When my daughter, Viola, announced she wanted to have an old fashion birthday party, I was relieved and then a tad stressed by the thought of how exactly I was going to pull it off. Thankfully, she came up with some amazing ideas and accepted the budget I presented her with.
True to form, Viola defiantly declared she wanted to forgo the traditional cake and candles and instead, go back in time with tons of candy, bon bons, and sodas that she and her friends would use to magically be transported back to the ‘good old days.’ I was completely on board.
To maximize our candy & soda budget, we foraged for flowers and honeysuckle in the woods, tore apart the basement in search of vintage items and lots of lace and cruised through our bookshelves for interesting books for the girls to peruse while lounging on blankets in the yard. And yes, there was a game of croquet scheduled.
Since we’re in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, Viola was excited to travel to the ‘city’ for a trip to to pick up the mother lode of treats, mini paper parasols, indian paper scrolls and a very shiny red retro cooler. Truth be told, despite the traffic, it was totally worth it! And I’m pretty sure the World Market staff had a giggle or two as Viola ran through the aisles tossing things into her cart. Somehow, she managed to stay within her budget and make her dream party come to life.
To make good use of the girls’ sugar buzz, Viola and her friends paraded around our town, – the oldest in West Virginia, in full costume and ended up at the Rumsey Monument where they frantically searched for mermaids from their perch high above the Potomac River.
See more photos of the party above in the slideshow!
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