Whether it’s a birthday or a ‘just because’ little get together, when you’re a kid a tea party is a very special way to celebrate. It’s surprising how much of a kick the kids get out of pouring the ‘tea’ and drinking with their little pinkies raised. So sweet. Of course, nothing brings a tea party to life faster than an Alice in Wonderland theme, especially for kids. Here’s how to do it:
Step 1: Set the mood with decorations
A Disney Alice in Wonderland fabric made for the perfect fun and bright backdrop. The price is right, and it makes a statement. I pulled out cake stands, teacups, tea pots and even an alarm clock from our guest bedroom to make this come together. I used a tablecloth, plates, and teacups that we own. And adding the book to the table was a festive way to bring Alice in Wonderland to the table.
Step 2: Create a menu
I chose Disney-inspired menu items such as fairy floss because my son thinks of fairy floss when he thinks of our trip to Walt Disney World last year. I also put together simple tea sandwiches. One was simply peanut butter and bananas (his favourite). The other was baby food puree, cheese, salt, and pepper, and the sandwiches were cut into squares. It might sound strange, but it’s fabulous, nutritious and quick. You could easily take it up a notch with a teacup shaped cookie cutter. We chose to wrap the sandwiches in wrapping paper and finish it off with shiny gold baker’s twine.
We also included twisted marshmallows, lemon tea cakes, macarons, and cake pops. Nothing was homemade other than the sandwiches. I like to keep it simple, and sometimes choosing shop-bought saves me a lot of time and hassle. And last, we included an herbal tea (suitable for children, like chamomile) with honey since it’s not a tea party without tea.
Step 3: Party favours
Party favours are not necessary, but the Alice in Wonderland Little Golden Book was just $3.99 and made a great party favour.
My son loved reading his after the tea party, and we heard that our neighbour Rocco read it right before his afternoon nap. He loved reminiscing about the tea party with his mama. It’s all about making memories, isn’t it?
Step 4: Create easy signage
I made some themed signage simply using white stickers on colourful tags. I also printed off a “tea party” arrow to add to the Alice in Wonderland feel of the party.
Step 5: Add small touches
I loved using simple Alice in Wonderland stickers to add to the fairy floss bags.
Creating magical and unforgettable moments at home is something I love to do for my kids. It doesn’t take a lot of time (or a lot of guests—we invited two of our neighbours!) to throw together an afternoon of fun. Whatever you decide, togetherness is always a great idea.