Believe It or Not

By NeverAPlainJane

Believe it or not, my favorite part of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland happens before she even gets to Wonderland.

Classic illustration by W.H. Walker via finsbry

I just love her fall down the rabbit hole – all those eclectic decorations and Victorian cupboards! This short passage really sets the stage for Lewis Carroll’s whimsical worlds in the pages that follow so why not incorporate it into your own day of fantasy with a photo booth or two?

First, you need a back drop. I’m no photography expert, but I’d recommend a light shade of fabric. I’m really feeling the fabric choices available on Spoonflower.

 Antique Pocket Watch, Crown and Keys in brown and natural

 Jade Moon Rabbit in duck egg blue

At $18.00 a yard it’ll cost less than $100 to make a perfect, light-colored back ground and you’ll have some awesome fabric for curtains in your new nest! I picked these two for their Victorian vibe and their allusions to the story.  Come on, rabbits? Pocket watches and keys? How could I not!

Now you have a backdrop. Great. Except, Alice didn’t fall down an empty, fabric-lined hole.

“…she looked at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with cupboards and bookshelves: here and there she saw maps and pictures hung upon pegs.*”

Ah ha! You need a shelf (or several)!  Why not reinterpret this pretty from Better Homes and Gardens?

Besides maps and pictures the only specific item mentioned during our heroine’s fall was an empty jar of marmalade so use your imagination to fill you shelves! Teapots and compotes from a local antique store would look wonderful. Seashells or fossils are other good choices. Hang some photos or framed art on wall pegs, then scatter a few on your shelves as well.

Little house on a hill by Laura Amiss

Gold photo frame by Pure Beauty Art

Add pops of color with a pair of demure purple gloves and this pretty wristlet, sure to draw the eye. Anyone who could pass up Marcie Forest’s gorgeous hand carved candle flowers is beyond me.

Just look at the toppers available from Puppycatmeow!  Why put hats on a shelf?  Why not! These in particular are wonderfully versatile.  Your guests can leave them artfully arranged where they sit or pop them on in true Wonderland spirit. For those guests with more elegant taste, I recommend anything by LaCocoRouge.

Don’t stop with just adornments for the head!  Your guests will have a blast taking playing masquerade with any of the lovely creations from ArtisanMaskers.  I’d opt for the masks with stems so I could display them in a funky vase.

Since we’re already hanging things on the wall, let’s not forget the ceiling! Add a drop of whimsy by suspending on of Costurero Real’s bottled keys throughout your photo booth with fishing line. Prefer your vials and keys separate?  Eden Gallery has your number.

What else will you include for your fall down the rabbit hole?

*From Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, published by Signet Classic in 1960

Posted on April 12, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Love, love, love this post. Fantastic items!!

  2. Very cool step-by-step on how to make your own photo booth! Thanks for including our masks–and great idea on how to store them in a way that “displays” them, and keeps them from getting smashed by heavier props!

  3. FUN! I love the fabric designs you found!

  4. Such a great post, with a great source of inspiration! 🙂

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