Twins are very special and planning a birthday party for them is double the fun! This month we celebrated my twin grandchildren’s first birthday party.
There are so many fun themes for twins’ parties it was hard to choose just one. After much consideration my daughter-in-law choose to do a “Onerderland” party, a take off on the beloved kid’s classic “Alice in Wonderland”, after all the twins will only turn “One” once.
So we got to work planning the party for over 100 guests. The party was held at our neighborhood rec center. Here are details and highlights of the party. I hope it inspires you to host your own “Ondederland” party!
Since many of the guests weren’t familiar with the rec center we placed this lawn sign at the entrance to let guests know they were at the right place.
Reception tables aren’t just for formal weddings, they’re a fun way to greet guests at any event.
We decorated our table with a fun ideas we got from Alice in Wonderland including the fun directional sign, a mirror, antique keys hanging from our “tree”, an “Eat Me” treat, and “Drink Me” bottle. This table also held the guest book where guests left the twins birthday greetings.
We used an Alice in Wonderland picture book (affiliate link) as our guest book, it makes a cute momento for the twins.
I cut out the “down the rabbit hole” quote and glued it on to a mirror that we place on the table and put a few more theme related knick knacks on the table, giant keys from TJ Maxx; a bottle also from TJ Maxx, and a cupcake place under a cake dome were tagged with “Eat Me” and “Drink Me”.
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I made the directional sign using a broom stick and arrows I cut out on my Cricut Explore Wireless Cutting Machine (affiliate link). If you don’t have a cutting machine you can print out the arrows and cut them out by hand. Click here for instructions and printable for this sign!
We set up 3 rows of long tables for guest seating. The tables with covered with white linen tablecloths with a checkered overlay.
We had groupings of themed centerpieces that we placed along the row of tables.
Centerpiece groupings included antique looking clocks from TJ Maxx, Teacup floral centerpieces, cookie bouquets, peep bouquets, and fun directional signs.
My son and daughter-in-law decided that the easiest way to feed so many guest was to set up a Gourmet Burger & Hot Dog Bar and a Kid’s Buffet for little guests.
Our favorite caterer brought in chaffing dishes and warmers for the buffets, he and his crew also did the set up. The food was delicious!
The main focus of the party were the sweets tables. We set up a row of 3 tables as the cake table, candy buffet, and dessert bar.
The whimsical cake was the star of the cake table, we used a themed banner as the backdrop.
The twins’ names were spelled out with wooden letters placed on the table.
The dessert table had jello bars decorated with candy “bunny butts”, French macaroons in an apothocary jar, meringues, cupcakes, and of course fruit tarts.
The candy buffet had the twin’s initials and of course lots of candy in the theme colors.
All food items had menu cards on little wooden easels next to them.
The drink table was set up in one corner. It had bottles of soda with fun themed labels, a tub of personalized water bottles, a tub of juice pouches, and dispensers filled with Plantation Iced Tea and yummy Brazilian Lemonade.
The kid’s buffet was cleaned up and turned into a DIY ice cream bar!
What’s a party without fun and games?
We set up an “Alice in Wonderland” style croquet field complete with homemade pink flamingo (affiliate link) mallets and playing card wickets on the side lawn.
We also set up a bubble refill station on the side lawn. The drink jug was filled with homemade bubble solution. Click here to learn how to make the solution!
Inside we had a simple photo booth, and had a balloon twister, a face painter, and a magician to keep the guests entertained.
It was a great party!
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