How to Throw an Alice in Wonderland Baby Shower
"Alice in Wonderland" baby shower theme is perfect for
- a tea party
- a baby girl
- a fan of the book/movie
- a literary buff of any kind
- someone whose name is Alice/Allison/Alyssa
- someone who wants to name their baby Alice/Allison/Alyssa
Let's face it: not many people enjoy attending baby showers. The arranged gift-giving, the silly games, the mandatory oohs and aahs...
And most regrettably, they're all the same, with slight variations, as if designed by the same sadistic party planner whose sole purpose in life is to trap and annoy women.
That being said, you can still make a baby shower entertaining and enjoyable for your guests. One way to achieve that is to come up with an interesting theme.
Why Choose an "Alice in Wonderland" Theme
Unlike your typical gender-driven pink or blue baby showers, "Alice in Wonderland" theme is memorable, imaginative and whimsical, and it offers so much room for creativity!
- Although not a common theme, "Alice in Wonderland" decor is fairly easy to find online and in party supply stores.
- It offers so many variations; for example, it can be a mad tea party setting, a queen's courtyard setting, or a Mad Hatter-specific party angle.
- You can have as few or as many decorations as you want. If you get inspired, you can create a truly magical atmosphere, a movie set vibe, or just add a few playful highlights to your tea party.
- You can have unique party favors and props for the pictures.
Alice in Wonderland Motifs
- cards/ card suits
- flowers, trees and grass
- mushrooms and caterpillars
- red and white roses, or white roses being painted red
- rabbits and cats
- pink flamingos
- potions and cakes
- teacups and tea pots
- clocks and keys
- chess pieces and mirrors
Alice in Wonderland Baby Shower Decorations
Amazon, Zazzle, Ebay and Etsy offer an abundance of Alice-themed decorative items, including
- invitations, tea cups, napkins, plates, "eat me" and "drink me" tags, characters' paper cutouts, games templates, "antique" keys, photo props etc.
Party supply stores typically don't have Alice-specific items, but they do have a casino-themed section and a Valentine's Day section, where you will find:
- plates, cups, napkins, lanterns and wall cutouts with card suits on them, and a variety of heart-shaped items, both perfect for the Queen of Hearts' courtyard setting.
In other parts of the store you can find
- little glass bottles (to use as potion bottles or party favors)
- checkered and striped tablecloths
- striped paper straws
- cupcake stands
- wacky glasses and hats.
Budget-Friendly Tips For Your Alice Baby Shower
Like with any party-planning, you'll have to decide on the items you absolutely need, and the ones you can do without. Here are some ways you can spend your party budget wisely:
- items like plates, napkins and tablecloths don't have to be themed, just make sure they match your color scheme.
- Don't buy paper/plastic cups if you can borrow enough real tea cups from family/friends - they will look better and won't cost you a thing (and they don't have to match!).
- Make a sign with ‘this way’, ‘that way’, 'tea party’, etc., like in Disney’s Tulgey wood. It's a fun and easy DIY project, and it will make a whimsical addition to your party.
- Invest in balloons, lanterns and streamers - they're inexpensive and festive.
- Print out a sign that says "Down the rabbit hole" and put it on your entrance.
- Invest in some inexpensive decorative details, like card decks and vintage-looking keys. The card decks will only cost you a few bucks, and a set of 30 antique skeleton key replicas are sold on Amazon for $7-8. You can scatter the cards around the table and attach the keys to your party favors.
- This is a bit sneaky, but you can also buy some decorative items from stores like Home Goods, Big Lots etc. and return them after the party. Just keep the price stickers and the receipt!
- Although white and red roses inspire the most immediate association with "Alice in Wonderland," you can use any kind of flowers for your party. Just put them in teapots instead of vases.
- Another creative flower arrangement idea is to put paint brushes with red paint on them in vases with your red roses.
- Or stick googly eyes on your flowers and plants!
- Invest in a few fun "extra" items that you technically don't need, but your guests will appreciate and remember. For example, you can have a large photography backdrop resembling the woods in the Wonderland with huge mushrooms and flowers (always an instant hit) or other photo props, like the Mad Hatter hat, wacky glasses, a Cheshire Cat plush toy etc.
