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20 ways to create your own Alice in Wonderland (Party Décor)

Are you planning an Alice in Wonderland themed party?

Have a look at this post for some ideas and inspiration for your party!

These decorations were part of a recent Alice in Wonderland themed party we had for our little girl’s first birthday. For about two weeks our house became “Caoimhe’s Onederland”.

Without noticing you soon will start living and breathing Alice in Wonderland. And that is the fun part, so follow the White Rabbit, for more instructions:

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1 – Think Alice in Wonderland, but insert your kid’s name or other details to make it more personal. Think about the décor as if you are reading the book for the first time, how it would fit in all the corners of your house. (It would actually help if you read the book, or at least watched one of the movies to refresh your memory).

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2 – Starting at the entrance, you can find the door knob here, easy peasy to make. And Disney! It’s a hit with the kids.

A printed “Down the Rabbit Hole” sign for the door, and you are in Wonderland!

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3 – Some drawings in the mirror, at the entrance hall, or some cut outs of Alice and the Cheshire Cat.

The quote “Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction”, can be used to guide the guests through the hall, into the dining room.

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4 – Goody bags, for the guests to take on the way out, filled with cookies, and other sweet stuff.

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5 – The signs at the stairs are from PartyParlour.ie. Beautiful and Truly Alice!

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6 – A sign for the prezzies is a good idea too! I made this and put it up on Mrs Frills Pinterest, FREE printable.

7 – Balloons, balloons, balloons, is it a party or not?

8 – Photos of the birthday baby, or the whole family, and some quotes from the book that fit the style of the photos.

9 – Framed quotes from the book, everywhere in the house, carefully put in places that the guests can easily read them.

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10 – Playing Cards bunting. This is also so easy to make, just get some large playing cards, from a pound shop, punch two holes on the top of the cards, and pass a pretty (preferably red) ribbon through them. Et Voilá! you have the perfect bunting for a Wonderland Party.

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11 – Now, for the wall behind the main table, think IMPACT!! It is after all a Mad Tea Party, so go wild. Most of the stuff is from PartyParlour.ie, and the other bits were made by us or found on Etsy for really good value.

We printed and cut the clocks ourselves. The pretty tea party bunting I got from Alice Ann London, on Etsy. Paper plates are also wall décor at our Wonderland Mad party. Pompoms, just because!

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12 – Here are some quotes for the guests to take home. I hung them up on our board in the kitchen, so they would be visible to everyone for grabbing. Put a sign like “Take one” or “Take me”, so the guests know what these quotes are for.

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13 -Outside and garden decor: Handmade Cheshire Cat smile and eyes, cute and freaky as the cat himself!

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14 – Signs just like the ones from the book. To confuse and amuse the guests. “Turn right, turn left, turn around, go back, wrong way, we are all MAD here!”.

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15 – Cut out of the Cheshire Cat, sitting on a tree, just like in the book. Got it here, printed it ourselves.

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16 – It’s not an Alice in Wonderland party without a flamingo, if you don’t fancy playing croquet you can just get an Inflatable Flamingo, and put a ribbon on it. It will sit there pretty and pink.

17 – Party Photo Props. There are about a gazillion of these on Etsy, but we made our own, from here. Just printed them in cardboard paper and stuck a cake pop stick to them. Done!

18 – This Unicorn Pinata, I love it! It was a great find for the party, I found this in that lovely little new shop in Blanchardstwon, called Sostrene Grene. It was cheap but beautiful. And as we don’t promote violence against unicorns, we just stuck some (colourful) ribbons on his bottom, for the kids to pull and get the insides (sweets and chocolate I mean!).

19 – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland books.

We bought some books, I actually found the pink one in a charity shop, for 1 euro. It was such a find, it’s a 1974 edition, before I was even born, I mean, it’s an Antique! and, it has a lovely dedication from Bobbie that gave it to their niece, Wendy, who was 8 years old at the time, just beautiful!

The blue one is a copy of the first ever Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland book, with the original illustrations, from Sir John Terrier, just magical!

As it is a kids party, don’t forget the kiddy version of Alice in Wonderland, this is a Push, Pull, Slide book, got it in Easons, for about 10 euros. The kids loved it!

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20 – The Pendant was my favourite aquisition  for the party, maybe because I got to wear it, but it is simply gorgeous. Bought it from MadebyGolightlyx, on Etsy. A beautiful shop with lots of quirky designs.

Did I convince you or not to have an Alice in Wonderland party?

So, go on, get started, the first thing you should do is print the Invites! Ours we got here, from SweetBeeDesignShoppe. They were simply a wonderful design. We bought the digital file, and printed the invites ourselves, in photo paper.

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Table Decorations for Alice in Wonderland Party

As promised, here is the blog post about the table decor for Caoimhe’s Onederland Party.

Hope this inspires you for your own Alice in Wonderland party.

I had great help from my dear friend Molly, to decorate the table and the wall. She was brilliant, just came in and put it all together, in a matter of hours. It would have taken me days, and it wouldn’t be half as nice.

I had bought most of the decoration from PartyParlour.ie, their website stocks the Truly Alice range from Talking Tables, amongst other stuff that I thought perfect for the party.

