Alice In Wonderland Birthday Celebration With A Cheshire Cat Piñata

Welcome to the 307th Tablescape Thursday!

Our Pinterest Tablescaping Group Boards

Thanks so much for the wonderful response to the post I sent out late yesterday evening about the new group boards I’m creating on Pinterest. So far we have over 135 members! Whooo Hooo! Those are going to be some amazing boards and I can’t wait to see what you’ll be pinning!

The invites will be going out today and tomorrow, so if you requested an invite to join any of the boards you should get your invite sometime today. If you missed yesterday’s post and love pinning beautiful tablescapes on Pinterest, you’ll find more information here: Pin With Me: Join My Tablescape Group Boards

An Alice In Wonderland Birthday Celebration

Recently I received a special email from Elena, a BNOTP reader. Elena wrote: “I was so inspired by your blog to create a one-of-a-kind birthday tablescape for my sister’s 60th birthday.   This was a very special milestone birthday for my sister, Anna, since she is a heart transplant recipient.  I incorporated many of your ideas and came up with a few of my own.”

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Elena created a wonderful centerpiece down the center of her table.

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I love the stacked cups…so very Alice in Wonderland!

Stacked Teacups for an Alice in Wonderland Tablescape


The clocks, books and keys all hark back to this now famous book and movie.

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Elena said, “I made the decorations that were glued to the mirror and hung from the draperies, most supplies came from Michael’s. All were  inspired from vintage Alice in Wonderland pictures and quotations.”

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I see another table in the distance…this was a grand celebration!

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Love the Paul Cardew, Alice in Wonderland dishes!  It is one of my very favorite patterns.

Alice In Wonderland Dishes


The dinner plates are so perfect for this AIW table setting. You’ll find a list of where Elena found everything at the end of this post.

Alice in Wonderland Table Setting


Elena followed a tutorial I posted a while back to make her clock charger plates. She found her clock fabric in JoAnn’s. I love how they turned out! You’ll find the tutorial for making these here: Make Clock Plates for a New Year’s Eve or Whimsical Table Setting

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Elena said, “In keeping with the over-the-top tea party theme, I used skeleton key  place card holders…

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…made my own “Drink Me” beverage tags, and made my own Cheshire Cat straws.” LOL Aren’t these awesome?!  Love them!

Alice in Wonderland Straws


Love those place card holders!

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Elena said, “I made the cupcake tower from a silver wedding cake pedestal  (got it off eBay for my daughter’s wedding reception),  and a second smaller  silver-gilt pedestal from Home Goods.  I decorated the red-stemmed votive holder  (cost: $1.80) with crystals from Hobby Lobby.   I even baked and decorated the cupcakes myself LOL!  The little flags on the cupcakes came from the  UK via eBay.  The sterling tea set was a gift from my mother in law.   I arranged gorgeous red roses in my very favorite vase, a 14” Waterford Lismore Diamond crystal vase.”

What a beautiful cake pedestal, I’ve never seen one like that! Everything is stunning, I know Anna must have felt so special and so loved when she saw everything Elena created for her birthday.

Alice in Wonderland Cupcakes for Alice in Wonderland Table Setting


Elena and her hubby made this fabulous Cheshire Cat piñata for Anna’s birthday celebration! Eleana said, “Hubby and I worked on the piñata together, we used a punch ball from Wal Mart as the mold.  My sister had asked for a piñata, so we made her one, the first one she ever had in her whole life. :0)  I used the same technique I literally learned in first grade, paper strips with flour paste covering a blown-up punch ball. The design for the face was based on the Walt Disney cartoon version of the Cheshire Cat. After covering the ball with one layer of newspaper and one layer of paper towels, my husband and I primed the piñata with acrylic gesso, and then painted the piñata using acrylic paints from Michael’s.”

Cheshire Cat Pinata for an Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party


“I fashioned a black tail for the piñata by stitching together a black feather boa from Michael’s. I loved my Cheshire Cat so much, it made me sad when he got smashed up at the party! I’ll have to make another one. :0)”

Oh, my gosh…I love it! The cat is so perfect!  Look at that tail, is that not hysterical? I wonder what Eleana put inside…maybe her sister’s favorite candy? Soooo awesome!

Cheshire Cat Pinata


Elena, thanks so much for sharing this creative and over-the-top wonderful table with us! I love everything about this special party you planned for your much loved and cherished sister, Anna!

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Love an Alice in Wonderland themed table setting? You’ll find three more below.

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Resources for Elena’s Alice in Wonderland Table Setting:

Tablecloth: Lenox Opal Innocence (white)–from Macys
Black and white damask table runner: from eBay
Cloth-covered books: I used hardback books and covered them with fabric and trimmings from Jo-ann Fabrics
Silver Bond Street London alarm clock: Homegoods
Small red alarm clock: Steinmart
Cast iron skeleton key ring: Steinmart
Hourglass: TJ Maxx
Teacup tower: various vintage tea cups from thrift shops, eBay; glued together with clear ceramic epoxy
Red mercury glass stemmed candle holders: Kirkland Home
Paul Cardew Alice in Wonderland tea set: eBay
Clock charger plates: I bought 13″ Anchor Hocking glass plates from the grocery store and the fabric at Jo Ann Fabrics, followed your DIY instructions using Mod Podge. I made a set of 8 charger plates and 8 salad/dessert plates.
Black and cream bunny and rooster Carly Dodsley dinner plates: eBay
Andrew Cardew salad bowls and teacups/saucers: eBay
Red swirl damask napkins: I don’t remember where I got these, I’ve had them a long time!
Gunmetal grey “pearl” napkin rings: Dillard’s
Stemmed Beverage glasses: Marquis by Waterford Brookside, from ShopNBC
Stainless steel flatware: Oneida Michelangelo, from Macy’s
Cheshire Cat straws: I bought black striped straws on eBay and glued Cheshire Cat faces to them (found the Cheshire Cat image on the internet)
Place Card names and “Drink Me” tags: Hand made, used black sparkle ribbon from Michael’s
Skeleton key place card holders: from eBay
Sideboard mirror and drapery decorations: hand-made, supplies from Michael’s
Cupcake tower: 18″ silver cake pedestal from eBay, 10″ second pedestal from Home Goods, red stemmed votive holder with crystals from Hobby Lobby. I made the cupcakes using Wilton “no fade” cupcake foils and a Wilton M1 large frosting tip. The little cupcake flags are from the UK via eBay.
Vintage silver tea set: a gift from my mother-in-law, it’s at least 75 years old
Red roses on the sideboard: Roses from Costco, 14″ crystal vase is Lismore Diamond, from ShopNBC

