A Mad Tea Party Pt. 2: Costumes
March Hare and Alice
The White Rabbit costume was a lot of fun. She sewed fake flowers all over a beautiful jacket and skirt and then created bunny ears out of felt and attached to a small top hat. The final touches included face make up and an adorable little cotton tail!
Cheshire Cat and Lewis Carroll
I loved these costumes. It is hard to see how awesome they are right now… but, the couple wore tights with boxers and white shirts on top of them. The tights were in the colors of their suit and then they had playing cards strung around their necks and attached to gloves. Lastly, they attached the foam board playing cards with Velcro so that they were easily detached and reattached.
Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum
This is actually just one guy who posed all night in two different ways so that we could Photoshop his twin in… loved it! He went shopping for EXTRA Large clothing that would work for his tweedle dee costume and wrapped his middle with foam before dressing for the day.
He wore knickers and knee socks.
Can you say FABULOUS!?! He went all out for this costume. A red velvet top hat, bright blue hair and he even took part of the hair to make those amazing eyebrows.
He made his makeup look very Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonerland-esque.
He even took an old pair of glasses and colored them with an orange marker!
The Knave and The Dodo
These costumes were both made by Natalie (the dodo).
She told me how she made them so that I could pass the information on to you!
The Knave— All of the main Knave costume parts were made with paper. She used posterboard for the front of the card. Notice that she drew the “bottom” part of the Jack of Hearts and made the top of the costume look like the other side of the card! (Brilliant, right!) She cut the middle of the card and wrapped them around his arms and attached them back to the front of the card with tape. They made sleeves for him to put the card on easily. The hat she made of paper, drawing it to match the hat on the Jack. She cut the pieces of hair and curled them around a pencil to make curly hair. She added a feather and a paper axe to it to make it match the bottom of the card.
The Dodo— A hoody, petticoat, yellow tights, several feather boas and a papier-mache mask created this amazing costume. She bought a grey hoody at goodwill and found a short petticoat that she purchased for the base of the costume. She then stitched the boas onto the pieces while leaving some of the back of the petticoat showing to serve as the little white tail end of a dodo bird.
She found long nose mask that she built up with papier-mache and painted yellow. Lastly, she paired the outfit with yellow tights for the dodo’s legs and feet.
(She is entering these costumes in the Entertain Exchange’s Handmade Halloween Contest)
The Red Queen—”Off with her head!”
We’re All Mad Here!
Natalie is entering her costumes in the:
The Queen of Heart’s Bar
|Our Front Door|
|The bar backdrop was a wave of cards|
|Pink flamingo pics for the martinis|
|It’s Tea Time!|
|The Tea took place in the middle of Wonderland|
|Moss runners, stacked pedestals, tea pots and cups created the tablescapes|
|We served traditional tea sandwiches and tea party food during cocktail hour|
thank you so much for stopping by!
I hope you enjoyed part one of our Halloween party!
Keep your fingers crossed for me… I’m entering this party in:
|My husband… The March Hare|
|Me, as Alice, and my March Hare|
|The state of my dining room at the moment.|
|View of the table with a moss table runner.|
|First concept drawing of the table with moss runner and butterflies hanging from ceiling.|
|Up close drawing of the table where I hope to incorporate passages from the two books.|
|The Bar: The centerpiece of course being a lovely card castle.|
|The Queen’s Castle|
|From Frog Prince Paperie|
|Free printables from The Paper Dolls Shoppe featured on Catchmyparty.com|
|Free Halloween Printables from Love the Day on Catchmyparty.com|
|Fantastic free Halloween Flags from Blush Printables|
|Cutting out butterflies|
|Drawing Wonderland’s Characters|
|Creating a card castle|
I won’t tell you EVERYTHING about what it means to be Boo’d… (you’ll have to check out TomKat’s original post or Finding My Aloha’s instructional post). But, I will tell you that it looks like a TON of fun. Basically, it is a great way to show the holiday spirit around the neighborhood with little treats and tags that read, “You’ve Been Booed!” After being “Boo’d” a sign is posted on the door that reads, “I’ve Been Booed!” I can just a whole neighborhood really getting into this and having a blast. Find the ADORABLE “Booed” printables (with instructions) to download for FREE at TomKat’s website or by clicking HERE.
