All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe
*(Jabberwocky, from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872, by Lewis Carroll)
It started with an invitation : Save the date! Don’t be late! There’s going to be a party in Wonderland for (MC Senior)’s unBirthday. Put on your party frocks and head down the rabbit hole to help her celebrate.
Milk based lollies found in Asian supermarket. Perfect eh?
It ended with the slaying of the Jabberwock.
The MCs helped make a pinata out of papier mache in the week before the party. At the end of the party, we sent all the guests out to "slay" the jabberwock. We kitted them out in a special helmet (colander) and sword (wooden spoon with a bit of foil on the spoon end). It was hilarious!
After you successfully slay the jabberwock, you can wear it as a trophy
In between, there was a tea party with jam tarts, sugar cookies, snapdragonflies, bread and butterflies, currant buns, caterpillars (celery sticks with peanut butter, modified “ants on a log”) and humpty dumptys (hard boiled eggs).
We held the tea party outdoors. I don't usually do too much decorating but I've seen these pom-pom flowers on lots of blogs lately, and found a great tutorial here (Martha Stewart). They were so simple to make. I wired them onto some thin branches I'd save from pruning a shrub in the garden)
A sheet of muslin over the top acted as a canopy. I bought muslin (cheesecloth) because I figured I could always reuse it in the kitchen. Each child had a tea cup they could use then take home. I scoured op-shops (charity shops) for tea-ups in the lead up to the party.
Snapdragonflies - in the book, a snapdragonfly is described as an insect having the body of a plum pudding and a flaming raisin for a head. I made chocolate cake balls, decorated to look like puddings, used flaked almonds for wings, and a chocolate coated raisin for the head.
They made mad hats, played croquet, and various other “teacup” games. (There are some great ideas at this website).
Wanna play? A cardboard tube (from a roll of brown paper), an old sock stuffed with newspaper and coloured card make a great croquet mallet.
Can't be seen from this angle but the "hoops" are card men, bending over backwards. The ball is an old tennis ball with a face and hedgehog spikes drawn on.
To finish it all off, we had cake.
The mad hatter attended of course!
And just like that, my little baby is now an eight year old. I know it’s a cliche, but it really does go too quickly.