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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.

Baking · Creativity

Banana Cupcakes

Today I am posting one of my favourite cupcake recipes.

The Banana Cupcakes.

They are simply delicious, moist, heavy and sugary!

All you could want for a nice afternoon tea and a sugar boost.

I found the original recipe in my favourite Marian Keyes’ book, Saved by Cake, but of course!

But I took liberty to change some bits as i wanted to add my own twist to it. Hope she doesn’t mind.

RECIPE:

Ingredients:

125 gr butter

125 gr caster sugar

2 eggs, beaten

3 or 4 very ripe bananas

125 gr self-raising flour

100 gr dulce de leche ( you can find it in supermarkets here as Carnation Caramel, a Nestlé product, in the same shelf as Condensed and Evaporated Milk).

For the Icing:

100 gr dulce de leche

300 gr icing sugar

3 teaspoons of water (add more or less as needed for consistency)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C / 325 F / gas 3 and line a 12-hole cupcake tray with paper cases. (I used silicone ones, that I thought would be better to hold the toffee inside the cupcakes).

Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then add the beaten eggs.

Mash the bananas and gently add to the mix, then sieve in the flour and fold until it’s all absorbed.

Fill the cupcake cases with the dough, until about half way up. Then, place a small round dollop of the dulce de leche into the middle of each cupcake.

Distribute the remaining dough into the cupcake cases, completeley covering the dulce de leche and making sure the edges of the cupcakes are covered by the dough, and the dulce de leche stays right in the middle, as a lovely sweet filling, not leaking to the sides.

Bake for at least 35 minutes. It’s longer than normal for cupcakes,  I know, but the bananas need more time to cook.

The result should be a moist cupcake, but not wet, this is a sign that it needs to go back to the oven.

For the icing, you can just put a layer of dulce de leche on top of the cupcakes, simple and delicious. Believe me, I tried one,  (or was it two?) this way.

Or you can mix the dulce de leche and cream cheese frosting.

I made a glacé icing, with the dulce de leche. In a bowl, I added the water to the sieved icing sugar, mixing gently and constantly. Then I added bit by bit the dulce de leche. I didn’t get to use all of the dulce de leche, as I reached the consistency of the icing before that. But if you want to use all of it, just add more icing sugar, or water, as you go.

The final bit is some grated chocolate sprinkled on top of the cupcakes.

That’s the “cherry on top of the icing, on top of the cake”.

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September Market at Exchange Dublin

Mrs Frills will attend the Exchange Art + Craft Market this Saturday, the 8th September at Exchange Dublin.

I will bring my new creations for the new season, such as knitted necklaces and other jewellery inventions.

Also bringing with me the, Oh So Lovely Love Heart Cushions, filled with Lavender Bags as I had previously posted here.

Here are some of the products I will be selling in the market.

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If you are around Temple Bar on Saturday, come visit us at Exchange Dublin. We will be happy to see you!

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For all the Chocoholics Anonymous out there!

If you are drewling in front of your computer now, this recipe might just be the right one for you.

It is quick enough to prepare, and it doesn’t ask you to get all those complicated ingredients. Maybe, being addicted to chocolate, you probably have most of the ingredients in your cupboard already.

That’s how I made my delicious chocolate muffins!

Here is the recipe:

250 gr self raising flour

75 gr cocoa powder

2 tsp baking powder

175 gr caster sugar

2 large eggs

1 – 2 tsp vanilla extract

175 ml milk

100 ml sunflower oil (or another oil of your preference)

You can start by preheating the oven to 170 degrees C, and lining a 12 hole muffin tray with paper muffin cases.

Then, sift together the flour, cocoa, and baking powder. Stir in the sugar. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and the vanilla extract, add the milk and the oil to this mixture.

Now, add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing lightly together.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared cases. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until golden and springy to the touch.

Cool for 10 minutes, transfer to a wire rack and leave until cold.

That is it! Simple enough for you?

If you fancy a bit of risk, and more work, you can add some chocolate chunks to the muffins, or some marshmallows, yum!

If you want a more chocolatey and heavy muffin you can add 70% cocoa solid chocolate chunks into the muffins. I used about 200 gr for each muffin tray.

And for the sweetest tast of all you can add some marshmallows, I used the small marshmallows that are proper for baking. About 5 or 6 in each muffin. But quantity in this case is up to you, just don’t let the dough pour out of the muffin cases, or you won’t have muffins, you will have a disaster inside your oven!

Either choice you make, chocolate or mashmallow, I advise you to add them in the middle of the muffins, like this:

Spoon half the mixture in the muffin cases, add the chocolate chunks (or the mashmallows). Then add the other half of the dough, covering completely the chocolate chunks (or mashmallows), so when they melt in the oven, they don’t burst out of the muffin into your oven.

Mind you, sometimes it happens anyway, but the muffins are still delicious!

Don’t expect to find any of the chocolate or the marshmallows when you are eating the muffins later. They will be melted into the muffin, and all you will feel is their sweeteness and choco taste.

These muffins are perfect for an alternative afternoon tea, and go perfectly with cold unsweetened milk.

A treat for our chocoholic tummies! Enjoy!

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Wrapped in Merino

Wrapped in Merino

This is a super idea!

Join to create your own scarf and help attempt a World Record…

… But hurry, you only have a few days left!

