Birthday Party Ideas for Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland"

by Petra Turnbull, Demand Media

    Alice in Wonderland is a family movie by director Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska , Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway. The film was released by Disney in 2010 and became a box office success in the U.S. and overseas. Birthday parties with an Alice in Wonderland theme are very popular amongst children from the age of 6.

    Invitations

    Birthday party invitations are the first step in your planning and on their website Disney presents a variety of printable templates with movie artwork for use on cards. You can also make your own invitations based on ideas from the movie. Cut out tea cup or hat shaped cards from cardstock and decorate them with hats, rabbits or quotes from the movie. Another idea is to glue playing cards on blank birthday invitations, add movie references including 'Be mad as a hatter and come to my birthday party' or 'You are invited to my Unbirthday Party.'

    Decorations

    Get a large cardboard box from an appliance store and place it at your entrance door to let the guests crawl to the party through the rabbit hole. Alternatively, you can buy a play tunnel from a toy store. Attach invisible nylon threads to one or more toy cats and hang them at doors or from the ceiling to give the impression that they float in the air like the Cheshire cat in Burton's movie. Decorate paper lantern with bunnies, card symbols, keys or hats and suspend them from ceilings and lights.

    Food

    Pour the drinks out of old fashioned tea service into mismatched tea cups and serve the food on equally mismatched plates. Prepare colorful cupcakes decorated with bunnies, keys and card symbols and bake cookies shaped like hats, teapots or mushrooms. In reference to Alice's changing size you can serve small cocktail sausages or over-sized pizzas. To recreate the white queen's laboratory, you can arrange pots and glass bowls with jell-o in all colors,or place bread and cheese sticks upright in glasses and vases to reference the dried fingers in the movie.

    Costumes

    Alice's costume only requires a frilly girl's dress with a pinafore. Other characters from Tim Burton's movie include the Mad Hatter who can come in an old fashioned waistcoat and a bizarre hat or the two queens in red or white party dresses. Best friends can dress up alike as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum while some white face paint, bunny ears and a waist coat transform anyone into the white rabbit.

    Games

    The Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland has a repeated inclination for throwing his hat, which you can transform into a hat tossing competition where the child who casts the hat the furthest wins. Other ideas for party games are lawn croquet with toy animals rather than a ball or a dancing game where the children perform their own Futterwacken moves inspired by Johnny Depp's dance but must freeze when the music suddenly stops. In a variation of pin the tail on the donkey, you can ask the children to pin the grin on the Cheshire cat.

    About the Author

    Based in the U.K., Petra Turnbull has been working as a journalist since 1989. Her articles on the film and book trades have been published in "Screen International," "Dagens Naringsliv," "Film Magasinet" and other Scandinavian newspapers and magazines. She now manages her own book shop. Turnbull holds degrees in law and economics from Goethe University, Germany and Oslo Business School in Norway.

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