Hosted by Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate, today’s post is part of the Welcome Summer Tablescape blog hop. I’m sharing a different take on the traditional or proper tea. Mine is a summertime, iced tea party table.

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Last June, I hosted my fourth annual Favorite Things Party. Every year, I pick a different theme to build the event around. I’d always wanted to have a vintage style tea party. Because it was summertime, I served two refreshing iced teas, along with a sparkling pink lemonade. They were part of an extensive menu that included classic tea party finger sandwiches, savories and desserts.

Did you know the Mad Hatter’s tea is actually an Unbirthday Party? It just so happened, that the event coincided with a big milestone birthday for yours truly. So, holding a Wonderland unbirthday, vintage style tea theme party checked all the boxes! And, the self proclaimed, Queen of Theme, got to bee the Queen of Hearts for the day, LOL!

For those coming from Kari’s pink and gold table at Me and My Captain, welcome to Debbee’s Buzz. And to my dearly appreciated subscribers, thank you for taking another trip down the rabbit hole with me! Come all, and take a seat at this richly detailed, tea party table set for the Queen of Hearts’ official Unbirthday.

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Dress Rehearsal in Case of Rain

In Alice in Wonderland, Unbirthday Party Reveal, I explained how violent thunderstorms and heavy downpours nearly moved the event indoors.

After viewing the weather forecast earlier that week, I decided on a trial run; setting the three tables for 17 inside. Think of it as a dress rehearsal in case of rain, or Plan Bee. Here’s the practice tea party table set for six in the dining room.

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An Alice in Wonderland Table and Party Favors was set for four (with room for a fifth in case of rain), in the open kitchen.

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Had it been necessary, I would have set up a third tea party table in the family room. Using a folding banquet table, it would have seated another six guests.

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But it would have been tight to also accommodate the three-course buffet, beverage station, Mad Hatter’s fascinator shop (How to Make Whimsical Teacup Fascinators), and 51 favorite things displayed for the gift exchange!

Spoiler alert — after violent thunderstorms and heavy rain overnight, by 11 in the morning the skies cleared. With the Unbirthday Party starting at 1 in the afternoon, we were able to quickly set three tables outdoors on the covered porch and under the pergola. Whew!

As a result, I was able to use the dining room table for the Unbirthday Party buffet, as originally planned.

See all the sumptuous food in Tea Party Menu: Finger Sandwiches & Savories and Wonderland Scones & Desserts.

But now, let me take you on a tour of the dress rehearsal, tea party table in the dining room.

Tea Party Table Favors

Regardless of which table, each place setting included a vintage teacup favor. Guests received a cup, saucer and luncheon or dessert plate in one of two floral patterns (Goodwill).

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For the three course meal, vintage teacup favors were layered on top of Anthropology and Lenox plates.

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Red-handled spoons (Home Goods) were for eating traditional Eton Mess pudding during the second course.

Inside each teacup, I placed a packet of flower seeds (Amazon), cookie cutter (Michaels), lavender tea bag (Amazon), and classic Alice in Wonderland playing card (Amazon). They are tied together in a clear bag with ribbon and large key (Michaels). The keys were used later as part of the favorite things gift exchange.

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Another DIY favor at each place setting, was a pen disguised as a potted flower (Dollar Tree). Heart-shaped ornaments decorated the tea party table and hung from the chandelier.

Hand Painted Character Glasses

Guests also received a large ice tea goblet (Dollar Tree), that I decorated with one of four Alice in Wonderland characters. Here’s my Queen of Hearts glass — who else would be on my goblet after all?!

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Alice is playing flamingo croquet on another guest’s glass. Each goblet also had a jewelry charm tied to the stem. A butterfly place card (Joann Fabrics) fluttered on glass rims.

The character depicted on your glass designated which team you were on for Playing Flamingo Croquet and Building a House of Cards.

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Guests took their stemware home as favors, after I rinsed and slipped them into a clear plastic sleeve.

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See how you can make your own in DIY Hand Painted Glasses & Champagne Flutes. The example goblet in the how-to project depicts the Mad Hatter.

Which character glass is your favorite?

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On the side of each plate was a pink napkin folded into a rose.

We’re All Mad Here Centerpiece

The Wonderland centerpiece runs the entire length of the tea party table. It sits on top of a vintage white cloth, with a black and white diamond print runner. I made four runners in all; one for each table and another for the food and dessert buffet.

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Starring in the mad centerpiece are the Queen of Hearts, Mad Hatter and Alice doll figures I also crafted. See how I made them using muslin forms, in Creating Alice in Wonderland Character Dolls.

Alice holds a looking glass, while surrounded by my favorite teapots. Holding court on one end of the tea party table is the Queen of Hearts.

Which is your favorite? Mine might surprise you. It’s actually the Mad Hatter, which has gone on to host another mad tea party.

Alice and the Queen are still available in my Etsy shop, DebbeesBuzzBoutique; along with a few other Wonderland decorations.

Vintage China Decor

Sitting between the trio of Wonderland characters, are DIY Vintage China Tier Server Stands. A quick and easy project, they stand ready to hold a variety of homemade tea sandwiches.

Other vintage china decorations are scattered around the centerpiece and table too, including three whimsical tea cups.

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Each teacup appears to float, while pouring flowers into the saucer below. Crowns and keys decorate each one. To make your own, try How to Make a Floating Teacup Centerpiece.

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Sitting behind Alice, on the opposite side of the tea party table, is a vintage china teapot overflowing with Wonderland cards. It is the third Pinterest-inspired decoration crafted for the occasion.

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To make your own, visit DIY Alice in Wonderland Cards and Teapot Centerpiece.

I had a blast creating all the party favors and decorations — over the course of an entire year!  Other decor included a Fanciful Alice in Wonderland Wreath and Roses & Teacup Grapevine Wreaths.

If you’re interested in the menu, don’t miss Finger Sandwiches & Savories and Scones & Desserts.

Don’t Bee Late

How absolutely perfect are these clock and watch face plates (Marshall’s, TJ Maxx) for a Wonderland tea party table? Originally, I used them for New Years Eve Tablesetting.

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Joining the mad event was the White Rabbit; in the form of a Kaldun and Bogle teapot.

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Even though we drank iced tea, I also used a Mikassa Silk Flowers teapot, creamer and sugar to decorate the tabletop. It was featured previously in A Valentines Day Tea Party with Friends.

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A paintbrush — from painting the white roses red on the overhead chandelier — landed on this vintage plate used for serving mini desserts.

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Rain Rain, Go Away, Come Again Another Day

In the end, we were able to set three tables for 17 under the covered porch and pergola. We also got in four rounds of flamingo croquet in the yard — even if the lawn was a bit soggy!

However, as my guests were heading for their cars, the sky grew ominous and winds picked up. Half an hour later, we experience another line of violent storms; dumping several more inches of rain!

Mother Nature, smiled kindly on my Unbirthday Party — and, I’m very grateful. But, agonizing over the weather added more than a couple years onto that milestone birthday, LOL!

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Just a quick thank you to all those who left comments or sent emails on my father’s passing last week. I deeply appreciate your kind words, condolences and encouragement. Posts over the next month or two may be somewhat erratic, as I organize and host a memorial service and family weekend, help care for my mom, and address other personal issues.

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