This previous spring, Mark and I devoured the brand new Netflix collection, “Anne with an E,” in a matter of days. And someplace between the raspberry cordial incident and people divine puffed sleeves, we have been struck with inspiration to host an “Anne” themed birthday celebration for my candy sister-in-love Jodi this summer time.
Mark estimates that he and his siblings watched the basic “Anne of Green Gables” film upwards of 100 occasions whereas rising up. And we all know how very a lot Jodi appreciates an excuse to bust out tea cups with pinky prolonged and mutter fancy phrasings like “splendid” and “ever so much.” So, we put a day on the books for her and her household to hitch us at our residence on “The Lake of Shining Waters.” And Mark and I set to work to plan a birthday celebration in Jodi’s honor that our beloved Anne Shirley would approve of!
Enjoyable reality: That is one of these posts I didn’t initially plan to put in writing. However the social gathering was so do-able to plan and ended up being a lot enjoyable for all of us–youngsters and adults alike–I made a decision it was value sharing right here on the weblog!
Additionally, I’ve a hunch there could also be different “kindred spirits” on the market who share our affinities for the L. M. Montgomery books, the 80s movies with Megan Follows, the brand new “Anne with an E” Netflix collection, or all of the above. And I hope this strikes you with inspiration as you look ahead to your subsequent get together or pal gathering. As Anne says,
“Oh Marilla, looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them.”
- 1 Invitation
- 2 Party Planning
- 3 D.I.Y. E-book Web page Mason Jar Candle Holders
- 4 Decor
- 5 Music
- 6 Lunch
- 7 Raspberry Cordial
- 8 Puffed Sleeves
- 9 Video games & Actions for the Entire Household
- 10 Dares
- 11 “Kindred Spirit” Scones
- 12 A Parting Present
- 13 My very personal Diana Barry
- 14 Order of Occasions
- 15 Extra Anne-spiration
We determined to ship Jodi a proper invitation from Anne herself to mount her anticipation the week of the social gathering, in addition to set the tone for our Anne-themed affair. Mark and I collaborated on a quite simple handmade invitation we whipped up collectively utilizing this picture of Anne sitting on her suitcase and printed out on cardstock paper. Jodi reported that she laughed out loud on the “perfect graveyard of buried hopes” line. Success!
I additionally whipped up a “Party Time” unfold in my bullet journal to assist me hold all of the celebration particulars so as beforehand, particularly since we had two totally different occasions we have been internet hosting in the identical week. It actually helped reduce stress as a result of we have been capable of work on our preparations forward of time quite than fall prey to that last-minute scramble I do know all too nicely. I plotted out the next parts:
- occasion (the who, what, and when)
Maybe this unfold shall be helpful to you in planning your subsequent huge occasion! And for those who’re curious to see extra of my bullet journal and the way I exploit it to remain organized and motivated, you’ll be able to take a look at my newest plan-with-me video, and comply with together with my bullet journaling Instagram account, @LaurensPlannerPages.
D.I.Y. E-book Web page Mason Jar Candle Holders
“I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.”
In Anne’s spirit of simplicity, we adorned with gadgets we already had or might simply D.I.Y.
And contemplating that Anne is a self-proclaimed “book drunkard,” I created some Ebook Web page Mason Jar Candle Holders to embellish our buffet desk and eating desk. They’re as straightforward to create as you think about. All you want:
- mason jars
- votives or tea candles
- previous guide pages
- white cotton string or twine
And no worries! No books have been harmed within the making of these candle holders that weren’t already broken once I bought them. Actually, I used the identical classic ebook pages from my D.I.Y. Bookmark Wedding ceremony Favor challenge, chopping a number of pages right down to measurement for every jar, securing them with white cotton string tied in a bow.
Suffice it say, a couple of of these gems have weaseled their method into our on a regular basis decor as a result of they’re simply so pleasant.
We “shopped the house” to tug collectively a number of different decor parts, including extra romance and enjoyable to the festivity.
You may acknowledge the Shabby Stylish Photograph Sales space Backdrop that I DIY’d for my for my sister’s wedding ceremony hanging above the French doorways like Victorian period curtains. The strips of gingham and burlap appeared befitting of Anne’s farm woman apparel.
I additionally busted out my D.I.Y. Animal Place-Card Holders to show some of our food and drinks choices, positive to solely choose animals which may have roamed the farms on Prince Edward Island.
