How to Be an Alice in Wonderland Character
One might wonder how to successfully become a character from Lewis Carroll. Well, we're here to tell you that it takes one part crazy, two parts whimsical, and one part crazy to get it just right. What's that you say? We said crazy twice? Don't be mad. Well, maybe you SHOULD be mad if you want to be the best Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, or any other Carroll creature or cohort! You should listen (or read, really) our ideas, tips and tricks on how to be the best Wonderlandian character you can be! Otherwise, you should heed our unadvice, whichever suits you most pleasingly!
How to Pose in Your Alice in Wonderland Costume
Pictures and photos, images or snapshots! Whatever you call them, Wonderland has inspiration for the best ones on either side of, (and "through" for that matter) the Looking Glass. Now that you've chosen an Alice in Wonderland costume, you're going to need to learn how to pose for those photos. From sweet and innocent, like Alice, to mischievously mischievous kitty smiles like Cheshire Cat, these poses can bring out your inner Jabberwocky.
Perhaps Alice's most endearing feature is her sweetness and innocence! If you plan on dressing up in an Alice costume like the heroine of the story, then you'd best do well in practicing your least menacing and most innocent pose. Try using this image of Alice to create your own style based on the book.
Cheshire Cat Costumes
Kittens are known for curiosity, and as you know, kittens grow leaps and bounds into cats as their curiosity acrobats into mischief! When you dress like Cheshire Cat, a mischievous grin is your friend; your kin. A big grin will make your picture a big win!
Queen of Hearts Costumes
Everyone knows the Queen of Hearts' favorite four words are, "Off with their heads!" To take the perfect pose as the Queen, you'll need to muster up your best face of royal discontent. Just imagine if someone interrupted your game of croquet and that someone didn't know who she was!
Mad Hatter Costumes
Of course, the only thing the Mad Hatter loves more than being mad is drinking tea! So if you want to create a great pose for a pic as the Hatter, just imagine that you're welcoming your favorite friends to a wondrous tea party!
How to Pose in Your Couples Alice in Wonderland Costumes
Wonderland is more fun with two than one, so if you intend to bring your friend, then lend your eyes to these pics of poses for two! Whether you're in for some double trouble with smiles galore, or it's tea time for two, you might just find the perfect couples costume pic for you and your date below. You can even take your undate and make some perfect poses.
Alice and the Mad Hatter Costumes
Cheshire Cat Costumes for Adults
One cat makes mischief, but two Cheshire cats creates a catastrophe! At least all the playful misbehavior makes for an excellent couple's photo. Double up in a pair of Cheshire cat costumes and make sure to wear a big grin for the pic.
A Real Alice Costume in an Illustrated Wonderland
What comes to mind when you think about the wonderfully whimsical characters from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland? Bouncing images from Disney's animated film from 1951 flood the mind for some fans, or a twirling Johnny Depp dressed in full Mad Hatter attire doing the Futterwacken dance trickle through the heads of others, but the oldest imagining of these characters come from Sir John Tenniel's illustrations that covered the pages of the 1865 novel. Tenniel bestowed each peculiar character with a unique appearance, which combined with Carroll's wacky wordplay for an experience like no other. What better way to spend your transformation into the classic heroine than with the inspiration of the vintage imagery of the master illustrator! The images below make for a great stepping stone to some wonderfully wondrous photo opportunities.
Alice meeting the Caterpillar
We'd bet that you've never seen a caterpillar with a hookah and a penchant for rude sentences. Tenniel's illustration has her meeting him atop a mushroom, where she's peering ever so slightly over the cap to heed his puzzling words. When recreating this classic pose, you may have to use something like a table as prop, since you may have trouble locating a 6 foot tall mushroom, but the important part to get this shot right is the slight peering above the mushroom cap!
Alice Meeting the Cheshire Cat
Perhaps you've met a mischievous cat or two in your lifetime, but have you ever met a cat who can disappear from the neck down? Alice met the feline master of mischief during her traipse through Wonderland. Sir Tenniel's illustration brings her face to face with the puzzling creature amongst the trees to send her off to the next adventure to the March Hare's house. A tree and an innocent pose are all you need to draw inspiration from this classic scene for a photo of your own.
