Sunday, October 14, 2012

Down the Rabbit Hole

 
 When you have three birthday parties in one weekend, you kind of get the cold shakes.  This Saturday was even more of a nightmare of organisation with two birthdays, as well as two medical appointments to fit in there.  Four people, one car and four different points of the compass to reach.  Welcome to the house of fine-tuned logistics!

On Sunday however, we only had Tigerlily's party in the afternoon.  This was lucky, since we only realised that there was a costume element to it on Thursday, and only got around to working on the costume at 11am Sunday.  As you can see though, the White Rabbit came together quite well.  Those are her old football shorts, with white faux fur sewed over the legs in order to conceal the little red devil on there (not a character well known in the Carroll masterpiece).





The group of children traipsed down from the park back to the house.










But along the way, Alice spied some footprints.  Rabbit footprints!  We decided to follow them...




















...until they lead us to a small tunnel beneath a tree.  And when the invitees crawled through to the other side...














...they were confronted with the Queen of Hearts reigning supreme!






In order to create the stamina required to live up to the Queen's demands, Alice encouraged her guests to feast on the table before them...








...helped by placecards depicting each guest in traditional Alice accoutrement.










 Unfortunately, Harriet drank the wrong drink and had to nibble the biscuit to return to the correct size.










Phew!  We had her back. And as she whistled about her work, running late for important dates and the like...
















 ...the cake was revealed!  But when is a slice of cake not a slice of cake?
















When it's seven slices of cake!  (Of course a more Wonderland-style answer would be "Wildflowers make amazing clouds").

9 comments:

funkylamb said...

I'm tempted to not bother blogging about the party now, what a charming post! Thanks for coming and for the magical photos. :)

Lou said...

Grrr, 'puter ate my comment. I'll try agai shall I?

What an awesome party! I am in awe of anyone who can pull this sort of thing off. And Harriet looks fantastic. I'm also in awe of anyone who can throw a costume together so successfully at the last minute!

JennieMo said...

Cass...that is fantastic! Looks like soo much fun! And I totally love the idea of the cake...being so much more than just cake...but art. LOL!

jay said...

oh, my that was amazing, wow they have really lifted the bar haven't they! so much wonderful fun. that pic of harriet whistling, i swear she looks 16.

Anonymous said...

Seriously, it is a child's birthday party! The amount of money spent on it is obscene.

casso said...

What exactly do you think cost so much? It would seem to be more the effort put in that was the real 'cost' and the parent's one to choose to make at that. There are waaayyy more extravagant parties out there that you could wave your indignant flag over. Cardboard, cake mix, spraypaint - your concern lies where precisely? Please point it out for me. Also please provide a list of all the charities you have donated to in the last month so we can compare social responsibilities.

But it appears you prefer your indignation to remain anonymous, which says something in itself, don't you think?

Mr Shell said...

Wow!!!! That was some party! The birthday girl sure is related to someone crafty, clever and imaginative!!! Weeks worth of prep. Amazing.

Penney said...

It was a wonderful party and, looking at the amazing photos it would be easy to think it was an extravagant affair - something a parent had thrown a lot of money at.. But for those of us there, we know that the wow factor was all down to the imagination, wonder and creativity of the parents. It was real and natural and as down-to-earth-as you can get. The mum and dad did it all. What a wonderful legacy to give to your kids - the belief and magic that anything you can dream up is possible. Personally, with my own, cheap-as-I-can-get (yet still $400) 'outsourced' parties am in awe and in delight to have been able to share.

Anonymous said...

I can't see lots of money splashed around - all I see is lots of imagination, creativity and love. What a magical day for the kids - thanks for sharing.