What a busy weekend! With all the party planning and Easter preparations complete, I can finally pause for a moment and post the pics from the Alice party.
We had a wonderful time, and although I did not get as many pictures of the actual party as I would have liked, I did take many pictures of the goodies I made beforehand.
Harper the birthday girl, and one of my dearest friends Carrie (her Mom).
An idea I had early on was for a Queen of Hearts themed sugar cookie. Luckily Carrie let me make whatever felt right creatively. I drew the Queen’s eyes with a Wilton Color Writer on pieces of thinly rolled and cut-out fondant. This allowed me to place, adjust and adhere the eyes to the position that looked best. Her earring is a pearlized nonpariel, and her lips, a heart-shaped sugar confetti.
No two cookies were alike because I had to free-hand each face. I kinda liked it that way!
I spent a lot of time thinking up ways to reference as many things from the movie as I could. Since it was a “Mad Hatter’s Birthday Tea Party” I just had to include the iconic Mad Hatter’s big green hat!
This is a large marshmallow covered in green fondant. The brim of the hat is a disc of fondant cut-out slightly larger than the width of the covered marshmallow. The white tag is a piece of fondant penned with the Wilton Food Writer in black.
During a wild Google chase of Alice inspired sweets, I came across this which gave me the idea for a cute little blue caterpillar made of fondant. I wanted him to look as smug as he does in the movie, but I’m afraid he just looks bored (hehe), but everyone loved him. I made a tiny fez of fondant but didn’t get an opportunity to get a good picture of him with it on. Also, these mushroom cookies were a perfect pairing! How cute are they? I’m including the recipe for them at the end of this post because I had a hard time tracking it down initially.
I was amazed at how realistic they look! The brown fungus-y underside and stem is made by dipping the mouth of a dampened cola bottle in cocoa. You are supposed to lightly press the bottle into a small, round ball of dough but I wanted more definition. I pressed pretty darn hard. The stems were more prominent and I loved the result.
A few people dressed up for the occasion. Just look at how cute Tweedledum and Tweedledee were!
I was asked to make little cakes for the party, and my first thought was petit fours. I haven’t had the best luck with poured fondant, so instead I opted for the cake-like Italian Layer Cookies I made last Christmas. Instead of red, white and green I made them blue, yellow and red. I also wanted to reference the talking flowers in the movie, so I put little fondant flowers on the cakes with royal icing eyeballs. I found myself giggling at them. Everyone loved them (tasty too!).
The favors for the kiddos were lollipops of hopping rabbits. I had a heart mold from Valentine’s day and an Easter mold from my recent candy making endeavor. I attached the “I’M LATE!” tags with a little Elmer’s glue.
Yields 20 servings
1/2 stick (4 tbsp.) unsalted butter room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups corn starch
1/2 cup plain flour, all purpose
1 tsp baking powder
4 tbsp. cocoa
Preheat the oven to 375. Cream the sugar with butter using a small egg whisk, then add the egg and vanilla extract and whisk again. Add the corn starch now mixing with your hands. Gradually add the flour and baking powder, knead. Let stand for 5 minutes. Make chestnut sized balls with your hands. Put parchment paper on a cookie sheet and arrange the dough balls on it. Place cocoa in a small bowl and pour 1 tbsp water in another small bowl. Wash and dry a glass soda bottle. Soak the rim of the bottle into the water, then dust it with cocoa. Press the rim of the bottle into each dough ball, making a stem. Wipe the rim of the bottle with tissue paper every 3-4 times. Bake for 25 minutes. Arrange them on a wire rack and allow them to cool.
There were additional items I made (last minute) that I didn’t get to photograph. I made a Sleepy Dormouse of fondant and placed him in a teapot. (Harper kept smiling and saying “Mouse! Mouse!”) I also made a giant chocolate chip cookie clock, some playing card cookies, and one grinning Cheshire Cat cookie. The talented photographer Morgan Trinker was in attendance taking pics of everything, so when she posts party pics to her site I’ll be sure to share the link! I know the birthday girl had a great day! In fact, I think everyone attending had a fabulous time. I sure did!