A Very Merry 4th Un-Birthday to my sweet first-born daughter! Let me paint the scene of the party for you. For all you men-folk reading this, and for other people who care nothing for party planning ideas, you can skip down to the actual party photos. For the rest of you who enjoy planning creative parties for your kids, I am giving you all the juicy details. I apologize in advance for the length of this post!
Here is Ivy, the Un-Birthday Girl:
Orange Cranberry Scones
Tea Sandwiches (made by my husband Phillip):
Roast Beef and Cheddar on Rye
Cucumber with Dill Cream Cheese
Cashew Cranberry Chicken Salad
Brie en Croute with Apricot Walnut Glaze (made by my husband)
Assorted Fancy Cookies (store bought!)
A beautiful assortment from The Cupcakery, our fave cupcake place in town.
Cupcake toppers were made by Phillip - Vintage Red and Black drawings from the original Lewis Carroll book.
The drinks weren't too exciting. The kids drank pink lemonade from teapots, and the adults got Coke zero and water bottles that said things like "We're All Mad Here!" and "Curiouser and Curiouser!" Here are two other versions:
Are you so, so impressed with the custom water bottle labels? Don't be. I found a cheap DIY custom water label instructional online - and let me share the secret! All you have to do is print out the papers and stick 'em on there using clear packing tape. It could not be easier, but the result is beautiful. For these bottles I used scrapbook paper cut to size, and I printed the words on cream paper.
For the party favors I made personalized boxes with a Lewis Carroll drawing and each little girls' name.
Inside the boxes were a passage from Alice in Wonderland (though I replaced Alice's name in the text with each little girls' name) and a hair bow bearing a colorized image from the book. There were different hair bow colors - black, red, purple, yellow and blue. Each had a different image on it, such as the Duchess, the White Rabbit, Alice, the Mad Hatter, etc. These hair bows were custom made by Francis at Fancy That Hair Accessories. If you haven't yet discovered Fancy That, you need to take a look. She will totally make you a custom accessory too!
And now for the party pictures! The party was at Fairytales & Tutus, which means that it was a ballet class with dress up and tea party. We also had the real Alice in Wonderland come in for a little visit. She danced with the kids, read them stories, and helped serve them tea.
|Ivy and Violet meeting Alice for the first time.|
|Alice reads her story to the kids.|
|Alice helped Ivy dress up just like her, and made her feel as special as could be.|
|Alice and Ivy|
|Pretty ballerina toes|
|Alice and Violet|
|During the tea party Alice kept everyone entertained with another story|
|Blow the candle out, my dear, and make your wish come true!|