Aria turned one on Friday. We started the celebrations early with a Mad Hatter’s Themed birthday party last Saturday. I picked this theme simply because it is pretty and anything goes. Despite only having half an hour to set up at the venue I am really pleased with how it turned out.
Obviously the birthday girl had to have an amazing outfit. I bought this personalised first birthday vest from Etsy here and I’m really pleased with it. The tutu is from Angel’s Face*, it is beautiful and has a lot of give in it, it is designed to fit 0-1 years but I think it will last Aria a lot longer. The hair clip is from Little Sparkles Boutique*, Aria is a brand rep for this lovely firm on instagram. If you are wondering why she has two bows it is because she likes to pull them out, so I trick her by putting two in, she pulls the bottom one out and leaves the first one in, sometimes!
Our One-Derland invites came from Etsy here, I was so pleased with these. They cost just under £15 and were designed with all of our personal information. They were emailed to me as a PDF which was great as it meant that I had the choice of printing them onto card, emailing them or sending them to people via facebook.
As mentioned above I love the theme because anything goes. I had a mixture of different colour polka dot prints, happy birthday prints and various Alice In Wonderland themed pieces. The Happy Birthday table cloth came from Party Bags & Supplies*, we ordered the Sweet Stuff party pack which included a tablecloth, cups, plates, napkins and pre-filled party bags. These would be fab for the busy mum who doesn’t have the time to shop around for party decor and party bag fillers.
I’m so pleased with my sandwiches. I bought a cheap set of mini card shape cookie cutters from eBay here and sliced them through the bread, these were so easy to do and looked so good, we had a lot of comments on them. I only decorated a few sandwiches like this for decor purposes, the rest were cut into fingers.
I was so pleased with our cake! It was made by a local cake maker after I’d seen something similar while browsing Google images and fell in love. She did an amazing job and it tasted beautiful.
This cupcake stand was another very popular item, it came from Wilko, I knew I had to have it when I saw it in store. The fake grass came from Amazon here.
We had cupcakes made by the same person who made the cake. I bought them to go in the cupcake wheel from Wilko but unfortunately most of them were too big to fit in the small spaces! They looked great on the stands with my marshmallows. For these I melted white chocolate, added food colouring, dolloped onto the top of a Mega Marshmallow* and sprinkled hundreds and thousands over the top, simple yet effective.
Most of the tableware came from What! though I did buy a few Alice in Wonderland pieces from Amazon here, I also couldn’t resist the flamingo napkins from Tiger.
I decided to give the children a personalised Kit Kat and a helium balloon, I had a lot of ages to cater for so this was an easy option, they also doubled up as table decorations. What I didn’t consider was that the kids would try and eat the Kit Kats during the party leaving the balloons with no weights. There were a lot of balloons on the ceiling by the time we left! Next time I will hand them out when people are leaving. The personalised Alice in Wonderland chocolate wrappers were from eBay here.
I decided to fill a drinks dispenser up with pink lemonade and let everyone help their selves, kids loved this, constantly running back and fore filling their cups up. I’m not sure if it was because they felt independent or if they just really liked pink lemonade! The dispenser came from Tiger.
I bought a selection of paper straws in pastel colours and coloured hearts which were placed in the cups. I added little drink me signs to some of them which looked fab if I do say so myself! The little paper teacups came in the Alice in Wonderland party pack from Amazon here. I bought giant cards from Tiger to made this simple bunting.
Despite only having half an hour to set up I think we did a great job, I received a lot of compliments on the decor and am very happy with how it all looked.
I also did a little DIY Alice in Wonderland sign, this was simple to make using an old wrapping paper tube and coloured card. I glued it onto a piece of cardboard from an old box to stand it up.
What is your favourite decoration? Is this the style party that you would throw?
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