We all love parties, well at least most people do. Different kinds of gatherings delight different groups of people. Horse racing fans love to put on garden party hats and attend all of the festivities of the Triple Crown Races. Football fans set up terrific tailgate picnics. Wedding guests stand for hours in Windsor for glimpses of the newest Royal Couple. And an invitation to St. George’s magnificent chapel is worth it’s weight in gold for some.
And it starts while we’re young. By the time they were six our daughter and her friends thought every party meant that you took a special gift or received a gift. So my friend and I planned an
Un-birthday party for a pretty little posse of little girls in the middle of winter. They were invited to go down the rabbit hole with Alice. But please, NO PRESENTS! Shedding warm coats and boots in the front hall they were handed a rope and shown where to start down the circuitous rabbit hole, through a long line of furniture packing boxes, sometimes crawling and sometimes standing. Up the stairs on the landing they were given very small sips of magic juice which made them shrink even smaller.
Arriving in the attic brought them to the large gingham dog played by our Sheltie and the Cheshire cat, smiling from the playpen and the large bird cage respectively. Everything was very large and mysterious looking. Still clasping the rope finding a different way down, also a different colored drink to make them very big, and on down stairs all the way to the basement to the Mad Hatter’s Millenary Shop. There on long tables a wonderous array of construction paper in all colors of the rainbow, balloons, ribbons, pastas, pieces of old jewelry, glue and tape to make their own hats so they could attend the Mad Hatter’s tea party.
Then the rope led to the formal dining room of this large old house and the Mad Hatter welcomed them to sit down and share in his wonderful tea party. They giggled and gasped as they saw themselves all decked out in finery worthy of the Derby. Sometimes I run into these women today who are now mothers and even grands and they still talk about the Un-birthday Party!
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