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