Mad Hatter Engagement Party


My fiance Justin and I recently threw a Mad Hatter themed engagement party with thirty four of our closest friends from back home. Because we live in LA, my family lives in Alabama, and our friends live in Florida, we decided it would be easier on everyone else if we threw the party ourselves. Plus the real point of this party was to honor our friends and ask them to be in our wedding party. The night was beyond epic and surpassed all of our expectations. The goal was to have everyone show up in a super creative hat that would turn heads and no one disappointed. I literally spent two months dreaming and conceptualizing the ideal fascinator to wear and then built it in a quick 20 minutes. Let's just say I have spent more time at Michael's craft supply store then one should in their entire life time. When it came to the decorations, I made giant speech bubbles with quotes from the movie, as well as large colorful clocks, mushrooms, direction signs, and massively over sized tea cups to line the walls. Oh, did I mention we had a ball pit? Throughout high school and college my fiance and I threw a large number of extreme themed parties so we figured a ball pit was completely appropriate, plus it was our spin on the rabbit hole to Wonderland. Behind the ball pit we hung brightly colored paper plates which we hung with fishing line for some additional visual chaos. You may raise a brow at the door in the middle of the living room, but let me explain... at my 21st "Legally Blonde" birthday party somehow the bathroom door came off its hinges and sparked a picture taking frenzy. Since then, its been a fun and entertaining tradition. At the party I chose to wear a super bright strapless Rachel Roy dress that I paired with Alice in Wonderland inspired double platform Mary Jane pumps. As for the hat, I built my fascinator out of styrofoam and decorative purple foliage. I wanted to be super colorful to match the decorations so I added orange flowers for that extra pop. During the party we asked the bridesmaids and groomsmen to be in our wedding. Stop back by Fash Boulevard tomorrow to find out the creative approach we took to asking them and see pictures of the gifts we gave. Below are more pictures of our Mad Hatter madness. 










Something extra: Below are a few pictures of the decorations and the making of my fascinator. 




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72 comments:

  1. So creative and seems like you guys throw very unforgettable parties!

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  2. I love this! Looks super fun. My kind of party! Congrats! x

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  3. aww so cute photos!!

    love the dress <3
    xoxo
    Mariana

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  4. Congrats! Being married is fantastic. Good Luck. All the hapiness in the world!xoxo***

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  5. omg i ADORE this :) how fun and creative are you girl- want to come to the chi and throw me a fun party like this ;) xoxo

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  6. Great post! It looks like you all had such a great time :) What a fabulous theme for the party. Very jealous :D

    Tasia
    http://rufflesandsequins.blogspot.com

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  7. You guys got really creative for this party! I really like the balloon filled pool... :))

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  8. OMG! It looks like so much fun!

    Emily http://www.mywordsinterestslife.blogspot.com

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  9. Oh wow. Indeed it does, indeed it does. Go go mad hatterettes! :)

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    call Jamaica

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  10. Cutes. Alice in Wonderland is always a great theme.
    x

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  11. Looks like you had an awesome time!!! My friend had a mad hatter themed party the other month and i think it is such a good theme to have. May i just say also, girrrrrl you looked so beaut!!

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  12. Love it! The Mad Hatter theme is great! I've been looking for a good excuse to wear on over the top, fabulous hat.

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  13. Wow! This party looks like it was a lot of fun, and you put a lot of effort into it! I have to say that your fascinator came out looking really good. Congratulations on the engagement!
    Thank you for visiting my blog!

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  14. Looks like so much fun :)The decorations look great

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  15. Super cute and creative Idea, I love all the hats!!

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  16. Congratulations! What a great idea!! Looks like so much fun :)

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  17. How cool! This is one of the most original themed party! It seems you had a blast, and congratulations once again :) You look beautiful as always.


    xx

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  18. i love this idea! it looks like you had a lot of fun!

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  19. whaaaaa - LOVE IT - totally fun girls - my kinda' ladies!

    *kiss kiss*
    Erika
    ~Tiptoe Butterfly~

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  20. so so so cute! i love alice in wonderland- that was my bridal shower theme. your hat looks adorbs!

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  21. These are great...it was so much fun!!! <3 love you Anna!!!

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  22. looks like so much fun! cant believe it only took you 20 minutes to make that hat

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  23. wow. looks like the funniest party ever. I lovvvvvvve your dress.

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  24. What an awesome party and an even better way to surprise them as bridesmaids and groomsmen!

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  25. So excited to see! I wish I could get my boyfriend to let me throw a party like this. It looks like so much fun.

