Last Sunday, family and friends honored Hanna and Miss Ellanorah with an Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party themed baby shower. Let me tell you, it was a labor of love! I worked tirelessly for weeks to prepare for this big event. After all, Norah is the first child that will make me an aunt so a big celebration was in order! A few times I had to remind myself that this wasn't a party for me, but for Hanna and the baby:-) Obviously I wasn't just going to buy a bunch of stuff from Party City and throw it together. Oh no. This party had to have a vintage vibe. And I am happy to say it all went off without a hitch.
Lots of photos. Hope you all enjoy!
The theme was a surprise so when Hanna got there, I gave her a copy of the invitation.
Sisters! In case you are confused, the pregnant one is on the left.
I promise you there is a baby in that tiny belly of hers.
Alex's girlfriend, Maddy (yep, another one), drew this amazing welcome sign that we had a the front door. I am on the hunt for another chalkboard so that Maddy can recreate this for Norah's nursery. This one is mine!
I had the best time searching for vintage teacups and saucers for the party favors. Each one contained a tiny jar of honey, a honey dipper, teabags, and a sweet Alice themed charm.
Lots of colorful decorations.
Since she did all the flower arrangements for Matt & Hanna's wedding reception, it is now a given that my best friend Rachel does the flowers for all of the events that we do!
What is a Mad Hatter tea party without clocks and lots of random decorations?
The cupcakes were a major team effort. Maddie spent hours creating the toppers. Brian made the actual cupcakes and Maddie and Maddy decorated them. I even put Brian to work making cake stands!
Maddie's candy buffet! See all those colorful chocolates on the tiered trays? She made all of those from scratch.
More from the sweets table. My mother in law made those wonky looking petit fours. Don't they fit in with the theme perfect?
The tables settings were perfect, each with it's own teapot. There were also Mimosa's (of course!).
Hanna spent a lot of time opening gifts. Miss Norah is already so spoiled!
I love this photo. My sister is so pretty :-) Pregnancy definitely agrees with her. But just don't ask her what her opinion is on that!
Magpie Ethel just couldn't keep her hands off of the colorful tissue paper and put herself to work organizing it. I joked that she was going to thrown together some tissue paper flowers :-) Thanks again, Laurie!
And then the party was over. Now we wait. Oh please Norah, don't be late! Especially because your loving aunt has a concert and Plucky Maiden's to attend right around your due date!
Thank you so much to everybody that helped put this wonderful event together. I couldn't have done it without you guys!
Until next time....