A couple of months ago, Victoria came up with a great idea to throw a surprise birthday party for Beth. Except somehow Beth ended up knowing about the party and then found out it was a tea party. Remember this post? Yeah, she admitted she’s seen the “drink me” tag that we had on a tea cup. Little stinker! A mad hatter tea party! So of course, I started looking on Etsy, Pinterest and googled everything to find ideas.
The more we got into it, the more excited I was. I bought stamps, different papers, teas, (herbal of course) miniature keys, more stamps, a mad hatter hat. I made lotions, lip balms for the “treat” bag for the ladies who came. I looked up how to make fondant on youtube. I tried to make it twice. In the end, it was too much for me and we ended up asking Victoria’s sister in law to make the cake, which was fabulous because I literally spent all day cooking on Saturday to make it special for Beth. So, pictures, pictures, and well… PICTURES!
First off, the invitations that went out:
I was lucky enough to find envelopes to match my invitations that I made. I stamped each one with “a royal summons” on the back of each one and I also had a stamp with a clock on it that said “a very important date” on it. Key hole… get it?
I made it so you could see the rabbit on the inside. Well, Alicia helped me with this part. She’s so awesome! (She also takes our pictures and is great with kids… ) And then when you opened it, you saw the invitation.
I wanted people to dress up, but not as the mad hatter. The mad hatter was specifically for Beth.
We could only invited 9 people because my table can only fit 12. So with Victoria, Beth and myself, she had 9 seats left.
We had 12 people invited, one never rsvp’d and three did, but weren’t able to come at the last minute. So 8 it was! Which was perfect.
Yahiza was able to come. As well as Donya. Which she did the majority of the photography on the party. She’s awesome! And Bridget helped out with taking the pictures as well. Yes, you can view the comments to see what she had to say. ;)
We had Amber, Bridget and Nicole there.
Victoria as a Flower, and I was the Queen of Hearts. Shocked? I didn’t think so.
Every time someone arrived, Kathryn played something that sounded like the old Imperial Margarine commercial. And then their name would be announced as they arrived.
Victoria and I went over to Beth’s house the day of to give her her costume and the actual invitation. She ended up dying her hair color purple with kool-aid. It was great.
We decorated for the party of course.
Victoria brought in willow branches and we put the command hooks on my ceiling and fishing wire and suspended books from the ceiling. We also suspended my globe upside down because Alice falls down the rabbit hole.
I made a lot of different things. We started off with quiche and chicken salad stuffed into cucumbers. We then had tomatoes stuffed with fresh basil and mozzarella and cucumber sandwiches. On the table, we had a veggie plate with dip and a fruit platter with my delicious cream cheese and marshmallow combo. We also had three different teapots with hot water and an assortment of herbal teas to choose from. For dessert, I made a sugar cookie bar that turned more into a shortbread than anything else and I made these wonderful peanut butter cookie’s surrounded by a miniature peanut butter cup. It was delicious. Everything turned out to my satisfaction except the sugar cookie bars.
In the middle of all of this, we had another special surprise visitor…
James! Actually, Kathryn announced him as King James. Cause remember, we all had catchy costumes on! He serenaded her! It was. so. dang. sweet. I had tears in my eyes.
Yahiza loved it too. This was literally the look on her face while he was singing to Beth:
And what would it be without a kiss?
That we made them do over and over again until we could get a good shot out of it. I’m sure they didn’t mind!
We then of course had the cake that Victoria’s sister in law made:
And what’s a cake without candles and singing to her?
Here’s to her not catching on fire with the 27 candles that I put on her cake instead of 28. I’m not too sure what I was thinking…
She then opened up presents!
Being the terrible person that I am, I only remember that Donya made her the tart, Nicole gave her the book on Joseph Smith and I gave her the framed picture of the tea party.
The Mad Hatter and the Flower wanted a picture with each other. Then I couldn’t pass this picture up of Beth Mad Hatter. Bridget was trying to stare down the camera too.
Then the birthday girl decided to do some dancing…
After that, some of the women started to leave. So of course, I had to give them their goodie bag!
I had fun making it. I used my pazzle. I did a lot of stuff with my Pazzle. I made the invitations, the place cards, the goodie bags. I can do anything with that machine. I love it!
We then took a picture of our serving girls. Who were wonderful!
Someone thought that they wanted to try my crown on and be the queen. Yup, it backfired. Look at that face!
And to top the evening off, we put all of our hats together!
It was a fabulous evening with friends. Great food, laughter and enjoying one another’s company. Happy Birthday Beth Mad Hatter!!