• 26th Jun2014


    Budget Vintage Mad Hatter Tea Party Ideas

    by Dinah Wulf

    Vintage Mad Hatter Tea Party Centerpieces (2)

    So yesterday I shared the Tea Party Themed Candy Station for this vintage Mad Hatter tea party I have been working on. In that post, I shared my problem and fiasco with mixing up important dates. Well, my problem didn’t stop there.  I am far from a procrastinator. I do things WAY in advance.  I’ve always been that way.  Well, when I first found out that I was going to decorate this baby shower, I had these tea party centerpieces in mind. Well, once I saw the venue (thank goodness I went early to see), the tables were much smaller than I envisioned in my head. So, I had to rework the existing centerpieces so that the guests could actually see each other over these giant centerpieces I had.

    So, I thought I’d share some tips and budget saving ideas for how I made these Mad Hatter party decorations come to life and made them as thrifty as possible. Let me start by showing you the five centerpieces for the five tables. All the items shown I made, thrifted, borrowed, or already had.

    Vintage Mad Hatter Tea Party Centerpieces (5)

    Vintage Mad Hatter Tea Party Centerpieces (4)

    Vintage Mad Hatter Tea Party Centerpieces (3)

    Vintage Mad Hatter Tea Party Centerpieces (2)

    Vintage Mad Hatter Tea Party Centerpieces (1)

    I loved how they turned out much better than my first centerpieces. Now, let’s take a closer look. I bought these keys in the dollar bins at Michael’s and attached them to some curtain rings that I had.

    Vintage Keys for Mad Hatter Tea Party (2)

    Vintage Keys for Mad Hatter Tea Party (1)

    At Michael’s I also bought some little bottles and made “drink me” signs.

    Vintage Mad Hatter Tea Party Drink Me (2)

    Vintage Mad Hatter Tea Party Drink Me (1)

    I also made these little Mad Hatter Hats {tutorial} and little Tea Party Chairs {tutorial} out of some wood cut-outs that I purchased for less than a dollar a piece.

    Vintage Mad Hatter Tea Party Ideas (1)

    Vintage Mad Hatter Tea Party Ideas (2)

    I raided the Goodwill and other thrift stores for all the teacups and teapots.  Here are some of the teapots.  I spray painted some gold. It was much cheaper to buy an inexpensive ugly thrift store teapot and spray paint it, than buy a nice one.

    Vintage Mad Hatter Tea Party Tea Pots (3)

    Vintage Mad Hatter Tea Party Tea Pots (1)

    Vintage Mad Hatter Tea Party Tea Pots (2)

    I also bought all the teacups at the thrift store and put them in the upcycled dessert stands that I made.

    Vintage Mad Hatter Tea Party Teacups (2)

    Vintage Mad Hatter Tea Party Teacups (1)

    Lastly, I found these little white rabbit tea lights on sale for a dollar and bought scrapbook sized clocks and hid them within some moss in each centerpiece.

    Vintage Mad Hatter White Rabbit (4)

    Vintage Mad Hatter White Rabbit (3)

    Vintage Mad Hatter White Rabbit (2)

    Vintage Mad Hatter White Rabbit (1)

    Phew! So, read why I did this so early for a party that’s not until this weekend! In case you missed my other Alice in Wonderland Tea Party posts and how-tos, here they are!

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    Vintage Mad Hatter Tea Party Collage (257x650)

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    Dinah has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. She is a Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, a Blogger at Earth911 and GMC Trade Secrets, and a member of Martha’s Circle. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Circle of Moms as a Most Creative Blog. Dinah was featured on Linqia’s Community Spotlight, as an influential community leader.

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