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  26. awesome idea! love it! and great hat too :-D

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  27. Wow! That looks like a seriously mad party! I love that you guys have a random door in the photos!

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  28. Love everything about this post, girl. Love the idea, love your decorating ideas, LOVE your hat. You totally could have been at the royal wedding. Love!

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  29. looks like so much fun

    XX
    Vi from Cali

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  30. awwww so cute! looks like too much fun!

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  31. omg. i would die to go to a party like this. so much color.

    Hearts. Shannon

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  32. amaaazing idea! it looks like u had a lot of fun! :)
    x
    V.

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  33. i can tell which girl is you by all of your sassy posing!

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  34. Looks like a blast. Congrats. Wish I could have been there.

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  35. this is really really cute!

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  36. It looks like such an amazing party!!

    Congratulations on your engagement!!

    xoxo
    Lizzo

    chewylove.blogspot.com

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  37. Girl your blog puts mine to shame! I love it! And how fun was this party?! I want to be invited to the next one: )

    Thanks for stopping by my poor lil blog: )

    http://southernsavannah.blogspot.com

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  38. Very fun idea for an engagement party :) Love all the details... glad I checked out your blog!

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  39. Dude wish I was invited! Looks like a blast!
    xo
    Alexa
    www.theshortandthesweetofit.com

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  40. Thank you, so much for the sweet comment honey!! I love your blog as well and am now following you too :)

    XOXO, CC

    https://twitter.com/CupcakeKissesxx

    http://thecupcakecartel.blogspot.com

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  41. WOW! What a great party. Congrats on the engagement :)

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  42. you look Stunning! nice blog and post check out mine I'd glad we could follow each other!
    hope to hear from you soon and see you follow me!
    (I follow back of course)
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxo
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  43. Oh my gosh I LOVE IT!!!! I've always had a slight obsession with Alice in Wonderland and even have a whole business concept around the theme. And I always say I need to have a girl because I have dreamt of throwing an over the top mad hatter's tea party; so much so that I almost had our wedding reception incorporate it! This is amazing! You did such a wonderful job! And you look beautiful, of course!! Thanks for sharing!

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  44. OMG! amazing, I like these crazy photos!

    xoxo Ra

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  45. Love this!! Following you now!!
    Amber

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  46. This is an adorable idea and I love your green dress. It's a great color on you. I can't believe how much detail and how cute it looks for putting it together so fast. I'm glad you had a nice engagement party and you should both continue to throw theme parties like you did since high school.heheh...I love theme parties. Congrats on your engagement
    xoDale

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  47. Super cute love the theme of your engagement party! xo

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  48. Congrats on your engagement sweetie, and this party is amazing!!!

    I once went to a Mad Hatter party too, and it was hilariously fun. :)


    xoxo,
    Addie
    The Cat Hag
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  49. this is way too cute and fun

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  50. This is such a cute idea. I am loving the blow up pool with all of the balls in it. so fun. You look gorgeous girl!

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  51. Such FUN! Love your green dress! Thanks for dropping by Beach Vintage and leaving a sweet comment. Hope to see you again soon.

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  52. omg how cute are y'all?!?!
    love it!

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  53. This is amazing - so much work went into the preparation for this party. Congratulations on the engagement and the very successful and fun party!

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  54. So cute! looks like you and all your friends had a great time!

    xoxo.

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  55. This is adorable and omg, you're so pretty!

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  56. So cute! That looks like so much fun, love the purple hat :)

    *Lynnette
    http://www.theblondebrunette.com/

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  57. This is too cute! Love the theme... your purple fascinator is ah-mazing... Sort of reminds me of the royal wedding with all those fabulous hats(which I watched every minute of)

    And love your blog... just added it to my bloglovin account

    www.justsomethingspecial.com

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  58. it looked absolutely amazing must have been tons of fun and you look gorgeous love the dress and your hat is awesome! congrats on a great engagement party!

    http://kc-citystyle.blogspot.com/

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  59. Oh, this is adorable!! Love the idea! You and your guy are too cute!!

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  60. What a fun engagement party theme! I LOVE IT! Everything looked amazing, and you looked perfect as usual <3

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  61. Cute photos. Looks like you all had a great time!!

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  62. How cute! And great job creating a fun environment with inexpensive items. Your hat is killer, Kudos!

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  63. I can't believe you made your fascinator yourself, you are seriously talented! :) xxx

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  64. Wow the green dress look amazing on you! Looks like you had a ball!

    The doll on fashion

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  65. Love this idea! How fun and creative! Looks like you had a fabulous time! xoxo

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