Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Laura's 11th "Unbirthday" Party

My daughter Laura is the "luckiest girl in the world". Or so she keeps telling me, after her 11th birthday party, held on Sunday the 15th of November, 2010.

She is mildly obsessed with Alice in Wonderland (in every incarnation - animated and Tim Burton alike), so we decided to put on a small tea-party for her and a small group of close friends. You can bet that it was the talk of the class the next day!

I'll be doing several posts over the next few days with recipes and how-to guides - however here are the main photos of the day - with a vendor list at the bottom.

I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed creating the event!

Invitation created with Photoshop and printed on white cardboard, w/rounded corners. 

Ribbon chandelier with a selection of blue and white lanterns waved gently in the breeze. White/covered chairs tied with blue sashes (with exception of Mad Hatter and Red Queen's chairs - tied with brown silk sashes). A mixture of scattered cushions were provided for non-padded chairs.

 Red and white feather butterflies dotted with red and white spotted mushrooms adorned the chairs.

 A splash of Laura's favourite colour accented the table. Lavender feather butterflies were hot-glued onto wires, and placed into flower arrangement with red and white spotted mushrooms.

 Lavender felt candle-holders also gave a lovely splash of colour.

 White lace trimmed with red heart ribbon, lined the table.


Photo taken during setup. 

Red "jelly shots" with blue/red heart motif on "Drink Me" labels.

 Ribbon sandwiches with blue/red heart motif on "Eat Me" labels.

 The Red Queen (played here by local Brisbane actress - Erin Grigull) sat in her rightful place at the head of the table!

A selection of "Alice in Wonderland" inspired games were played including Croquet, Mad Tea Cups, 52 Pick-up and Card Toss. The birthday girl is pictured here with the Red Queen and the Mad Hatter.

 A variety of drinks were served including Red Queen lemonade and Mad Hatter iced tea.

Red and blue themed dessert table complete with ribbon chandelier, flag bunting, cupcakes, assorted lollies, cake pops and red heart cookies!

White chocolate (and peanut butter) spiders were a hit!

 Blue cake pops and red heart cookies (neither lasted long!)


Vanilla and buttercream frosted cupcakes with red hearts for the birthday girl!

Assorted lollies in red and blue were displayed in small vintage-inspired jars.

 Guests were able to take home leftover lollies in their very own lolly bag at the end.

 The Mad Hatter (played by talented Gold Coast actor/writer Gareth Gredig), enjoying a cupcake.

The happiest 11 year old you ever did see.

Vendor List.

Feather Butterflies - ($7.50/pkt 5)
Spotted Mushrooms - ($7.50/pkt 10)
Lanterns -  ($2.95 - 20cm/$5.45 - 35cm)
Lavender Felt Candle Holders -  ($5.00 pkt 4)
Connecting Mini Hearts Diecut Ribbon (Red) -  ($7.95/9m)
Blue/White Cupcake Wrappers - ($13.95 pkt 12)  

Throw cushions 
Wooden chairs (white)
Assorted teacups (floral)
Assorted vintage-inspired candy jars (clear glass)
White 2 Tier Cake Stand

Other Suppliers:

Flag Bunting: Giggleberry Creations (custom design - contact for prices)
White Paper Favour Bags: Candy Soirees (50c each)
Candy Melts (Cake Pops & Cookies): Little Betsy Baker - $10.50 (pkt)
Mini White Nonpareils (Cake Pops): Little Betsy Baker - $5.95 (pk)
Assorted Confectionery - Tom's Confectionery Warehouse  (assorted prices)
Fabric offcuts/ribbon: Spotlight


  1. this is just amazing.....loooove every single detail. Glad to see the paper bags were ideal for the occasion.....love your work , Niki (candy soirees) xx

  2. GORGEOUS color combo!! one very lucky girl Miss Laura xx

  3. Yes, she is the luckiest!!!! Love your work!! :-)

  4. Thanks so much! She had a wonderful time - it was all worth it!

  5. Wow this is just so gorgeous! Love it all :) Could you please tell me where the glass jug came from? I have been on the lookout and can't find one anywhere :(

  6. just gorgeous! love all the details, esp the dessert table & the ribbons are divine! well done :)

  7. Hi Alyssa - would you believe I bought them from Big W for $20 each? They're just gorgeous - and so functional!

  8. Oh wow, you are too clever. The table is especially lovely. I'm glad I discovered your blog. I followed for you, you can visit me @ http://louandjane.blogspot.com/ I think you should check out the children's party network @ www.childrenspartynetwork.com/ because there are lots of talented, creative party obsessed people. All the best, Jane:)

  9. Thanks Jane and Lou! I'll definitely be checking out your blog! :) xo

  10. Oh serious Big W! Was it recent? I had a look in there a few weeks ago but didnt see anything :( I managed to get the cake stand with a lid that can be used 6 different ways :) pretty cool! It can be used as a punch bowl but I want it for the cake hahaha!

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