Monday, 27 June 2011

Hop down the rabbit hole for a perfectly 'Alice' afternoon tea party




As you all know the Dormouse team just love afternoon tea and if you are looking for ideas for an afternoon tea with a difference then look no further than a Mad Hatters Tea Party.  



This Alice in Wonderland related theme always goes down well and there's lots of scope to have a play around with this to make it something really exciting and different and there's some great products on the market to help you do just that.

Tea: In mismatched vintage tea cups serve brightly coloured teas or normal tea dyed with a little food colouring to make a wacky brew. Tie little tags like these from Vintage Twee to teacups to fit with this theme or check out these lovely tags which are free to use from Bnute.

Cakes:  Why not serve your cakes first to fit in with the Mad Hatters theme? How about some little cake squares with Eat Me iced on them.  Alternatively a large wonky cake with uneven layers; we tried some fantastic Teatime Treat moulds from the brilliant Squires Kitchen that would make great cake decorations. These were really easy to use and great fun too, you simply fill them with soft sugardough icing, or they can even be used to mould chocolate.  Yum!


We added a  little food colouring to Squires Kitchen soft icing and made these:


Scones: Forgo scones and serve Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts with a dollop of clotted cream on top. Or make savory scones.

Sandwiches:  The madder and brighter the better, perhaps pinwheel sandwiches would look good.  Or make them as playing cards with black and red fillings and hearts/ diamonds/ clubs and spades cut out to show the filling through. You can get some great cutters here.

Decor: This is where you really can have fun. Think fake grass for a tablecloth, mushrooms (you could use those coconut sweets). Mismatched chairs.   Fancy dress (Alice in Wonderland themed of course)  you can get these great masks Have playing card decorations, rose bushes. 


There are lots more great themed ideas in an exciting new book  Everything Alice by Hannah Read-Baldrey and Christine Leech (Quadrille).  Containing fifty Wonderland themed craft makes there are lots of projects to make your tea party really amazing.  We particularly loved the teacup candles and decorative teapot vases which would make great decorations and as well as take home gifts. Beautifully illustrated and easy to follow Everything Alice (RRP £14.99) is available from all good bookshops.

Entertainment: Move seats every 10 minutes. Play croquet.  Dance the Lobster Quadrille.  Sing Happy Unbirthday.

See you down the rabbit hole!!

We received moulds from Squires Kitchen and Everything Alice from Quadrille free of charge for review.