September 20, 2012
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Your guests will ‘cheshire’ an Alice in Wonderland-themed party

for The Brooklyn Paper

Are you late, way late, planning for a very important date? Is the thought of merely picking a theme for your child’s upcoming bar or bat mitzvah so overwhelming that that you literally feel like you fell down a rabbit hole? Calm down, there’s no need to go all Mad Hatter — thanks to a New York-based event planning company, SWANK Productions, we’ve got a few great ways anyone can flip a banquet hall into a wonderful world of wonderment by throwing an Alice in Wonderland-themed fete. Utilize these simple ideas and you’re sure to host a party that your guests will “Cheshire” for a lifetime:

The entrance to this party was made to look like guests were entering the rabbit hole.
At this particular party there were separate dining areas for kids and adults.“We created a disco room for the kids, with a Mad Hatter tea party” (above) says Maya Kalman, the Founder and CEO of SWANK. “And an adult area was segregated by the Queen’s of Heart’s rose garden with a wall of huge 3-foot wide and 5-foot tall paper roses that allowed them to relax, have a more sophisticated sit-down meal, and talk” (below). By doing this, kids can feel like they’re alone partying with their friends when there parents are actually very close by and having a nice time themselves.
The adult section.
Drinks had a message that read “Drink me.”
Candy for kids claimed its sweetness would make one “Grow small.”
The cocktail napkins were all printed with quotes from the book and movies.
The cake was decorated with iconography from the Lewis Carroll tale such as tea cups and clocks.
Photo stations had costumes and props that reflected the story.
Guests also received two copies of each picture they took in booths, that way they had the option of taking one copy of the photo home with them and placing the other into a photo album for the hostess to take home with her.
As an invitation, each guest got a box with a miniature Mad Hatter hat with tiny notes placed in them that told them all kinds of information. At the very bottom of box there was a sealed envelope that said “Open me,” which was the RSVP card.
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