After the first night of celebrations were over, we managed not to party too hard (well me at least) as I had day 2 of the surprise Bachelorette weekend to execute.
And this theme was one of my favourites to plan.
Guessed it yet? That's right, Alice in wonderland. I chose this theme for two reasons. Mainly because my friend had talked about doing this as a theme for as long as I could remember, and secondly it suited my garden so much.
Its full of secret passages, winding cork trees and dancing light. Its the perfect location for such a whimsical story
I cant tell you how much fun I had collection all the party props for this theme. Many of my teacups were antiques that I have collected over the years but I have found the odd one or two on eBay
For flowers, I went for colourful garden style flowers. I hung crystal lanterns with waxflower, tulips, roses and chrysanthemums in them from a seated garden arch I bought specially for the event which hung over the table.
I also found moss covered baskets, which blended into the sheet moss I laid down the centre of the table. This really helped me to create the living theme I had in mind. The mini bottles of champagne I found at Selfridges , and are the smallest bottles of Champagne in the world.
I used playing cards to scatter across the table and hide in the teacups
And I found large playing cards to hang along with the flower arrangements, using co ordinating shades of ribbon.
I used pretty Alice in wonderland books as props, along with anything I could find that would would fit with the theme. If you dig deep, you'll be surprised at what you already have at home.
The little card box and silver key was from Tk Maxx a few years ago. I filled it with moss and little flowers
A little trail of playing cards led the way to the party at the bottom of the garden...
I filled some of the tea cups with flowers, and placed along the centre of the table
As another gift, I found an adult sizes Alice costume for the hen to change into. And she really did love it as she is a big fan of fancy dress.
And so the other guests didn't feel left out they had bunny ears to wear.
As it was a brunch, I served Coffee, tea, pink lemonade and juice to drink. And for those really in the hen party vibe... Champagne!
And to eat, we had freshly baked croissants, toast, yogurts and even cake (because a party without cake is really just a meeting)
I really recommend serving brunch for a party as its much easier to execute than a dinner or lunch. I also thinks its the cutest one to do too, as there are so many lovely options to serve which are not only delicious but that look cute too.
Dress is by Endless Rose, similar here
This newgate alarm clock is from John Lewis and was another item I already had around the house. See similar here and here
I also used various sized belle jars which not only helped to protect food from bugs, but also added an even more magical feel.
How cute is this blackberry cake with edible flowers, which I hand decorated!?
I found these super cute bunny and flower biscuits at Fortnum and Mason. These particular ones were from just around Easter, but Fortum do a selection all year like these afternoon tea ones (already thinking of a party I could use them for he he)
This hydrangea was one of my favourite arrangement's from the weekend as its colouring was so unusual and magical, it really tied in with the theme.
I also used wooden tree disks as place matts to tie in with the woodland/ Nature vibe.