Wonderland Party Part 1

Alright, here comes the Wonderland party recap.  I’m also including some how to’s and detailing how I keep costs down for a big party.

I started decorating the garage door a few years ago and actually toned it down a bit this year with just a birthday banner.  It was super cheap to do too!  I bought a big roll of green paper for $1.19 (purchased @ NPS) and painted it with acrylic paints that were on sale for $0.35 each at (Michael’s).  It’s a fun place for people to take pictures and it makes the house look festive.

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These are some directional signs that I made using cardboard and acrylic paints.  I used all of the same words on the signs as they do in Alice in Wonderland and added a few of my own.  Note to others: make sure not to paint all of the signs in the same direction (yeah, I made this mistake!) flip some over so you have them pointing both ways.

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Ok, this one requires very large cardboard pieces!  Luckily I always have people offering me cardboard and I just store it in the garage until I need it.  I just taped together 3 big pieces, cut a rabbit hole, and went to town painting a giant tree.  I did purchase a gallon of cheap white paint from home depot for $10 and sprayed all of the cardboard before painting with acrylics.  It’s much easier and cheaper to buy a gallon of paint and spray it if you have a paint sprayer (or can borrow one), than it is to use spray paint.

This was super fun for the kids to crawl through and another good spot for pictures.

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After falling down the rabbit hole, guest got to choose a key necklace.  We were smarter than Alice and made sure to get the key before drinking the shrinking potion :).  I purchased these keys off of etsy.  I think it was about $14 for 36 keys shipped to my house.  These keys were my favorite item I purchased for the party. The ribbon was from Michael’s, on sale 4 rolls for a $1!

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Ok, we have our keys, time to shrink.  Guest drank some mystery potion (root beer) and shrank down to fit through the tiny door.  The glass bottles I purchased at Michael’s years ago on clearance, I believe they were less than a buck each.  They have had a lot of use.  The black frame was .50 (goodwill), glass pitcher .99 ( Ikea clearance), and the little plastic cups you can get at restaurant supply stores super cheap ($2 for 200 cups).

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Here we go, through the tiny door!

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To be continued…:)

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