Invite your curious creatures to step into a world of wonder; to slide down the rabbit hole and join the mad hatter and his friends for an enchanting tea party filled with fun and games.
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Dress up and character ideas
For a little dress-up inspiration, the following is a list of a few of the key characters from Lewis Carol's Alice in Wonderland story.
The little blonde haired girl who falls down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. Often depicted as wearing a blue dress with a white apron and blue headband, she is the central character of the story.
Given the unusual nature of then place Alice has found herself in after falling down the rabbit hole, she often says ”Curiouser and curiouser.” Other key things Alice says are “It would be so nice if something would make sense for a change.” When the cards threaten her she pipes up “You're nothing but a pack of cards!”. Alice also notes that “Curiosity often leads to trouble.”
A wise caterpillar that sits on a mushroom or toadstool and smokes a hookah. He asks Alice “Who are you?”
A mysterious cat that can appear and disappear all at once ora bit at a time. This odd cat typically supports a very large grin on his face. He says “You may have noticed that I'm not all there myself.”
A guest at the mad hatter’s tea party that has trouble staying awake.
The Mad Hatter
A mad hatter that likes to celebrate ‘unbirthdays’ with tea parties. He asks “Would you like a little more tea?” He wears a hat and is quite eccentric. He says to the rabbit who's always running late “No wonder you're late. Why, this watch is exactly two days slow.”
Playing card gardeners
These playing cards are forced to paint the white roses red after they planted the wrong colour rose for the Queen of Hearts.
Queen of Hearts
A nasty, loud queen that bosses everyone around in Wonderland. One of her favourite sayings is “Off with their head”. She also asks the card gardeners who are painting her roses after planting the wrong colour “Who's been painting my roses red?”
Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Two little fat men who are identical twins. The look exactly the same and complete each others sentences.
The White Rabbit is always late and always saying “I’m late, I’m late, I’m late for a very important date”. He is a messenger and herald at the Court of the King and Queen of Hearts. He wears a waist-coat and carries a pocket watch unless he is dressed as a herald and carrying his trumpet.
Kids love being recognised for things. Instead of providing lots of 'little' gifts award certificates instead. During the party watch the kids and jot down who should get what certificate. Using the certificate template from the games party pack at by Creative Little Stars fill in one for each child.
Awards can include:
The "White rabbit award" awarded for one of the following activities:
The "Cheshire Cat award" awarded for:
The "Mad hatter award" awarded for:
The "Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dumb award" awarded for:
The "Queen of Heart's award" awarded for:
Twiddle dee and twiddle dumb two legged race (ages 4 +)
Tip: use old panty hose or thick elastic to tie the ankles. This allows some give should the children fall over - which often they do with squeals of laughter.
Chase the white rabbit game (For all ages that can run!)
Tip: use left over easter bunny ears or tails if you can. Alternatively cut out your own rabbit ears from cardboard and stitch them to an old hat so they can be easily transferred from child to child.
Find the cheshire cat (Ages 2 +)
This is a treasure hunt game looking for the Cheshire cat.
The mad hatter button toss (Ages 4+)
Tip: Instead of buttons you can use poker chips (available from discount stores), coins, marbles, pegs or any other small objects.
White roses to red (Ages 2 +)
Pin tail on the Cheshire cat (Ages 2 + with a little help)
Tip: make sure you mount the cat picture on board or hang it against something that doesn’t matter if it's stuck with a pin.
Build a card house (Ages 5+)
Tip: This is an indoor game only given the slightest breeze will send the cards tumbling.
Card croquet (Ages 4+)
The Queen of Hearts likes to play croquet. This can be a fun, simplified party game too.
Using either jumbo playing cards, often available from discount stores, or downloading the "Inspired by Alice games pack" from www.creativelittlestars.com.au, set up an obstacle course for the kids to 'putt' their ball around.
Putters can be made from all sorts of handy things; kids plastic golf sticks are excellent (and often cheap at toy stores and discount shops). Upside down umbrellas (that have handles), or make your own (see instructions as part of the "Inspired by Alice party games pack".
Ping pong balls, golf balls or any other small ball can be used to putt around the course. Even tightly screwed balls of paper work and don't roll away so easily when little people are playing. All are certainly better than the poor old hedge hog the Queen uses as a ball!
Make sure the start and end points are clearly marked. Kids are only to use the designated stick to move the ball through the course (no hands, feet or other objects).
Depending on the number of balls and sticks you set up, you could have two similar courses on the go at the same time. The fastest through the course wins. Alternatively, you can time each person's race through the course and the fasted wins.
The Queen of hearts say's... off with their heads! (Ages 3+)
Based on the game "Simon Say's..." the Queen of hearts gives instructions to the other players all beginning with the instruction "The Queen of Hearts says..." followed by the instruction ie: jump, skip, sit, stand on one leg etc. The players must obey the Queens commands. If the Queen just give a command without saying "The Queen of Hearts say's ..." first, those players that follow the command are out and have to sit down. The Queen can call out "Off with their heads!" and send the players who got out, to sit down.
The Queen continues until she tricks everyone but the last person who is then the winner, or until the time for the game is up and those left still standing all win.
Download the Alice in Wonderland party printables here. The package includes a set of delightful decorative items perfect for decorating your table and party area. They include party flags; drink bottle labels; cup cake wrappers; food signs and more. Designed specifically as part of this party package, they’re easy for you download, print and assemble. You can print as many as you need saving you time and money (handy too if an extra, unexpected guest turns up).
Other decoration ideas...
In the story Alice in Wonderland, food plays an important role. Alice is enticed to eat and drink various things. In fact various items literally have the labels ‘drink me’ or ‘eat me' on them. Each time Alice does eat or drink something it has a strange effect on her. She either grows taller than the trees or shrinks smaller than the flowers causing her all sorts of problems.
Download the Inspired by Alice party pack for the 'drink me' straw and water bottle labels; cup cake toppers and 'eat me' food decorations.
The other important food event is the Mad Hatter's tea party where Alice joins The Mad Hatter and his friends to celebrate their 'unbirthday''. This makes tea party dining appropriate for a party inspired by Alice In Wonderland
High tea sandwiches
High tea sandwiches are a great way to provide a little substance without all the sugar. Easy to make and so versatile you can mix and match breads and fillings to suit almost any fussy eater.
Ensure you use fresh, soft bread when making the sandwiches. White, brown, multigrain or a mix of all are great. Use a little smear of butter or margarine to stop moist fillings making sandwiches soggy. When you have prepared your sandwich, trim the crusts off using a bread knife and cut into bite-sized fingers (about three fingers per sandwich).
Sandwiches can be two or three slices high or a mix of both. Think of the age and tastes of those eating the sandwiches. You might make some more sophisticated flavours for adults and another plate with more basic flavours for the kids.
Tip: Save time by buttering bread and sealing in an airtight container in the fridge the night before.
Ham and cheese pinwheels
These looks so pretty on the plate and are quick to make. Using soft burrito's, spread with cream cheese, lay ham over the cheese and roll up. Cut 4cm slices on a diagonal and lay the cut pieces on a plate.
Queen of hearts tarts
Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius (350 degrees fahrenheit) or 160 degrees in a a fan forced oven.
Casings - you will need:
Filling - you will need:
Other food ideas...