We regularly feature ideas for bridal showers and hen nights on SouthBound Bride, and one of the most popular since its publication last year was this real Alice in Wonderland kitchen tea, complete with printable downloads. I’m not surprised that this is such a popular theme – it’s sweet, whimsical, not too difficult to decorate, and ties in perfectly if you’re hosting a tea or afternoon event. You can add really fun crazy touches – after all, as the Cheshire Cat says of Wonderland: “We’re all mad here”! Ask guests to dress in mad hats for mad hatters, or just in something colourful, and be sure to include some of the key motifs from the novel (rabbits, clocks, keys, flamingos, playing cards and teacups) in the decor. To help you, I’ve pulled together a few of my favourite buys and DIYs for an Alice in Wonderland bridal shower.
- There’s no sweeter favour than a chocolate rabbit, and my favourites are the white chocolate rabbits by NOTHS, £5. (Or this is the perfect time to raid the stores post-Easter for rabbit-shaped chocs.)
- Don’t be late for a very important date (but do pop one of these on the table) with the Newgate Covent Garden Alarm Clock by Paperchase, £20.
- Pop in the middle of the table and fill with macaroons, Glass Clock Dish by NOTHS, £7.50.
- A special keepsake from the day for the bride, this Drink Me Teacup Necklace by NOTHS, £46.
- Ceramic bunnies are the perfect accessory, and you can use them on your Easter table next year! Ceramic bunny from In Good Company, R200 or hire for R20.
- These DIY paper flowers will really make an impression! Tutorial here.
- Not just a beautiful addition to the table, have guests write messages in this beautiful Penguin Clothbound Classics edition of Alice in Wonderland, from Amazon.
- Jumbo playing cards make great decor pieces – you can even get A4 size ones that could double as placemats! This version, £3 via Amazon.
And don’t forget, you can download these great printables for your own Alice in Wonderland shower right here.