No Madhatter Tea Pary would be complete without top hats. I made these top hats using my Silhouette and a cut file from the Silhouette store for a 3D leprechaun hat. You may recognize the stand as party of my centerpiece from the Breakfast at Tiffany's party. I looked for ways to display the hats in a box or something but the headbands and the bulkiness of the top hats made them fall over. I finally gave up and just put them on the branches...an accidental good idea. The frame has a quote from the movie. It is the exchange between the Madhatter and Alice. He asks if he has gone mad and she says yes but all the great ones are.
I love decorating for parties but I try to keep to a tight budget. I try to buy things on clearance or on sale. Dollar tree is one of my favorite stores. You have no idea how much you can get from the dollar store if you learn to think outside the box. I also use my 50% off coupons at Hobby Lobby and Michaels and I always start out in the clearance section. That is where I found these mugs. They are tea cups per se but we don't drink tea in our house so I bought coffee mugs. I wanted a colorful party so I bought them in colors I knew I could use in my home everyday.
They were a dollar each at my Hobby Lobby in the clearance section. the saucers (I wish I took a better picture of those) are from Tuesday Morning. Again they were in the clearance section (4 of them for $3.00). The feathers were $1.49 each at HL on sale. All the flowers came from the Dollar Store. The cut outs inside the top cup were from Cloud 9 Designs. Hurry she has them on sale for $1.99 for the whole package, She had a 3D hat, teapot, teacup, clock invitation...just go see. I have about 7 frames that I bought from Ikea for about 1.99 each. I keep them around and change out the displays. For this party I used digital paper from Rhonna Farer Urban Junque kit from Twopeasinabucket. I can't find it there anymore but it is beautiful colorful paper. In MyDigitalStudio I created quote pages using Urban Junque. Here is a close up of one.
Frames with quotes are a great inexpensive way to decorate a party.
I also saw on Pinterest that someone stacked three mini top hats that reminded me of the lopsided cakes...so of course I had to make them. Behind them you will see the vase my husband gave me for mother's day and it has dollar store flowers inside it.
Surrounding the parameter I had the evil Queen of Heart's soldiers.
I made these guys from foam board that I found at the dollar store and cardstock. I just love them. Again, I used my Silhouette and cut out the hearts, letters and feet.
I forgot to mention Goodwill...another great place for finds. I found these little white cups there. All 5 were $1.60 in total. As soon as I saw them, I knew I wanted to stamp faces on them. I have a set of faces from PeachyKeen. I love their stamps. They turned boring white cups into cups with character.
And finally, while at Tuesday Morning I came across this teapot and I couldn't resist.
You guessed it. Alice in Wonderland Teapot and Sugar bowl. Now I don't usually buy anything over $5.00 for a party, unless I plan on using it again but I just couldn't resist. It was perfect. As luck would have it, one of the gals at the party was going to throw a tea party for her daughter and she bought it from me at the end of the night. I also gave her all my Alice in Wonderland specific decorations to use at her party. I am glad they are going to a good place to be used and appreciated. As opposed to my bonus room that has become the storage place of parties of the past. I kept the sugar bowl as a souvenir. And I sent each person home with their own mini top hat.