Though this Queen of Hearts/Alice in Wonderland party was Laurel’s birthday party, it was not actually held on her birthday–so in a sense, it was an Unbirthday Party! Very nice. As Constant Guest, I participated both directly and indirectly in the scavenger hunt.
I had my invitation with twelve scenes or characters from the two Alice books: Alice In Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Guests could find a representation of each picture somewhere in the house. Nothing was hidden, exactly, but the representations were not always what one expected.
The Walrus – As it happened, this was not a figure or picture of an actual walrus, but the cover of the sheet music of “I Am the Walrus.” Coo Coo Ca Choo! For bonus points, you could identify the religious candle with an illustration of Jesus on it. His profession was, of course, carpenter.
The Mad Hatter – A hat very much like the Hatter’s, including the price card, was on the table with the appetizers.
The Caterpillar – A challenge. We had a little windup caterpillar that did not look very much like the one in the book, but it was obviously a caterpillar, so it counted. But then, thanks to the good offices of Laurie’s nephew Ryan, we were able to add a hookah–quite a pretty one–to the table. It was much more obvious than the windup caterpillar, which, in fact, no one noticed at all. No bonus points were awarded.
Three Gardeners – Hazel’s floral arrangement covered that category handsomely, and she’ll tell you how she did it. Suffice it to say, there were red and white roses. Cabbages and kings. Paint brushes…
The Cheshire Cat – The Cheshire Cat has always been one of my favorite Alice characters because he is really the only one who has control over his own life. Most of the others are controlled by their passions. I put out my stuffed Disney cat, as well as the box which held a heat-sensitive mug — it shows Alice looking up at the Cheshire Cat in a tree. If you put hot liquid in the mug the cat disappears. Except for his grin, of course.
The Queen of Hearts – “Off with their heads!” As the ruling monarch, she was everywhere. On the napkins, in the flower arrangements, tucked in among the desserts.
The White Knight – Everybody noticed the chess pieces on the table, but no one spotted the cool puzzle cube of the knight in armor. No bonus points for acuity.
A Tea Cup – Again, Hazel’s flower arrangements concealed a clue. Or in this case, contained it.
Humpty Dumpty – Our friend Barbara gave us three versions of Mr. Dumpty: the first sitting comfortably on our mantel. The second falling. The third in pieces on the ground. None of the King’s horses or men could put him back together. Far from it–we ate the remains in the form of deviled eggs.Alice With Flamingo – After a long search Laurie finally found some small tin flamingoes at Joann, a local fabric shop. She taped a card to each one to identify the food the flamingo was standing in.
Oysters – smoked and served, naturally, with bread and butter. We never did learn if they desired to trot home again, because our guests ate every one.
The White Rabbit – There was a nervous silence when Laurie asked for the location of the White Rabbit.
The birthday girl made that image by way of a piece of equipment at Kinko’s called the Zoomer (I’m not making this up). She started with the Tenniel illustration, simplified it via Photoshop, then blew it up to door size and mounted it on cardboard, which Laurie attached to the front door. It was much larger than a life-size rabbit. Yes, you would think it would be hard to miss. Yet miss it we did.