It was additionally fairly fortuitous that “Jodi” and “Juniper” each begin with the letter “J.” I used to be capable of gown up the buffet desk with the D.I.Y. Flower Monogram Letter “J” that I had created for Juniper’s Blooming First Birthday Bash….
…propping it up towards a stack of previous books just like ones Anne may need tucked beneath her arm.
My great-grandmother’s classic tea cup additionally made an look!
And we have been positive to make the most of the classic chalkboard we’ve hanging in our hallway, paying homage to that notorious scene the place Anne breaks her slate over Gilbert’s head. I penned on it a favourite Anne Shirley quote:
“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think.”
And Mark used the chalkboard signal we’ve got on the entrance porch to welcome our friends to “The Lake of Shining Waters!”
These have been just some private touches that added as much as an entire lotta’ Anne-themed environment.
We had music from the movie enjoying as our visitors walked within the door. Although I want we had bought the soundtrack prematurely slightly than use YouTube with these mood-killing advertisements popping up each jiffy. Sheesh! Maybe you’ll be able to study from the error of our methods.
We had enjoyable placing collectively some easy, delicious delights for lunch that felt befitting of a day tea with Anne and her bosom pal, Diana.
A variety of greens and dip with Gilbert’s basic, “Hey Carrots!” greeting…
…finger sandwiches with the crusts reduce off: hen salad with avocado, egg salad, and peanut butter and jelly…
…plus some candy open-faced raisin bread sandwiches with “magical” concoction of cream cheese, cream cheese icing, shredded carrots, and chopped walnuts on prime. Because of Flour & Fancies for that recipe inspiration!
And of course, what would an Anne social gathering be with out “raspberry cordial”?! There are tons of recipes on the market if you wish to make your personal.
We went the straightforward route and simply whipped up some Raspberry Ice Crystal Mild in our beverage dispenser. The youngsters acquired such a kick out of watching the scene the place Diana will get tipsy and sick from the “raspberry cordial”…or relatively, the currant wine. We have been positive to point out them the scene earlier than serving lunch!
I couldn’t resist dressing Juniper in a smocked gown from my mom’s childhood that had “puffed sleeves” on it! The blue even matched the colour of the gown Matthew purchases for Anne within the movie. Listed here are some of my favourite strains from that scene:
MARILLA: “Brown sugar indeed. I knew Matthew was up to some foolishness.”
ANNE: “Marilla, look at the puffs!”
MARILLA: “They’re ridiculous! You’ll have to turn sideways to get through the doors.”
Video games & Actions for the Entire Household
We deliberate a number of totally different Anne-themed actions for the get together that may be enjoyable for teenagers and adults alike.
Quickly after our visitors arrived, we invited them to take a seat on the sofa and kicked issues off with a clip from the movie the place Anne first meets Matthew on the practice station, journeys to Green Gables, and meets Marilla, asking to be referred to as Cordelia–or if not, then “Anne with an E.”
Though Marilla has no endurance for the apply of making up names for oneself, we do!
We gave everybody new-and-improved names for the day to assist usher us into Anne’s world of drama, aptitude, and magnificence. We made some extent to announce every visitor’s new identify with tons of gusto and applause as we introduced their nametag to them. It was a enjoyable solution to invite everybody to hitch us on an imaginative journey into Anne’s world for the subsequent few hours.
As is clear in that opening scene, Anne has a vivid creativeness! She even says:
Isn’t it splendid to assume of all of the issues there are to seek out out about? It simply makes me really feel glad to be alive–it’s such an fascinating world. It wouldn’t be half so fascinating if we all know all about all the things, wouldn’t it? There’d be no scope for creativeness then, would there?
To stretch our imaginations, we did a Group Storytelling exercise. The story may be about something your creativeness goals up!
Find out how to play: The primary individual will begin by holding an object to suggest it’s their flip to share. They usually’ll begin the story with a “Once upon a time…”, and after sharing a couple of particulars establishing the who and the the place, they will move the thing to the individual subsequent to them who will proceed the story, including some new particulars and plot twists. You’ll be able to all the time move the item when you get caught. Or you’ll be able to arrange the subsequent individual by giving them a lead-in like, “and everything was fine and dandy, until…” they usually’ll decide up the place you left off! The one that began the story will get to finish it once they obtain the thing after it has gone round the entire circle.