This is their website:

https://www.wrappedinmerino.com/index.php

They are also on Facebook,  if you like the page:

https://www.facebook.com/WeLoveWool

You can add your facebook photos from your profile!

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Have a nice week! x x

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Love Heart Cushions

These are my newest creations for Mrs Frills.

I love them, because they are wooly, soft and smell good.

They are also very easy and fun to make.

To make one for yourself, you will need a Ball of Yarn of your choice ( You can use Super Chunky Wool if you want it big, like 25cm, but usually I knit it with Aran Wool, that will give you a 15cm cushion). A 50gr Ball of Yarn will do.

The size of the needles will depend on the type of wool you chose.

Just a few hints: for Chunky Wool, you can use 10mm to 12mm Needles. For Aran Wool, I usually use 5mm to 7mm Needles.

You will also need a Stitch Holder and a Darning Needle.

For the Filling, you can use Polyester or Cotton Wadding (The stuff that comes inside cushions), and a Lavender Sachet.

The lavender sachet is optional, I just like the smell of lavender!

The beauty of this project is that you don’t need to maintain tension, just keep your stitches even and you should be fine.

This is the Pattern for it:

The heart is knitted up in two equal pieces. The heart-shaped pieces are knitted in Stocking Stitch with a band of Moss Stitch across the middle.

Make two pieces and stitch together adding padding (and the lavender sachet) as you go.

FRONT:

Using your chosen needles, cast on 3 sts.

Row1 – Purl.

Row2 – (RS) Inc 1, k3, inc 1. 5 sts.

Row3 – Purl.

Continue in st st, increasing by 2 sts as set every RS row until 25 sts.

Row23 – (WS) (k1, p1) to last stitch, k1. Work 4 further rows in seed stitch pattern.

Row28 – K2togtbl, knit to end, k2tog. 23 sts.

Row29 – Purl.

Row30 – K2togtbl, knit to end, k2tog. 21 sts.

Row31 – P9, p2tog, p10. 20 sts.

Row32 – K2togtbl, k8, turn and work on these 9 sts only, putting remaining stitches on a stitch holder.

Row33 – P2tog, p7. 8 sts.

Row34 – K2togtbl, k4, k2tog. 6sts.

Row35 – P2tog, p4. 5 sts.

Row36 – K2togtbl, k3. 4 sts.

Row37 – Cast off remaining 4 sts.

With RS facing, rejoin yarn to the work and remaining 10 sts.

Row1 – K8, k2tog. 9 sts.

Row2 – P7, p2tog. 8 sts.

Row3 – K2togtbl, k4, k2tog. 6 sts.

Row4 – P4, p2tog. 5 sts.

Row5 – K3, K2tog. 4 sts.

Row6 – Cast off remaining 4 sts.

BACK: For the back, knit the same again.

Darn in any loose ends. Pin out the knitting, right-side down, onto a padded surface or blocking board to form the correct heart shape.

Cover with a damp cloth and press it gently with a hot iron.

Leave to dry completely.

Join the front and back pieces together, facing each other, inside out.

Now, sew the front to the back, starting from the bottom of the heart.

Stuff the heart with soft padding as you sew it. You can vary the amount of padding or stuffing depending on whether you want a relatively squashy cushion or a firmer, more resilient one.

Leave an opening of about 5 cm, and then close the love heart sewing on the outside, very carefully not to leave any yarn sticking out of your lovely cushion.

When your cushion is sewn, you can sew a ribbon and a button to the top of it. Use sewing thread and appropriately sized ribbon and button that tone in attractively with the yarn.

Now you can hang your cushion up and show off to everyone how “crafty” you are!

I have some of these still for sale on my Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/100115740/loveheart-lavender-cushion

They make an excellent present for Valentine’s or Mother’s Day.

Or simply if you are feeling that Love is in the Air!

ABREVIATIONS:

inc- increase

k- knit

k2tog- knit 2 stitches together (1 stitch decreased)

k2togtbl- Knit 2 stitches together through back of loops (1 stitch decreased)

p- purl

p2tog- purl 2 stitches together (1 stitch decreased)

RS- right side

st st- stocking stitch

st(s)- stitch(es)

WS- wrong side

The pattern was adapted from the book: How to Knit: Simple Knits, D&C, David and Charles.

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We Love Wool!

You  might have noticed by reading my posts that I LOVE WOOL. And if you are reading this it’s because YOU LOVE WOOL too.

Well, we are not alone.

There are millions out there just like us, and many of them are not shy. They are really open about it, and have no shame in saying that THEY LOVE WOOL.

Thankfully, for all of us, ME, YOU and THEM, there is a community on FACEBOOK called WE LOVE WOOL.

It’s a great page, it is always full of photos of wooly things, and lots of people talking about what we love the most, Wool!

Well, if you are on facebook already, please join this community. I promise you won’t regret it!

They might inspire you to make something cool with wool, 🙂 or even show you the way to that so wanted pattern challenge that you were looking for, for so long.

Their address is https://www.facebook.com/WeLoveWool

Come on, go into their facebook page right now, join in, and have fun browsing.

I know, THEY know, WE all know that YOU want it!

Because WE LOVE WOOL!!!

These are just some of the images you will see there, hopefully it inspired you to LOVE WOOL too!