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An Old Fashion Birthday Party for a 9 Year Old History Lover

by Caitlin Kelch

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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Viola arranged everything, although I did climb a ladder to hang honeysuckle vines from the tree. The Wary-Meyer's candles from Grace's first Quarterly box matched the beautiful we picked out. Other treats included huge taffy strips, licorice pastilles and pinker than pink Big Cherry candy. The is stocked!
Viola thought this was the perfect tiered dessert tray. Ingenious!
Yummy in the shiniest red you've ever seen.
Viola's beverage station put my original juice box thoughts to shame! Say hello to , Nesbitt's Orange Soda and . Not our usual line-up, but perfect for a celebration.
An old fashion holds decorative atop an old Better Homes & Gardens magazine. A jar of stands by for a late night snack!
The birthday girl's chair, complete with honeysuckle and a pink bird!
Viola wrote special messages for her guests on these that were used by royalty and couriers to deliver messages back in the 'old days.' The and vintage napkins make the scene.
Since our décor budget was slashed, we foraged in the woods behind our house and gathered wild roses, red clover, honeysuckle and wild strawberries for the bouquet. The made it complete!
The infamous licorice bowl! I'm so happy I have a daughter who loves black licorice.
An old fashion party isn't complete without a cookie tin filled with ! These were delicious and Viola plans to keep the Polaroids from her party in the tin forever...
The birthday girl in her great grandfather's hat and her friends searching for mermaids in the Potomac river below.

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