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Getting the right flowers for an Alice in Wonderland garden party

Alice in Wonderland is Lewis Carroll’s quirky, eccentric, colourful – and maybe a little bit psychedelic – fairy tale. So, of course it’s a winning idea for a party theme. There’s so many elements of the story to choose from, will you go for the Mad Hatter’s tea party, Queen’s garden with a game of croquet, or the crazy talking flower garden? One thing is sure throughout any of these themes – flowers.

Why not carry the twist on reality through to your own party? Use a mix of real and fake flowers to create your own magical world. There are several types of flowers featured in the story. The most famous ones are possibly the roses (red and white) because of the queen’s obsession with them. However, there are lots more:

  • Tulip
  • Iris
  • Daisy
  • Pansy
  • Sweetpea
  • Blue bonnet
  • Violets
  • Calla lily
  • Lily of the valley
  • Lilac
  • Sunflower
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Morning glory
  • Daffodil
  • Tiger lily
  • Dandy lion
  • Thistle
  • Yellow daisy
  • Rosebud
  • Dandy pup

Creating a talking garden

At one point in the story, Alice walks into a talking garden where the daisies are a little outspoken. All of the above flowers feature in the talking garden. If real samples are not something you can easily get your hands on to, then there are lots of ideas on Pinterest about how to create your very own. If you are hosting the party in your own garden, why not stick some random goggle eyes on a collection of your own plants to bring them to life?

Mad Hatter Tea Party

This is possibly the most famous part of the story and the most popular for a party theme. Use lots of flowers here and think of extraordinary ways to present them. It’s named “Mad Hatter’s” for a reason. Stuff flowers into tea pots and tea cups, use moss as a table runner, you could even put a small tree in the middle for your centre piece.

The rose garden

Create your own rose garden for a spot of croquet. Of course, you don’t really need us to explain the hero flower in this idea but what can you do to make it as Alice in wonderland as possible? Unless you already have lots and lots of beautiful red and white rose bushes in your garden, you may need a bit of craft help here. Your hand-made roses are also your chance to allude to the painted rose bush from the book. Leave some of them half painted red, making sure to let a few drops of paint dry underneath – remember the scene in the animated movie when the cards are painting the roses and the paint’s falling off?

Alice in Wonderland is one of those special themes that you can really go all out with. Make it colourful and very floral, you’ll be on to a winner. Plus, when you love a chance to dress up, whether that’s in full costume or just fancy dresses, your guests will be hard-pressed not to fall down a rabbit hole of wonder.