Halloween: Alice In Wonderland Style, Part 2

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Over a year ago, I got the chance to design birthday invitations and accessories for an adorable set of twins.  During that event, a guest at that party (Melanie) noticed my work and asked or my info so she could get in contact with me about her daughter's 8th birthday.  Soon after, we met and realized she actually lived on my same street!  As we spoke, she told me that her daughter, Maggi, was born on October 27th and  they had always had a Halloween inspired party for her but this year she wanted to put a twist on it.  I had just seen an Alice in Wonderland inspired paper line that had just hit the stores and when I showed the paper to Melanie she fell in love with the idea of using the paper as our inspiration and turning Maggi's party into a Alice in Wonderland tea party with a Halloween twist!

We designed two panel invitations that were held together with ribbon.  The fronts of the panels featured Alice in Wonderland and Halloween elements while the backs featured the invitation wording and information.  These were enclosed in small black boxes filled with purple paper shred, tied off with ribbon, and were hand delivered to her guests.  A large 3 panel bunting was made for Maggi as well as a three panel bunting that was added to the candy bar/food table.  A collage was made and was displayed on an easel next to the food table as well.

After we designed the invitations, Melanie asked if we would be up for designing and setting up the whole party along with coordinating all of the elements! We had been wanting to do something like this for such a long time and we were so excited to get started!  The guests were going to include 5 of Maggi's friends and cousins and they were going to need their own table for the tea party which was going to be held at the park right next to her house.  The adults were going to hang out inside and all of the guests were going to want some treats!  

I just did a project for Anamie Mahanke, owner of Anamie's Sweets.  As a swap, I designed for her friend's shower and she designed the most amazing cake and cake pops for this event.  After the cake and cake pops were taken care of, we did a Halloween themed - kid friendly menu that consisted of Monster Mash Meatballs with Drippings, Wicked Witch Fingers, Pumpkin Patch Roll-Ups, Frank 'N Mummy Wraps, and Ghost Dip with Raw Dunkers  For beverages, we served a Black "Burried" (black berry) Sweet Tea and Blood Orange Punch.

For decor, the table featured floor length black linens with a black glitter overlay that was cinched at each corner and tied off with ribbon.  We added white dishes, vases, pumpkin, and a tea pot along with two glitter candelabras, glitter pumpkins, favor boxes that featured each girl's first initial in black glitter on an Alice in Wonderland tag and other accessories. A paper chandelier and two pumpkin paper lanterns that lit up were hung from the tree directly above the tables.

We decided to do a small candy bar for the girls and adults that was placed on a table along with the food and cake!  The candy bar included Creepy Crawlers (gummy worms), Goblin Grape Vines (grape licorice), Tarantula Eggs (mixed Halloween colored jelly beans), Dracula's Dark Truffles (dark chocolate truffles), and Bat Bites (white chocolate special edition orange M&M's).  Anamie created a two tiered cake that featured chocolate cake with Orea filling and vanilla cake with buttercream and raspberry filling and believe me..this cake was as delicious as it looked!  Each guest got a cake pop to take home and those were orange or red velvet cake!

We had such an amazing time designing this event and can't wait to have the chance to do others in the future!  Here are some of our favorite pictures from the event before the girls got there!

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