Sunday, October 10, 2010

Tim Burton Tea Party

So we finally had the Tim Burton Tea Party!

And it was great fun. Lots of work - a lot of it last minute, whoops - and I just today (one week later) discovered some bits and pieces I'd bought for decorating and completely forgotten.... but there was enough colour and spiders and swirls and fingers around the table to get the look I was going for.


I tried to incorporate as many of Tim Burtons films as possible - not all, unfortunately - and as many of his common themes, including big chocolate fish for Big Fish, giant peaches for James and the Giant Peach


Lots of beetles, bugs and spiders for Beetle Juice


Some very special "Mrs Lovetts meat pies" from Sweeney Todd


And of course lots of touches from Alice in Wonderland




Jack Skellington inspired vintage candy and chocolate hearts and Jack Skellington chocolate mud truffle pops



Pumpkin king cupcakes and a Corpse Bride/Nightmare Before Christmas inspired topsy turvy cake
(and moreish chocolate-dipped marshmallows with peanuts, multi-coloured sprinkles or red/pink/white hearts)


Mini-sized 100s and 1000s biscuits, wafers and slice, and lots of candy and Willy-Wonka style lollypops


Flowers, tea pots and toadstools



Nightmare Before Christmas candy canes




The white rabbit!




More details to come on the topsy turvy cake, cupcakes and "Jack" pops, but in the meantime here's a photo of my amazing friends and family who put so much effort into their costumes - couldn't have done it without them!


Back from left - Matt as Willy Wonka from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Steph as Katerina Van Tassel from Sleepy Hollow, Domi as the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland, Trina and Andrew as Mrs Lovett and Sweeney Todd from Sweeney Todd, Simon as Edward Scissorhands from Edward Scissorhands, Jo as the White Queen from Alice in Wonderland

Front row from left - Jayne as Lydia from Beetle Juice, Me as Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas, and Mum and Dad as Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee from Alice in Wonderland

Special thanks to Domi and Jo for the extra sugary treats they brought, Matt for the extra candy, Simon, Jayne, Trina, Andrew & Mum and Dad for helping with colouring, baking and taste testing 'til the wee hours, and to Steph the Quiz Queen for keeping everyone guessing for a good half hour

And something new for this week - If you haven't been there yet, go and visit Meg over at Life of Meg for Mingle Mondays! Great way to see some new creative blogs.

- B xx


  1. Becs, amazing! The fingers popping out of the pie are soooooo creepy! Keep it up chick!

  2. OMG!!! THAT IS THE COOLEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN! I thought people only got down like that on TV!! I've always wanted to do something like that with my friends!!! One of these days though!! I'm totally inspired right now!!

  3. This is amazing! I love the set up and food presentations! <3


  4. Becs that blue and white cake looks incredible! You're so talented!

  5. What a darling party! I want to entertain people now.

  6. Adorable! Loving the teapot decorations and Jack pops. I love that your Mom & Dad were Tweedledee and Tweedledum!

    this looks like the best tea party i've ever seen! I wish i had been there. I love Sweeny Todd, Beetlejuice, and Edward Scissorhands. :D

  8. The party looks like it was a total success. Your family and friends are great. They look so cool in their costumes. You have to include your secret on how to make the cake pops. As of now I've attempted to make them 3 times and nothing. I have trouble making them into balls and when it comes to dipping them. Every time the get lose of the stick and fall into my chocolate. What's your secret?

  9. Visiting from Mingle Monday!

    This looks like the most awesome party ever. I want to have a party this cool - but I am not that creative!

  10. I found your blog on Mingle Mondays :)
    WOW! This is so amazing! What a great idea, and everything looks so delicious!

  11. Lynnie - Thanks chick! I'm back in Melbs in 2 weeks - would be great to catch up!

    Thundercat - you should do it!! it was great fun :D

    Mia - thank you!

    Nat - thanks chick! I hope you're having a farewell party! I shall make you a vegan cake :D

    Elise - thanks! You should

    Nicki - Hehe, thanks - I was pretty impressed they dressed up too!

    Jill - thank you! I've been planning it for ages, they're some of my all time favourite movies/characters!

    Imagination - I don't think I do anything different to Bakerella! Although I tend to make mine from really REALLY dense mud cake and then leave them in the fridge for a while to go hard once I've rolled them - I could try and do a post on how I do them?

    Michelle - thank you! Perhaps I need to throw you one, lol

    Lacey - Thank you!

  12. Stopping by from Mingle Monday... OMG this party looks phenomenal! I'd have attended :)

  13. I just found your blog from 20sb. This party looks AWESOME!! Such a great theme! I wouldnt mind having a party like this some time!!

  14. This is the most fantastic thing I have ever seen. I wants all the cakes and costumes.

  15. This is AWESOME!!!! Man, I'd love to do one of these! Mentioning it today on A Pretty Plethora!

  16. OH WOW! THAT IS AWESOME! You did everything look sooooo fabulous! Oh and the finger is hilarious! Gotta love that one!

  17. Hello! Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog and for the follow! :)
    Your blog's great - and what an amazing idea the Tim Burton tea party was! Absolutely love that!

    Claire Marie x

  18. Wow! What an original theme. I just became a follower. I would love for you to link it up to my party:

  19. Nicole - thank you for visiting!

    Stephanie - thanks! perhaps you should throw one too :D

    Snuggleslut - thanks for the visit - love your blog too!

    Laura - thanks for the visit - and for the mention!

    Art and Appetite - thank you so much!

    Claire Marie - thank you! I'm enjoying your blog too

    Christine - thank you! I have linked it up to your site :)

    - B xx

  20. Hi there, I'm your newest follower. Wow, your decorations and everything looked amazing!!! It looks super professional!! You should send those pictures to a professional party planning company! It looks like a lot of fun too of course!

  21. Hi Leah - thank you! I had thought about doing that, but in little ol' NZ there aren't that many big professional party planning companies! I'm hoping one day that will be me :)

    Katrina - thank you!

  22. WOW, what an amazing party.

    I am having a Halloween party contest on my blog - would love it if you would enter this!

    Submit them in my Handmade Halloween Contest - starts now!

    Party and Entertaining Inspiration

  23. OMGOSH! I love this party. So great that you chose ALL of Tim Burton's fabulous movies instead of just one... I seriously love the Mrs. Lovett's meat pies...

  24. Sweet, lots of goodies to enjoy,,, I went to the Tim Burton exhibit in Toronto , see photo,,, M Happy New Year

  25. its looks like a wonderful birthday,music,dance and some kids birthday party games are also necessary to make a birthday party memorable...