A fun affair to celebrate any occasion (or even no occasion at all) can be patterned after the classic children’s tale Alice in Wonderland. Host a few of your daughter’s closest friends, and let your imagination take flight in designing the quirky fête.
Alice in Wonderland can inspire an eclectic theme. Use mismatched teapots and teacups to match the Mad Hatter’s eccentricity. Don’t forget the oversized playing cards, which can be placed behind each guest’s chair.
Remember the song lyric about “bread-and-butterflies kissing the tulips”? Serve pint-sized bread loaves embellished with butterfly decorations, like mini nylon-butterflies, and bake butterfly-shaped cookies to offer for dessert. Cakes that look like mushrooms are another good addition to the menu.
That butterfly inspiration can extend to the hostess’s wardrobe, as well. She can wear butterfly wings either along with the Mad Hatter’s traditional top hat or in lieu of the headwear. You may also choose to provide the guests with costumes that portray the book’s other characters. Alice and the Duchess can don tutu skirts, and a flamingo can wear a bright pink tutu, too! Of course, don’t forget the rabbit ears and fluffy cottontail for Alice’s iconic tour guide in Wonderland.
Your daughter’s take on the Mad Hatter might also involve a fairy wand that allows her to give her guests special powers from consuming the magical tea and treats.
Decorate the room based on a garden theme. Place large floral stickers along the walls, and use artificial greenery for table decor. Set up a croquet game in the back yard to entertain your guests. You can show a DVD of an Alice in Wonderland movie if the weather won’t cooperate for outdoor activities.
You can have an “Unbirthday” any time, so if you’re looking for a reason to schedule a get-together for your little one and all of her friends, opt for an Alice in Wonderland-themed event.