How To Throw The Perfect Alice in Wonderland Party!

Juuuust about as classic as they come, the Alice in Wonderland 1951 animated film by Disney turns a whopping 67 years old today!

Hitting the big screen all those years ago for the first time in Leicester Square Theatre in London for the premiere, this total icon has been a real Disney staple ever since and is still living strong today.

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What better way to celebrate this occasion than by throwing an Alice in Wonderland themed party? To help you out, we thought we would put together some of our top tips for the perfect event that will have you smiling wider than the Cheshire Cat! Let’s go…

Decorations

Probably the best theme to really get creative with! You can keep it subtle, or so totally wild with over the top eccentric designs and colours. Can you guess which we would prefer?

Card of Hearts Soldiers – Grab a pack of cards and style them up into solders to hang around… or perhaps get to work creating some bigger ones to become features.

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Clocks
– Grab yourself some funky (and cheap) clocks to hang around the room/garden with random times showing. You can also print some basic designs onto cards and perhaps made a game out of the times shown (E.G Can you add up all the numbers being pointed to on all clocks?)

Flowers – Great for party favours or for creating features. Grab some cheap (preferably coloured) paper plates and use them to create the faces, petals and leaves to add some faces onto.

Food/drink

Surely, the main event, right? No party is complete without some tasty treat to get stuck into while the fun continues. Generall, a good choice would be classic ‘tea party’ food such as cakes, sandwiches, fruit etc.

Finger sandwiches – the classics like cheese and pickle will always go down well. For style points, cut off the crusts and serve in small triangles. Easy!

Cakes – We would say, keep it classic. Not only is a classic Victoria Sponge simple to make or buy, they look and taste awesome. Alternatively, you can also serve mini muffins, small brownies etc. They will all go down well.

Bonus points! Why not serve them on one of our fantastic Alice in Wonderland Cake Stands?

Alice In Wonderland Victoria & Albert Museum 3 Tier China Cake Stand

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Drink
– Our top ideas: ice tea, still lemonade, fruit punch etc. Plenty of colour will bring everything to life and will taste great to everyone.

Alice In Wonderland Victoria & Albert Museum China Cup And Saucer

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Presentation
– Mismatching if your friend here. Go for some vintage style cups and plates which you can grab pretty cheaply at a carboot sale or charity shop for example.  Don’t forget to label things with ‘Drink/Eat Me’ tags etc.

Alice In Wonderland Victoria & Albert Museum Mini China Teapot

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Games

As party games go, planning something fun around sich a vibrant and exiting thing as Alice in Wonderland makes life sooo much easier. It’s easy to adapt some total classics to suit the day with ideas like…

Pin the grin on the Cheshire Cat – you know the classic donkey game? Basically that! Will look super funny when it’s wrong and is easy to get into and for everyone to play.

Teacup pong – Some of you might remember this from college days… but essentially use teacups instead of plastic cups to create a simple game which can be done using the snazzy drinks we mentioned earlier. Really simple and fun!

Mad Hatter’s hat toss – Why not grab an old style hat (top hat or bowler perhaps), and use this with a stump in the ground to play a simple game. Or perhaps in teams with someone having to catch it on their head/ Who can get the hat to stay first? Go!

‘Don’t be late’ water game – Here’s a good one…. best for outdoors though. Break into teams with each team having two buckets a little way apart, one with some water in and the other empty. Give each team one cup or perhaps a teapot and let them race to see who can get more water from one bucket to the other in a set time. Quick Quick!

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So there you have it peeps! Hopefully, there are some ideas for you to enjoy and get started with your very own Alice in Wonderland event. Perhaps throw one for fun, as a charity event or birthday party. So many reasons!

Looking for the ultimate collection of Alice in Wonderland merchandise to perhaps include? Take a peep at our amazing range of goodies including TShirts, cups, cake stands and more. Enjoy!

Cheesy Christmas Jumpers – We Speak To The Creator And Launch A Wicked Festive Giveaway Competition!

We were so excited about launching the amazing brand Cheesy Christmas Jumpers on TruffleShuffle.com. So far, they have gone down a storm and with limited numbers left, are set for complete sell out very soon! The cheesy trend has hit the big time this Winter and we love the vintage, nostalgic feeling, the festive fashion item of choice gives us with every wear!

