A Party in Wonderland

by Amy on July 29, 2010

This past weekend we had a very special 6th birthday party for Delaney.  She asked for an Alice in Wonderland party months ago and kept us on our toes for weeks with her party “vision.”  She actually asked me to watch the movie with her and take notes, so we could be sure to incorporate every little detail into her party.  This girl is serious about her parties!

I hope you’ll indulge me for a post or two while I share some of the details from her special day.  My husband and I, with help from the girls, made most of the decorations with basic supplies on hand – cardboard, paper, Sharpies, and paint.  Enjoy!

Guests were greeted at the front door by the Doorknob.

Inside, we put direction signs all around – this way, that way, up, down, yonder, back, etc.

In the living room, I covered the fireplace with whimsical tree fabric (these were curtains in Delaney’s bedroom at one time).  Above the fireplace, I hung a name banner {Printable Alphabet Bunting} and some bread-and-butterflies that I drew and painted on watercolor paper.

I glued googly eyes to the colorful daises, too {idea from No Fuss Fabulous}.

Tweedledum and Tweedledee were overseeing the present-opening area…

…while the Mad Hatter was busy with his tea party in the dining room.

Paper lanterns, made by my girls and nieces, criss-crossed the dining room ceiling.

The table setting included:

  • woven paper placemats (more on those soon)
  • turquoise burger baskets (Sur La Table)
  • reusable plastic cups (IKEA)
  • blue-striped paper straws (cdk designs on etsy)
  • various teapots and vases filled with flowers

One of the girls’ Calico Critters became the Dormouse, with a “custom” felt vest and bow-tie.

Here’s a close-up of the cake.  Delaney wanted a three-tier cake, each layer a different flavor.  Cake baking and decorating is not really my thing, but I am happy with how it turned out.  The trick for me was lots of refrigerating in between layers and layers of frosting (from a can, by the way…).  Alice in Wonderland characters (Disney Store) and jumbo heart sprinkles were used for the simple decorations.

The party menu was very simple, filled with the birthday girl’s requests: peanut butter & jelly sandwiches (cut into teapots, butterflies & hearts), mini corn dogs, fruit salad cups, lemonade, and juice.  We also had Annie’s Bunny Grahams and Trader Joe’s Cat Cookies (which look a lot like Cheshire Cats!).

Speaking of the Cheshire Cat, he was watching the festivities from a tree outside…. I’ll be back tomorrow to share our party activities and more photos!

{Read Part 2 of our Alice in Wonderland Party}

{Read more about how we made our cardboard characters!}


amandab July 29, 2010 at 10:07 pm

I am … speechless! What a fantastic looking party! Everything is just amazing! (Overuse of exclamation marks!!)

I bet it really made her day special and she was a really happy girl at the end of it :)

The cake is GORGEOUS!!

Loralee Lewis July 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Simply adorable!

Mom and Kiddo July 30, 2010 at 1:57 am

I love it all! Especially how your daughter made you take notes.

Tara July 30, 2010 at 3:39 am

What a fantastic job you’ve done with the party. Looks like a lot of fun would have been had by all.

dana July 30, 2010 at 3:53 am

this is beautiful!

Phyllis July 30, 2010 at 4:30 am

Wow! That is fantastic!

Rachelle July 30, 2010 at 6:16 am

This is so cute and imaginative. You did a great job making the whole scene look like a real slice from Alice’s tea party. Thanks for the inspiration.

Nicole July 30, 2010 at 6:34 am

Brilliant! I especially loved the cake and the bread and butterflies!

Alison July 30, 2010 at 8:44 am

Some great ideas even for those not so good with a sharpie. Those cardboard characters are literally awesome, wow!
The cake, so simple but so perfect. The flowers, the banner, thanks for the links there, they’re just so right and even your little girl matches up perfectly. Wow!

Lindsay July 30, 2010 at 9:18 am

WOW! I can’t wait to see more!

Rosie Girl July 30, 2010 at 9:29 am

Now I want an Alice in Wonderland party of my own! Such clever and whimsical ideas you all came up with. Have a great weekend.

HereWeGoAJen July 30, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Oh, that is just a perfect party! Do you think I should have one just like it for my next birthday? I’ll be thirty. ;)

Amy July 30, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Yes, I do! I think it would be perfect… :)

Jaimie August 1, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Everything is just beautiful! I love it!

Jenny Rebecca August 3, 2010 at 7:12 am

Oh my goodness, did you paint the large cardboard characters yourself???

Ginny August 9, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Amazing party! Want to come decorate for my next birthday party? I love love love it! Alice is a favorite. Those big characters are awesome, did you make them yourself. Looking forward to reading the other post(s) on this party. So cool!

katherinemarie August 18, 2010 at 3:54 pm

What an INCREDIBLE DARLING DELIGHTFUL party day. Perfect party for a perfect little sweetheart. May her entire year be filled with just as much magic and JOY!

daynas August 29, 2010 at 12:28 pm


So lovely!!

jb April 27, 2011 at 4:20 am

Where did you find the cutouts? I’ve been looking all over, and can’t find any! I would love to have them for my daughters 1st birthday party as we are doing Alice in Wonderland theme as well?

christy beach June 6, 2011 at 7:21 am

where did you find those cutouts? i have also been looking

Amy June 6, 2011 at 7:31 am

My husband and I made the cardboard characters. Here’s the post with our how-to: http://lets-explore.net/blog/2010/08/party-tip-creating-large-cardboard-characters/

Hope that helps! :)

lmd June 8, 2011 at 10:11 am

How did you make the paper lanters!? You are so talented, good for you! What a lucky daughter you have.

Daisy January 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Cute Party…I just love Alice in Wonderland!!

Ashlee October 11, 2012 at 11:23 am

This is wonderful!! Thanks for the great ideas’ my daughter’s 4th birthday party is going to turn out great.

Lily Harrington June 4, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Hi There, I loved your Decoration, and just wondering if you sell the large cardboard characters?

Amy June 7, 2013 at 6:57 am

Hi Lily – Sorry, I don’t sell the cardboard characters. I do have a tutorial on my blog, though, for how to make them: http://lets-explore.net/blog/2010/08/party-tip-creating-large-cardboard-characters/. They take some time, but are not too hard to do. Hope that helps!

Sarah March 10, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Wanted to ask where you got the cutouts from? And how much they were?

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