During the holidays my daughter had her 6th birthday. Every year we choose a theme together for her party. This year we chose the theme Alice In Wonderland. We had recently seen the Alice In Wonderland movie version by Tim Burton, but both my children preferred the Disney animation and the music in it.
The party was going to be at home and due to the shy nature of my daughter we treat it as more of a playdate and invited just a handful of her friends she had recently bonded with in her Kindergarten class. I dressed up as the Queen of Hearts which lead to great role playing with all the children who had also dressed up for the occasion. I thoroughly enjoyed my role as the Queen of Hearts as I was able to shout out ‘off with your head’ everytime a sneaky hand tried to steal one of the home made heart biscuits.
This became a great learning activity, because my daughter was involved in a lot of the planning of the teaparty. She wrote party food lists, the invitations, the ‘Thank you cards after the party, she helped bake the heart biscuits, decorate the party bags and label the ‘drink me’ bottle and ‘eat me’ foods. It was alot of writing for her but she enjoyed it because it all had a purpose, which is great for her fine motor control and understanding that we write for real events.
It is very difficult to find party plates, cups and napkins with Alice on them, I did look ay many party websites and didn’t find anything. Yet the beauty about having an Alice themed Tea Party is that nothing has to match! So this is what I collected and displayed for my daughters party:
- 6 strings of suits (Spade, club, diamonds and hearts
- variety of teapots (some plastic toy ones, some from charity shop)
- toy mouse to put in teapot
- small deck of cards to scatter on table
- bottle labelled ’drink me’
- flamingos (very difficult to find, luckily one came free in a fast food children’s meal)
- real china teacups and saucers (children enjoy using real china, it makes them feel very grown up)
- napkins (we luckily found these at the last minute during a 2 day trip to the Blue Mountains. I had won a 2 night stay at a house in Katoomba. The prize was provided by Eden through Digital Parents – an online community for blogging mums and dads. On the way back from our stay we visited the Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum which was lovely. In their little shop we found the perfect napkins – covered in teacups and teapots!
pass the parcel – the children sit in a circle and pass a parcel around. When the music stops at a particular child she may take off one layer of paper and retrieve her prize hidden.
hunt the cards lucky dip – each child had to find 6 cards from the deck of cards that had been hidden around the house. Once they had found 6 (the age of the birthday girl) they could then take out a prize from the lucky dip bag.
Pin the grin on the chesire cat - draw a large cat face and a separate cat’s grin for this activity. The children have to try and pin the grin in the correct place on the cats face whilst blindfolded. Lots of fun!
This theme would really suit any age and if you type in Alice In Wonderland into google images you will find a whole load of great images to help give you more ideas!