A very merry unbirthday, to you.
Let’s all congratulate us, with another cup of tea.
A very merry unbirthday, tah-oooo you!
Consider this your invitation to throw your own Mad Hatter Tea Party. We threw one this last Saturday, and it was a blast. So fun in fact, that we’re looking at doing it again in the near future. I even had the presence of mind to create all of our supplies in a downloadable format! Yay! The next one will be a snap!
About a month ago Sunny asked if we could do a tea party with some of her friends. She must have caught me in a good mood or something, because not only was I crazy enough to say yes, but I suggested we make it a Halloween one as well. I’m so glad I did, because it inspired me to put a Tim Burton twist on the whole thing. As evidenced by our front door (picture above) and all the bats Sunny hung up in our house.
She giggled the whole time while the hubster held her on his shoulders. She felt so important being the official bat placer. Not only did she tape all these scary guys up but she was also our local bat caller, running around and ‘screeching’ to warn us that there were bats around. I sure love that cutie. 🙂
(You can download my bat template here.)
So first thing’s first, you need some awesome invites to encourage your guests to actually come! I decided with such a specific theme I’d go all crafty and design our invites. After far too much time on photoshop and illustrator I showed my work to the hubster (my unofficial editor), he kindly said it wasn’t quite with my theme. Then shared his brilliant idea of designing it like candy corn. And a masterpiece was born. 😉 Well at least one of the mom’s called it ‘darling’.
You’re more than welcome to download my mad hatter invites for free.
We decided to start the party by ‘making’ hats (a.k.a. accessorizing hats with stickers, ribbon, buttons and glitter). If you don’t feel like sewing you can find felt hats in the doll area of the craft store. I had a blast sewing these guys together and putting funky colors on them, and the girls loved decorating them. (
Tutorial and free pattern download coming next week Tutorial is finally up, along with the free pattern!).
While the glue dried, our princesses played pretty pretty princess (a game given to us-it’s out of production apparently. Check out ‘the enchanted cupcake game‘ if you don’t have the other, the cupcakes are far less expensive). We followed that with ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown’, so the girls could have fun while I switched our craft table over to our ‘tea’.
Update: On our third party we changed it up a bit. We played some games before decorating, giving our guests time to show up without cutting their decorating time. So I thought I’d share the added fun.
First we did a princess mummy walk. This had the girls walking like a mummy, stiff legs, arms straight out, then we put a bean bag on them somewhere and they had to balance it while walking across the room. Once across the room they would try tossing the bean bag into 3 different buckets. I had pumpkin treat buckets and a cauldron so it was still part of the theme. If they made it into a bucket they were allowed to choose a glow bracelet as a prize.
Once everyone had a turn we went upstairs to Sunny’s dark room (had the darkening curtains down) and played ring toss. The glow bracelets fit perfectly around the base of the witch hats! So we played a few rounds of glow in the dark ring toss and then ran down to the kitchen table for the decorating fun!
Since I’m not very fond of tea, and I doubt many kindergartners are either, we decided our tea would really be hot cocoa-which went over big. The main treats were some triple chocolate brownies, which we paired with some orange muffins, apple slices and carrot sticks. Our youngest guests loved it and even went back for seconds on the healthy snacks.
It was a blast, having friends over, dressing up in costumes, crafting, and topping it all off with good food in a fun environment. It was a ton of fun. I think we might even do a pirate themed one with some of Sunny’s guy friends next time. Most boys I know like stickers and buttons too. Switch the game to ‘who shook hook‘ and I think it’s a winner! And the best thing is this doesn’t even have to be a Halloween thing. The themes go so well it can just be a fun tea party anytime of the year!
What do you guys think, would you like to do this? With kids or just your girlfriends?