FOR A CHANCE TO WIN YOURSELF SOME CHEESY CHRISTMAS JUMPER GOODNESS, SEE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR OUR FACEBOOK COMPETITION GIVEAWAY – DEADLINE FRIDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 2PM (TODAY)

Mark Everett, the enthusiastic co-founder of this fun and funky brand kindly took some time to be interviewed and his sheer passion and love of the brand is clear to see from his answers:

What does a Christmas Jumper mean to you?

For me it’s not so much the Christmas Jumper but the whole Festive Season. The season brings about a chance for everyone to stretch the boundaries of what is normally publically acceptable, it’s a very liberating, fun and exciting feeling to be able to walk into a shop, nip to my local pub or even book into a high end restaurant wearing a garish, Cheesy Christmas Jumper which rather than the ridicule you would expect at any other time of year, sparks cheers, compliments and the much loved ‘where did you get that?’.

A true Christmas Jumper should not fit into the colour scheme of your wardrobe or match your favorite winter scarf. It should contradict everything your inner fashion conscious self says and hideously but marvelously clash with every other item of clothing in your possession. And of course the king of all Christmas jumpers has flashing lights which says to all, look at me I am happy to be different and wear something which I want to wear not what the Catwalks of Milan tell me I should be wearing.

How did it all begin?

The brand was born in 2009 and was the result of a reminiscing session around the family dining table (queue Monty Python’s Four Yorkshire men),” where have all the naff 1980’s jumpers gone, the jumpers your Great Aunt would turn up with, the jumpers you would spend all day itching in and sweating profusely whilst anxiously waiting for Great Aunt Mildred to finish her snowball and fall asleep before removal of the offending garment was possible!”.

It was after this conversation that my father (Cheesy co-founder Paul Everett) and I decided to bring back the tradition of the great Christmas Jumper, minus the itchiness of course! After all who can resist the cheesy characters, over the top colour schemes and out of this world decorations.

Research told me the tradition was still very much alive in the US, but I was unsure if the reserved folks of the UK would be as welcoming. To reduce risks our first products were all made in house, to order and sold using online auctioneer EBay. This low risk strategy meant we had very little overheads and enabled us to keep trading right up to the 23rd December something our competitors manufacturing processes prevented them from doing.

Cheesy was born and has since grown in size and brand awareness year on year. I couldn’t be more proud of what has been achieved, but I have a lot more growing and developing to do, we are a ‘Tight Knit Brand’ who’s ethos revolves around hard work, customer satisfaction and fun. I think about Christmas 365 days a year, much to my wife’s despair and I am constantly seeking inspiration and new technologies to help put the Cheesy Christmas Jumper firmly onto everyone’s Christmas Wish List.

My brand has a very simple structure. I deal with all inputs and outputs and I don’t use a complex IT system. I am design, sourcing, manufacturing, marketing, advertising, photographer, model, customer service representative, picker and packer. Most importantly I am aware and in complete control of everything at every stage. The brand is my passion, I live, breathe and sleep my products and truly love every minute of it. How do I do all this?  I am Mr Cheesy Christmas Jumper.


What’s your favorite thing about Christmas?

I couldn’t possibly pick one thing, but I do love the run up to the big day. Picking and buying the gifts, spending hours badly wrapping them, going to pick the Christmas tree with the family, building the kids toys on Christmas Eve and waiting for the jolly big man in his red suit to arrive accompanied by his old mate Rudolf.

On the other hand it’s pretty difficult to beat getting together with my nearest and dearest and listening to the sounds of cheesy Christmas songs, wrapping paper being ripped, over excited kids who would rather play with the empty boxes than the piles of toys,  while the tell tale smell of roast turkey drifts in from the kitchen and mum has one or two glasses of sherry too much and burns the sprouts.

Oh and there is the thrill of trying to wear all your Christmas prezzies at once on the big day, jeans, novelty socks, boxers and flashing Rudolf tie, t-shirt, trainers and of course not forgetting your brand new fabulous Cheesy Christmas Jumper.

So in summary I pretty much just love everything Christmas represents!

What’s the best Christmas prezzie you ever got?

I was born in 1979 so the majority and best bit’s of my childhood were in the 1980’s. In my opinion the 1980’s was the ultimate era of toys and gave Santa plenty of exciting ideas to entertain two very over excited boys. A few favorites spring to mind and a couple of good examples are the Scalectric which my dad spent months building in the loft and transforming into a mini Silverstone for me and my brother and the good old Atari 2600 with chopper command, pitfall and stampede.

