It’s time to celebrate your unbirthday just like the Mad Hatter does in Disney’s animated version of Alice in Wonderland. What’s your unbirthday you ask? Well, let the Mad Hatter tell you, “there are 364 days of the year that aren’t your birthday, those are UNBRITHDAYS!”
In other words, the perfect excuse to together with your friends to let loose and just go crazy! Whether it really is someone’s birthday or if you just want to celebrate the release of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland movie with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, an unbirthday tea party is an excellent way to go.
The great thing about unbirthday tea parties is that they can be enjoyed by both children and adults. They can be customized to match your personal tastes whether you’re inspired by Lewis Carroll’s novel or not. Check out the ideas below influenced by the classic storybook and spark your imagination with ways to celebrate your unbirthday.
Brake out the construction paper, scissors and glue and create your own invitations. Show off your creativity by cutting them into teacup shapes or using an old deck of playing cards. Incorporate memorable phrases like “don’t be late for an important date” and request that your guest wear colorful clothing or costumes inspired by the storybook.
An unbirthday tea party can be hosted indoors or outside, just like in the storybook. A backyard or neighborhood park provides a fantastic setting with trees, flowers and plenty of room to play games. Pick a place that allows you to set up a long table and chairs and recreate the unforgettable scene.
A key element for a tea party is, of course, a table for all the guest to gather around. You can either use a long table covered in a bright tablecloth or use multiple tables of different sizes with an array of colorful tablecloths for an even crazier look. Set the table with mismatch teapots, teacups, plates, silverware and other dishes and place an assortment of chairs around the table that sit at different heights.
Incorporate all the characters from Alice in Wonderland when decorating the rest of your space and don’t forget to have fun with it. Place the Cheshire Cat or just a grin in a tree. Display plastic or cutout pink flamingos throughout your house. Put a Dormouse in a teapot or on a chair and hang illustrations of the White Rabbit, Alice and the Mad Hatter himself on the wall. Remember, color is a good thing and nothing needs to match!
Provide your guest with a variety of traditional tea party food that includes cupcakes, cookies, bars and candy and drinks that consist of tea, juice or lemonade. When it comes to food and beverages, you shouldn’t feel limited and can serve more than just the traditional food. Since it is your unbirthday party, serve what you like whether its chicken wings, chips and salsa or popcorn and wash it down with a pop, milkshake or beer. You can even serve tarts, but don’t let the Queen of Hearts find out you stole them.
There are a variety of ways to keep your guests entertained at your tea party. If your party is outside, get out the lawn games. Invite the Queen of Hearts over to play a round of croquet and make the game fun by replacing the traditional equipment with items you have around the house. Use umbrellas or brooms as mallets, stuff animals as balls or build your own stakes and hoops.
Celebrating an unbirthday with children? Keep them busy by decorating their own top hat or tea cup. Play a game of human chess, pin the grin on the Cheshire Cat or musical chairs, much like the Mad Hatter does in the novel. Guests can also share riddles and jokes, by the way why is a raven like a writing desk?
Remember an unbirthday tea party is all about going mad and the possibilities are endless. This article should only make you begin to think about all the fun ideas out there. Tap into your imagination and bring out your personality to customize your unbirthday tea party and optimize the most fun for you and your friends.