How to Make a Mad Hatter Fascinator

How to Make a Mad Hatter Fascinator

Today, I’m sharing how to make a whimsical Queen of Hearts or Mad Hatter fascinator for yourself, a child or grandchild in a seven-step tutorial.

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With Halloween a little over a month away, it’s costume-making season for young trick or treaters, or adult party goers. And, portraying an Alice in Wonderland character is a popular costume choice.

As regular followers are well aware, my fourth My Favorite Things Party had an Alice in Wonderland theme.

Since the event, I’ve shared numerous party project tutorials, including; How to Make Whimsical Teacup Fascinators. Recently, I also shared Craft Fun to Fabulous Floral Fascinator.  It’s taken me until costume season to circle back to how I made the black and white checked toppers.

Learn how to create and customize a Mad Hatter fascinator to accessorize a costume, wear to a tea party, or even as a stylish top hat to complete a New Year’s Eve outfit.

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Absolutely Mad, Summer Tea Party Table

Absolutely Mad, Summer Tea Party Table

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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Hand Painted, Wedding Champagne Flutes

Hand Painted, Wedding Champagne Flutes

Today, I’m sharing the pair of wedding champagne flutes I made as a personalized gift for my niece’s recent party.  It was a fun craft that could easily be applied to any hand painted glass project.

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Since the happy occasion of my niece’s wedding in Charleston several weekends ago, I’ve been on a longer than planned blogging break. As in a Tale of Two Cities, it’s been both the best and worst of times.

After the wedding, I returned with my mom to Florida to help transfer dad from a rehab center to long term care. Mom and I knew the minute we saw him that something was wrong. Immediately after the transfer, it became clear his pain from a previous injury and fall had escalated significantly. Within hours, dad was back in the hospital with a severe sepsis infection.

Moving him to hospice care was a blessing. Several long days later, he passed peacefully, and I am very grateful his suffering has ended.

Creating this post is a happy distraction. It also provides an opportunity to remember the fun weekend, celebrated with family and friends. Here’s how I created the wedding champagne flutes and how to make your own.

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DIY Hand Painted Glasses & Champagne Flutes

DIY Hand Painted Glasses & Champagne Flutes

Today, I’m going to show you how I hand painted glasses to compliment table settings and as favors for several parties.

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I was prompted by several readers who asked how to make the decorated pilsners featured in last week’s Casual St. Patrick’s Day Table & Shamrock Glasses.

So far, I have created hand painted glasses for four different occasions. It all started when I wanted peacock themed tableware and favors for the second My Favorite Things Party.

Since the feather decorated wine glasses were such a crowd pleaser (everyone thought I had bought them!), I went on to paint Holly Golightly figures on champagnes for the Breakfast at Tiffany’s Theme Brunch. More recently for the Unbirthday Party, I upped the ante, painting four different Alice in Wonderland character goblets.

You don’t have to be an artist to create fun and unique hand painted glasses to grace a table or give as favors for a bridal or wedding shower. All it takes is a little patience and steady hand. Let me show you.

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Wonderland Tea Party Menu: Scones & Desserts

Wonderland Tea Party Menu: Scones & Desserts

Recently I detailed the second course of an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Menu: Finger Sandwiches & Savories

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In Part 2, I’m outlining the beverages, scones and desserts served as the first and third courses.

I had so much fun researching and selecting all the food and drinks for the Wonderland tea party. There were so many tempting recipes to choose from! For more ideas and inspiration, bee sure to check out my Pinterest board, Party: Alice in Wonderland.

Because the Unbirthday Party was held in the summertime, it was actually an iced tea party. And, rather than being held at English tea time from 3-5 PM, the luncheon began at 1 PM.

In addition to the Wonderland tea party, there were mad games (including flamingo croquet), and a My Favorite Things gift exchange. With the party going until very late in the afternoon, I spaced the three courses of food between all the various activities.

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Tea Party Menu: Finger Sandwiches & Savories

Tea Party Menu: Finger Sandwiches & Savories

Last June, in Alice in Wonderland, Unbirthday Party Reveal, I provided an overview of the mad event, with glimpses of decorations, tables, favors, and games. Also included was the iced tea party menu, but without much in the way of descriptions and pictures. 

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Since then, I’ve received many inquiries asking for more details and photos of the beverages and food, recipes, and how I pulled off such an ambitious tea party menu.

In the meantime, I have shared other particulars and tutorials from the My Favorite Things Party. It was the fourth time for the annual event; each with a different theme.

You may have viewed several of these DIY posts as part of the monthly Pinterest Challenge; a blog hop hosted by Erlene of My Pinterventures. As always, bee sure to check out all the Pinterest-inspired projects at the end.

Today, I’m going to outline the second course of the tea party menu, which includes finger foods and a fabulous sandwich cake.

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