For an eccentric delightful time, turn to the work of Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, and Mia Wasikowska. The 2010 released “Alice in Wonderland”, is an inspiring movie when it comes to party ideas. The Mad Hatter knows how to throw a great party and is sure to give you success as well.
First things first, send out invitations. Polkadotdesign.com is a great place to start searching for whimsical custom designed invitations as well as place cards. If you have a small budget, get creative. Save your money and hand make the invitations or create them on your computer and print them at home. Remember the more unique and fanciful the better. The RSVP return cards could include alternate phrases for “Attending”, like “Of course, the Mad Hatter is expecting me.” and “Not attending” could read, “Have to visit the Red Queen and she won’t let me attend.” or any other fun phrases you can think of.
Gather the necessary décor for the party. Set the ambience by using different tea pots, tea cups, saucers, and plates. Check out your local thrift store, many of them carry assorted dishes. Place several traditional square card tables end to end to create a long table and cover with a white table cloth. This is key to achieving the look. You don’t want to steal the spot light of the whimsical tea party with an over zealous table cloth. Let the smaller items be showcased. The place cards should be fun. You can either put the name of the guest or give them fun nick names and let them figure out where they should be sitting based on the nick names. Some phrases you can include on the place cards include, “Move down”, “Eat me”, or “Drink Me”.
Chairs? Oh yes, you will need chairs. These can also be found inexpensively at the thrift store. You can also get creative and use non-chair items like piano benches, step stools, but most importantly be imaginative and resourceful.
Ask your guests to dress in fanciful attire like waist coats, vests, and over sized dresses with petticoats. There are many costume shops that sell attire for the main characters in the movie.
Need food ideas? Be sure to include a jar of eye balls or frog legs from the White Queen’s kitchen. Serve your guests tea, themed cookies, and mini quiches. Don’t serve anything to heavy, keep it light and fun in the spirit of the Mad Hatter.
Games? Croquet is quite fitting for this type of party, however, if weather doesn’t allow you to venture outside you could include games like “Move Down” where you play music and everyone dances about, and when the music stops everyone must rush to sit back down in the chair beside their last chair. The last one standing must wear a fake nose, large forehead, large wart, large ears, or funky fake teeth. There are many more from the movie you can add as punishments. Have fun creating these.
Prizes or party favors can include Mad Hatter top hats, White Rabbit pocket watches, White Queen crowns, or even Vorpal Swords. Fun idea: Who ever sits in the seat containing a white rose becomes the Champion and must slay the Jabberwocky before anyone is allowed to leave the party. Create a Jabberwocky piñata and display him as art for the party. At the end the Champion must slay the Jabberwocky by cutting off his head. Or the piñata busts, either way all of your guests get loads of candy and a jolly good time.
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