Looking forward to all the beautiful tablescapes posted for this week’s Tablescape Thursday!

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  1. What a fabulously fun tablescape Elena created! She did great job of honoring the child who still lives inside. Thanks for hosting Susan.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  2. Susan, That pinata is amazing along with all the other details on her AIW table! Fun to see yours again too 🙂 Thanks for sharing and for the invitation to your tablescaping board!

  3. Love the whimsy of this Alice in Wonderland table setting. I love thematic settings that retain the beauty of a formal setting and that was done here very nicely. I’ve often used clock in my New Year’s settings, so I paid particular interest to the chargers. You completely rocked my world that there’s tutorial to make your own. Clicking that link ASAP!! Also love the stacked tea cups, the books and all the wonderful details!

  4. What a lucky sister Elena has. How fun to walk into this whimsical and wonderful birthday party. Elena thought of every detail to make this the best birthday party. I can’t believe that pinata! What a great job she and her husband did with that. Thank you, Susan and Elena, for sharing this inspiration-filled party. laurie

  5. What fun – Alice in Wonderland!! I loved your AIW posts so much that I started collecting AIW pieces to hopefully have enough someday for an AIW post of my own. Elena did a fabulous job of creating this very special birthday tablescape for her sister Anna. the Cheshire Cat pinata is outstanding, sad to see such a charming pinata get smashed (even if it was fun smashing it). I think I would have to make another Cheshire Cat too pinata too!

    Thank you for hosting and thank you for featuring this wonderful post. I am sure there are many tablescapers out there in blogland getting inspired to do their own Alice In Wonderland tablescape, I know I am.

  6. I almost forgot….. I will be checking out the group board for tablescaping too. I love pinning on Pinterest. This should be a lot of fun….. Candy

  7. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    Wow, Elena, you did a brilliant job! Your sister must have felt very loved after seeing
    all that you had done for her. How wonderful that you have each other. Thanks for
    sharing that special day and all your fun tricks for the things you made. 🙂

  8. Elena Wortman says

    Thank you all for your kind comments, and a huge THANK YOU to Susan for generously sharing my AIW tablescape photos on her beautiful web site. I had so much fun putting this tablescape together, it didn’t seem like work at all! I will continue to over time collect more quirky, fun things for future “Very Merry Unbirthday Party” tablescapes. Thank you again, Susan, for your amazing BNOTP web site and for all your gracious and wonderful readers. :0)

  9. Marilyn in Mt. Vernon, Virginia says

    What FUN! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Anna, and here’s a prayer for your good health.

  10. Great, fun and full of whimsy tablescapes from Alice in Wonderland. I too had under cloche stacked teacups on my tablescape last week. I love your tablescape at the Porch the best, though.
    Thank you so much for the terrific party.

  11. Elena did an amazing job and Anna must have been all smiles. Looking forward to pinning with you also!

  12. What a great theme, and creative way of carrying it through, Elena. Susan, you’re the best in sharing it with us all. Lots of love went into that party, it’s obvious, and it’s nice for Elena to receive the deserved recognition. I can only imagine how awesome all the Pinterest tablescape boards are going to be!

  13. Fabulous!! Elena was very creative, love everything and I bet your sister did too.
    “A Very Merry Unbirthday to Anna”.

  14. I’m sure Elena’s sister Anna was happily surprised by all the thought and creativity put into her special party! So much talent on these tablescapes! Thanks for the party Susan.

  15. Linda Page says

    Elena……Awesome table settings! I am sure your sister was thrilled. You did so much yourself and I am very impressed. You are one talented lady! Thanks for sharing with us.

  16. What a perfect table. I did an Alice Wonderland table too but not as beautiful as this….Christine

  17. What an amazing post! So much effort! Thanks for hosting the party!

  18. Hello Susan! Elena’s table is fantastic, such a great job! And all these Alice’s tables inspire me to join today and share my Mad Tea Party too.
    Thank you very much for hosting!
    Besos from Argentina,

  19. Love both of these, especially those clock plates. Sorry, not typing too much…rotator surgery.

  20. NO KIDDING her chargers turned out great!!! She did a really professional-looking job on those! I absolutely love them! I”m too lazy to try to make them myself, but I love them!!!

    The stacked teacups and saucers is such a cute touch! It really does capture the spirit of the book/movie/play. One of my other very favorite details is the use of the skeleton keys for the place card holders. G-e-n-i-u-s!!! And I just can’t say enough wonderful things about the creativity behind that pinata. I mean seriously….this is a woman who clearly LOVES her sister!!!

    I remember each and every one of your cool AIW tablescapes, especially the most recent that just blew me completely away. Thanks for sharing those again! Have a great weekend, congratulations to Elena for a knockout tablescape, and Happy Belated Birthday to dear Anna! I’m glad Anna got the tablescape and pinata of her dreams!

  21. wow great fun… hey anna happy birthday…

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