As you all know, my sweet little Hattie Cat recently turned 1 (I honestly have no idea how that happened so fast). We LOVE birthdays here in the McDermott house and we love parties… Anyone remember Stella’s tea party? Or Liam’s Ghost Buster’s themed party?  I believe that love is in the details and I just love myself some details…

With that in mind, I thought long and hard about what to do for Miss Hattie’s first birthday. We decided to throw a tea party (because as you know, Hattie loves to copy her big sister Stella), but this was no ordinary tea party. It was Mad Hattie’s tea party! We decided to go with an Alice in Wonderland theme, and throw a fun and crazy tea party for our very own Mad Hattie.

Despite the damp weather, the party was a hit. The food was delicious, the costumes were spot on, and Hattie had an amazing time. The best part? Our little birthday girl took her FIRST steps (which we got on camera! Videos coming soon…)!

Here is my picTORIal of Mad Hattie’s Tea Party!

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We transformed our front yard into Wonderland…

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Dean made these giant misshaped cards using bosse wood, paint, his saw, and painter’s tape… perfect for Alice and Wonderland theme!

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Here are Dean’s finished card and Mad Hatter’s hat he made. Love a man that can BUILD + CRAFT!

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These miscellaneous frames that have been collected from yard sales and flea markets we transformed into…

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These brightly colored frames that we hung with fishing wire from our tree. All it took was some hi-shine bright colored spray paint!

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Found these large antique playing cards online…

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Punched holes in them and hung them from this tree, along with adding all antique furniture from my store InvenTORI to create a lounge area.

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We found these colored bottles online that we filled with Nerds candy and cut out little chalkboard tags that we labeled “Eat Me”

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Some little vignettes and details we created…

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It’s all about the details…

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Of course we had crafting! The kids could decorate handmade rabbit ears…

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Or tiny Mad Hatter hats…

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A colorful kid and adult beverage station

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Had these labels made on Etsy and then put them on Jones sodas…

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Anyone up for a life size game of chess? Made from fabric and plastic playing pieces.

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Amazing sweets as usual by Jenny Cookies

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Stella helped Jenny decorate the table with sweet treats

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We rented all of the gorgeous cake plates from Minted and Vintage.  They were all so beautiful, and were the perfect way for us to display all of our sweets

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Our table

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Love this shot with Mitzi in background

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We hung paper lanterns from tree to tree above the long Mad Tea Party table

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We are all about tradition, and a party in our family wouldn’t be complete without a Hansen’s Cakes cake!

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Dean spent all morning in the kitchen making tea party appropriate food for the occasion. I was his sous chef

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Dean made these incredible puff pastry cups filled with homemade tuna salad with apple and manchego cheese

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Before they went into the oven…

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He also made BBQ meatballs, which were a hit at the party. Hattie loves when he makes meatballs! #HattieApproved

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Dean and I prepping the tea party food. Don’t worry, no food went to waste. Dean made a savory bread pudding using all of the leftover sandwich crusts.

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All of Dean’s amazing food was displayed on cake plates and antique silver platters

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We put all of the bite-sized tea party snacks on this gorgeous vintage table

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Here’s the whole spread.  Even the chicken drumsticks had tags that said “Eat Me’ attached to them. Super cute!

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Introducing the birthday girl herself… Mad Hattie!! This adorable dress was made by Mya Papaya Boutique on Etsy

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Mad Hatter Liam

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Miss Stella as Alice, picking out her accessories

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Finn’s costume (Get it? The bottle labeled “Drink Me” that Alice drank…)

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Here’s a rare pic… Me taking a pic of my good friend Elizabeth Messina photographing Hattie, that’s right, standing all by herself for the first time! Go Hattie!

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Mitzi joined in as the White Rabbit

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This is where my crafting goddess Stella, aka Alice, spent most of the day

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My birthday girl has crafting in her genes too!

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Dean getting into character

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A little sugar never hurt anyone!

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A Wonderland family pic… (Left to right)
Mitzi: The White Rabbit
Liam: Mini Mad Hatter
Mama: Queen of Hearts
Finn: Drink Me bottle
Dean: Papa Hatter
Hattie: Mad Hattie
Stella: Alice

All wearing super cute and comfy retro Crocs that Crocs was so generous to outfit us and all our guests in!!

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And here’s our fam with our special guests, Mad Hatter & Alice characters!  They were so sweet and  amazing and did super fun activities and face painting with the kids.  The characters were from Beverly Hills Princess and were great! All of the kids (and adults) loved them. Also, anyone recognize the White Queen? It’s none other than… Patsy!
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Loved these characters!
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Character Alice working her face painting magic on Stella Alice
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Here’s Hattie posing for a pic with all the goodies from the goody bags that all of her guests took home! Including Net Nanny. Familiar? We need to protect our kids earlier and earlier from online dangers. Net Nanny protects Internet devices from porn, predators, and bullies. Go to netnanny.com/products and use promo code: TORI and get 20% off

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Here’s the moment right before Hattie let go and took her very first steps ever by herself… And we got it on video (coming soon!)

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Birthday girl with Daddy, right after she took her first steps!

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The big moment!! Make a wish Hattie…

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Bye guys! Thanks for coming!

The party turned out exactly as I had imagined it, and the whole family and all of our guests had the best time. We took a bunch of home videos so that we wouldn’t forget a moment, which I’ll be posting soon!

Make sure to come back tomorrow because I’ll be giving away one of the gift bags that all of our guests took home! It was stocked full of everything a busy momista needs, so don’t miss the giveaway!

How did you celebrate your little one’s first birthday?

Love,
T

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