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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Very Merry Un-Birthday To You!

Why wait for their next birthday to throw a fabulous party?  Instead have an Alice inspired merry Un-Birthday!  And while we are at it, let's start with the cake! 
Queen of Hearts Cake

Flowers & Fringe Cake


Next are some adorable skirts from a lovely shop I happened across... They are also incredibly affordable so grab a few for your party guests too!
I love, love, love them... visit justkiddingboutique

Now, let's talk hats...
I think that proper tea parties hat are required, and why shouldn't they be???

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And to serve your tea...

This little tea set is a bit pricey, but it is gorgeous!

And to eat, well other than cake of course...
I would suggest serving lots of tiny fun sandwiches (which you can cut with small cookie cutter in a variety of shapes) such as;
Tuna Salad
Chicken Salad
Peanut Butter & Fresh Strawberry Jam
Cucumber Sandwiches

For "Tea" I would serve up a lovely fruit punch, I found a recipe that combines strawberries, lemonade, and tea (choose decaf for your own sake, and taste before adding in the sugar to see if you think it is needed)

Summertime Strawberry Punch

And now, on to the decorations!
These little pinwheels would look adorable tucked into tiny pots of flowers, you could have a tiny flower for each girl to bring home as a party favor.
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And how fabulous would these tags be on your Tea Pot, Punch Bowl, Sandwich Platter, etc...?!?!
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I think that flowers are a must for your tea party, whether they be in pots or vases.  
Another decoration that doubles as a parting gift would be to have a candy buffet.  You can line up mason or apothecary jars filled with candies of all sorts, including; lollipops, peppermint sticks, gummies, nonparells, etc...  Supply bags for your guests to pick their favorites to take home. 
I would layer several beautiful tablecloths on your table, using vintage tablecloths would bring a sweet touch, as well as a varitey of fabrics to create a fun, romantic, eclectic mix. 
Encourage your party guests to come dressed to the 9's and a photoshoot would be a fabulous idea for such a decadant tea party.  Simply hang up some big sheets or large panels of fabric to use as backdrops.  You can take the photos yourself, hire a professional, or check if you local high school or college has a photography program ~ you may be able to hire a student to take photos for you.  While you will have a discounted photographers rate, the student will gain experience ~ a winning combo!

Another party favor that will be adored by your guests would be lovely garden party pixie dust necklaces.
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And last but certainly not least the invitations ~ here is an adorable Un-birthday birthday invitation.
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If you have had a wonderland party of your own please feel free to comment and leave your own ideas!

Thanks so much to Courtney of CMM Jewelry who submitted this party idea for my blog contest!
Her prize for winning my contest is this fabulous pixie dust/mermaid bottle!
Thank you so much to all who entered!

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