Last week my daughter came to me and told me she and her friends wanted to have a slumber party in honor of the new Through the Looking Glass movie. They were going to watch the first movie, and somehow that turned into us having an Alice in Wonderland tea party. It's not unusual for my daughter to have 10 friends over on a weekend for a sleepover, but since this will probably be the last time they are together before graduation I wanted to make everything extra special.
I wanted the party to look extravagant, but not spend a ton of money. And did I mention we only had a few days to pull everything together? The first thing I did was search for things we already had on hand. We had gotten the teapot from Barnes and Noble a few years ago. The Cheshire Cat had been a birthday gift from a friend. I pulled a white rabbit out of our Easter decorations. It was easy to piece together mismatched tea cups and so on...
I order paper plates, napkins, and cake stands from Amazon. Thank goodness for 2-day Prime Delivery. Due to rain we had to hold the party indoors, so I added in some grass placemats to my order, which worked out perfectly.
I also bought a set of Alice in Wonderland cupcake toppers which we added throughout the table.
As for food, I didn't pre-order anything. We just went to the supermarket bakery the morning of the party and bought things which were already prepared. I bought a small Marionberry Cake, two mini fruit tarts, and 3 decadent chocolate pastries.
The table looked like we had a huge variety of desserts, but in reality we only had a few well placed pastries. I filled in the rest with a box of mini cupcakes and some bakery cookies. The cost of the bakery items was under $50.
We also added some fresh fruit and a spinach salad.
For the tea we set out cream and sugar, lemon, and spoons made out of honey. For girls who didn't want tea we had pink lemonade.
My husband found lights that change colors so we set a couple of those up throughout the room for some fun ambiance.
Speaking of lights, we added some mason jars full of Christmas lights and some outdoor lights and then during the sleepover the girls could come up for a late night dessert party and eat the leftovers.
There's something a little magical about a midnight dessert party with twinkling lights.
They also came up for breakfast and sat at the "tea table" again, so in a way it was three parties in one.
I printed out some quotes and then used a tag punch to cut them out. I added a charm to each and then the girls could take them home as a party favor. They had fun picking out their favorite quote.
All in all I would call the party very successful. It was fun to watch the girls navigate their way through a tea party, and they all had a wonderful time.