About the Theme
Fall down the rabbit hole into this fantastic Alice in One-derland 1st birthday party. “For Riley's 1st birthday, her mom Katie, did not forget a single detail,” says photographer, Danielle Moran. The party theme, ‘Riley in ONEderland’ was inspired by the childhood classic, Alice in Wonderland. Guests arrived to a selection of top hats, and a sit-down tea party with their own personalized tea-cup!
Perfect for kids and nostalgic for adults, both the Lewis Carroll story book and the animated Disney classic provides endless inspiration for a one-year-old’s party. At one point in the story, the Mad Hatter celebrates his un-birthday with Alice in Wonderland. While this occasion is quite the opposite, take cues from the eclectic tea party scene: we’re talking mismatched teacups and saucers, a magician, tiny foods and more.
Throughout the many adaptations of Alice in Wonderland, the tea party scene remains a centerpiece of every storyline. Set the scene by hosting this party in an open, spacious cafe or bakery. It’s is the perfect aesthetic match for this theme and will minimize set-up and take-down.
Anything can happen once you fall through the rabbit hole. Hire a magician to wow guests with illusions and tricks and that would impress the Red Queen herself.
Your little ones won’t stay little forever, but at least these finger foods won’t grow or shrink them without warning. Work with your venue or caterer to establish a menu that would impress the Red Queen herself. For this event, there was a menu for the “fabulous monsters” and the adults. Kids enjoyed PB&J or turkey and cheese crustless triangles and a soft pretzel. Grown-ups could choose from a variety of sweet or savory sandwich bites, pastries and scones.
Tea and Juice
A tea party needs tea, but since we’re in Wonderland, we can break the rules just a little. While adults enjoy tea and coffee, kids can sip a variety of juices, such as apple, cranberry and orange juice from their own teacups. Pinkies up!
If you want to do a traditional 1st birthday smash, consider getting a few smaller cakes or cupcakes that can be enjoyed separately. These half-naked drip cakes look incredibly chic and with just a few floral toppers they fit in perfectly with the garden-esque scenery. Tie it all together with these “eat me” cookies that look just like the ones from the film.
Especially if you’re hiring an event photographer, a photo wall is a cute way to get guests cheesing for pictures. Your wall will accentuate your theme, and everyone’s best angles.
The host for this party hand-painted guest’s names onto their teacups. While it’s a cute DIY moment, it also knocks out place cards and party favors. Go thrifting at your local antique store to see if you can score a few sets in bulk!
Flower Crowns: Mason and Harlow | Signage: Modern Birch Co. | Apparel: iloveplum, Little Blue Olive | Calligrapher: Paper Crane Calligraphy | Cake designer: The Cake Shop CNY | Design and Decor: She Rents Vintage | Apparel: Cheerily | Bakery: The Sweet Praxis