This is a continuation of a “Mad Tea Party” Decor, Part 3A. So, now we get to the fun stuff! Depending on the type of celebration and style of food service you are having, you might want to plan decor for these tables: Gifts and Good Wishes’/welcome/party favors multi-purpose table, buffet table, dessert table, hot beverage table, “Drink Me” bar, and, of course, your Mad Tea Party table(s). Of course, on these tables you’ll want all manner of symbolic ‘Alice in Wonderland’ objects, odd or whimsical decorative objects or unrelated objects that you embellish to fit the ‘Alice’ theme. See the “‘Alice in Wonderland’ Theme-Storm” for lots of related ideas.
If you own an old dresser, desk or table that you want to part with anyway, try giving it a coat of shabby chic, cream paint, or accent it in a semi-gloss turquoise shade. Partially pull open the drawers to hold buffet service items or flowers, or other interesting objects. It could make a gorgeous dessert buffet or bar!
Make a “Still Life Imitating Art” 3D Centerpiece for your Welcome Table or Food Table. Make lots of ‘Teetering Teacups’ Centerpieces (this link will take you to Part 1 of 3) to place on side tables as well as your Mad Tea Party table. For a small side table or on the Mad Tea Party table, make a sweet ‘Bottle Bouquet’ filled with fresh flowers. Attach an antique key and a ‘Drink Me!’ tag to remind the guests of poor Alice!
Make a ‘tree’ for a Good Wishes Tree or Party Favor Giving Tree (under Party Planning Tidbits), if this is a milestone birthday. Make lots and lots of Decorated Clothespin Clips. See the posts for 5 ways to make them. Then, use the clips to hold the good wishes cards or party favor cards or use them for lots and lots of other decorative uses at the party. You’ll be amazed at how beautiful and utilitarian they are! You’ll have them to use in your home office, kitchen or laundry after the party!
Print quotes from the “Alice” books onto parchment paper and cut them into strips, then use your decorated clips to attach them to a nearby bush or scatter on the tea table for guests to read. See “Mad Tea Party Quotes, Part 1 – Non-sensical sayings and dubious advice!” and “…Quotes, Part 2 – EVEN MORE non-sensical sayings and dubious advice!“.