Last fall I had the pleasure of co-hosting my best friend’s baby shower. Since she is an illustrator/artsy type we wanted to give the shower a non-traditional theme, therefore we fell in love with the idea of A Very Merry Un-Birthday Alice in Wonderland theme. We created an outdoor tented mad-hatter tea party complete with my mother’s mismatched fine china, guests brought their own tea cups, teapot centerpieces stuffed with red roses, red heart garland and lanterns, croquet, pink flamingos, stamped Alice character cocktail napkins and playing card place cards.
1. Table setting, 2. red-heart garland and lanterns, 3. Custom made invitation set using Lewis Carroll’s illustrations, because they are black and white and not very baby…I hand water-colored the drawings in fun bright colors. The invitation read,
A Very Merry Un-Birthday
Join us for a Mad Hatter Tea Party
Renee and baby to be
on the March Hare’s watch at one o’clock
don’t be late for this very important date!
Sunday, September 7th
follow the way to 5 Shower Lane
Please RSVP by August 29th or off with your head!
Kim Carroll 123.456.7890
The insert read, ‘Alice says “I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it.” Follow this way to a happy day’ with special instructions for the guests. The invitation envelope was sealed with a sticker that read OPEN ME, 4. Alice in Wonderland garland courtesy of The Long Thread, 5. beverage dispensers and station serving a selection of teas, iced tea, and champagne punch each labeled on a playing card DRINK ME and their name, 6. Custom made thank you notes to match invitation suite, reading “Oh my ears and whiskers, thank you” 7. All Things Alice Journal by Linda Sunshine, served as the guestbook
A few other details…luckily our friends are great bakers and chefs who made a spectacular menu. The service included homemade Scones served with Jam and Clotted Cream, Cucumber & Cream Cheese and Chicken Salad finger sandwiches and for dessert Berry Tarts, homemade Ginger Snaps and homemade Sugar Cookies that read EAT ME! Lastly, we requested that each guest gift the baby their favorite childhood storybook to build the baby a library of wonder.
A Very Merry Un-Birthday, indeed.