Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sophia's Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

I mentioned briefly in my previous post that for Sophia's birthday this year the theme was Mad Hatter's Tea Party. Sophia loves her themed parties- she's had a under the sea party,carnival party,puppy party but this year we were stuck on ideas under Gabriella suggested the tea party. She's so smart. We had a great time planning the party.
 I really wanted to stick to a budget of $150.00  which surprisingly wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.
We spent the summer searching local thrift shops,yard sales and the goodwill store to find mismatched tea cups and saucers and servers. We were able to get all the teacups for between $1.00-$3.00 each-not a bad deal.

The most expensive item  at $42.00 was Sophia's dress

We purchased it our favorite tween boutique Beverly Frills (don't ya just love the name)
We weren't even looking for it when we found it there. We just happened to wander in one day and there it was just screaming Alice-best part it was on clearance! Sophia also wore it to the wedding we went to in Delaware earlier in the summer.

Gabriella was dressed like the mad hatter. Shirt & hat were on clearance at Claire's and the skirt was full price at a whopping $13.00. One .99 cent can of orange hair spray and she was set

The best deal  I got were the tablecloths

I bought an entire bolt of upholstery fabric for $1.00 at a yard sale. It was enough to cover 2- 6' tables,1- 4' tables and 3 snack trays.

I used turquoise and hot pink plates and napkins and spray painted all the serving trays and bowls in the same colors

I made the hanging flowers using a tutorial I found here

The Candy Bar
The Hurricanes

Gabby did "makeunders" on the girls
Rebecca as the red queen

Madison as the white queen

We made little jewels boxes which were filled with candy jewelry

We played a game where 2 teams of girls had to fill a bucket of one end of the yard from another bucket at the other end using a teacup to transfer the water

We also played Alice bingo- I just download a bingo card change "bingo" to "Alice" and made the spaces all Alice themed words.

Party girls

Tea Anyone?

The girls took home their teacups. Sophia specifically picked out the teacups for each of her guests
I mentioned in another post that I was going to try to make a Topsy turvy cake.
Unfortunately I lost my nerve and ended up making a plain stacked cake.
This was only my second time using fondant and I have decided this is probably my last time using fondant!

The fondant cracked big time on the bottom layer of the cake and when I tried to remove it it only made it worse.The second and third layers were OK-not great just OK. Fortunately I bought cutters  in the shape of flowers so I ended up cutting out tons of white flowers which mercifully hid all my decorating shortcomings. I was lucky to have my best friend Linda to help me or I would have never would have gotten the cake done. Sophia didn't know I was making her the cake so I did the baking here and decorating at Linda's house

I also made a dozen and a half cupcakes in each the same flavor of the cake layers- carrot,red velvet and lemon. I wanted to have a backup if the cake was a complete bomb.

All and all the party went well, that kids had a great time,Sophia loved her surprise cake and I stayed on budget.

Big thanks to my friend Christine for taking these photos for me


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