But my favorite by far has got to be He-Man complete with Castle Greyskull. My brother got Snake mountain and Skeletor the same year so we had hours of fun with some epic battles. By the Power of Greyskull… I Have the Power! Team He-Man or Team Skeletor????

What is your favorite Christmas song?

There’s nothing like a good old Christmas song and the cheesy 70’s and 80’s classics are defo my favorites.  But to me nothing says Christmas more than ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ by Shakin Stevens. A classic festive tune with wonderful bell chimes, up lifting lyrics, a fantastic video featuring the scariest looking Santa ever and Shaky himself even dons a Cheesy Christmas Jumper in the video, legend!

What is your favorite Christmas cracker joke?

Who hides in the bakery at Christmas? A mince spy!

Why do you think Christmas Jumpers are so popular?

Let’s face it everyone (although you may have to beat it out of some) loves a good excuse to dress up and stand out from the crowd. Christmas Jumpers are an easy alternative to full on Santa regalia, they can be worn with jeans, leggings, shirts, tights, in trainers, heels or boots. But what really seals the deal is the fact they can be worn to any festive occasion including parties, works night out, Christmas Shopping or even on the big day itself – everyone needs an outfit for Christmas day right? So why not make it extra festive this year!

The popularity of the Christmas Jumper has been demonstrated over the last two seasons by the high street brands following suit and creating a more sedate version of the Christmas Jumper. However for the true Christmas Jumper fanatic, the wilder and bolder designs created by independent brands are the real deal. Stay independent and support the brands which started the Christmas Jumper revolution!

With all your amazing press and celebrity coverage, who were you most proud to be seen wearing you jumpers?

Without doubt Keith Lemon.  He loved the Rudolph garment, looked great in it and went to the trouble of tweeting me to tell me how much he loved the range.

Keith and Gino were the first celebrities to wear our garments in 2010, so that moment will always be special to us.  I especially remember ringing all my family and friends and getting them to set their freeview boxes on record and Gino’s face when he realised he was going to have to wear something so garish on national TV!

If you could pick any celeb or personality to wear one of your jumpers, who would you pick and why?

This a hard one because I have so many people that I would love to see wearing a Cheesy Christmas Jumper. For commercial reasons and brand awareness, then at this moment in time I would have to say any or all the members from One Direction.  But from a personal point of view I’d love to see the return of an Only Fools and Horses Christmas Special with both Del Boy and Rodney decked out in our Cheesy Christmas  Jumpers, after all who’s Christmas day is not complete without an episode?

What new ideas and designs can we expect from Cheesy Christmas Jumpers in the future?

I’m always playing about with new ideas and designs, I think about Christmas Jumpers 365 days of the year. After two years of developing the LED lighted Christmas Jumpers we are planning to move forward with the light up range for 2013 and take the garment to the next level with new ideas  and technologies for lights etc.

We also aim to take more inspiration from the 80’s American ugly Christmas sweater era by creating a garment that will look truly vintage but with the high quality production of a modern knit.

Every time I design a new jumper I always remember the brands name ‘Cheesy’, this makes me stay within the brands identity and keeps the designs unique to the Cheesy Christmas Jumpers brand. I’m not designing a garment you would find in your high street fashion shops or on a Milan Catwalk.

This year I invested a large amount of time selecting a good colour palette as I wasn’t entirely happy with last year’s colours, I have found berry reds and off whites give much more aesthetically pleasing garment when compared to the previous year’s primary colours.

I aim to further develop our colour palette in the new Christmas 2013 range. I have already had some samples of raw materials for next year’s design and struggling to stop the designing bug consuming my days – Watch this space!

*** THE BIG CHEESY CHRISTMAS JUMPER GIVEAWAY COMPETITION ***

Courtesy of Cheesy Christmas Jumpers we have a most fabulously festive competition which takes place on our FACEBOOK Page today from 10am, see the below awesome prizes up for grabs! Answers by 2pm, winners announced shortly after.

