My daughter, Jessica, just finished reading Anne of Green Gables as a bedtime story to her children. Her six-year-old daughter, Lilly, especially liked it. Lilly has six brothers and a baby sister, Lucy. When I mentioned that we had the movie, we began planning a special girls-only Anne of Green Gables party to watch it together.
Because I’m not much of a party planner or cook, I tried to keep things as simple as possible. The guest list was short, including only family. In addition to Jessica, Lilly, Lucy,and me, those who came were my other daughter, Ashley, and my mom.
I looked at Pinterest for party inspiration and found food ideas and even recipes for Marilla’s Plum Pudding and Rachel Lynde’s Raspberry Cordial here. This was our simple menu:
KFC Chicken Tenders
Marilla’s Plum Pudding
Potato Salad (store bought)
Pumpkin Pie (Lilly’s pick; also store bought)
Vanilla Ice Cream
Jessica made the plum pudding, which was delicious. And I made the raspberry cordial, which was also yummy. Everything else came from the store. I covered the table and my kitchen island with quilts. I decided to use my best china for my favorite girls in the whole world. I also used antique glasses that belonged to my late mother-in-law.
I searched for AOGG quotations on Pinterest and printed them out. Then I taped them to a long piece of yarn to make a quotation banner to hang in our kitchen. Lilly loved it and took it home to hang in her room at the end of the evening.
At the last minute, we decided it would be fun to dress up for this special party. One thing I love about my daughter and her family is that she lets the kids to choose their own clothes. Same goes for costumes. Lilly has nearly outgrown all her clothes and new ones are on the way, but that didn’t dim her enthusiasm. She came up with this Anne outfit and greeted me with, “Grammy! Guess who I am!” The braids gave it away, of course. She then announced that Lucy was Diana, and her mom was Marilla. Super fun!
Basically, we ate dinner, then watched the movie. That was the extent of the party. My movie was on VHS and in two volumes. So between tapes, we had our pumpkin pie and ice cream dessert and Ashley made us each a cup of spiced berry tea. Yum!
It was a fun, memorable evening, and I can’t wait to do more literary parties in the future.
If you were going to throw a literary party, which book would you choose?