We informed two totally different group tales collectively utilizing Juniper’s hairbrush as our object that we handed. By some means they each ended up being about rats! Snicker.
Previous-Customary Egg & Spoon Relay Race
The subsequent two actions took us outdoor, so we gave directions first whereas we have been inside to maximise our time within the cool air-conditioning. #FloridaProblems
The primary was an old style egg relay race, which is one thing that Anne may need performed in her day.
Find out how to play: We broke up the group into two groups. The groups lined up behind the road, every holding a spoon (soup spoons for the youngsters, teaspoons for adults). The primary individual in line started with an egg balanced on their spoon, and once we stated, “Go!”, he needed to race as shortly and punctiliously as attainable to and from a delegated spot (for us it was from the log to the swing). When returning to their group, the participant needed to rigorously cross the egg from his spoon to the subsequent individual’s spoon, and the race continued on with every individual finishing the course till all members had raced. If a participant dropped the egg at any level, and it didn’t break, you needed to scoop it again up in your spoon and proceed. In case you dropped the egg, and it broke, you had to return to the beginning line to select up a brand new egg, and begin your flip once more.
Fortunately, we had no egg casualties.
The birthday woman obtained to go twice, and I dare say she gained it for her staff!
How can we overlook the three-legged race on the Barry Household Picnic the place Anne and Diana smoked their classmates and crossed the end line first?!
We tried our hand ft on the recreation, pairing up every child with an grownup, tying our legs collectively on the ankle with a strip of material, marking the beginning and end strains, and shouting, “Go!”
I’m proud to say that although it was an in depth race, my speedy companion Micah helped drag me throughout the end line, so we might declare the victory!
TIP: a streamer makes for an amazing end line to interrupt by means of.
Drained and scorching from our jaunt outdoor, we ventured inside for some extra “raspberry cordial” and air-conditioning. Then, “Dares” was the right finale to our group actions for the day.
First, we confirmed a clip of Anne taking a dare to stroll the ridge-pole on the roof, leading to her fateful tumble to the bottom and ankle sprain. Yikes!
“Don’t be very frightened, Marilla. I was walking the ridge-pole and I fell off. I suspect I have sprained my ankle. But, Marilla, I might have broken my neck. Let us look on the bright side of things.”
We used some creativity and a bit assist from the interwebs to provide you with our set of dares, most of which have been a bit safer than Anne’s. We typed them up prematurely, printed them out, and reduce them into strips of paper, which we positioned in a crown I simply had mendacity round. (Cough…theatre prop…cough.)
The way to play: For the primary spherical, every individual might pull out two slips of paper after which slender it right down to the one dare they needed to take. However in spherical two, everybody agreed that we needed to up the ante, and every individual had to finish the dare they pulled out.
Everybody was an ideal sport, and we shared tons of laughs!
After our first two rounds had ended, the youngsters have been stuffing the slips of paper again into the crown to maintain enjoying. I’d name this one an enormous win. Anne would most undoubtedly agree.
“Life is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it!”
Right here have been some of our dares:
- Lick your elbow (or crelbow) whereas singing the alphabet.
- Eat 1 teaspoon of mustard.
- Put on a pair of socks in your arms for the remaining of the sport.
- Fill your mouth with water and check out singing a music.
- Imitate a monkey as greatest you’ll be able to for 15 seconds.
- Draw a mustache in your face and hold it on till the top of the sport.
- Draw an image with a crayon utilizing your toes.
- Odor everyone’s ft and discover “the winner.”
- Permit the group to wrap you up in rest room paper, after which snap a photograph.
- Do a mannequin runway stroll throughout the room.
- Bounce on one leg for 20 seconds with each palms in your head.
- Dance across the room, singing “Happy birthday!”
- Play “This Little Piggy Went to Market” on somebody’s toes.
- Go outdoors and shout, “[insert family pet name here], I love you!” on the highest of your lungs.
- Permit us to wrap you up like a birthday current.
- Fake you’re underwater for the subsequent three turns.
- Do your greatest ballet dance.
- Spin round 10 occasions and attempt to stroll in a straight line.
- Hold a straight face whereas everybody tries to make you snicker for 1 minute.
- Maintain an ice dice in your hand till it melts.
- Act like a cat for the subsequent spherical.
