Tuesday, 3 March 2015
Madeline Hatter Tea Party
This bubbly young birthday girl is a huge Madeline Hatter fan... I had to do my research to figure out just who that is and found myself addicted to a tv show usually watched by tweens. Ever After High is about a group of teenagers who are the offspring of our favourite fairytale characters.... Cinderella's daughter, Prince Charming's son etc... and of course, the Mad Hatter's daughter, Madeline.
Madeline is all about friends, hats, tea parties and lots of purple & teal, a bit like the birthday girl, Ari. My brief was to style & cater a tea party, to be dinner for eight 11 year old young ladies. Finger food, cake, cupcakes, a mini dessert table, a photo backdrop, and hats...
I'm a big fan of adding touches of gold or silver to a party theme... it somehow makes things a little more elegant. In this case it had to be gold as Madeline Hatter has gold shoes. So our gold chevron table runners came in handy once again and made a plastic teal tablecloth look fit for a queen! I tied the plastic plates, cutlery and napkins with some gold wired ribbon and the girls' names were pegged to their champagne glasses. We used plastic glasses but I dipped all the bases in gold glitter to make them a little more special. This is something really cheap and easy for you DIY hostesses to do. Books covered in kraft paper added some height to the table decor and I used some glitter washi tape to liven up some regular playing cards. I displayed them fanned out in some little photo clip holders that I had spray painted gold. I piled the table with vintage tea cups and used glitter jars and teapots filled with flowers to finish it all off.
The girls arrived to pink lemonade from our gorgeous glass dispenser and served in cute glass milk bottles with paper straws and 'drink me' tags. They dined on mini pizzas, meatballs, fruit platters and chicken skewers served on high tea cake stands and wooden platters.
After dinner came the cake... The (amazing) chocolate cake was baked by Sweet'Ems Cakes & Catering. She covered it in white fondant for me so all I had to do was the pretty stuff! I painted gold dots/lines around the cake and added gum paste flowers I made. Around the top of the cake were hand painted meringues and I used hand drawn cake toppers to tie it all back to the theme.
A dozen purple and teal cupcakes in gold wrappers, some matching foil wrapped choccie hearts and gorgeous filled lolly jars made for the perfect mini dessert table. Above the table, a chandelier made from honeycomb balls, balloons, crepe pom poms and lanterns... And nearby was a wall of crepe paper streamers twisted to make the perfect backdrop for group photos.
After dinner and games and gifts and cake, the girls finished off the evening with tea and chocolate milk. Hot milk was served in vintage tea cups with a wooden spoon of chocolate to stir into it. Like the girls weren't on enough of a sugar high.
The girls then resigned to the theater room to sing karaoke and watch movies... I cleared up and reset the table for their breakfast and left to the sound of eight very high pitched voices screeching 'Thrillleeeer....'
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Items from this party available to hire: Table runner, cake stands, platters, vintage tea ware, lolly jars, cake stands, A frame stand, glitter jars
Items available from our shop: name tags, thank you tags, paper straws, wooden pegs
Custom made for this party: glitter playing cards, the girls hats, glitter champagne glasses