Alice Costume with Potions
From cat to curiosity, Alice's journey proves never a moment to be dull. With potion in hand Alice ponders what might happen after a sip of the mysteriously lavish liquid. Achieving a version of this Sir Tenniel illustration requires a look of puzzlement, a bottle of bizarre fluid to perplex the mind and of course, an end table to pull the scene together. The real question that you'll have to ask yourself while taking the photo is, “What will happen after a sip of blue potion.”
Alice, March Hare, and the Mad Hatter
Although it's common for girls to have tea parties, not quite so common is it for a hare and a hatter to hold a party for girls! Tenniel's artwork depicts the madness to be had at tea time when the zany duo of the March Hare and the Mad Hatter get together. When you want to place yourself in the party for your picture, then you'll desire a chair and a stare of bewilderment. Just imagine wild rhymes from the Hatter with a time obsessed rabbit near your side!
Mad Hatter Tea Party Tips
Anyone can hold a Mad Hatter style tea party. It takes tea, snacks and an imagination full of whimsy, obviously, but it also requires that you remember a few simple things! This photo guide will help you act your best during your get together.
Tea Time with The Hatter
Welcome to tea time with The Hatter! We're going to serve you some helpful tips on a nice word platter. Each of these fine photos comes with a reminder of how to behave when your guests arrive. Study each one to get the jive and you can watch as your party comes alive. (If you haven't noticed by now, we're doing this in rhyme, so prepare for a little bit of tempo in time).
Every Guest is an Honored Guest
First is first, of course, so we begin with this most important jewel of a rule! Every guest is an honored guest, from an itsy-bitsy bunny to a hugely hatted hare. Treat all your guests as friends, giving each one your prized attention; treat, seat and serve a tiny sized tea for any who attend your delightful fete. Make sure no guest feels less than blessed to be in your company!
Be sure to share with Alice
Everyone likes to share in the fun, so don't shy away, anyone! Going along with honoring each guest, now is the time to make sure that Alice feels at rest. Make sure to offer her a simply sweet snack and you'll be on the right track. Remember to give her the most comfy chair for the affair and make sure she's not sitting next to the March Hare! She's not prone to his style of savoir-faire.
Engage guests in conversation
Conversation is key, for you see, a good chat makes no party fall flat. Lend your ear and speak to each guest. Let no request for gab go unaddressed! If you spot an empty face, make haste! Take note, take action, keep interest afloat. A witty joke can break the thick yoke of slumping silence, so prepare your best jest in anticipation of your big tea fest.
Ensure everyone is having a good time
Some guests may be easier to please. If you find yourself conversing with but one guest, you may put another patron's patience to the test. Make sure everyone gets involved in the talk, or a lack of interest may make Alice walk! If the most bored party goers tire of your antics, mark their dull glare as a sign to beware! But how does one recapture that adoring stare...
...with a simple phrase! Say, “Cheers to you, m’lady! How does the tea taste this fine day?” and you find that she may just have the urge to stay. This time you must not lose her attention, perhaps a riddle you must mention? Think quick! Use your wit! Surely, you can use the words of Lewis Carroll to guide your tongue to speak an enigma of a question spoken or sung.
Why is a raven like a writing desk?
"Why is a raven like a writing desk?" Lewis Carroll suggested this was "Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and it is never put with the wrong end in front!" Perhaps the Alice attending your party may think differently from the quote. For a trove of fun, just put the answer to a vote about the raven-esque desk!
I want a clean cup
"Tidiness is vital to the success of any meet-and-greet, jamboree and tea drinking spree. Of course, you must set extra places and spaces for any surprise guests. If none show up, a simple shuffle will grant you a clean cup. Just make sure that you announce to your visitors a change of paces by making sure to shout, "Change places!"
A storybook ending...
For a good tea party reputation to be earned, as you have learned, might not be quite so easy. But follow the good steps above and your guests will be madly in love...with your party skills, of course! You can have no remorse, sending them on their way, knowing that you will have made their day. Well, at least the March Hare seems to be making a fanfare).
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Character Guide
Lewis Carroll's novel uses wild wordplay, to send Alice through an unbelievable journey across Wonderland, meeting exciting new friends, perplexing antagonists and a few kooky characters along the way. If you plan on playing the role of the Hatter, Tweedledee or Tweedledum, then you might like to know just how each Alice in Wonderland character plays into the story in the classic novel! Here's a quick visual map of how each character interacts with one another. Now you can make sense of your big group costume party!