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