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A Mad Tea Party

Before I begin, let me just announce that Kung Fu Panda watched Sesame Street for the first time today and loved it. He watched a segment where Elmo goes camping, and they learn about words. He seemed greatly amused by the word "canteen."

On Saturday, The Gryphon threw a 40th birthday party for me, with the help of The Cousin and The White Rabbit, who hosted it at his place. The theme? A mad tea party, inspired by Alice in Wonderland, of course.

As is often the case of late, I've got a three-month-old practicing baby calisthenics on my lap, so I'll let the pictures (compiled last night) speak for themselves. I will say I was particularly touched by the fact that several of the guests dressed to match up with the nicknames I've given them in my blog. It's funny: I'm never sure who's reading this, who's paying attention. Apparently, they are. I have such good friends, and I wish we'd had space to invite even more of them, but this party was populated by my oldest friends, dating back to college or earlier. It was a great mix. They're good people. I am so privileged to know them and to be able to share time with them and, sometimes, tell their stories.

There were also several little ones running around: the new generation! Kung Fu Panda was a social butterfly, getting passed around the room and making new friends with everyone.

And now, the pictures, because KFP is starting to get bored.

Eat Me Cookie
A tray of cookies had been specially decorated for the occasion. This one reads "Eat me."

KFP with College Roommate
KFP sits on the College Roommate's lap when we first arrive at the party.

Alice Cookies
Specially decorated cookies for the occasion: with crowns and the words Eat me.
You can also see tea cups next to the cookies.

Attila the Pun's son sports a wrestling mask.

Attila the Pun with KFP
Attila the Pun, wearing a leather hat, holds KFP.

Mouse in Teapot
One of the quirkier decorations was a little mouse inside a teapot. Cute!

The Cousin
The Cousin in a tam o'shanter with her family crest.

Bunny Boy
Kung Fu Panda tries on some ears brought by the March Hare.

The Gryphon Feeding KFP
The Gryphon gives KFP a bottle.

KFP Chews His Bib
KFP chews on the bib we've been putting on him for the times he gets really drooley.

Friends Socializing
The Book Lover speaks to Attila the Pun and his wife.

Birthday Cake Presented
The Gryphon brings out the cake for my birthday.

Listening to Singing
I listen to everyone singing "Happy Birthday."
I'm wearing flashing Mickey Mouse earsI bought on our honeymoon in Disneyworld.

Blowing Out the Candles
I blow out the candles on my cake.

My Cake
The cake was decorated with red and white roses,
in honor of the Alice in Wonderland theme.

The Gryphon with a Knife
The Gryphon with the knife used to cut the cake.

Attila Sings
Attila the Pun sings a song he wrote for the occasion.

Church Ladies
My sister and The Artist (who says I should probably call her the Programmer nowadays)
show off their old-fashioned hats.

The Husbands
The Artist's Husband and my sister's husband converse.

KFP Makes a Friend
Kung Fu Panda makes a friend in The Cousin's eldest daughter.

Mother and Daughter
Attila the Pun's wife and their daughter look a lot alike,
as this photo demonstrates.

The March Hare
The March Hare wears an appropriate costume: complete with ears.

KFP Enjoys Tummytime
KFP was remarkably happy to do tummy time near the end of the party.
Normally, he doesn't like it.

KFP Sucks His Thumb
KFP has a new endearing habit: sucking his thumb.

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( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 14th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
I noticed it in an earlier post and thought maybe it was just rash or something, but does KFP really have a birthmark shaped like a V on his forehead? He looks like a little superhero!
Sep. 14th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, he does have a storkbite birthmark. I had one, too, ironically: http://www.alycewilson.com/devil_baby.htm

He must be a superhero. He can fly (with assistance, of course), and he has a really strong Kung Fu action grip, plus a powerful kick.
Sep. 14th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
As words go, "canteen" is kinda funny.
Sep. 14th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
Especially when you've got a cute faerie puppet repeating it!
Sep. 14th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
It looks like everyone had a great time. KFP is getting big! Hug now because they grow up so fast.
Sep. 14th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
He can't get enough hugs. In fact, his onesie at the party said, "I love hugs."
Sep. 14th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
Yeppers, I can see that everyone had a great time including KFP. And the theme was perfect of course. Smile!

When I saw that first shot of your birthday cake I could not tell how many candles were on the cate. I was thinking OMG, did they put 40 candles on that thing? The second or third photo of the cake fixed that. PHEW! The cake looked so good. Made me want a piece.
Sep. 14th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
The Gryphon only used one small pack of twisty candles, thank goodness! I still couldn't blow them all out. The cake was very good. It was made by the bakery at our local Giant grocery store. I had discovered before when I got a cake there for The Gryphon that they did nice work. It was chocolate, of course!
Sep. 14th, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
Sucking his thumb? Could be teething. Or could just be a tasty thumb.
Sep. 14th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
We believe he is teething, which would also explain the excessive drooling of late.
Sep. 15th, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)
The party looks like fun :)
Sep. 15th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
That is not a cake knife! What an enormous cake, though!
Sep. 15th, 2010 03:23 am (UTC)
No, it's not a cake knife. I suggested bringing our cake knife and server from our wedding, but The Gryphon insisted that The White Rabbit would probably have one. Still, the cake got cut and eaten, just the same.
Sep. 15th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
It was a knife, and it did a just fine job of cutting cake. The cake tasted as good as it did because I used an adequately sharp knife to cut it so it wouldn't oxidi... you're not buying this are you?
Sep. 15th, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
Sounds like a great time. Sorry I couldn't be there!
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