderful evening. They sat round the enormous table, filled to the rafters
with party food, for a good 2 hours and then spent the remainder of the evening
dancing and laughing.
I am living proof that with a little bit of know how, a lot of imagination
and some internet tutorials, wonders can be achieved. The outbuilding looked so
lovely we had a sit down family meal for 16 in there the following night.