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Alice in Wonderland party theme

The girls from Canvas and Canopy and Alchemy Fine Events dreamed up this fabulous, modern-meets-whimsical “Alice in Wonderlandia” theme… charming, stylish, and perfect for everything from baby & bridal showers to birthday parties or a ladies lunch!

Alice in Wonderland party theme

I’m especially loving the clever tea cup centerpiece and eclectic mix of vintage patterns & textiles! Read on for all the DIY tips for this setting, as told by the designers…

Alice in Wonderland party theme

“Start by draping the table with a bold and bright floral table linen. For multiple tables, use the same patterned linen on each table or feel free to mix in other patterned linens to create an eclectic garden feel. Next, use colorful patterned kitchen aprons and tie them around each chair to create customized chair covers!

Alice in Wonderland party theme

For the main centerpiece, take vintage teacups in any size, shape or pattern and simply glue them on top each other using a glue gun. You can make the centerpiece as tall or short as you would like, just make sure it’s sturdy, so that it does not topple over! To top off the teacup centerpiece add a ball of pretty pink or white garden roses and an artificial butterfly.

Alice in Wonderland party theme

On each side of the teacup centerpiece add small glass bud vases with seasonal garden flowers. To add an extra eclectic flair, find ceramic pots with a floral design and top them off with basic moss balls, which can be reused for future parties. Moss balls will save you time since you won’t to arrange flowers! The moss balls can also serve as décor in your home after the event!

Alice in Wonderland party theme

Table Settings:
Any vintage patterned dinnerware will suffice! It does not need to match the table linens or the aprons perfectly. Look at our table! We used over four different patterns but opted to keep the colors of the dinnerware and centerpieces in the same pink palette. Feel free to use anything from your grandmother’s old china, patterned melamine plates or even floral paper plates. It all depends on the time and the mood of the event.

Alice in Wonderland party theme

Each guest received their own hot pink galvanized watering can at their place setting, filled with ice and small bright blue bottles of champagne. This allowed guests to keep their champagne chilled on the hot summer day and also served as a party favor!

Alice in Wonderland party theme

Alice in Wonderland party theme

Paper Candy:
Personalized monogrammed tea bags with each guest’s initials on them were strategically placed at each setting in the teacups. This is a creative way to add a customized touch to the event while doubling as a place card.

We also added a whimsical “Alice in Wonderland” flair to the table by placing playful blue and white menus to the side of each plate.”

Alice in Wonderland party theme


By |2017-02-03T15:06:53+00:00October 8th, 2009|Bridal Showers, Weddings|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Clau! October 8, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Wow… everything looks so cute ;)

  2. Amy October 8, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Love it!!

  3. Annie @ Marry You Me October 8, 2009 at 7:58 am

    I love this! I am such a huge Alice in Wonderland fan and I love that this can work for a bridal shower, bridesmaid’s luncheon, birthday party or a baby shower.

  4. Karen Wilson October 8, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Awesome! Love the vibrant colors and theme…

  5. tara gibson October 8, 2009 at 8:10 am

    i LOVE this!

  6. Laura October 8, 2009 at 8:30 am

    om gosh ~ this is beautiful!!!
    I just added Alice In Wonderland theme with Alice as the new character.
    thanks for sharing.

  7. Ebony October 8, 2009 at 9:03 am

    So cute…i love this!

  8. carrie @ bloomacious October 8, 2009 at 10:19 am

    love the colors and fun creativity – great for kids but I think adults would enjoy this too.

  9. Emily October 8, 2009 at 10:24 am

    A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!!! a fabulous way to use LOTS of colors – but in a totally chic way!

  10. poshpartygal October 8, 2009 at 10:34 am

    beautiful, colorful & so fun!

  11. Sarah October 8, 2009 at 11:27 am

    They are amazing!!! Such creative and imaginative ideas! LOVE!

