Heading back down the rabbit hole with today’s Alice in Wonderland table feature. It’s one of several tablescape posts from the My Favorite Things Party I’ll be sharing.
If you read, Alice in Wonderland, Unbirthday Party Reveal, you’ll remember that the weather forecast was dire the night before. Fortunately, the heavy storms passed and the sun came out by the time the party began at one in the afternoon.
All four My Favorite Things Parties have been set at least partially outside. The last three were sit down meals, under the covered porch and pergola. So, I’ve always had a “Plan Bee” in case of rain.
Cramming 14-16 people indoors for the entire party, especially to eat, would be less than ideal. We’d have to move furniture out of the family room to squeeze in two banquet tables and 12 chairs. Another four or five ladies would be seated around the kitchen table. That would leave very little room to mingle, play games, and do the favorite things gift display and exchange.
What I’m showing you today, was a sort of dress rehearsal by setting up an Alice in Wonderland table in the kitchen. Just in case…
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Vintage Teacups Dangle Overhead
Regardless of the weather forecast, it was going to be teacups hanging from the chandelier overhead.
Bee Decorated Chandelier Compliments HapBEE Birthday Table was the foundation. I left it decorated for the Alice in Wonderland party.
Next, I added a variety of vintage teacups and cutouts of teapots, hanging them from the chandelier arms with ribbon.
For the Alice in Wonderland table, black and white checkered ribbon matches the runner below. Both the ribbon and fabric came from Hobby Lobby. I sewed runners for all the party tables.
Three different patterned tea cups were found at Goodwill and St. Vincent de Paul stores. You’ll see the same china patterns in the favors and tiered servers I made for the Alice in Wonderland table below.
The two-sided paper teapots were cut using a Sizzix machine. M, my crafty friend, lent it to me so I could make the floral, bee, butterfly and black and white checkered printed teapots. I glued two teapot cutouts together, punched a hole, and tied pastel ribbons to hang them from the chandelier.
A Rose is a Rose is a Rose
The Alice in Wonderland table was set on a pink tablecloth with matching napkins folded into the shape of a rose. The Queen of Hearts may have wanted her white roses painted red, but pink was rosy for my Unbirthday Party.
Rose-folded napkins are fast and easy to do. See 12 Napkin Folds for All Seasons, Holidays & Occasions.
Teacups Hold Goodies Too
In Unbirthday Party Reveal, you got a look at some of the party favors and table settings. Even though I served iced tea, I had to include these vintage teacups for guests to take home.
One of the reasons I chose pink linens, was to compliment these unique tea cups with combination saucer-dessert plate. I loved all the special details, like the gold scalloped edge and flower painted on the inside of each teacup.
Does anyone recognize the pattern? There’s just a “G” and “made in Japan” on the back of the plate.
Each teacup was filled with a number of treats, including a white tea blueberry and elderflower tea bag, cookie cutter, packet of flower seeds, and an Alice in Wonderland character card.
Don’t miss seeing all 12 Alice in Wonderland Party Favor Ideas & Crafts.
One of three different color keys was attached to each with pastel ribbon to be “played” as wild “cards” during the gift exchange.
Here you can see the intricate white butterfly boxes that were also at each place setting. Each butterfly held three lottery numbers for the favorite things exchange.
The Mad Hatter has lost his shoe at the Alice in Wonderland table!
Hand-painted, Alice in Wonderland character goblets were for refreshing glasses of iced tea.
Each character glass, like the White Rabbit herald, had a different color base and little charm tied around the stem.
Can you guess which character glass is mine?
For a detailed tutorial on making your own, see DIY Hand Painted Glasses & Champagne Flutes.
Tea Party Tableware
Every My Favorite Things Party, I also give the ladies a theme-related pen of some kind. Because the tea party is suppose to be set in a garden, I created flower potted pens.
Tick-tock, aren’t these clock plates perfect for an Alice in Wonderland table? I have them in two styles and sizes. They are primarily used for New Years dinner parties like, Celestial Tablescape and Diamonds & Top Hat.
Here’s a closer look at the precious little green teapot with a dragonfly on top. It was a thoughtful gift from my sister-in-law.
Another favorite is this white strawberry-shaped teapot (Home Goods). Sometimes I use it as a vase, filling it with flowers or fresh herbs.
It has wonderfully detailed, matching sugar and creamer. I’m particularly partial to the lovely creamer.
They were each priced under $4 or $5.
Since the gift exchange item limit was $10 this year, the sugar and creamer were going to be my favorite thing. But, I couldn’t find three sets.
Vintage China Server as Centerpiece
The tiered server is a DIY project, made of vintage china and cordial glasses found at thrift stores. Silk flowers are sealed under each glass. I also created a little arrangement in the teacup at the top.
I’ll show you how to make the tiered server and two other vintage teacup centerpieces and decorations next Tuesday. See DIY Vintage China Tier Server Stand for Tea Party.
In June’s challenge, I shared How to Make Whimsical Teacup Fascinators.
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For another Plan Bee setting, see Absolutely Mad, Summer Tea Party Table.
Have you ever set a mad tea party table?
Alice in Wonderland Table Moves to Porch
The skies evidently cleared on the day of the party. At 11:00 AM we decided to setup the Alice in Wonderland table outside. We even got in rounds of Flamingo Croquet and Building a House of Cards.
So, it was the Mad Hatter’s Fascinator Shop that was setup under the vintage teacup chandelier — as originally planned. Whew!
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