Last weekend we fell down the rabbit hole and celebrated Hannah’s very first birthday with a whimsical Alice in Wonderland tea party in our backyard. I’ve been wanting to throw an Alice in Wonderland tea party for a very long time, so when we found out we were having a girl, I already knew what her first birthday theme would be. It turned out perfectly and I’m still obsessing over the details. I’ll share them all below, and link as much as I can at the bottom!
Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
*This party was created in collaboration with Talking Tables. All photography and opinions are my own. Thank you, Talking Tables for sponsoring this post! This post has affiliate links. I may receive a percentage of a purchase made using my links at no extra cost to you.😊
When scouring Pinterest looking for inspiration for this party, there were so many different ways I could have gone with this theme. I ultimately designed this party around the Talking Tables “Truly Alice” range of products. This line is classic Alice in Wonderland featuring original illustrations from the book, which I loved. I decided to go with a lighter color scheme, with florals and greenery to give it more of a garden tea party feel.
I pictured a long picnic table for the kids with a tea party set up, so I reached out to The Madison Picnic Project, and she provided the most beautiful tables, pillows, blankets and umbrella. The kids loved sitting on the pretty pink pillows, eating their snacks, and drinking their tea.
For the food table, I decided to do a green grass backdrop with vine garland and florals around the border. I used the Talking Tables Truly Alice cutouts and tea pot bunting on the backdrop and the black and white check table runner with playing cards scattered about on the table. I set up an old door at the end of the table as a backdrop for Hannah’s high chair with the Talking Tables arrow signs behind. I used props that went along with the theme, such as books, rabbits, tea cups and pots, clocks, and the mad hatter’s hat as fillers on the table.
For the menu I tried to incorporate foods that you would see at a tea party, such as finger sandwiches, Victoria sponge cakes, cookies, petit fours, fruit and macarons. Pup and People Treats made the custom sugar cookies, and they could not have been more perfect! The designs were spot on. I have ordered custom cookies from them before and they always blow my expectations out of the water! (See the “party animal” cookies they made for Audrey’s birthday party)
The macarons were made by a local shop called Sifted Sweetness. The flavors were strawberry and earl grey, and they were delicious! For the kids table I put them in little treat domes with “Eat me” tags, which was an adorable touch to the spread.
I ordered this “Eat me” cookie cutter off of Etsy, which I used to make earl grey shortbread cookies. These are some of my favorite cookies and I love how they turned out. (This paper tray that the cookies is on is also from the Truly Alice line by Talking Tables!)
I got some chicken salad from Chicken Salad Chick to make little finger sandwiches on different types of bread. I cut out different shapes to give it some variety.
How cute are these petit fours in this little glass box?! Petit fours are from Publix!
The drink table was simple, with a dispenser of water and two different teas, framed photos of Hannah’s photo shoot with Elles Photography Studios, flowers, and books. I used two different types of cups by Talking Tables (linked below).
Everything came together perfectly by mixing and matching Talking Tables’ products and with all of the other local services. We also got a bounce castle from Rocket City Party Rentals for the kids to play on, which they loved! We ended up getting to keep it longer than expected, so they enjoyed some extra time with friends after the party was over.
Our little birthday girl was too cute toddling around in her little Alice dress, eating the icing off her smash cake, and playing in the bounce house. It’s hard to believe she’s already one! It feels like it should still be this time last year and I should be holding a teeny tiny little baby all day long.
I’m so thankful for all who were able to come celebrate with us, and to these small businesses who made this party perfect!
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Hannah’s -Alice in Wonderland tea party
- Much of these decorations, such as the rabbits, tea cups, tea pots, glass cloches, books, and cake stands, I already had. Check your local Michaels or Hobby Lobby for similar items, especially in their Spring Shoppe. You can also check your local thrift stores for china, tea pots, servingware, and old books. If you have hard back books, find some neutral colors and take the covers off! Good luck and happy planning!