11.02.2009

Guest Post: You're Invited to...A Very Important Date!

Camille from Style Notes here, and I'm thrilled to be guesting on Mimi & Meg today! I've always been enchanted by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and next March's release of the movie à la Tim Burton is sure to bring even more magic & mystery to the tale. I've seen some great riffs on the Mad Hatter's Tea Party done before, but I'd like to go a bit more modern with a whimsical, colorful Wonderland-inspired cocktail party.

Whisps of the palest cotton candy with sweet, swirling lollipops are a chic way to infuse a sense of whimsy. Sugar highs are welcome at this party.

Speaking of which, wild patterned paper adds a psychedelic touch to cones of popcorn, & lining the tray in a bed of colorful jellybeans makes it decadent. Here are instructions for this set-up. A few appropriate songs for the party soundtrack? How about 'White Rabbit' (Jefferson Airplane), 'I am the Walrus' (Beatles), & 'Looking Glass' from Hypnogaja.

Take a cue from the Queen of Hearts & engage guests in a game of croquet pre-dinner. Of course unlike the Queen, we won't be using hedgehogs as balls or flamingos as mallets...but it's still an oh-so-royal way to enjoy cocktail hour.

Paper lanterns are guaranteed to cast a magical spell over the soiree. Keep lanterns in a limited color palette for sophistication & group tons of them together to form a dense canopy overhead. My favorite source for paper lanterns in every shape, size & color is Pearl River Mart.

"Suddenly she came upon a little three-legged table: there was nothing on it but a tiny golden key...she tried the little golden key in the lock, and to her great delight it fitted!"

One of the most clever ideas for seating assignments: each guest's name is scrawled on a salvaged door in gold ink. Next to their name, guests find a vintage key with a tag noting their table number.

A frilly, poufy dress is a must for this fantasy fete, and the short length allows for a night of dancing. Donning a coquettish hat with an oversized white rose is guaranteed to make any Queen of Hearts turn green with envy.

Images: {From top} Alice in Wonderland, Disney; Cotton Candy, Amy Atlas; Lollipops, Jose Villa; Popcorn Cones, Amy Atlas; Croquet, Martha Stewart Weddings; Lanterns, Fete NY; Keys & Centerpieces, Jose Villa; Hat & Dress, Shana Faust.

2 comments:

alli michelle said...

Gorgeous inspiration! I recently started following your Style Notes blog & love the posts you put together. :)

Megan Biram said...

Style Notes is the blog of my good friend Camille. Just want to make sure that is clear :)

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