Thursday, June 16, 2016

Party for Anna

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She knew in an instant that her theme would be Alice in Wonderland from her beloved book that she has read over and over and over. She owns a copy now but she used to take it out of the library so often that when I'd walk by it on a different trip (perhaps with just Abigail) I would say hello to it. It was in our house more often than it was on the shelf in the library. Seriously.

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She dressed up of course.

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And we spent the afternoon with family celebrating our girl.

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She wanted an Alice tea party. That's like a normal person ordering a few large pizza's for a party. A tea party is second nature to me, and I was happy to oblige.

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I picked the colors of bright blue and pink (gosh! they just happen to be my favorite colors in the world... and yes, my dress matched)

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She let me 'shop' in her room for Wonderland treasures for the party decor.

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We had tiny ham and Swiss tea sandwiches.

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And some food inspired by White Rabbit

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And you can never go wrong with a pretty punch in a crystal punch bowl.

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The favors were sweet necklaces with a tea pot hanging from them. (we each have one in the house but I've yet to snap a picture of one)

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I served 'turtle soup' from the book

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(which was really pea and potato soup)

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It was paper but it was so so pretty and truly Alice.

"Why sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."  

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She opened some fun presents from family.

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One was a treasure from my Dad's bookshelf. A copy of the first book. The first book was handwritten by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (his pen name was Lewis Carroll) in 1865. This is a very special copy of that first book.

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She got a few 'I'm 13 now' gifts along with the toys. It was the perfect mix. (because it's oh so hard to be in both worlds.

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It rained a lot that morning so we weren't able to have her birthday party in our backyard as we usually do. So we improvised.

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Her cousin wore the perfect shirt!

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I served gourmet cupcakes (that I didn't bake... for the first time in my life)

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They were really pretty and everyone told me they were so good but true be told... I missed making my own cupcakes for my girl and I usually making a 'grandparent cake' for after a kids party. So this was really different for me. But I was inspired by these darling cupcake stands. So I just HAD to!

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I love a good children's birthday party... even when a child's party is for a 13 year old. It's a sweet time to stop and remember God's precious gift of life.

I love you Anna!  Keep on believing...

"Why sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."  











3 comments:

  1. Happy 13th birthday Anna!!!! Love all the party decorations and the pictures. and what a treasure to have the book from your dad's bookshelf Tara...how special. You are awesome always doing an amazing job!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  2. I absolutely love what you've done for the party! Alice and Wonderland is one of my favorite tales to this day and everything looks wonderful! I love her costume and the teapot! It's just like the book! Also that first Edition is amazing!
    Happy Birthday to Anna!
    All the love,
    Hugs from Hayley

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  3. Happy 13th birthday!! What a wonderful way to ring in that new (and important) age :) Is it me or is she almost taller than you?!

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