For Peyton's first birthday we had a vintage Alice in Wonderland vintage tea birthday party. Guests entered through the front door and were taken to wonderland as they made their way past a small wooden door and through hanging playing cards. The dining room was filled with pink and white balloons and a large pink '1' balloon tied to my vintage highchair I had as a baby. The buffet table was dressed with vintage table clothes, in the center a shabby chic cake made by myself and surrounding the cake were many tea party treats including cupcakes, sandwiches and macaroons. I used vintage tea cups and saucers to fill with sweets and biscuits and glass milk bottle jars for drinks.
As a young child Alice in Wonderland was one of my favorite Disney movies and tea parties for little girls are right on trend at the moment. I had a beautiful high tea themed baby shower when I was pregnant with Peyton and I wanted to do something similar for her first birthday.
I wanted to stay away from the cliche cartoon look and bring some of my own style into it. I am a lover of vintage and wanted to represent that on the day. I used a lot of vintage and handmade items accompanied by pastel tones and a splash of pink.
Majority of the tableware was purchased from op shops and antique stores and the tea cups and saucers I borrowed from my Mum's collection. The milk bottle glasses and drink dispensers are quite popular at the moment! I found the bottles at Red Dot and the drink dispensers were borrowed from a dear friend. The white table cloth was from Baines and the cream crochet table cloth is vintage. The 'happy birthday' gamage banner is from Amelia's Room Decor on Etsy. 'Drink me' tags are from Paperls Wonderful on Etsy and 'Eat me' cup cake toppers are from Fabulously Kooky on Etsy. Pink cake stand can be found at www.leoandbella.com.au. The hanging cards were easy to create with a few decks of cards purchased from the local supermarket and some fishing line. I hole punched holes in the top, tied string to each one and hung from the ceiling using Command hooks. Peyton's Alice dress and apron was hand made by Her Great Aunt just for the day. The black Mary-jane moccasins are from Hubble and Duke and red heart stockings are from www.minibots.com.au. All the food including the cake was made by either myself or my Mother-in-law. This is a great way to save money and get creative!
Everything complimented each other and came together perfectly but if I had to pick one thing it would be Peyton's outfit!
Search lots of op shops! Sometimes you have to sought through a lot of junk but there are so many hidden treasures or ask Grandma to borrow her fine china. Make the food yourself to save money. There are so many awesome food ideas on Pinterest and making them yourself is so much fun.