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Could anyone help with ideas for music for my Birthday party?

Asked by Taz0007 (140 points ) January 23rd, 2012

I’m having an Alice in Wonderland themed Tea Party for my 21st next week and I’m currently thinking up decoration and music ideas. I want it to be like stepping into the mind of Carroll himself for those who attend so I’m thinking of making a playlist of weird, but amazing, music to top off the decorations. If anyone has any ideas for artists/albums that would fit my theme, or just cool decoration ideas then I would love to hear them. Thanks!

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JLeslie's avatar

If memory sevres he wrote the books based on his time at Oxford in the mid 1800’s. I found this wikipedia page that might give you a start.

marinelife's avatar

I think you couldn’t do much better than the soundtrack from the Tim Burton movie version of Alice in Wonderland. Here is the video of Alice (underground) by Avril Lavigne to give you a taste.

Be sure and include White Rabbit from Jefferson Airplane.

mazingerz88's avatar

This isn’t from any of Carroll’s works but from another children’s film called Coraline. I really enjoy it and you might find it agreeable maybe. Here.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Tom Petty’s song and video about Alice. I can’t think of the title though.
Don’t Come Around Here No More.

blueiiznh's avatar

What an awesome idea for a theme party!!!

If you are wanting people to feel like they are stepping in to the mind of Lewis Carroll himself, then you may need to be smoking some of the stuff that he did as he created the amazing things he did.

Here is a link to Musical compositions inspired by Lewis Carroll

fundevogel's avatar

I’ve got a ton of suggestions. You can go listen to them as a playlist at youtube or just pick out what seems interesting here. Hope this helps.

Waiting For the Centipede – The Fever
Everything You Can Think – Tom Waits
Kommienezuspadt – Tom Waits
We’re All Mad Here – Tom Waits
Black Box Theme – Tom Waits
Calliope – Tom Waits
Little Drop of Poison – Tom Waits
Feathers – Man Man
Engrish Bwudd – Man Man
Skin Tension – Man Man
Djevelens Orkester – Kaizers Orchestra
Magic Rabbit – My Brightest Diamond
Gnossienes: Lent 1 – Erik Satie
The Waiter No. 2 – Black Heart Procession
The Waiter No. 3 – Black Heart Procession (it’s a reprise)
The Odditorium – Circus Contraption
Loligo’s Pickled Punks – Circus Contraption
Xylem and Phloem – Circus Contraption
Carousel – Circus Contraption
Bitten – Comus
Weary & Bleary Eyed – Ed Harcourt
Give Me Money – Hans Reichel
Inside Every Bird – Mark Growden
Clap Your Hands – Pale Young Gentlemen
There There – Radiohead

Kardamom's avatar

This is a little bit different than a birthday party, but my cousin threw a “tea party” for our other cousin’s baby shower. She collected a bunch of inexpensive mismatched cups and saucers from thrift stores and garage sales (more of the fancier looking kind, or old fashioned ones like this) and teapots too, then they set all of the tables with them and served different kinds of tea and those little sandwiches with the crusts cut off.

But for your party, you could certainly have tea, but you might serve different kinds of dips and appetizers in the cups. You could set up one table that had these cups and saucers with the dips and appetizers and several of those multi tiered sandwich/dessert serving trays, which I always see at the thrift stores.

Here are some good Tea Sandwich Recipes and here are More Tea Sandwich Recipes

Other things that are often served at real tea parties are Waldorf Salad and Chinese Chicken Salad and Ambrosia and Tomatoes Stuffed with Tuna Salad

Also, all of the guest wore hats (typical of old-fashioned style British tea parties) but your guests could wear silly or whimsical or downright outrageous hats.

Cut out Cheshire Cat smiles and tape them in strategic areas all over the house or other party venue.

Since it is a 21st birthday party, there should probably be a pitcher of Long Island Ice Tea, with some sort of a label denoting Not Your Average Alice in Wonderland’s Iced Tea .

You should also have some drinks (whatever kind you want) with a sign in front of the serving station that says Drink Me and some appetizers with signs that say Eat Me. Does anyone recall if the item Alice ate was a piece of cheese or whether it was a mushroom? If it’s a mushroom, make sure you have some marinated mushrooms as one of the appetizers.

And now that I’ve been searching for whether it was cheese or something else that Alice ate, I found this Alice In Wonderland Party Site

For the music, I’m thinking mostly pyschedlic music from the 60’s mixed in with some jazz such as:

Hurdy Gurdy Man by Donovan

Do I Have to do this All Over Again? by The Monkees

Blue Jay Way by The Beatles

Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys

So What by Miles Davis

Only a Northern Song by The Beatles

Eight Miles High by The Byrds

Light My Fire by The Doors

Incense and Peppermints by Strawberry Alarm Clock

My Favorite Things John Coltrane.

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