Celebrate spring with the perfect combination of whimsical millinery and delectable fairy cakes! Elevate the typical tea party with an opportunity for guests to decorate their favorite hats AND decorate their own delicious cupcakes. Enjoy both at a beautifully appointed tea table featuring a riot of spring florals.
First, collect your decor. Think pink, and set the scene with as many florals (both prints and actual plants) as you can collect from around your house. Make use of all of those charming floral print aprons you inherited from your grandmother, or that stack of dainty handkerchiefs, or that lovely floral china you have stashed away. If your garden isn't blooming yet, faux flowers will fill in the gaps on your table.
A striped ticking fabric cut to size is perfect to use as a tablecloth, especially when topped with a vintage lace tablecloth. Scatter a deck of cards facing up around for a fun touch, and collect all the stuffed bunnies in your house and pose them with an array of wristwatches (or pocket watches, if you're lucky enough to have one at hand).
Set your table with an array of mismatched floral china, or if you prefer a disposable option, Party City offers an adorable Alice in Wonderland themed collection of paper plates and napkins and other decorative items:
Use your china and mismatched thrift shop teacups as part of your decor -- stack cups in piles of up to three high, pile silver teaspoons in a lovely pink vase, use an odd bowl or plate to serve sugar or an orphaned cup to serve cream. If you'll be displaying your teatime treats on a buffet, vary the heights of each platter, and wind floral vines, strings of faux pearls or even feather boas around your cake plates for a whimsical touch.
CURIOUSLY ECCENTRIC TREATS
Tea sandwiches are of course the mainstay of your menu, cut into tiny squares. Check out Food Network's great recipes at the link below for the most adorable and delicious brunch basics. Make or buy some simply-frosted miniature cupcakes, then set out bowls of colored decorator sugar, tubes of cookie decorating frosting, sugar flowers and decorator confetti and encourage your guests to decorate several of their own masterpieces.
"Take some more tea," the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
"I've had nothing yet," Alice replied in an offended tone, "so I can't take more."
Whether you launch your group crafting project before or after your meal, be sure to invited each guest to bring a darling hat to decorate. Spread out an assortment of crafting supplies and let the glue gun do the work!
1. A spill-proof tablecloth (we used oilcloth)
2. Hot glue guns (don't forget the glue sticks!)
1. Jewels/flat-backed rhinestones/beads
3. Faux florals & butterflies
4. Felt (assortment of colors)
5. Fabric markers
Now that your guests are perfectly accessorized, you can all enjoy eating up the beautiful cupcakes you've made. If you expect a hungry crowd, you might like to supplement with an array of dainty desserts in a rainbow of pastels. Your local bakery can help you put together (or inspire you to bake) an assortment of puff pastry tarts, jams, colorful macarons and mini eclairs.
Add a little spring color to your plates with cut flowers and greenery.
“Well that was the silliest tea party I ever went to! I am never going back there again!” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Here are a few photos from our very own Mad Hatter Tea Party this spring.
“Have I gone mad? I'm afraid so, but let me tell you something,
the best people usually are.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland