and other decorations for an Alice in Wonderland party.
Originally, I conceived a lot of these decorations almost 15 years ago for a Halloween party that I threw when I was in college.
(I just felt the need to confess that, yes, I've done this sort of thing long before I had kids.)
Instead of roses that were already red, it's much better to paint them yourself. I think that Joey did a fantastic job.
Then we used a roll of black and white checkered plastic that I'd bought for that original party.
We put the plastic down as a tablecloth, using a few small pieces of tape to keep it in place (It was sort of slickery). Then we covered it with every tea set we could find. Luckily both Jenny and I each have miniature tea sets that our Grandma made for us when we were little. And I inherited the teapot with the little bee on it from my MeMaw.
And to round it out, we taped a bunch of cards to fishing line and hung them from the ceiling. I think these were the easiest and cheapest decorations that I've ever done.
Another idea, if you're doing this yourself and have the time... you might want to consider drawing the outlines of various characters and scenery on big pieces of butcher paper to tape up to the walls. Then let the kids loose with crayons for a fun activity.
That was the original plan, but, alas, I completely forgot about it at the time. (Our parties always manage to get away from me somehow.)
An even better idea would be to encourage all the kids to read the book before the party and then have them draw their favorite scene on the paper.
Alice In Wonderland Tea Party- (Part 1) The Costumes
(Part 3) The Birthday Cake
(Part 4) Because We Find Ourselves Amusing