Brantley & Grayson’s Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

On Saturday, we were so happy to celebrate Brantley and Grayson’s birthdays at our very favorite little local bookstore, The Story Shop in Monroe.

I’ve talked about their store before, and how it is just a child’s daydream come to life.  And yes, their shop is wonderful, but their event space…

…it’s incredible!  We decided to have an Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter’s Tea Party for the girls’ birthday.  Since their birthdays are less than a month apart (May 17 and June 11), for the past five years we’ve had a joint party for the both of them, which works out so well.  I have even given the girls the option of having their own smaller parties, or one big party, and so far, they pick the one big party!  Fine by me!  I found their invitations on Etsy- they were an editable PDF, so I added the party details, printed them at home, and sent them out.  Easy!

One of my favorite parts– their dresses!  I saw Cotton + Steel’s Wonderland fabric a while back, so when we decided on the theme, I knew that was exactly what I wanted to use!  The print has all the Alice in Wonderland characters on it but isn’t so “theme-y” that they won’t be able to wear them again.  I was going to use a pattern I already had until I came across the new Savannah pattern from Violette Field Threads (one of my very favorite girls pattern companies), and I bought it, printed it out, and made those dresses on Friday night.  Nothing like the last minute, right?!  But I thought they turned out cute.

We kept the food pretty simple- traditional tea party fare.  Ham & Cheese and PB&J Sandwiches, Chicken Nuggets (not particularly traditional for tea parties, but hey- who doesn’t want a little Chick Fil A at a party?), fruit tray, veggie tray, cheese & crackers, and a variety of mini desserts.  Mini cupcakes, muffins, scones, lemon cakes, and cookie sandwiches satisfied our sweet tooth.  We served Lemon Berry Punch and also a yummy (and super easy) Peach Tea Punch, and though I thought the Lemon Berry Punch would be the overwhelming hit, all the little girls really liked the Peach Tea Punch (So easy!  Just 2 cups of Peach Lipton Iced Tea Mix and 2 bottles of ginger ale)!

When all the girls were first arriving, they mingled for a bit and got their choice of punch in their tea cups, and then were off to make hats for the party!  I bought cute little straw hats with ribbons around them, and a bunch of silk flowers so the girls could choose a few flowers and glue them onto the hats for fancy tea party hats!

After they made the hats, they sat back down, and the tea party commenced!  We made plates for everyone and topped off tea cups.  After everyone had had enough to eat, it was storytime (it IS a bookshop, after all!), and everyone had to walk through the wardrobe to get to the story room!

They read The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, right on theme, and then we headed back to the party room!  We sang Happy Birthday to the girls, they opened her presents, and that was about it!  The kids wanted to look around the shop, and play in the Hobbit Hole, so as the party wound down, they kids played, we took a bunch of pictures, and enjoyed the last bit of the party.

The girls had one heck of a time at their birthday party this year.  A HUGE thank you, as always, to our wonderful friends and family for coming, and helping to celebrate our (almost) eight-year-old and six-year-old  girlies.

Happy Birthday to Gracie and Brantley, and a very merry un-birthday to you!

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