A Mad Hatter Tea Party.
You guys. My sweet little girl has TURNED FIVE and I just cannot even.
I always get emotional at birthdays. But there is something that is tough to swallow about this whole business of turning five. It’s a milestone birthday. It means things like loose teeth and no more naps and….the worst one of all…KINDERGARTEN.
To console my mama heart — and because five is such a milestone birthday — we had a very special Alice in Wonderland birthday party — A Mad Hatter Tea Party, to be exact. I’ll admit that I adore planning birthday parties, and Yaya actually picked this party theme last summer while we were reading Alice in Wonderland (an abridged version). She learned that her favorite cousin had a tea party on her 5th birthday, and when we read the tea party scene from the book, it was a done deal. There are so many fun ideas for girls birthday parties on the Internet, and it wasn’t difficult to be inspired!
Yaya and I had a bit TOO much fun decorating (links for decorations are at the bottom of this post)…
Yaya invited seven of her closest friends (our largest birthday party yet — usually we just have a few!). We served them lunch, which was mini-bagels and melon, cut in the shapes of hearts, diamonds, spades and clubs — in keeping with the Alice in Wonderland birthday theme.
Favors were an Alice in Wonderland sticker book and teapot/teacup-shaped lollipops. I’ll admit I’m not big on party games. We had a craft table set up where the kids could make “Mad Hatter” hats or “tea party” bracelets when they first arrived. Even though it was, by its nature, a girly birthday party, we did have a few boys in attendance and we tried to make sure the crafts were fitting for them, too!
We played one sort of game where I turned on music from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, and the kids passed around a hat box filled with prizes. When the music stopped, the person holding the box opened it and picked a prize.
It was a fun celebration, and even though I am a bit broken-hearted that my daughter is ACTUALLY FIVE, I am thankful for the tremendous blessing of being her mom and excited to see what the years ahead will bring!
I’ve admitted, unabashedly, that while I strive to eat locally — I buy most everything else online because taking my crazy toddler to the store is just TOO MUCH to handle. Here are links to the products purchased for our Alice in Wonderland birthday party (some of these are affiliate links, meaning that if you purchase them using the links from this post, I receive a small percentage of the sale).
Alice in Wonderland Party Decorations:
Cookie Cutters (used for fruit)
Plastic Hats (for decorating)
Purchased on Zulily (for 75% off!)