Provides to put aside:
- a pair of socks
- crayon and paper
- a roll of rest room paper
- wrapping paper, tape, and a straw
Shout-out to the articles that helped encourage these dares:
And a few photographs of the dares in motion:
Mark tries to sing to the birthday woman whereas gargling water:
Matt lets his kiddos wrap him up in rest room paper.
Jeremiah and Mark try to attract an image with their toes.
Jeremiah will get wrapped up like a gift. Micah is certain to provide him a straw to breathe via.
Micah’s hand on Junie’s head right here is concerning the sweetest factor ever. And sure, there’s a six-year-old boy inside that there wrapping paper.
All dared out!
“Kindred Spirit” Scones
After we completed all of our enjoyable actions, it was time for dessert!
In lieu of birthday cake, I baked up a batch of Higher-Than-Starbucks Cranberry Orange Scones utilizing a recipe from my good friend Kalyn Brooke. I’ve by no means tried my hand at scones earlier than, however these turned out nice. What I really like about them is how tender they’re. Straightforward for poking a birthday candle by means of!
I dubbed them “Kindred Spirit Scones” to slot in with our Anne-theme.
We additionally served up some sliced peaches with selfmade whipped cream.
A Parting Present
Jodi acquired to take the DVD residence as a birthday present, and she or he shared that she watched it on a sick day she had lately! Depart it to Anne to own the imaginative energy to whisk us away to a different world.
My very personal Diana Barry
Jodi is a real kindred spirit. I felt that connection together with her from the second we first met whereas I used to be visiting Wheaton School as a highschool senior. Jodi was a Wheaton freshman on the time and made me chuckle to tears together with her hilarious sense of humor. I keep in mind considering, “If gals like Jodi Lanker are at Wheaton, well, then that’s the school for me.”
I did find yourself going to Wheaton. And Jodi and I “happened” to finish up on the identical dorm flooring my freshman yr, her sophomore yr. And I “happened” to up in a Romantic Literature class together with her brother, Mark Lanker. And I “happened” to behave in a theatre ensemble with their brother Todd Lanker.
And now, all these years later, I “happen” to be a Lanker, too. All this “happenstance” has sealed our sisterhood for all times.
What a delight to get to plan this particular celebration in honor of my very personal Diana Barry.
Pleased birthday, Jodi!
Order of Occasions
If it helps, I assumed I’d embrace the order of occasions from the day, so you will get a way of how issues flowed. We used the DVD for displaying our clips, however I attempted to seek out as many as I might on YouTube for reference.
- 11:20 a.m. Party visitors arrive!
- 11:30 a.m. Clip to introduce “New Names” exercise: Anne meets Matthew on the practice station, journeys to Green Gables, and meets Marilla!
- 11:45 a.m. Exercise: New Names
- 11:50 a.m. Clips to introduce lunch: “Hey Carrots” & “Raspberry Cordial” scenes
- 11:55 a.m. Clip to introduce Juniper’s puffed sleeves: “Puffed Sleeves” scene
- 12:00 p.m. Eat Lunch
- 12:30 a.m. Exercise: Group Storytelling
- 11:40 a.m. Clip to introduce outside video games and provides directions: Three-Legged Race at Barry Household Picnic (starting of montage).
- 12:45 p.m. Exercise: Egg and Spoon Relay Race
- 12:55 p.m. Exercise: Three-Legged Race
- 1:00 p.m. Raspberry cordial break!
- 1:05 p.m. Clip to Introduce “Dares” exercise: Anne walks the ridge pole
- 1:10 p.m. Exercise: Dares
- 1:30 p.m. Dessert & grasp time
- 2:00 p.m. Fond Farewells!
I hope this publish has stretched your “scope for imagination” in relation to planning your subsequent household social gathering! L. M. Montgomery actually created such a dynamic, lovable character in Anne. She helps us all have fun life to the complete!
In truth, I used to be so Anne-spired after our get together, I made a decision to include an Anne of Green Gables theme on the pages of my bullet journal for the month of October! In any case, Anne possessed a particular sort of appreciation for this time of yr:
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
So, should you’re curious to see how Anne helps me be extra productive and attain my objectives for the month, take a look at my newest Plan-With-Me video HERE.
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Now, I’ll borrow a last quote from Anne and say, “Farewell my beloved friend.”
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