Sweet Sixteen Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party

Even though I have tried to turn back the clock, sweet sixteen is here. My daughter and her friend had grand plans for their combined sweet sixteen soire like "The house won't even look like a house, it will be totally transformed!" So, you want me to transform a home into Wonderland AND feed you on a regular basis? Sheesh!

Here's the invite done with the cutest digital kit from scrapbookgraphics.com I sewed the outside into a pocket and the party info was on a card that was pulled out by a ribbon and mushroom pull.

Wonderland invite_edited-2

And before I go any further, check out the cake! And take note, because while Ashleigh and I spent hours on this creation, my baby may or may not have eaten a large amount of cake crumbs on the ground. I had never done a fondant cake, or a tiered cake, or a topsy turvy cake. But thank goodness for the internet, how did we attempt to do things we have no business doing before cake central's tutorial I didn't follow this exactly but it helped a lot!


And... you're going to want to sit down for this.
Ashleigh made sugar cookies to match the cake to give out as favors! To. Die. For.


The guests came in to this sign painted by the other kids while I was ignoring them.


And these signs on the door


And all over the party were 9 life size characters from the movie drawn by a very talented relative. The Queen of Hearts was over 5 feet tall. Amazing!

Party 1

The first room was the Queen of Hearts where the guests played some games.


Some paintbrushes for painting the roses red


And of course we couldn't have an Alice in Wonderland party without a tea party. (For 30 very fun teenagers)

375 copy

I scoured thrift stores and garage sales for tea cups, plates, tea pots and cute little vases.



No Alice party is complete without "Eat Me" cookies and "Drink Me" bottles.


We had tea party food: Meatballs, shrimp scampi, burger sliders, chocolate dipped strawberries, rice krispies on a stick, mini muffin flowers, chocolate covered pretzels with red and white roses, mini party pizzas, fruit and veggies.

Party Food 3

Party Food 2

And I'm jumping on the banner bandwagon. Since it technically wasn't either of their actual birthday...

Party 2

A huge thank you goes out to Shannon's family for giving up their house for this craziness. The party was a success and all the work was worth it until my hubby says on the way home "Good job honey, but you know all those kids would have been happy just hanging out and eating pizza."

Not helpful.
Off with his head!
But then he redeemed himself with a foot rub and a soda.
He's a keeper!
And so is my fabulous, technically almost 16 year old! Love ya!


  1. Seriously? My jaw is on the floor. I am so glad I don't live close enough to have to compete with your parties! Just kidding, you know I miss you! Way to go. I can't believe all that you accomplish while being a mother and amazing crafter/scrapbooker/cook/etc.etc.etc.

  2. You totally rock! Amazing party, and despite what your DH says, I am sure that the kids loved it!

  3. Truly amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I watch your blog all the time, this is the absolute best! You, Kathryn, are amazing!

  5. WOW!!! Ah-MAZE-ING!!! What a party!!!!

  6. I remember hearing Corinne describe it and that's totally what I pictured. A-ma-zing!!! I love it. If there are leftover party favors I'll totally send you my address. ;)

  7. Ahhh.... I love it. Everytime I look at this blog, it tempts me to move back home so that I can raise my kids with you guys and have fabulous parties together. I've always wanted to do a Mad Hatter tea party. Love it. Love it.

  8. I want you to throw a party for me! This is truly amazing and those characters...you are not kidding about your relative being talented!

  9. Love, love, love this party idea! So incredibly cute! If I ever have a girl, I'm stealing this! So great!

  10. Great job on this! I did a Casino party a few weeks ago and used those same napkins. They are super cute!

  11. Your cake plates made an appearance in a party I threw, see here:


    They were perfect! I actually changed my whole color scheme from a more goldenrod yellow to a bright yellow just so I could use them. :)

  12. Thank you. Your blog is very helpful and powerful in helping me prepare for my daughters sweet sixteen party. As I read it, it brought tears to my eyes. I felt like I was in the moment of the event. In the end, we decided the Sweet 16 Venues in Long Island for the party.


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