Woodland Wonderland Tea Party

For my brother’s girlfriend’s birthday she requested a tea party that combined both her love of fairies/woodland creatures and Alice in Wonderland.  After a few days of prepping and planning, a woodland forest theme with some elements that paid homage to Alice in Wonderland emerged into this Woodland Wonderland Tea Party for six!

Decor

Each place setting included a purple charger plate, a moss ‘place-mat,’ a gold rimmed plate, gold flatware, a glass in either green and gold or purple and gold, an antique tea cup with saucer, and a place-card.

I made the napkin rings using a “moss roll” (literally a strip of moss rolled up) cut and looped in a ring shape and hot gluing a store bought leaf to the center.  I made the place cards by using store bought moss blocks, bending a piece of gold wire into a curled spiral, and attaching some mushroom stickers to the moss. I then printed up labels with each person’s name and attached them to pieces of decorative paper cut to size. So easy—and cheap! (A lot of the ‘moss’ stuff was found at the dollar store, including the place-mats, moss roll, and moss blocks)

Scattered about the table were various woodland themed odds and ends, such as pine cones, little fairy cottages, and mushroom candle holders. A moss runner spanned the length of the table.

I also constructed a type of curtain frame out of PVC pipe (thanks to the help of Cliffpro!) which I then hung curtains on and wrapped a flower garland around the top pole.  Little lantern lights were also strung along the top, and a few colorful butterflies were clipped to the curtains.  Each chair had flowers with googly eyes attached and the two end chairs also had cute pink flamingos (both in tribute to Alice in Wonderland!).

Drinks

White Wine Spritzer: Combine 2 cups chilled dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc,  with 1 1/2 cups chilled sparkling lemonade. Garnish with lemon wedges.

Green Tea and Cranberry Spritzer: Bring 1/3 cup sugar and 1/3 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Let cool completely. Steep 4 green tea bags in 2 cups boiling water for 2 minutes. Remove bags. Let cool completely. Combine tea, 1/2 cup chilled unsweetened cranberry juice, and the simple syrup. Top with 3 cups chilled seltzer.

Honey-Vanilla Spritzer: Bring 2/3 cup honey, 1/2 cup water, and 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped, to a simmer in a saucepan. Cook, stirring, until honey dissolves. Let cool completely. Strain through a fine sieve (there will be some seeds). Stir in 1/4 cup fresh lime juice. Top with 4 cups chilled seltzer.

(All the drinks are recipes from Martha Stewart’s Spring Spritzers. We also added edible shimmer powder to all of them to make them sparkle!)

Food

We had quite a bit of food that was split between two tables. Everything from salads to pasta to many delicious desserts!

Open-Face Chicken Basil Sandwiches (note the bread cut into little tea pots and tea cups and the leaf spoons!)

Pasta with Spring Herbs

Celery and Cucumber Salad

Tomato Salad with Garlic Oil

Angel Food Cake—for this one we just made a basic angel food cake in a decorative bundt pan, sprinkled powdered sugar over the top, and used a bouquet of flowers for the center.

Vacherin with Whipped Cream and Fruit

Princess Tea Cakes and Lemon-Lavender Shortbread—for the shortbread we just made a classic shortbread recipe and added a bit of lemon zest and dried lavender.

Mushroom Cupcakes—simply make mini (or full sized) cupcakes (we used carrot cake) and decorate with red frosting and edible white dots (we made our own using the same technique as making your own candy buttons).

Frosted Fruit—slightly beat up a couple egg whites, brush on your fruit of choice, and sprinkle/roll in sugar. Let dry overnight (and if necessary roll in sugar again before serving).

Fairy Crown

As it was requested that each guest wear a hat/head-piece of some sort, I decided to make my own fairy crown!

A small grapevine wreath from the dollar store, some silk flowers and leaves, and a bit of hot glue, and some ribbon was all it took!

So there you have it—a Woodland Wonderland Tea Party! Considering we put all of this together in less than a week, I’m happy with the final result! Now to plan my next themed shin-dig….

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