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You can certainly get creative with Halloween food… but, the drinks are where you can really go crazy! Today’s finds are all dedicated to the fun of Halloween drinks. Check out the following links for an array of Halloween inspiration.
Sources from top left clockwise: Witches’ Brew from Martha Stewart, Haunting Hot Chocolate from BHG (I LOVE white hot chocolate!!), Fresh from the Lab Bubbling Mocktails/Cocktails from Martha, and Boo-Nilla Shakes from Martha
Sources from top left clockwise: Blood Thirsty Mary from Martha Stewart, Bleeding Heart Martini from Martha, Sinister Cider Cocktail from Martha Stewart, Sweet N’ Tart Cocktail and Tootsie Roll Cocktail from Cocktailtimes.com
Sources from top left clockwise: Lychee and Grape Eyeballs from Martha Stewart (I’ve made these before and they were a HIT!), Candied Rim and Lychee Eyeball from Hostess with the Mostess, Bedeviled Skewer from BHG, Ice Eyeballs from Martha Stewart
Sources from top left clockwise: Skeleton Hand Garnish Trays from Pottery Barn, Halloween Etched Cocktail Shaker, Cold Blooded Ice Tray found at Fred Flare, Brain Freeze Ice Tray found at Fred Flare, Skull Drinkware from Target, Flask from Online Science Mall
Halloween is the perfect time of year to have some fun in the kitchen. Today’s “Friday Find” are silly, creative, and spooky dishes that can wow your guests or family this Halloween season.
Less if you are like me and are having the Halloween events on the Saturday night before the holiday. With the holiday in mind I am going to now start focusing most of my blog posts on all things Halloween. I have two Real Parties I plan on sharing with you and a ton of do-it-yourself posts coming in preparation for my 2010 party. I also want to focus on spooktacular drinks and eats throughout these 35 days.
For me, all of my parties really begin with the invitation. As soon as an idea evolves I am busy working on what type of invitation will really SET THE TONE for the entire event. Today’s post I am featuring some great invitations that can be found on-line or at local stores, you can do yourself and a couple of invites I’ve done in the past for this holiday. Let me know your favorite invite, invites you’ve seen that I might have missed, or what you plan on doing for your Halloween party invite!
It is that time of year again when all I can think about is Halloween! I plan my Halloween party themes nearly a year in advance, but I really dig down and start the party planning in September. So, I thought that today’s “Friday Finds” would be all about Halloween Costume Inspiration. Check the blog out every Friday from now til Halloween for more Halloween Finds!
You thought I spelled it wrong in the title, didn’t you? “How”loween was the Oregon Zoo’s costumed, Halloween themed educational scavenger hunt. We visited different areas of the zoo to learn about many of the animals and get stickers and treats! Kiddo dressed as a crab and had a lot of fun roaming the zoo as one of the animals!
This past weekend I had the opportunity to bring my little guy, my visiting mom, and husband to participate in Howloween at the Zoo. The educational scavenger hunt was fun for the kid and kept us moving along throughout the zoo. It is no secret that I’m a fan of the Oregon Zoo. So, I won’t wax poetic.
I will say that it gets my vote as a fabulous way to spend the day with the family. I’d highly suggest renting one of their strollers if you have a little one. It saved us from having to schlep our stroller in and out, the kid thought it was fun, and it made the whole experience much better than the times we’ve gone and tried to walk around with a toddler.
Trick or Meat: See an Amur tiger get fed pumpkins at 10:31 AM on 10/31!
Zooliner: The Zooliner is BACK! Well, almost… the Zoo just announced that the Zooliner Locomotive is “on track” to be ready to be back in November. I’m excited that it will be back just in time for Zoo Lights!
It is almost Halloween… can you believe it? I’ve been prepping for our annual Halloween party and have been so swamped with preparations that I haven’t really had the opportunity to sit down in front of my computer for any extended period of time. If you are feeling just as swamped as I am then you might need a few last minute Halloween decoration ideas! Hey, you may even appreciate getting some for free.
Using vintage images, I created a few Vampire Portraits that you can print off and put in frames around your home. How do I know what a vampire looks like in a portrait? Well that is easy! Vampires don’t show up in mirrors or film of course. These vampires sit in front of the camera to produce eery images of people without descernable bodies.