Sunday, March 23, 2014

Mad Hatter Tea Party, Part 2

Ok, I'm back with pictures of more tea party decorations because I'm procrastinating on studying for my test tomorrow.  Actually, I wrote this post yesterday, so I was procrastinating then, not now.  Except for I added this bit.  Anyway, to get back on point, all it takes is three friends, two die cut machines, and a load of crazy ideas:  put those together and you too can have a Mad Hatter tea party!

This points to the little cubbyhole under the stairs where a dog bed usually lives (we call it the Vader Cave).  I took the dog bed out and cut a rabbit hole-ish shape out of black cardstock and stuck it to the wall down there, not sure anyone saw it but I know it was there!  There was also a sign on another wall that said "Looking Glass" and pointed up toward the giant mirror above the landing.

Framed art made by Brittany, she did several with quotes from the book.

Almost everything we did was a collaborative effort--all three of us worked on the card chandelier and rose topiary in my last post, and for the signs I cut the letters and Jen glued them on while Brittany was working on a garland for the living room (pic a little further down).  I told Jen it made me happy every single time I walked by this one that she did one of the S's backwards.

We figured the Mad Hatter would be the type to not plan out the spacing on his letters so everything would get squished up, and he'd probably get distracted and not really pay attention to how his letters were turning out on the sign.  We also had a long discussion about the rose topiary and if all the white roses should be on one side or interspersed with the red ones.  I thought interspersed because there were several cards painting the roses and when they got interrupted then the white roses would be scattered, but Jen and Brittany voted for one side of white so that's what we did.  It's possible we went a little overboard with the psychoanalysis of fictional characters.

More of Brittany's fabulous framed art.

Die-cut teacups and teapots in the window of the study, a.k.a. the hat shop.

Hearts in the dining room in honor of the Queen of Hearts.

I admit, I did buy a few pieces of china in preparation for this...I found this Oriental-style teapot in a vintage shop.  I love that it's all hexagonal--the base, the lid, and even the teapot itself.  There was a matching creamer too, but I only got the teapot.

Here's the Dormouse...I know he's supposed to be inside a teapot, but he looked so cute in Brittany's pink heart-shaped teacup!  It actually took some searching before I found a mouse toy to use for our Dormouse, I even asked Mom to look around for me and she came up empty.  This one was more expensive than he should have been but at least I got one.

More framed artwork.

Signs in one corner of the room...I'd wanted to do the arrows alternating but the "No Way" one was pointing the wrong direction so I just figured it was okay to have it upside down.

Flowers and butterflies in the living room window, referencing when Alice finds the garden of talking flowers.  And butterflies just because they're pretty.  I did the flowers all warm colors and the butterflies all cool colors.

The left half of Brittany's art collage...

And the right half.  The garland was originally just hanging down in a big U, but I attached that center teapot to the wall because I thought it filled the space better that way.  Most of the pieces for it were from a Stampin' Up Sale-a-Bration freebie.

Here's the Cheshire Cat artwork again so you can see how it was placed with flowers on top of one of our speakers.

Brittany's army of teacups...after everyone left on Thursday, Jen and I gathered up all the dishes and she took all of hers home, so Friday morning I snapped this one of Brittany's teacups all gathered together.  Actually, this isn't all of them...she might need two trips to get all her stuff back home :)

I got this thinking I would use it for the teacup exchange, but then I found a different one that I used instead so this one is mine for keeps.

I got this Art Deco-style teapot for really cheap last year; the shop owner said it was supposed to be a tea-for-one set where the teapot sits on top of a cup, but the cup was missing.  I would never have guessed it was supposed to have another piece so I'm happy with it the way it is (and like I said, it was a bargain.  Plus, purple).

I found this teacup trio for 3 pounds, so I got one for myself and another one for the teacup exchange.  I didn't notice until I pulled out all my dishes for serving stuff just how much strawberry-patterned dishware I have--I've also got a serving bowl and my three-tiered serving plate thingy with strawberries, plus:

Got these two little teapots for cheap at the daffodil festival last year.

Isn't this pretty?  Couldn't resist it when I saw it even though I already had a few teacup trios by then.

This is Brittany's tea-for-one set and I'm kinda sorta a little bit totally jealous it's not mine because isn't it gorgeous!  She also has a creamer that she found in the vintage shop and if you look on the bottom, it's stamped "Made in the USSR."

Mo' dishes.

This is the teacup I got in the teacup exchange.  I had to steal it from someone else but then luckily I got to keep it in the end--I love it!  It's a pattern of Scottish bluebells.

Carrie got this one in the exchange and then left it with me so this can be Lee's more "manly" teacup to my frilly girly bluebell teacup.  Not that he drinks much tea.

I put this one next to all the dozens (literally) of boxes of tea in the kitchen : )

I put this on the door of the coat closet and I still saw a couple of girls put coats in there, even though I'd cleared off pegs on the coat hanger thing in the entryway, so they didn't believe the sign (they did believe the "Keep Out!!!" sign on the utility room, which is good because it's a wreck--we were tossing stuff in there that we didn't need as we were setting up the food and stuff.  I even saw a loaf of bread on a shoe rack in there...).  I'd thought about putting this sign on the baby gate keeping Sadie and Vader from coming downstairs.

But I put up this sign pointing to them instead.  Several of the guests did go say hi to the dogs, which made them both very happy.  Lee saw me making the sign beforehand and he asked, "So which one's Tweedle Dum? Oh, wait..."

Aww, we loves you Vay-Vay!

So that's it for the tea party decorations.  I'll be back later with recipes...I want the one Brittany used for lemon tarts, they're yummy!  And hey, 24 hours from right now, I'll be done with my test, so YAY.  Wish me luck.

1 comment:

CCsMom said...

I am thinking of you, kiddo!

So glad the tea party was such a great success. It was really over-the-top!!! LOVE it!

Good luck this morning!