10 June 2010

alice in wonderland party, part I

i want to introduce you to my niece, sophie. here she is all dolled up for her thirteenth birthday party. i chatted with her a week before the big event and she told me of her big plans for her alice in wonderland themed party. i saw her growing collection of antique books and teacups in the corner of her room. she told me about pansies in teacups and vintage decor throughout the party. sophie did her research on what a classic tea party consists of. sophie even had details and a to do list written on an oversized chalkboard to prep for the special affair. i was so thoroughly impressed with her party planning skills. this is a girl with the best imagination. thankfully her mom and family helped her with every detail!



pretty antiques and old books created a vintage theme throughout the party. the playing cards are a sweet touch and the perfect tie-in to alice in wonderland. her grandma shanna let her host the party in their beautiful home, so it would be a fun change from the regular scene of playing at sophie's house.


the teacups held blooming pansies, to be given as a favor for the party guests. here, sophie's great-grandmother bernice makes them look party ready.


the table was full of deliciousness. i love the teacups hanging from an array of colorful ribbons. the pretty ceramic birds, mossy nests, and antique pieces really set a nice feel for the luncheon. i like how the centerpiece arrangements wrap in perfectly with the beautiful menu choices. (all of which look dainty and divine.)

speaking of which, sophie tells me, "A tea party consists of 3 courses (we looked it up). 1) brunch with mini quiches and cucumber sandwiches. 2) scones with honey and jams. 3) desserts; chocolate covered strawberries and cupcakes etc. The cupcakes are from a local bakery called MINI'S. really cute. And of course, we served herbal tea."


the girls dined on towers of itty bitty quiches and cupcakes. each cupcake had a long slender birthday candle in it; sophie let everyone make a wish at this birthday party. sophie's mom is shown pouring tea and likely wrapping up and smoothing out all the behind the scene details.

all images come from lucy, sophie's sister. click here for part II; more alice in wonderland party pictures and details, along with sophie's seven party planning tips (not to be missed)!

25 comments:

Cole said...

this is such a cool idea. the photos look so great too. love your blog. :)

Eeny said...

Wow, I am impressed. Sophie did a great job. The pictures are gorgeous, too. I always want to have an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party. Can't wait for Sophie's party planning tips and more pictures.

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

That is so beyond gorgeous and impressive. I would steal her idea, but there's no way I have the dedication and hard work to pull it all together!

Heather @ Alis Grave Nil said...

Beautiful girl, beautiful party! Wow. So creative. You must be so proud of her... seems like there are multiple creative branches in your family tree.

Shavanna said...

Love your blog. The tea party was precious. I hope to be able to capitivate people on my blog like you do as you are very entertaining.

Jennifer said...

how sweet! it looked wonderful!

Amy said...

I love this party! The teacups hanging from the chandelier and the playing cards were darling details. I'm going have to borrow this for my girlies. . .do you think Sophie will mind?

Christine said...

i would LOVE to go to a party like this... the details are just incredible, i never could have pulled something like that off when i was your nieces age! what a creative family :)

ps- i especially love the description of what a tea party consists of... all of my favorite things.

Miranda said...

Umm, wow. Impressed doesn't say enough. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have been this good at throwing a party when I was 13. I love everything about it!

Johanna said...

Sophie must be one mature and very unique 13 year old. How refreshing to see someone her age choose such a creative and original theme for her party. She is clearly very organized and pays attention to detail.....hmmmm must run in the family non? Can't wait to see more!

Travelin'Oma said...

Those party genes have gone through the generations perfectly intact! What a fun event!

Hil said...

A. Dorable. Seriously, I think for my 13th birthday we went bowling...

Three Owls said...

beautiful party Sophie. All that planning paid off... the party favours are so lovely!

Feather said...

this is amazing! what a great job that 13 year old did! she has better skills at 13 than i will my whole life!

Brittany said...

wow, i love this! so much creativity and time put into what looks like a wonderful party! i wish i had friends like sophie when i was 13.

Phoenix Peacock said...

I love that some cups are hanging from the light fixture!

and flowers pick themselves said...

so lovely + whimsical! great photos :)

xo Alison

Desiree Fawn said...

What a beautiful party!!

Last summer I went to a bridesmaid luncheon that was Alice themed -- so much fun!

~Kristina said...

so absolutely beautiful!
your niece has great things in her plan.

Karen said...

At 13??? Really? Party planning ability must be genetic. What a lovely party! Looking forward to Sophie's advice...

Lisa said...

Marta! HOW did they fold the books like that?! I spent ages searching online for a how-to, after seeing these photos, and didn't find anything!

Stephanie said...

oh my, what a lovely party. I wish someone would throw me a tea party!

Amy said...

very much impressed.

Elsa said...

What a lovely party! It's whimsical without being too twee, elegant with being fussy, and everything looks so beautiful and delicious! Happy belated birthday, Sophie!

jonnajonna said...

I'm turning 29 in August and would LOVE to have an Alice party! I think that's FOR SURE what's going to be planned! :) Thank you for all of the amazing ideas, tips and pictures!:)

Much Love,
j

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