For some years now I’ve thrown a party for my friend Laurel’s birthday. She chooses the theme, and Hazel and I figure out how to execute it. The guest list has gotten smaller over the years but the parties have gotten more elaborate–despite the fact that each year we begin by saying, “Let’s do something simple.”This year seems to be following that well-trodden path. Laurel requested a game night, with perhaps a dozen friends. We’ve done game nights for Laurel’s birthday before. They’re always fun. But because we have done game nights before, we’d like to do something fresh. You know, to make it more interesting for both the guests and the party-throwers.
Now, Laurel’s birthday is the day after Valentine’s Day, so it’s easy to slip into a habit of using hearts in the decor. And this time she said, “Maybe we could use the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland?”
Ah, the magic words that create the theme for a party: Alice in Wonderland. Hearts. Games.
We’re thinking hard. We’re finding inspiration everywhere–from the original Lewis Carroll books Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, from the Disney film, from a delightful website Mel found called Lenny’s Alice in Wonderland, from many other places.
On Saturday morning Hazel and I browsed through the floral supply houses that surround and supplement the Los Angeles flower mart, taking notes and photos and periodically succumbing to an irresistible item: fabulous ribbon, the perfect glittery hearts for a centerpiece, a couple of items that we will turn into the perfect invitations….
Somehow, when Hazel and I collaborate, we don’t do simple.
This is going to be fun!