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Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Last Friday was my 21st birthday, and on Saturday I had a Mad Hatter's Tea Party to celebrate. It was fancy dress of course, and I decided to go as the Queen of Hearts.

Me, my best friend's boyfriend and my best friend. Mark made his costume himself(!)

I already had the tights, necklace and jacket-y thing so I just had to get a dress. It's originally from Primark but I got it off eBay, and was just a strapless, knee-length prom dress style to begin with. I ruched up all the layers and sewed on the beads. I also made the playing card badge myself, and a pair of earrings (which you can't see) with dangling hearts and a Queen of Hearts poker tile ring. I found the flamingo badge in Primark a few weeks ago and snapped it up as it was perfect for the outfit.
You can't really tell but I did heart-shaped lips. I did my hair with the Remington spin curl hairdryer, which suited the character but I hate how I look in all the pictures. The hair and make-up together make me look totally fugly!

We decorated our marquee and the rest of the garden with tea-light holders and bunting.

The playing card bunting is made out of giant foam cards designed for the garden and took me hours to string! I love the blow-up flamingos!
I also made a Cheshire Cat vanishing into the hedge, and towers of cards.


Of course the main part of the day was the food! We had loads of tea and Pimms in a watering can. We possibly went a bit OTT on the cakes! They took all morning to ice and decorate but I think the effort was worth it!

Yes, that's a GIANT Jammy Dodger in there!




Everyone made a real effort dressing up which I was really pleased with! My friend Sophie's mum and older sister also came, as I've known them almost my whole life, and even they dressed up!



Finally, my Dad really excelled himself with my birthday cake this year. He always makes the best cakes, (well, my Mum bakes them then my Dad decorates them,) but this year's was incredible. It took him hours to do and he bought a ton of special fancy professional cake decorating tools to do it!

39 comments

  1. This looks so so amazing! Your costume looks fab, I really love how everyone made their costumes and got in the spirit. You're a lucky girl!
    x x

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  2. That cake is absolutely outstanding! My gosh I would have loved to have been invited to something like this. The cakes and biscuits all look amazing and everyone really made an effort. You looked gorgeous..I'm so glad you had an awesome day! Welcome to the 21 club! xxx

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  3. Wow, that all looks even more incredible than you described to me the other weekend!

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  4. Everything about this party looks AMAZING! You looked gorge - not fugly at all, I think this is one of the best Alice themed parties I've ever seen! xx

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  5. I love your outfit! And that giant jammy dodger. Nom, nom!

    Jules @ A Bit of Jules

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  6. This looks incredible!! Love everyones costumes and all your decorations and everything :)

    http://lowri-armsaroundamemory.blogspot.com/

    x

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  7. omg that is absolutely awesome! i would love a party like that, but given their lack of costume-effort at halloween parties, i don't think my friends would dress up!

    your costume is fabulous!

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  8. This, this is absolutely amazing! Seems like an awesome birthday party and look at all those CAKES!

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  9. Happy belated birthday! That cake is amaaaaazing, what a talented Dad you have!

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  10. Wow all the pictures look great - love your costume, you look amazing! :)

    xx

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  11. I love your costume, especially the dress and the tights. And I think your hair looks really nice in the pictures; it's amazing how much shorter it gets when you curl it like that!

    The cakes have literally just made my stoumach rumble!

    Pip x

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  12. thats amamzing! your outfit is gorgeous :)

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  13. That cake..WOW.
    Looks like you had a great time, and your family and friends seem lovely.
    Hope your day was special.

    Emma

    http://styletitch.blogspot.com

    xx

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  14. Fritha!!! This looks bloomin incredible. Wow. Just...wow. I think I'm mesmerised by the cake 2bh...you know me :P x

    p.s. belated birthday wishes!

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  15. wow that cake it just the best!
    LO
    www.lamaepa.blogspot.com

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  16. Happy birthday! What an amazing looking party! & that cake - incredible.

    I had a mad hatter's party for my birthday one year and it's one of my favourite ever parties. x

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  17. WOW!!!
    This party looks amazing!!
    The cakes are incredible!! Well done your dad and mum!!
    & happy birthday!!!!!!!!!
    xxxxxxxxxx

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  18. What an incredible party! I love all the detail that went into it! And the cake ... WOW ... how lovely of your father to do that for you :D

    Leia

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  19. Wow wow wow! I want to jump into the photos! The food looks SO yummy, the decoration is awesome and everything looks like so much fun! Happy belated birthday! That#s an amazing theme for a party! :)

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  20. Looks like so much fun. It must have been a great party. Love your costume and the food looks delicious.

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  21. Oh wow, what an amazing party idea!

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  22. That cake is literally the most amazing thing I have ever seen!! Your party also looks so cool, I am jealous.

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  23. your costume was great and the cheshire cat is awesome!

    your dad did an amazing job on that cake, i wouldnt have wanted to eat it, it is that pretty! looks like a great party was had! x

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  24. wow, how amazing does everything look?! that cake is so good xx

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  25. That looks amazing - Happy Birthday!

    I think you really made it one to remember forever!

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  26. Wow, it all looks amazing! I can't believe how many nice cakes you've got! Your outfit looks great! I love how you did your make up, especially the lips. I can't believe you ruched the dress yourself, that must have taken ages!
    I feel so creepy but I recognise some of the people in your photos haha. Must be from working in Morrisons in Lichfield.. oh and I used to talk to Rosie :)

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  27. The food looks amazing! yum! :) how did you make a giant jammy dodger? lol!

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  28. Wow, your party looked amazing! :D I love how down to the detail everything was, from your costume to the decorations and cakes. Your dad is super talented, that cake looks too good to eat!! Hope you had a lovely birthday xx

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  29. OH, an Alice in Wonderland party!! What a great idea! The details and the costumes are quite amazing.

    invasionista

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  30. This is my dream party !
    Great to see everyone made such an effort with their costumes :)
    The cakes look amazing !!

    www.launainponderland.blogspot.com

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  31. This looks like so much fun!!!!

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  32. Aw looks like all the effort was worth it! That cake is awesome :)

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  33. Oh wow, this is amazing! x

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  34. That party looks like fun! The cake looks amazing and you look gorgeous!!

    http://primpedandprimed.blogspot.com/

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  35. this is so cool , i love it. x

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  36. Your outfit is amazing, you look so good and the cakes look super yummy :) xx

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