I’ve always loved Alice in Wonderland. It’s whimsical, fancy and just plain fun. Shortly after finding out I was pregnant with a girl, I already had a first birthday theme in mind. It’s the party planner in me, terrible right? I loved the idea of doing an Evie in Onederland First Birthday themed tea party.
Wonderland Birthday Decor
I wanted an outdoor location, but quickly ruled out public parks since cake clean up would be difficult. We live in a condo, which limits our yard space out back. I settled on my parents home so we would have the amenities and enough space to spread out. Early party prep for our Onederland First Birthday began the morning of, hanging lanterns and setting up tables in the front yard. I wanted the table to be set in light pink and baby blue with pops of bright flowers and butterflies. My mom has a china set that was passed down from her mother. I picked up a few additional tea sets at a local thrift store for fairly cheap.
First Birthday in “Onederland”
I purchased a 6ft by 8ft piece of astroturf from Home Depot (for only $24) to hang as the backdrop and accented it with tassel garland (found on clearance at Party City) and oversize flowers (purchased for 50% off at Hobby Lobby). I used my daughter’s existing high chair and cute a pink heart shape out of foam board to give it the high back look.
Since we don’t know many 1 year olds, I wanted to provide adult activities to make the party extra fun. I purchased white ceramic mugs from the Dollar Tree and put out sharpie markers for guests to design their own coffee cup to take home as a favor. To make the sharpie dishwasher proof, you simply bake in the over at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. I also made a Mad Hatter station. These St Patrick’s Day hats (also from the Dollar Tree) were spray painted to match the party colors. I set up a hot glue gun and an assortment of accessories (feathers, tape, ribbon, jewels, etc). Most of those items I found in the clearance section of Hobby Lobby or pulled from my own stock of craft supplies.
Alice in Wonderland Food Ideas
The cake was made by Publix and is a replica of the cake Alice holds in the classic cartoon. I also ordered Petit Fours (my favorite) and “Eat Me” cookies from there. Squeeze-Its from the Dollar Tree made the perfect “Drink Me” beverages. These individually wrapped pink wafer cookies with purple lines (made with a sharpie) were perfect for ‘Cheshire Cat Cookies’. The food table was rounded out with fresh strawberries and White Rabbit Veggies. We also had grilled hamburgers/hotdogs and chips/dip as our hearty items.
Evie didn’t want anything to do with her cake. She didn’t eat it until we gave her a spoon, what a princess! Overall the our Onederland First Birthday party was a huge hit and such a fun way to celebrate our little girl turning one.