Alice in Wonderland Baby Shower Food & Drinks
"Yes, that's it!" Said the Hatter with a sigh. "It's always tea time." - "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," Lewis Carroll
Baby showers are a perfect occasion for a tea party, and there isn't a better tea party theme than "Alice in Wonderland"!
To have yourself a Mad Tea Party, start by setting the right atmosphere with the long table (preferably outside) and all sorts of teacups and teapots on it. Since the book is so surreal, you can really play around with shapes and sizes. Use some teapots as vases for your flowers, and scatter the table with playing cards, vintage keys or decorative clocks.
When choosing tablecloths, consider your color scheme. If you pick classic red-white-and-black colors, you can go with red or checkered tablecloths. If you choose a pastel color palette, go with pale pinks, lavenders and blues, with an option of adding a checkered table runner, like in the picture.
Now - your party's centerpiece: the food. Luckily, the book is remarkably food-centered, and an almost endless source of inspiration for your celebration. For example, you can serve
- the Queen of Hearts' jam tarts
- cakes or cupcakes with 'Eat me' written on them
- cookies shaped like hearts, cards, clocks or keys
- a cake shaped like Mad Hatter's hat, or decorated with Alice in Wonderland figurines
- drinks with 'Drink Me' labels attached to them
- mushroom pastries
- English sandwiches
- blintzes with jam
- lots and lots of tea!
Alice in Wonderland Baby Shower Games
Baby shower games are the worst, especially the ones involving smeared chocolate on a diaper (gross, and the waste of chocolate) or guessing a pregnant woman's belly size (body-shaming). So keep the games classy, and to a minimum.
For example, you can have the ubiquitous "guess the due date" game, baby bingo or a price guessing game, where you have to estimate the price of common baby items. Online stores like Etsy offer a great selection of printable Alice in Wonderland baby shower templates for games, place cards, table numbers etc.
To bring more Alice in Wonderland flair to your shower, try these games:
- buy fake white roses and have you guests split into 2 teams and paint them red. The fastest and the neatest team wins;
- make up a quiz with questions from the Alice books and movies;
- before the tea party begins, put the tea cups upside down and hide a special item under one of them, like a key or a small toy. Everyone takes turns lifting the cups. Whoever finds the item wins;
- play card games using Alice in Wonderland playing cards, with quotes and illustrations on every card;
- have a teapot-, a clock- or a flamingo-shaped piñata.
More Ideas and Tips
- Play "Alice in Wonderland" the cartoon or the movie in the background.
- Use "Alice in Wonderland" books in your decorative displays.
- Print out your favorite "Alice in Wonderland" quotes, put them in whimsical frames and scatter them around the venue, or use them as place mats in your table setting.
- Even though it's a tea party, feed your guests more than dessert, especially if you're planning the baby shower around lunchtime.
- Be gracious and offer your guests alcoholic beverages in addition to teas and lemonades. It can be something light, like champagne, wine or sangria.
- If you're really daring, it can even be a costume party. Encourage your guests to dress up, or have just the mom-to-be impersonate Alice, it will take the baby shower to the next level.
How to Dress Up Like Alice
Alice's dress is truly iconic, just like Alice herself, and relatively simple to imitate. You will need:
- a blue mid-length dress
- a white apron (optional)
- striped or white stockings
- black shoes
- a black hair bow
However, if your mom-to-be does decide to dress up as Alice, she may quickly realize that they just don't make that 19th century-style puffed sleeve dress with a tight waist and a pinafore for pregnant women. So it's not as easy as wearing a Halloween Alice costume.
Finding a perfect light blue maternity dress can also be a challenge, so encourage her to improvise with colors and styles. Striped stockings and a cute hairband with a black bow can give her baby shower attire a reference to Alice in Wonderland without screaming "costume."
Slideshow of Alice in Wonderland Party Ideas and Decorations
This Alice in Wonderland Photo Backdrop will take your baby shower to the next level!
A Mad Hatter Hat for memorable photos
© 2016 Lana Zakinov
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