Monday, August 2, 2010

A Very Unbirthday to You!

"Get to your places!' shouted the Queen in a voice of thunder, and people began running about in all directions, tumbling up against each other; however, they got settled down in a minute or two, and the game began.”

Alice in Wonderland was the inspiration. An unbirthday was the occasion. (Avery's real birthday won't be until the end of August) The table was set for a tea party. Croquet and egg races were held in the yard. Snow cones and presents were part of the equation.

Clean cup, clean cup. Move down.

Statistics prove, prove that you've one birthday
One birthday every year
But there are three hundred and sixty four unbirthdays

That is why we're gathered here to cheer
A very merry unbirthday to you, to you
A very merry unbirthday to you, to you

It's great to drink to someone
And I guess that you will do A very merry unbirthday to you

-from Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland

A game of flamingo croquet.

“The chief difficulty Alice found at first was in managing her flamingo: she succeeded in getting its body tucked away, comfortably enough, under her arm, with its legs hanging down, but generally, just as she had got its neck nicely straightened out, and was going to give the hedgehog a blow with its head, it would twist itself round and look up in her face, with such a puzzled expression that she could not help bursting out laughing: and when she had got its head down, and was going to begin again, it was very provoking to find that the hedgehog had unrolled itself, and was in the act of crawling away: besides all this, there was generally a ridge or furrow in the way wherever she wanted to send the hedgehog to, and, as the doubled-up soldiers were always getting up and walking off to other parts of the ground, Alice soon came to the conclusion that it was a very difficult game indeed.” -Lewis Carroll

Egg races.

Snow cones, perfect refreshment on a hot day.

"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.

"Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: "we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."

A great time was had by all!


A hat was chosen and decorated with flowers by each girl as soon as she arrived. The table decorations were purchased at local thrift stores. The plates and cups were decorated with paint markers ahead of time by the birthday girl and her sister. Paper plates were used on top of the china to protect the paint. The food was labeled Eat Me and the soda had tags tied around them which said Drink Me (I'm quite delicious). The girls took their hats and place settings home as their favor.

I hung around for a few hours after the guests left. We made a collage of all the odds and end decorations, placed it in a shadowbox and my DIL hung it in the birthday girl's bedroom.

The grands.

My talented imaginative daughter-in-law once again hosted an over-the-top, super-duper birthday party. Way to go Robin!


  1. Would you like to adopt me? I could sure go for an unbirthday, I'll even bake the cake.

  2. What a perfectly delightful event. Such creativity. And such happy faces. Too cute.

  3. So colourful and so delightful, I am sure this was a beautiful event!
    Love all the picture collages.;))

  4. This party was TIP TOP! I just love it! Kudos to Robin for a MAGICAL party. Actually playing croquet with flamingos was MY favorite!

  5. What a fun party! We just watched the old Disney version of this yesterday and I've had that *unbirthday* song in my head ever


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