Inspired by her new sweets shop, Melissa Joan Hart—yes, the one from Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Clarissa Explains it All—has created this fabulous shower theme for Diva Darlings everywhere! Lucky Divas from the Sherman Oaks area can hold their Mad Hatter Tea Party Ice Cream Social Shower at Melissa’s desserterie, SweetHarts. If you’re not a Southern California girl, Melissa shares how to create your own Wonderland Shower wherever you are.
My secret for creating fabulous parties for my friends and family is, “pay attention to the details.” Pick a theme and make everything fit it. With a little research and some creative touches, you can amaze your friends and family and give your Guest of Honor a truly special day!
Of course you need the line, “Don’t be late, don’t be late for a very important date” Here’s some wording for creating fabulous invitations:
Don’t be late, don’t be late for a very important date!
(Or, for a baby shower use…”a very important due date!”
Slide down the rabbit hole to <Guest of Honor’s name> fete.
On <date> she’s Queen of our Hearts
We’re having a shower, at <start time> it starts.
Until <end time>, we’ll laugh and have fun.
We’ll be at <place> until the party is done.
Our <Bride/Mother>-to-Be will be wearing a hat,
You wear one too, we have prizes for that.
It’s a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, please mark the day.
A map is attached to show you the way.
Please RSVP so your presence is planned.
We hope that you’ll join us in our Wonderland.
It’s easy to create personalized Alice in Wonderland invitations and you can choose between a White Rabbit design or a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party design featuring classic illustrations with a trendy color twist.
To customize your cards, click on the card image to enter the order screen. Click on the Personalize tab. In the Text box, replace our blank lines with the details of your party.
You can even add a map image to the inside top of the card to help people find your shower.
When you get done, the inside of the invitation might look something like this:
Instantly transport your guests to Wonderland by playing Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Soundtrack in the background. It will set just the right atmosphere for a fun, lighthearted party.
The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright--
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of ______________.
The correct answer would be “the night.”
Give the centerpiece plantings as prizes. Your guests will enjoy them long after the Shower is over!
Create an Alice in Wonderland inspired cake and serve it on pretty dessert plates labeled, “Eat Me.” Remember when the playing cards were painting the rose bushes in Alice and Wonderland? Use that wacky scene as the inspiration for your cake. Have your baker use candy playing cards and plenty of icing roses. Some of the roses can be completely red, some completely white, and some half white and half red to suggest half-painted roses. Finish the theme with some piped icing rose leaves and vines. Make sure to attach a hang tag that says “Eat Me” to the cake plate. Serve the cake on your pretty dessert plates that continue your “eclectic tea set” look.
Let your guests make their own SWEETHART sundaes. Set up an ice cream and/or frozen yogurt bar. Supply three or four flavors of ice cream or frozen yogurt, two or three flavored syrups, and a variety of toppings. Of course plenty of whipped cream – especially The Shower Diva’s Own Whipped Cream recipe – and some cherries for the top are a must. Invite your guests to create their own frozen treats. It’s a lot of fun and oh so delicious!
Fill out the menu with Alice’s Assorted Tea Sandwiches. Several varieties of tea sandwiches, served on beautiful platters (which of course have an “Eat Me” hangtag) will round out the refreshments beautifully.
Serve the perfect cup of tea, labeled “Drink Me.” Offer your guests their choice of hot or iced tea. Either option should be real tea and served beautifully. Hot tea will look elegant in your eclectic collection of tea pots and cups. Iced tea can be served in tall clear glasses and garnished with a sprig of mint or a lemon slice. Tie a “Drink Me” hang tag to each cup or glass with a bit of ribbon or a raffia strand.
Send your guests home with a sweet treat. Fill a basket with “Eat Me” and “Drink Me” favors and let each guest choose which version they prefer.
About Melissa Joan Hart. Melissa Joan Hart started out as a wee thing in Hollywood (she was all of 4 years old and too, too cute) and grew up to be a star of stage, screen and TV. She's best known for her starring roles in Clarissa Explains it All and Sabrina the Teenage Witch, but her favorite role so far is wife of handsome Mark Wilkerson and mother to two of the cutest Hollywood babies ever: Mason and Braydon. Melissa and her mom, producer Paula Hart, celebrated the Grand Opening of their new desserterie, SweetHarts, in Sherman Oaks, California on May 31, 2009. In addition, Melissa is producing, directing and writing for film and TV and is an active advocate for Friends of the Family, which helps foster strong, self-sufficient families and resilient children by providing mental health and human development programs in the greater Los Angeles area.
Interested in more from Melissa Joan Hart? Read her guest contributor article on creative and thoughtful ideas on throwing a successful shower.
Looking for more baby shower theme ideas? View our complete list!