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Monday, June 21, 2010

*down the rabbit hole

Follow the white rabbit...
Alice, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, The Red Queen, the White Rabbit and
the Mad Hatter are waiting to greet you.
*Jeri pic
Don't be late for a very important date
Curiouser and Curiouser
How about a nice cup of tea?
You can learn a lot of things from the flowers...
Have you any idea why a raven is like a writing desk?
How's *this* for muchness?

"Up above the world you fly, like a tea tray in the sky. Twinkle twinkle..."
Goodbye, sweet hat.
This is impossible... Only if you believe it is.
*Jeri pic

This party is something Jeri and I have been dreaming about for months. It was to be Simone's birthday party but since there was still three feet of snow on the ground it became an unbirthday party and photo shoot. For the next three months we planned and searched and dreamed. The brilliant Maggie joined our team and together we were able to put together that was magic. (Crazy, but magic)

I would love to say it was for the girls, but that would be a lie, It was for us, our children were merely props,

(but they didn't mind in the least).

Maggie made all the little notes that quoted Alice in Wonderland:

Curiouser and Curiouser

Where is your Muchness?

Eat Me

And shared with us her beautiful tea pot she got in Italy. (She has loads of beautiful things from Italy) She also provided the colorful lamps in the background from the dollar store and had little candies around the table.

Jeri made mini cupcakes and found hats so that our girls could dress up like all the characters. She raided her house and brought so many little treasures, cake stands, bunting, beautiful vases.

The tea sets were from Ikea (an early birthday present that Jocelyn will get in two months) The tissue Pom Poms were left over from Brooke's birthday and hung in our living room until the party started. I made the cookies and decorated our little vignette. It was so much fun collecting things that reminded us of the Mad Hatter and Alice. I decoupaged the clock with scrapbook paper (now it hangs in the girls room. And the bottles used to hold frightening pickled veggies until Jeri dumped them out and filled with colored water. The hydrangeas were gifted from a neighbor (aren't they delicious?) The felt white Rabbit is a beloved treasure made by my mother who also made the dresses that Brooke and Joce wore. (They were mine when I was little)

It was an honor to play dress up with these ladies.

Now, what’s next?

To see more wonderful images from this party here and here.


Jeri said...

The quotes! So good! You are amazing, and we should throw more parties together. Beautiful pictures too!

christy said...

I love it all. So magical. And I love that you admit it was for the moms and the girls enjoyed being props. :)

BrittneyGrace said...

Rileigh, I cannot even begin to put into words how wonderful think you and this is. I wish I was a daughter of yours, these parties and activities are just amazing. I feel very blessed to have known you for those brief few years. You have made more of an impression than you know.

And, Lizzy, Doyle, Logan, and Andy said...

Wow! Your so cute!

Jenn Kirk said...

The detail you all put into this is amazing!

Anonymous said...

I stumbled on your blog while looking up ideas for my Alice themed party and I just have to say this is amazing! You really did a wonderful job.

Misty Nelson said...

Oh my gosh, the Alice in Wonderland party is simply incredible! What a great job, and the photography is just breathtaking! I'm a big fan!

sophistimom said...

Oh, I love this party. My favorite part is your eclectic mix of chairs. Oh! And that first "Follow the Rabbit" photo. So charming and ethereal.

Love, love, love this party. Wait, did I already say that?

So happy you got to realize your dream.

Love and Lollipops said...

such a special party - WOW!

Stellarly D said...

Just thought I'd let you know that your image is being used by Ackland Photography to promote their own sessions.

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