How to plan an adult or child's tea party like Alice in Wonderland
Planning any type of party can be fun, stressful and also a challenge. The first thing you need to establish is whether or not you will have a theme for your party. For children's party it can be a fun thing to do.
If you decide to not go down the fancy dress route, then you could make your party different by thinking of other alternative ways to make it stand out.
Why not pick a year like the 1980s, or maybe choose a colour scheme like 'Blue & While' and have this as the running theme throughout the whole party if it's for an adult or teenager.
Or if you wanted to do something different especially for a children's birthday party, you could choose a storybook theme, like Alice In Wonderland or Snow White. But to add a twist to it, you keep the underlying theme of the book, but use the colour scheme and the events in the book in your own party.
In Alice In Wonderland there is a section in the book where there is a tea party. So you could work this into your own party. But instead of going out and investing lots of money on decorations relating to this theme, you could instead work the colour scheme and events into the party.
Unique Decorations For Your Tea Party
Banner Made From Playing Cards
If you didn't have the time to make your own banner, you could buy one instead. However, sometimes making your own can be just as fun.
Decorations You Can Make Yourself
If you are having a tea party for a child's birthday, then you can make it fun by getting them to help you make the decorations.
Instead of buying the decorations at a party stores, instead buy a few decks of playing cards and make your own.
All you will need is:
- 2-3 decks of playing cards
- paper puncher
- Punch a hole at the top of each playing card. Then cut some string about 3 inches long and thread it through the hole on the playing card. Then tie a knot at the top of the playing card to ensure that the card stays secure.
- Next tie this piece of thread to the ribbon which will be your party banner. This allows you to secure each card to the ribbon without them moving around.
- You could if you wanted to glue two playing cards back to back and then when they were dry do the whole process like above. If you had the party outside, you could do this method.
- However if your tying the banner up inside, one card is sufficient.
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Decorate Your Room For Your Tea Party
On the day if you're having your tea party inside, you can keep your decorations simple.
Get lots of balloons that match your colour scheme. Then tie a few together with ribbon.
Then strategically place them around the room and around your tables and you will see that they can really make the room look fantastic.
Table Centrepiece For Your Teaparty
Table Setting For Your Tea Party
With a little bit of effort and some imagination, you can make really lovely centrepieces for your table which won't cost you a lot.
It also has the added benefit of keeping in with your tea party theme.
All you will need is some old china teacups you don't use which are not a family heirloom for this.
If you don't have any, you could get some at the thrift stores or charity shops.
You don't need to buy fancy ones, you just want some colourful ones which will work with your party.
If you can get them with the saucer that would be better. But it's not vital.
Have you ever attended a party with a theme?
How To Make A China Teacup Centrepiece
What Your Need
- 8 China teacups with saucers (this will depend on how many tables you have)
- Get a few bunches of flowers from the supermarket which have a good variety of flower in them.
- Cut the stem of each flower about 1 inch or more from the top of the flower head. This depth of the cup will be a factor in how much to cut.
- Next add some water to your china teacup. Place a few flowers in the cup and organise them into a nice pattern. Try to keep the same pattern of flowers in each cup if you can.
- Once you have all your teacups completed, place one in the centre of each table.
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Food For Your Party
On the day of your tea party, you will want to have at least something that will stand out and look amazing.
If you don't want to be bothered with a cake, you could try having lots and lots of cupcakes. You can prepare them in advance and then decorate them later on to match your tea party theme.
Then just organise them on a huge cupcake stand and allow guests to eat them at their own leisure.
How To Decorate Your Own Cupcakes
You could decorate your cupcakes with icing, cream or chocolate. You could decide to choose icing the same colour as your party theme to tie everything in together.
The following video gives instructions on how to assemble icing on your cupcakes to make them look fantastic.
Once they are decorated you can display them on a cupcake stand and allow your party guest to feed themselves.
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Party Snacks For Your Tea Party
When serving snacks at your tea party, remember to serve everything in a large serving dish. This means there is less hassle for you on the day.
Let your guest pick and choose what they want to eat. You won't have to be going around filing plates with food.
It's also a good idea to pick food you know you can prepare in advance. Then all you need to do is cover them and store them in the fridge or cupboard until you're ready to serve.
That's why sandwiches and appetisers are ideal for parties.
Enjoy Your Day
With all the food prepared and the room decorated, all that's left is to enjoy your day. The planning of any party is the hardest part. But it all pays off when everybody tells you what an amazing time they have had.
All that's left is for you to take all the praise you get from your guests for planning a fantastic tea party.
© 2014 Sp Greaney