We chose this party pack because it was so beautiful and displayed the illustrations and the quotes from the original “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” book, all original illustrations from Sir John Tenniel. The colour scheme also went really well with the other bits of decor, and the style of the party.

We also used the party pack called Truly Scrumptious, also from PartyParlour.ie for the real feel of a tea party.

All the other bits, I bought here and there, and put it all together for the party.

One day I went to our local charity shop, to look for vintage tea cups, and I found this black hat, for only 3 euros, ha! It is actually a plastic ice bucket (turned upside down), the ribbon and the feathers are from the Art&Hobby shop, and I just wrote “in this style 10/6”, to make it exactly like the Mad Hatter’s Hat.

The white bunny I bought at Carraig Donn, Maynooth. Alice follows The White Rabbit down the rabbit hole, remember?

The lovely vintage tea set, Aldi, eh! I looked everywhere for weeks, for cheap yet vintage tea cups for the table, did not find any (cheap!), so decided to go for the whole tea set, for €8.99 a piece from ALDI. Can you believe it?

The gorgeous little green mushroom, the lovely little hedgehog and the huge sky blue teacup (with the Cheshire Cat Tails in it), all purchased without fear from Dealz and Euro Shop, for as little as €1.50 each.

Ah, and the big green JUICE jar was also bought at Carraig Donn, Liffey Valley, for €5, at their Sales Week.

The popcorn tubs were bought at TIGER, also in Maynooth. The lovely Victorian sweet jar, I bought at Woodies Party Zone, from their UK website. They were cheap enough, around €2 each, but had to pay shipping, which I did not like one bit.

The little bundle of paper that you see in the first photo, is an Alice in Wonderland memory game, it is a Free Printable from the Talking Tables website. It is great because it goes with the theme, Truly Alice, and better yet, it is FREE.

I also printed the Thank You cards, from the same website. Another beautiful design, FREE and cute!

The frames with quotes from the Alice in Wonderland book were all over the house, and at the table, scattered for the guests to read. I hope they took their time to read them, because they were very wise, unlike Alice!

I really hope I have inspired you to create a Wonderful Wonderland Party.

With little money and a lot of care and love you can do it, just like we did, or even better. Go for it! x

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Alice in Wonderland party ideas

We recently had a Onederland Birthday Party for our little girl, and I put a lot of effort into planning everything on my own, (with some help from “the internet”).

I started planning the party about 8 weeks before the date, we (hubby and I) chose the theme by looking at options online, and when we came across the Wonderland Tea Party Theme we loved it so much, the decision was unanimous.

Little did I know there were so many options for creating and decorating and baking and preparing the party. As I love a new project I went for it and got lots of things done.

From decoration, to food, to other little things we created for the day, here are some ideas for your Alice in Wonderland party:

  1. CAKE (but, of course!):

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I decided to do a centerpiece cake, and the perfect cake to make was the Alice in Wonderland cake from the Disney movie.

I made a biscuit cake, an easy no bake recipe: here. And covered it with sugarpaste from Decobake.

The cake was a hit, everyone loved it, and as a result, not a crumb left. Yumm…

2. MORE CAKE:

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The other cake I made was a white cake, a “real cake”, as in: a baked cake. (I wouldn’t be able to call myself a baker, if there wasn’t a baked cake at the party!)

I covered it with buttercream rosettes, recipe here.

And for the final touch, on top of the cake, the birthday girl’s name in gold. Purchased on Etsy, from Pretty Flamingo Designs.

 3. EAT ME COOKIES:

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It wouldn’t be a Wonderland party without EAT ME cookies!

These were made from a delicious recipe from the Sally’s Baking Addiction website. They are simple sugar cookies, simple and sweet! nom nom.

I already had some of the cookie cutters I used, the ones shaped like a teapot, love heart, tea cup, little house and the round one. But I purchased the EAT ME cookies cutter from the Etsy shop: CookieCad, she sells cool personalised cookie cutters and they are not very expensive.

4. PAINTING THE ROSES RED CUPCAKES:

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These were just simple vanilla cupcakes, covered in buttercream.

I made white, half and half (white and red) and red cupcakes. So it would be like painting the roses red, just like in the book/ movie.

Now, the cupcake toppers made all the difference. Purchased from Etsy (love it!) from The Procraftinator shop, speedy delivery and also not so expensive. Just Beautiful!

5. CHESHIRE CAT TAILS:

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Got the idea for these from the internet, here is one from Pinterest:

But they were all a bit different, and mine almost didn’t work out, but they were the first thing that disappeared at the party (people ate them all!).

So I take it the outside appearance doesn’t matter, what matters is what is on the inside, as soon as it is marshmallows!!

6. TABLE DECOR:

Wow! there is so much stuff here that I need another blog post, just for the table decor.

New post explaining all this, coming soon. Here!

7. WALL DECOR:

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Ditto! Have to write a new blog post, explaining photo by photo, what this is all about.

Hang around, new blog post, about wall decor, coming soon too. Finally, here!

I will also post something about all the quotes I used from the book. And other inspirational ideas.

Hope these ideas will be useful if you are preparing a Wonderland Themed party.