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The Alice in Wonderland Party

I woke up at 3 am on the dot Sunday morning and my first thought was, "I am DONE with social media and the internet." I went to my computer determined to delete my Facebook and Twitter accounts. I have this urge approximately every 4 to 6 months. If I lay low for about a week, I recover and start blasting status updates recklessly into the blogosphere (which is a word I loathe, by the way). However, because Sean Rooks wrote such a nice comment yesterday and my new Atlanta pretend BFF Ken said such nice things about my attempts at cooking, I thought I would venture slowly out of my technology aversion for a minute to share photos of my daughter's Alice in Wonderland Party.


I want to make SURE that I applaud every parent who has hosted parties for young children. ESPECIALLY if you let them bake. Remember when I said I was going to be brave and let all the girls make their own pie pops? Well, about 10 minutes into the party, I panicked. We made hairbows so everyone would look fabulous for the tea party and I knew immediately that baking was going to be a nightmare. Those of you with young children know- 6 months is a HUGE difference in age sometimes. If one friend is 6 1/2, they're can be  eons younger than their 7 and 2 months old counterparts. It was like having a party for senior citizens AND kids and trying to have them do all the same activities (there's a reason Amy Sedaris has SEPARATE  chapters with ideas for each type of party apparently).  So, I am a coward. I didn't even tell the kids I had eliminated an activity- I just stretched out the cake part by giving each kid their own unbirthday cake and making everyone focus on them while they made wishes and blew out their candle. Disaster averted. (and P.S. If you're in the Reno area, I had Absolutely Cake-alicious make the cake and it came out cute, cute, cute!)

I think the photos are fairly self-explanatory. My mother-in-law is my kindred spirit when it comes to themes- she was a most excellent Red Queen. She spent the whole party threatening to cut off the guests' little heads. This was borderline terrifying for some of the kids which, of course, was great fun for the adults. For my part, I created a crazy skirt out of a chess shirt (seen in the photo below as a background for the invitation and ill-fated pie pop) and red and black tulle. I laugh when I think of my friend's serious mother-in-law picking up her granddaughter at the end of the party and walking into the scene we had created. To top off the strangeness, we had also made red heart lips on all the girls. That's the kind of thing you should expect at parties over here...

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Reader Comments (11)

You just throw the best parties! I love that your mil was so into it too.

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTona

Yeah, I thought you were crazy to have kids baking. It sounds like such a fun party. Did you make the cake? It's awesome.

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCindy d

Wow! You should be a party planner.. wonderful!

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly Lyons

Awww man I wanted to come....*pout* (looks like you had a BLAST) you must be the "cool mom" on the block!

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBetsy

ang, first of all, happy bday to tabitha! our little girls have grown so quickly! i remember her first "ladybug" birthday party and from there i knew we were in for some seriously cute themed parties for her. i applaud you for your vision- she is one lucky little girl!

i adore reading about all you're doing- you have such a fun and happy life! miss ya lots, but i love keeping up with you via facebook, etc so you better never delete your account!! lol..

hugs to you myfriend!

June 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdebby munar

Wow Angela: How incredibly creative!!! Love the theme and it looks like Tabitha had a great time!

June 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Costa

Aw shucks, y'all. I would love to throw each of you a party any day (and I've had the pleasure of doing just that for you, Debby- it was before I was really into the whole thing, though! I do miss you, too!).

June 30, 2010 | Registered Commenter[Angela Daniels]

I want to go to there! That table setting looks so cool. Your daughter's lucky to have such a creative Mom. I have tell you, though...that rabbit hole scares the bejeebus outta me.

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSean

This is totally fab looking party! I say we need to have one of these for the big girls now! ;)

July 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichon

Angela: just ran into this Alice and Wonderland-inspired stuff and thought of you. Enjoy! http://www.holycool.net/2010/06/10-alice-in-wonderland-inspired.html

July 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSean

Oh my gosh! I LOVE, LOVE that cutlery. Did you see it has magnifying glass in it too? It IS "holy cool!" Thanks for sharing the link.

July 24, 2010 | Registered Commenter[Angela Daniels]

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