Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mad Hatter Tea Party - Real Party Board

Mad Hatter Tea Party (Real Party) Board

  1. Tripp's Window & Mad Hatter Hats - I used my Silhouette Cameo to create this window for Tripp's room.  The window itself is sentimental because it came from my husband's grandparents house.  In front of it you will see the three Mad Hatter Hats I made myself, I think they turned out pretty good. :)
  2. Colorful Bottles - I looked for colorful bottles everywhere I shopped for months before the party.  I always bought them on sale or from the Dollar Tree, if you plan ahead you usually spend less. I have them wrapped in tissue paper and stored for future use, I love buying things I can reuse.
  3. Butterflies - We hung the smaller butterflies above the table from my light fixture, and the larger ones from the ceiling.  The larger butterflies I found at Burke's Outlet, the smaller ones at Dollar General.  I can definitely reuse them, maybe for a Pixie Hollow Party or even Bambi.
  4. Colorful Rag Wreath - This wreath was so simple to make, I will confess I wish I have made the cloth strips wider and longer - I will remember this for next time.  Ashley took this one home with her to use at another shower, as well as the banner (#11).
  5. Cupcakes with Fabric Toppers - You saw these cupcakes last Monday, that post has the (almost homemade) cupcake recipe and a link to the fabric toppers is there too.
  6. Flatware - I hope you can see this OK, it is definitely one of my favorite things from the party.  I bought treat bags from Pick Your Plum (I got my striped straws -#8- from them as well) and they were larger than I had expected.  I decided to fold them to make them smaller, after folding them I added the flat ware (each utensil in a different color) then added a colorful napkin (folded into a pinwheel) and tied it all with a ribbon.  
  7. Food Table - There are several things here I want to point out. 1.The Harlequin background, I used my Silhouette (#10905)  to create these for each window pane - each one a different color.  2.White Rabbit Holes - powered donuts, so cute yet so easy. 3.Tulle Table Skirt - I made this myself, but never dreamed how much tulle it would take.  I ran out and couldn't find anymore that matched, it was long enough to cover two sides of the table, so the table went into the corner.  4.Table Cover - My table was covered in wrapping paper that matched the tulle skirt, inexpensive and easy clean up. 5.Tweedle Dums - DumDum suckers placed in an over sized cup shaped like a tulip.  6.Colorful Platters - I found flower shaped chargers at Michaels in turquoise, lime green and purple.  To vary the height of the trays on the table I placed these on candle sticks.
  8. Mason Jars - I bought these Mason Jars over a year ago hoping to use them one day.  Here I took a colorful cupcake wrapper, folded it into quarters and punch a shape large enough for my striped paper straws to fit into.  I placed the wrapper on top of the jar and added the lid and placed the straws with flags attached.  Again, I used my Silhouette for the flags - #25626.
  9. Wonderland Sundaes - I think these turned out great!! I baked my cake (Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge - yes I used my almost homemade recipe) and totally cooled it before adding 3/4 of a tub of chocolate icing and mixing it together thoroughly in a baking dish and put it in the freezer over night.  The morning of the party I removed my "cake" from the freezer and using my ice cream scoop filled my paper cups with a scoop of "Wonderland Ice Cream" each.  Next I added Duncan Hines Amazing Glazes in Chocolate for the hot fudge, be sure to follow the directions on the bottle for heating the glaze - it's easy to over hear and burn.  Then a little decorators icing using a large closed tip and a maraschino cherry on top.
  10. Cupcake Candelabra - Using a candelabra I had saved from another party, I added cupcakes instead of candles for my centerpiece.  Quick, easy and didn't cost me a thing!!
  11. Unbirthday Banner - I really wish I had a better picture!! This banner was so cute and colorful and I loved it.  Ashley took it back with her to use at a baby shower at Ft. Campbell.  If she gets a better picture I will post it later.
A closer look at the Mad Hatter Hats.

As usual, I didn't get everything I wanted done before party time.  I always think of just one more thing...but over all I was better prepared for this party than I was for Lexi's Birthday and I was much less stressed.  One suggestion I will make, choose one thing you enjoy and are good at and do it - and buy everything else. For instance, if you are a good cook, prepare the food yourself and buy decorations already made, or vice versa if you are a crafty girl.  You could also have friends over for a party prep party and make decorations together, just don't overwhelm yourself by trying to do it all alone.

Ashley and her ADPi Sisters

We had a great time at the party, and it was over so fast!! And yes, all the hard work was more than worth it!!  If you have had a Mad Hatter Tea Party, I would love to hear all about it, leave a comment below!!

Have a Magical Day!!
Donna Kay

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