Updated: Oct 24, 2018
Our book this week is Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and we love it because it is such a great story and has such an adaptable theme. If you read it for a book club, you’ll spend hours discussing its allegorical qualities, but it is so visual and present in everyone’s consciousness because of its many guises.
How is it so adaptable?
Well, you can switch it up for an adult/teen/children’s party – that’s how flexible it is!
A very good friend of ours once put on such a spectacular Alice in Wonderland part that you had to get into the marquee by travelling down a slide from the simulated rabbit hole in an upstairs window!
Not quite in that league (but aspirational) is the Alice in Wonderland MollyMac table. Hopefully this is a table you can put together quite quickly and it will still wow your friends with your creative genius. Maybe not the party-guru- You in?
OK, then – here’s how:
First of all, you need to read and understand your book and finish it in good time to plan the food and table decoration.
There’s been plenty of times we’ve been reading the book five minutes before we get to the club – so do as we say, not as we do! – we’re sure you’re bound to be more organized than us! With this book though it is very likely you know that Alice in Wonderland was published in 1865 by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the name Lewis Carroll and is the story of Alice who falls through a rabbit hole and into a fantasy world of nonsensical characters and fantastical events that have had an enormous effect on our popular culture.
For our table we concentrated on the croquet game that Alice plays with the Queen of Hearts, but we could not help ourselves from throwing in a few other iconic objects from the story. I am sure you know the chapter where the tyrannical Queen of Hearts orders Alice to play the game using live flamingos as mallets and hedgehogs as balls - chaos ensues!
The playing card guards and gardeners do their best, but the Queen’s threats of “Off with their heads” is eventually directed at the Cheshire Cat and he/she/it disappears leaving only he/she/its head visible – so it cannot be done!
friend–of-mine I was just talking about, but us mere mortals
What holds us back?
As always we are bursting with creativity and ideas and know it is an idea that could run and run, but we are time-poor (as most of us are) and want to be able to put the table together in a few hours.