My friend Ashley recently threw a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party for her daughter’s second birthday.
I was thrilled when she asked me to create some invitations to fit the theme. Take a look to
see some of the process work and the finished invitations.
Inspiration for the Invitation: 1 Original illustrations by John Tenniel. The line work in his
drawings inspired the pencil sketch style that was used for Lucy’s invitations. 2 Arthur
Rackman’s muted palette and darker depiction of Alice. 3 The colour palette for the
invitation. 4 Floral patterns like the designs on these teacups, were incorporated onto
the teapot, dress and number two.
I love the play on scale in Alice in Wonderland, so the invitation is teeny-tiny. The
card itself is just 3 x 5 inches. The process of opening the card was designed to be fun
and was accomplished by creating three separate illustrated pages that open to reveal
the invitation itself.
5 The first page leads you down the rabbit hole, with the caption “Don’t be late for this
very important date.” 6The second page shows the tea party and says “Today’s the
Day that Lu turns two”. 7 The final inside page reveals the content and details about the party.