Leah in Onederland

Although there are 364 very merry UN-Birthdays, statistics show there is one very real ACTUAL Birthday. So on June 10th we celebrated Leah’s Very Merry Actual Birthday! Once I saw Wonderland Rifle & Paper Co. collection,  I knew I had found my theme for Leah’s birthday. And so the party planning begun. It started months before her birthday thanks to my mom. She is a planner and she knows I like to get into party themes so she wanted to have time to plan.  So we started thrifting looking for little trinkets that reminded us of a mad tea party. We aimed for a more vintage feel.  After much scouring, we had gathered a good collection. And then my fellow Instagram mom friend Natalie, who is an amazing thrifter was kind enough to send me the most beautiful vintage teacups and saucers that were perfect for my vision (seriously, Instagram mamas are the best). So the creating began. I sat there and made little handmade labels when I had spare time that said “Eat Me” and “Drink Me” to top on cupcakes and other treats.  Although I didn’t paint the roses red, I painted some of the teapots and teacups that weren’t exactly love to repurpose them into something to fit my vision. Then I worked on a terrarium with Alice inside of it amongst a few other spritely characters in Wonderland. My mother did most of the work, though. Flower arrangements, her dress made from the Rifle & Paper Co. fabric, a massive tree with the characters, teacup and teapot arrangements, tissue flowers, table runners, chopping up fruits. She was a busy woman! I felt pretty awful because the day of, she stayed the whole day setting up at the park with a little help from the family and it’s Florida so it was HOT. But once we arrived, she finally was able to get home and change for the party. After so much preparation, you would think I would have taken plenty of pictures…But it turns out I was late for a very important date! No time to take pretty pictures. I’m late! I’m late! I’m late! So we had to finish up setting up a little after the official party time started. People began to show and pictures just didn’t really happen.  I wasn’t too disappointed though,  I was actually able to enjoy the day and not be distracted behind a camera lens and not interacting with people. all the cumbersome work paid off. It turned out to be a joyous and sweet little celebration in honor of Leah.  And I’m so grateful for all the help and love we received to celebrate our little lady! Here are a few details from her day. From her dress to the invitation (one of my favorite details!).

I purchased our invitations off of Etsy from Sweet Bee Tea Boutique and it’s seriously one of my favorite details from the party. They are so perfect! The “Eat Me” toothpicks are just little note tabs I found in Michaels. I thought they were the perfect color scheme so I just bought a gold fine point Sharpie and hand wrote each little flag and then glued it to the tooth pick with Mod Podge.  The bow/bowtie you see here was a party favor we got from my good friend Brandi over at Elle Belle Baby. She is seriously the best! She had some of the Rifle Paper & Co fabric that matched her dress on hand so she made some and sent them over.  If there’s ever a vision you have and you don’t see it on her page, don’t hesitate to ask her. She loves customs and tries to make your dreams a reality and she so delivered. The hair clips and bow ties were a hit! And it sure did look cute to have littles looking all dapper with the theme and matching Leah! The others were all thrifted finds. Oh, and I can’t forget those floral paper straws. They’re from my favorite place, Target! You can find them in the dollar spot.

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A few other birthday trinkets that Leah wore are here. We got the Mad Tea Party Trio bracelet from June and Penny to wear to Disney as well as on her birthday.  As you can see, the color scheme is Alice inspired and has a little tea pot charm and it’s oh so cute! We also ordered this crown from Presh Toast to wear around Disney and on her birthday as well. Your royal highness can’t be seen without her crown, ya know!? And of course a classy lady needs a classy bib for her fine tea and cake.  So we started the day out in this little crochet bib with a floral and lace overlay from Little Dribble Co.

We couldn’t play croquet with flamingoes but we had to find some way to incorporate them!

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It was totally worth it though because I mean…how cute is Alice and little Alice together!?

And here is the final look. We paired her dress with Knight Moxfords from Sweet’N’Swag with some crochet knee socks from Little Light Feet, and topped off the costume with the iconic black bow. We went with a vintage black bow from none other than Elle Belle Baby!

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And now for pictures of the actual party!

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Fun fact. This huge tree was actually decor from our wedding. My mom had already bedazzled it with jewels for the wedding and repurposed it for our tea party! We got these figurines and my mom crazy glued them onto the tree and added the mini tea set that was an old toy of mine.

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So this is the only picture I was able to get of the terrarium at the party. I’ve included pictures below when I was working on it that show a little more detail. I used an apothecary jar I had on hand from my wedding candy bar. You’ll need moss, some artificial plants/flowers of your choosing from a craft store, those figures I linked above, and a glue gun. You can throw other little things in there to personalize it. For example, I searched on Amazon for a mini tea set. If you like this one, you can find it right here. I also bought these mini mushrooms at Michaels to add in there for a little more character.   All that there is left to do after is figure out placement and glue all the pieces onto the moss and voila!Processed with VSCO with a4 presetProcessed with VSCO with a4 presetProcessed with VSCO with a4 presetProcessed with VSCO with a4 preset

And finally, some pictures of your majesty, the Queen of Hearts, Leah. Hear Ye, Hear Ye. By order of the Queen. She hereby declares all the birthday cake.

Who dares to keep all of the cake away from my royal highchair? For keeping my cake away….someone will lose their head.

Not me Your Grace. It was the the Ace! The Ace!

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That’s Enough! OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!

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I’m happy to report we were shown mercy as soon as we brought our cake out to her grace. She may not have beheaded us but it turns out she may have unleashed some anger on her cake.  But, as soon as that icing hit her lips, we got our sweet Alice back.

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Here’s to you little Leah, may you enjoy your next 364 Un-Birthdays because by the looks of her eating cake…it looks like we are going to have to take on celebrating them.

If you. care to know any specific instructions or have other questions,  just leave me a comment! Enjoy!

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One thought on “Leah in Onederland

  1. OH my gosh this is amazing!!! Had never seen this as a theme before… so so creative and you (and your mom) did such an awesome job with the decor. Leah is one lucky little lady!

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