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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 ūüėõ

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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!


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!

Costume & Makeup Tutorials


  • My first attempt at a stone makeup! Used Mehron water activated grey base, black to like the creases on my had (so many!) and black and white stipple fir more dimension. Turned out pretty cool, I'm hoping to do a full face application soon!
  • Today was a lesson in moderation. I have too much on my plate, and sometime you just have to accept that it is ok to accept defeat and just relax. This burned hand makeup was inspired as half of a poem(see previous post). Since the inspiration required two hands, I actually did all on this with my non-dominant hand! Gelatin for the burn scars, and my Ben Nye  bruise wheel for color.
  • i have loved
with hands closed
and hands open
both are accompanied
by their own type of pain

by @andrewcoonswriting 
This was truly an example of art inspiring art. If you haven't read @andrewcoonswriting poetry, you need to follow him asap! Having both suffered heartbreak and chronic pain myself, this poem spoke to my heart, and I knew I wanted to use it for my next makeup look. 
The two types of pain display an open hand of stone, and a curled hand of burns. A love present but immovable, and love that burns hot and fast, leaving us scarred for life. 
Check out more of his work and keep an eye out for his new book of poetry, "Living with it," coming out in September!
  • So. Thirsty. Glycerin makes a great base for cracked and peeling lips. And you actually can't drink wearing it... at least, not without a straw. Now back to my morning caffeine infusion. I used my Ben Nye bruise wheel for the minimal colors, and my usual foundation to color the glycerin "skin."
  • Bloody knuckles! Today calls for a quick makeup and an early bedtime, as my sciatic nerve pain is approaching 11... I wanted a wound down to the bone, so I built up the torn skin with gelatin and rimmed the inside of the wound with black, leaving bare skin in the middle to take the appearance of bone when the look is done. I toned the gelatin with red water activated paint, and filled in with a rust and stippled purple to simulate the start of bruises. Finally, I coated it all down in blood. Not bad for a quick and dirty makeup!
  • "EAT SLUGS MALFOY!" Not a fun spell, and not one to attempt with a faulty wand. This "bonus" Chamber of Secrets was born literally from the thought that my ice cube tray looked like slugs! I had to pair my vom with some extra eye bags from a day of puking slugs. "Better out than in."
  • As promised... part two for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Basilisk after being blinded by Fawkes the Phoenix. This was a faster approach but I still think it turned out quite nice. The edges of the punctured eyes was made with glycerin, and I tried out my new Ben Nye scan blood! A great way to take a typical snake makeup to a different level.
  • Back to my Harry Potter series... nothing is more essential to the plot of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets than the Basilisk! I actually Iove the hell out of this one, done with mehron water activation paints and fishnet stockings. Aannndddd, since I was not on top of my game last week, I'm bringing you a two for one! Check back soon for part two of this look.
  • This look was a not so successful attempt at a major broken dose... think car accident minus other scrapes. Things I liked: I feel like the beginning of the bruise settling into the cheek was great. Not so much: I wanted to replicate swelling and added glycerin to build up the ridge on the nose. I think I needed to blend it out a little bit more, as it looks too abrupt. I also feel like this look has far too much red and purple in it. I think I could've accomplished a much better makeup with far less color, another one to try again soon!


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