1st PRIZE

A Cheesy Christmas Jumper of choice – click here to see the range

A TruffleShuffle Christmas Jumper – click here to see the range

A TruffleShuffle Christmas T-Shirt – click here to see the range

A Christmassy Accessory – click here to see the range

2ND & 3RD PRIZE

A Cheesy Christmas Jumper of choice – click here to see the range

To be in with a chance of winning these most excellent prizes, we want you to tell us your favourite Cheesy Christmas Joke. The corniest, most terrible, most hilarious, most original, most naughty joke will win our super 1st prize and 2 runner up choices will receive 2nd and 3rd place prizes.

ENTER THE COMPETITION HERE

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GOOD LUCK – Winners will be announced on Monday 19th November!!!

Cheesy Christmas Jumpers – Hot New Trend For The 2012 Festive Season!

Yes, they are here – Cheesy Christmas Jumpers!!!

We are very excited (and are already wearing) our festive jumpers. Set to be a huge trend this Winter, these cheesy numbers can be worn day to day to keep those nasty chills away and also for cheesy themed Christmas parties.

Once the dreaded, hand-knitted present from a loving Auntie or Grandparent, these jumpers have a really authentic, cheesy, vintage look and are on every hipster’s wish list this season!

The gorgeous Wonderland Scene Jumpers are priced at £34.99 and there are also super special LED light up styles too, priced at £49.99.

Happy Christmas!!!

Unisex Blue Wonderland Jumper £34.99

Unisex Red Wonderland Jumper £34.99

Unisex Green LED Light Up Christmas Tree Knitted Jumper £49.99

Unisex Green LED Light Up Christmas Tree Knitted Jumper £49.99 (LIGHTS ON)

Unisex Red LED Light Up Christmas Tree Knitted Jumper £49.99

Unisex Red LED Light Up Christmas Tree Knitted Jumper £49.99 (LIGHTS ON)

Summer’s here! Check out our HOT new releases!

It’s that time of year for a wardrobe change and what better place to come than TruffleShuffle for some funky, retro beauties to see you through the Summer! We have a great selection of amazing tees and accessories which are perfect for lounging around in the sunshine, feasting out at barbeque’s in, hopping along the beach and attending glorious tea parties. Have a look at some of our new additions below for inspiration…

JUNK FOOD

We love the authentic vintage look of Junk Food’s tees and this latest collection offers even more with fabulous shapes, music tees and more of those distressed prints of all our favourite retro characters.

FYDELITY BAGS WITH WORKING SPEAKERS

Fydelity bags are the ultimate Summer accessory. Not only do they look fantastic, hold a load of stuff, they ALSO come with in built speakers and amplifier so you can take your favourite tunes with you everywhere you go! There are a variety of styles you could go for, such as the generously proportioned Tote bag, 90’s style barrel shaped gym bag, bum-bags, handy wallet and amazing cool bags. Just the ticket for festivals, beach parties or lounging around in the park. We have had tons of fun with these bags at Truffle HQ, they really do get very loud indeed. Just plug in your MP3 Player or Smartphone and you’re away!

Gold Retro Boombox Cooler With Working Speakers £24.99

Retro Ghettoblaster Travel Wallet With Working Speakers £19.99

Retro Metallic Pink Gym Bag with Working Speakers £29.99

Retro White I'm Not A Boombox Canvas Tote Bag With Working Speakers £29.99

SOMETHING FOR THE BOYS

Impress your mates with one of our awesome tees. Always guaranteed a great reaction, we have just added some particularly cool new designs to complete that hipster look.

Get Ready To Celebrate The Jubilee – TruffleShuffle Style!

Here at TruffleShuffle.com we love any excuse for a knees up and so we are all very excited about the Jubilee weekend! Not only does this mean a 4 day weekend (thanks Liz) but also the opportunity to stock loads of “Lovely Jubilee” products to help us celebrate in style! Here is a round up of some of the fabulous products we have added to the site in preparation for your parties, BBQs, street parties, picnics – you name it, we’ve got the accessory to help make it!!

First you need decoration – no party is complete without a bit of bunting!

Next you will be needing some mugs, not forgetting the all important teapot for “high tea” plus a suitable tea cosy to really do it right!

So, we have the decoration and the tea service sorted, just us to get ready now! We’ve got that covered too with this awesome Ladies White Diamond Jubilee Corgi T-Shirt plus this handy Long Live Liz Diamond Jubilee Tote Bag!

I hope we have helped with your party planning, to see the full range of Jubilee products we have available on the site click here

Whatever you have planned we hope you have a wonderful Jubilee weekend – don’t forget the cucumber sandwiches!!

xoxo