Seren decided on a sleepover for her birthday party and I wanted something special to celebrate her reaching ten. Fortunately Afternoon Tea in Wonderland was excitedly received.
Whilst a downfall of a March birthday means you’re restricted to indoor parties (it snowed on Seren’s ninth birthday!). We found the plus this year in it being near Easter. A bit of a leap, but when deciding on the decor I was pleased to discover Hobbycraft’s Easter range.
With a table runner of grass and flower garlands, I realised that I didn’t need to look much further for the rest of the accessories. Years of picking up ‘stuff’ from car boot sales, Hobbycraft and Ikea has served me well.
Around the house I found crockery, glasses and a cake stand. Things I’ve purchased because I loved, but never had ‘the’ reason to use them.
Glasses bought for Seren’s Horrible Histories party last year were added to the table. A wooden board I bought for no other reason than I liked it came into its own with the fruit kebabs. And finally! The piece of red slate I saw somewhere and had to have came out of the cupboard. The perfect presentation for afternoon tea sandwiches.
As for the flower-filled glasses, I was so pleased to have bought these from Ikea on a whim. When we saw Alice in Wonderland at the Sherman Theatre last Christmas, the children loved the Mad Hatter’s cocktail glass.
In terms of hints of Alice in Wonderland, I ordered some large playing cards from Ebay to make bunting. A good choice as one parent got lost finding our home, her eagle-eyed daughter spotted the cards in our window.
Seren loved the idea of a rainbow birthday cake. I found an acrylic cake topper on ebay which matched her birthday invitations to tie together the theme.
And, whilst a little bit of a stretch, Ginger Ray do the most fantastic Flamingo party bags. Whilst they weren’t upside down hockey sticks, I like to think it wasn’t a leap too far.
We added to the room with bunting which has seen us well for a number of years. We added number balloons from Pippy Do Dah, a local business. I love numbered balloons and its great having a local business which delivers. Especially when there’s the small matter of Storm Gareth to think about.
And yes, hands up. Apart from chopping some cucumber sticks, I bought all of the food in. Marks & Spencer do the most fantastic afternoon tea range, which I discovered on my search for a rainbow birthday cake.
Yes, a little expensive, but now we’re not having whole class parties the costs have reduced considerably.
And, whilst I may have had a few doubts about whether Seren’s friends would enjoy Afternoon tea in Wonderland. It was quickly devoured.
And I had a smiley daughter. Job done.