I’m back! And this time, I thought I’d share some of the photos and preparation from a very fun event: my ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!’
About a year ago, I held an afternoon tea to celebrate my 18th Birthday, and to make it extra special, I decided upon an Alice in Wonderland theme. We held it the weekend after my mock exam week, and honestly, it was the best thing to get me through A level mocks!
After finishing my exams on the Friday, my mum and I spent the next two days quickly baking! Here’s some of the things we got up to…!
These stained-glass gingerbread biscuits looked a treat, and matched in perfectly with the ‘Queen of Hearts’, plus, I never realised how simple these little mugs were to make. All we needed were marshmallows, party rings, snowies and polos! I think the hardest thing was cutting the polos in half (I never realised how hard they actually are – if you’re trying it at home, be careful and avoid any shrapnel!)
I also spent time making place cards: I used two packs of mini playing cards, and stuck them back to back with cocktail sticks in between and fimo feet (so they would stand up). Then attached a sticker with a name on, and it completed the look!
I have to say, I was really pleased with how the table looked. It was like a traditional afternoon tea, with china cups and saucers, and then odd quirks that made it fit for a Mad Hatter and his friends.
If you’re ever struggling for ideas for a theme, Pinterest is the way to go! We bought some pre-made sandwiches from Marks and Spencers, and also some mini fruit tarts.
Other than that, we made the rest of the food we served! We had flamingo skewers with tomatoes, olives and mozzarella balls, vanilla cupcakes with gorgeous toppers (hand made by my wonderful mum), jam tarts, apple tarts, shortbread cheshire cat biscuits, and fruit skewers, plus so much more.
We also had scones with clotted cream and jam: a must-have for any afternoon tea!
To serve the drinks (which were a variety of fruit juices), we bought some milk bottles, and adorned them with paper tags, reading “Drink Me”. This joined the various labels I had dotted around the room with “Eat Me” on them, as if they would have the same power as the food Alice ate!
I had a trail of Alice hearts on the lead up to the room where I was holding my afternoon tea, and some giant playing cards alongside too. All of these different things just managed to add to the whole atmosphere, and I loved how it turned out.
To top things off, I had two big balloons, a 1 and an 8! What 18-year-old’s party is complete without them!?
Finally, in an attempt to ensure that I managed to get photos with all my guests, we decided to create a photo booth. It was in many ways, very simple, a white wall, and a collection of home-made props!
We had a real mixture of things: A cheshire cat face, a pocket watch, tweedle-dum and tweedle-dee’s hats, and even some little ‘Eat Me’ biscuits. It really made the day even more special.
I hope you’ve enjoyed a little snapshot of my 18th Party – and maybe help you out with some ideas for your own!