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Down the Rabbit Hole: A ‘Wonderland’ Themed Party Made Simple

Kids love ‘Alice’, and ‘Wonderland’ is a fun theme for all ages.

Many moms call us wondering which theme or character they should choose for their child’s next birthday party.

If you’ve seen and done the princess thing a gajillion times already, why not go with a classic literary tale like ‘Alice in Wonderland’? Lewis Carroll’s story of the girl who chased the white rabbit down a hole, is silly-fun, appropriate for a wide age-range (I’d say anywhere from 3 years to about 10 years), and great for coed parties; ‘Alice’ is curious and adventurous which appeals to both girls and boys.

Our cast members, who are either expert entertainers, or have been trained by one of our experts, have the voice, the proper British accent, and all the funny bits down-pat. Our ‘Mad Hatter’ performers are hysterical, too, pulling off the mannerisms and crazy laugh as if they’ve jumped right out of the book.

“Oh, mister rabbit!’

Your ‘Alice’ and/or ‘Mad Hatter’ will incorporate non-competitive games and dancing fun themed around an imaginary adventure to ‘Wonderland’, engage children with an animated reading of the famous story, perform comedic magic spells, paint delightful pictures on faces, or twist colorful balloon animals.

As for decorating, don’t ‘lose your head’! Keep it simple: make whimsical signs pointing this way and that-a-way, hang festive lanterns (or make your own) from the trees, and add lots of flowers for that English garden styled look (just don’t forget to paint the roses red).

And if you want to go with a ‘Mad Tea Party’ theme, gather some mismatched pots, dishes, and plates (look for florals if you like the shabby chic look, or stripes and dots if you prefer something more modern) from the cupboard, or search your local thrift store.

Or, if you’d rather leave the work to someone else, we’ve got an incredible tea set that accommodates up to 24 children. Plus, we give you your own ‘Lady in Waiting’ to set up, serve, and clean up. We can also make the cookies, tea cakes, and finger sandwiches if you’d like.

We put a little ‘Wonderland’ themed party together recently as part of our group. We encourage you to take a peek at how we decorated and at how much fun the children had with our ‘Alice’.

And of course, we’d love to help you throw a wonderful ‘Wonderland’ party; this theme is great for a bridal and baby showers, as well. Give us a call or send us a note and we’ll be happy to take you down the rabbit hole, too.

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A very ‘Brave’ princess.

Ready your arrow, take aim…

Bang the drums, sound the bagpipes, and fire the arrows! A brand new character to match your ‘Brave’ themed parties is here!

To say we’re excited about this new character is putting it very mildly. Just to give you an idea, we’ve been practicing our Scottish accents for weeks and, frankly, we can’t stop; we’re having such a great time with it!

Making the costume and props for our ‘Merida’ look-alike character was just as fun. It started with 6 yards of dark teal shantung, a heavier weight silk fabric with a subtle luster. We found a historically accurate “medieval” pattern for the shape of the dress. I think cutting the pattern and laying it out on the fabric took the most time; you only have one chance to get the cut right.

Twelve plus hours later, and we had the dress! Whew! The belt is hand-made, too, including its hand decorated Celtic symbols in gold paint.

Next, we wanted to give this character an activity unique to her performance. Our specialty is truly engaging entertainment, much of it through interactive game play, so why not create a way for our Celtic princess to not only teach bravery through her activities, but also lead a fun, educational bit on a historical sport? How about a mock archery lesson?!

Putting the target together.

We came up with the idea to upholster a giant, circular foam piece with felt, making it look like a target. We attached Velcro to the play arrows, so that the arrows would stick to the felt, and voila! A fantastic, portable target for the character to bring to every appearance. Plus, it makes a great set piece for photos. Bulls-eye!

We also wanted our character to have a HUGE head of curly, red hair. How could she not?! We left this to our professional wig mistress and we’re so glad we did: check it out. It is UNREAL. We love it!

Hair. Everywhere.

So, “change your fate” this fall and give us a call. This character will make a grrreat addition to any party full of active, curious kids who love adventure, magic, and feisty lassies.

P.S. Take a peek at our promo video here:

UPDATE: 09/02/12

Jenna just did a great shoot in ‘Merida’ costume with Drongo Photo. Take a peeky-boo!

“I. Am. MERIDA!”

“If you could change your fate…”