Hosting an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party? Look no further! We’re sharing the most charming party inspired by the colorful Alice in Wonderland. This party is perfect for kids, teens, or even adults who just love a festive and fun party theme!
An Alice in Wonderland tea party is an enchanting experience set in a beautiful garden. Transport your guests down the rabbit hole, to the world of Wonderland, where you can sip tea and nibble on delicious treats.
The table is adorned with colorful decorations and fun props, like a giant teapot, playing cards, and a life-sized Mad Hatter hat.
Also, check out our classic tea party and more birthday party ideas too!
How To Plan an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
Alice in Wonderland is a fun party theme because you can get really creative with the decor. It’s all about whimsical decorations, colorful and items that are even a little odd.
The best part is that you can have fun with it and really get into the world of Alice!
- Send out your wonderland tea party invitations well in advance. You can use Paperless Post or Evite.
- Shop thrift and vintage shops for interesting and mismatched cups, saucers, plates, and more wonderland party supplies! This is where we got our tea sets and fun vintage items.
- Create your menu with tea party food, like mini tea sandwiches, cookies, scones, etc.
- Ensure you have enough tables and chairs or throw pillows for enough guests.
- Plan flowers, if you make an arrangement or order one from a florist. White roses or tulips are always a good idea for this party.
- Plan what tea you want to serve as well as other beverages.
Decorate Your Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
For the decor, source vintage shops and antique stores for funky teacups and found a plethora of unmatched, colorful cups and saucers.
Don’t worry about being matchy-matchy. Mix the flowers with old and new tableware in various patterns – this will allow you to create your own look.
If you are able to visit a flea market or garage sale, look out for old silver trays, teapots, and teacups. Don’t be afraid to mix and match teacups too. Straw hats can also be incorporated into your tablescape for a fresh look.
Fresh flowers are always a must when throwing a party! The flower arrangements should be lush and have an “unarranged” feeling to them. Mix roses with other garden-variety flowers such as hydrangeas.
DIY Colorful Tablecloth
For a colorful tablecloth, head to a craft store and get 6 different colors of fabric. Have them cut long enough to reach the floor.
Layer the table with these colors for a festive, whimsy tablecloth.
Sweets For Your Tea Party
Sweets For Your Tea Party
Serve warm tea with honey, delicious tea sandwiches, macarons, scones, fresh fruit, and more. Here are some ideas:
Mini Heart-Shaped Sugar Cookies
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
We served the cutest chocolate cats, marzipan strawberries, shortbread cookies with “eat me” written on them, lemon scones, and a delicious vanilla cake with asymmetrical flowers added to it!
And of course, we didn’t forget the candy! Pink gumballs and chocolate candies were placed on the table to add a punch of color and sweet charm!
The important thing is to keep it colorful and varied! Why not fill teapots with lollipops or apothecary glasses jars with shiny wrapped sweets? You can really get creative when the theme is colorful chaos!
Other sweets are often served with full tea or light tea. Common types of sweets found on tea party menus include various types of sponge cakes, Madeleines, cupcakes (which are ideal for kids’ tea parties), and trifles.
Be careful not to have too much overlap in the types of sweets you serve. Ideally, your sweets menu will include a variety of flavors, such as seasonal fruit (or, in the cooler months, preserves), cream, vanilla, or chocolate.
Tea at your Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
With so much of a focus on the foods in afternoon tea, it can be easy to overlook the…. tea!
Consider including at least one caffeine-free tisane (“herbal tea“) or a decaf option, in case some guests are sensitive to caffeine.
Using electric tea kettles will help save time and keep the hot water warm.
Check out our tea guide for making the best cup of tea.
Spring Cocktails Recipes
If you want to serve more than a little hot tea and hot chocolate, here are a few beautiful spring cocktail recipes that will go perfectly with this party theme:
Finger Sandwiches at your Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
Finger sandwiches (also known as “tea sandwiches”) are often served at full tea, a heavier style of afternoon tea menu.
Classic afternoon tea sandwiches include egg salad, tea sandwiches, cucumber tea sandwiches, smoked salmon finger sandwiches, roast beef finger sandwiches, ham finger sandwiches, and chicken salad finger sandwiches.
However, you can venture beyond these more traditional tea sandwiches with other tea sandwich recipes, like watercress tea sandwiches or buttered radish finger sandwiches. Just be sure to keep the intensity of the flavors in your finger sandwiches comparable to the level of flavor in your tea and sweets.
You can also make our ham and cheese sliders a fun option!
Tips for Hosting an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
- Make sure to send out your invites well in advance.
- Find mismatched cups and saucers in vintage and thrift shops.
- Have a floral centerpiece for an added pop of color.
- Have some caffeine-free tea available for guests.
When to Host a Mad Tea Party
This theme is great for all occasions! Here are some ideas:
- Birthday Parties
- Baby Shower
- Bridal Shower
- Spring Garden Party
- Carnival Party
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Tea Party Food – Cucumber Sandwiches
- 8 slices white bread
- 1 cucumber
- 1/8 cup mayonnaise
- 4 ounces whipped cream cheese
- 1 tsp chives, minced
- 1 tsp lemon juice, minced
- 1 tsp dill, minced
- Peel the cucumbers and cut them into thin 1/8 inch slices.
- Lay them on a paper towel to let the moisture soak through.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, mayo, lemon juice, and herbs and whip together until creamy and smooth.
- Spread the whipped cream cheese spread one side of each piece of bread.
- Layer the cucumbers on 4 pieces of bread then place another piece on the top. You should have 4 full sandwiches.
- Next, using a sharp knife, cut the sandwiches into quarters to make 16 sandwiches.