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Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party

Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party Feature 1

I love Alice in Wonderland, which you might have guessed since my blog is aptly titled … but I quickly came to realize I had precious few Alice in Wonderland costumes! For shame! The idea for coming up with a themed mad tea party to which I could “invite” (read: create) all of my favorite characters of Wonderland was actually born just over a year ago. It started on Pintrest, as many such party ideas do, as a possible wedding theme idea. Just for… whenever. You know, that secret board most of us have hidden away…

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Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party

The more I started thinking about the Alice in Wonderland tea party theme, the more I realized that it would be the perfect setting for a cast of characters, from the White Rabbit to the Cheshire Cat. True to myself, I embarked on a massive planning mission spanning the better part of a year that encompassed the creation of the set, re-upholstering up-cycled chairs, teaching myself to bake macaroons, collecting tea party decorations, and creating three new costumes including an Alice in Wonderland Bridal Gown, with new appearances of the Mad Hatter costume and Alice costumes.

But first thing’s first… it’s time for tea!

Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party

Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party

The first thing I started on was finding chairs to up-cycle and re-upholster, either for free with craigslist curb alerts or for incredibly cheap (like, side of the road on clean up week). Yep… throwing a mad tea party can get pricy fast unless you find a few ways to cut costs. I’m trilled at how well these turned out, just look at that adorable blue chair!
Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party

I also had fun experimenting with all kinds of treats, including mastering my macaroon technique (meaning I didn’t fail miserably) and ADORABLE mini glazed succulent cakes!

Tea Party Macaroons

Alice in Wonderland macaroons

Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party

Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party

June seriously has some of the best light. It may have been a sweltering day, but these fake flowers were not fazed 😛

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It’s also important to set the whole scene in addition to the table. Luckily, I already had this beautiful lace print dresser I DIY’d a few years ago.

Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party

Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party

Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party

Check back soon for more Alice in Wonderland costumes and DIYs!

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more. 
Super excited that my family is NOT doing gifts this year! We are all just bringing a side dish, dessert, and a board game for some quality family time. What are you doing for Christmas? #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies #grinchmas
  • Even if I wanted to go, my schedule wouldn't allow it! 4 o'clock: wallow in self pity. 4:30: stare into the abyss. 5 o'clock: solve world hunger (tell no one). 5:30: jazzercise. 6:30: dinner with me, I can't cancel that again! 7 o'clock: wrestle with my self loathing. I'm booked! Course if I bump the loathing to 9 I can still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear! #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies
  • "I'm gunna throw up... and then I'm going to DIIIIIIIEEEEEEEE!"
Probably my favorite line in the entire movie, so much so that it has stuck with me for years. This is often how my anxiety feels like, and I think of this line from the Grinch often when I'm struggling, even at the height of summer! So, the Grinch is a bit near and dear to my heart, and no one will ever take Jim Carrey's place in my heart, even if if it does grow three sizes. #grinch #thegrinchthatstolechristmas #christmas #grinchmakeup
  • I’ve never actually smoked a day in my life. #frosty #frostythesnowman #glamfrosty #winter #wintermakeup
  • One of the reasons I liked this makeup so much was the incredibly simple nose. I’ve tried some looks in the past and I don’t know if it was the white face, orange nose, or just my lack of makeup experience, but I hated them. Instead of trying to literally draw a carrot, this is just a nod in that direction. Also, I’m not one for glitter but I really dig these eyes! Good thing I like them, because I still have glitter on my face. #glitter #frosty #wintermakeup
  • Sticking with my winter theme, it’s Frosty! Ok, this one is a great example of why I love the internet. I saw an AMAZING frosty photo on an Instagram feature account and took a screenshot because I was dying to recreate it. Normally I make sure I have the artists handle in the screenshot so I can tag them if I ever do try it, but somehow missed it this time. To find her, I took to YouTube to find @victorialyn ’s tutorial, and I’m completely blown away with not only the makeup, but the production quality of her videos. I know how much time and effort something like that takes and they are so much fun to watch, even if you don’t plan on doing the makeup in the tutorial. I love finding new artists to follow and be inspired by! #frosty #frostythesnowman #winter
  • The last look at my Frostbite! What other injury makeups could be considered "Holiday"? or at least timely for winter? Or should I do something more glam next? I have half a mind to save more gory winter looks for January when i'm no longer feeling the warm and fuzzies when it snows! #winter #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #sfx #sfxmua
  • "Walking in a Winter Wonderland"
Im really pleased with how this turned out! I know it's no super glamorous but creating actual injuries and skin conditions is a great challenge. I'll spare you the reference material, but it was fun trying to re-create the blistering, as gross as that sounds. Stay warm my friends! #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #winterwonderland #sfxmakeup #sfxmua
  • "Baby it's cold outside."
This look inspired by a 3 hour drive in a blizzard last weekend. It actually wasn't too bad, mostly just excruciatingly slow, but living in SD, I know how dangerous it can be going off the road in bad conditions. #frostbite #SFX #sfxmakeup #brrrrrr #sfxwound

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