  12. Pragya October 8, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Whoa!!! Love it!!

  13. Ibett October 8, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    A little too busy for my taste. Lots of detail, though :0)

  14. Down Pillow October 8, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this! My favorite element is the adorable china :)

  15. fatalefemme October 8, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    I’ve been planning my own “mad hatter’s tea” for my birthday party, so glad to see some inspirational eye candy to help me out!

  16. Erin October 8, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    So charming! I have a whole box of precious tea cups that I rec’d as engagement gifts (that was the traditional gift apparently?) and I am always looking for an excuse to show them off. Thanks for a great idea!

  17. Mrs. R October 9, 2009 at 9:01 am

    BEAUTIFUL!!!! I love the use of colors, and the creativity. Gorgeous :)

  18. noel October 9, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    they did it again! darling party.

  19. viv October 9, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Wonderful decoration, very dreamy!

  20. Morgan October 9, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    I ADORE this theme! I saw this is on the Lollipop Events & Designs webpage — they are so inspiring!

  21. Dina October 10, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Lovely lovely lovely! The yellow and pink colors are so festive! love the centerpiece idea as well!

  22. Groom Wedding Speches October 15, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Just a wonderful set up love it!

  23. Claudia October 21, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    What kind of champagne is this?

  24. Jamie at The Party Poodle October 26, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Such a timely theme for the new Tim Burton movie coming out! I would add some wrappers on the water bottles that said “Drink Me” add the cheshire cat to the mix to really add more into the theme if you wanted to make it more “Alice in Wonderland” Great party!

  25. Neelam October 29, 2009 at 5:50 am

    So cute, very detail oriented!

  26. Rochelle October 30, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    So adorable!

  27. vernie November 11, 2009 at 12:56 am

    it’s a blast! the outburst of colors is amazing!

  28. Rosanna November 11, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Does anyone recognize the font used in the first photo for the word “Alice in Wonderlandia.” I see HWTM use this font a lot and I really like it, but don’t know where to find it. Anyone know?

  29. jenn s. November 11, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Hi Rosanna –
    The font is called “Fling”. It’s not a free font though, unfortunately, but I fell in love with it when Blueprint magazine first came out (they used it for their masthead).

    Here’s where I purchased it:

  30. Rosanna November 11, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Jenn, you are simply amazing for responding – I have fallen in love with this font too!

    Thanks a million!

  31. Melissa November 27, 2009 at 9:54 am

    I love the detail and the floral patterns! I like the apron chair cover idea and the placecards in the teacup, very clever.

  32. josie January 16, 2010 at 12:39 am

    OMG love the theme.infact my birthday is coming up would you beable to help with the party food? if you get this message please reply i swear ive been looking for something like this..I FOUND IT!!

  33. The Wedding Contessa March 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    This decor is sooo delightful! Could be used or adapted for a bridal shower! Very, very fun and bright! Great creativity!

  34. Ellen March 12, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Love this, especially the tea cups! The new Alice in Wonderland is so dark and edgy (which is cool), but this is a nice refreshing spin on it!

  35. Scherrie March 14, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    This is a beautiful table setting! I feel inspired to set this -up in my backyard for my mom’s night out group meeting next month,the girls will love it.

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  37. izreen - fluff & stuff - March 21, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    oh wow. this is gorgeous! i love the bright colours & patterns and how they all come together so perfectly well!

  38. izreen April 3, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    i loved this so much that after my last comment, i decided to feature it in my blog ;)

  39. Defined Benefit Plan April 7, 2010 at 10:31 am

    beautiful pictures. keep it up.

  40. Jordan April 15, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    wow I love how you stacked the tea cups
    it’s awesome

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  44. emma | emmalinebride March 23, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I think my favorite part of this party is the chair sashes/covers! Everything looks beautiful. Great job!

  45. Cindy April 7, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Oh !! Beautiful combination of charming colors …and very attractive !!!

  46. Elysia April 16, 2011 at 1:20 am

    I’m planning my daughter’s party & this gives me lots of ideas. I love it!

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  48. Kayleen August 24, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Where did you find tea cups to glue together. I can’t find cheap ones.

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    My favorite Kid's party planner. Her creativity and design skills is best.

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