A Sound of Music Birthday Party
My daughter LOVES The Sound of Music. Ever since she first got a glimpse of it on the television back in Christmas 2008, she's been dancing and singing to the music. She knows all the words to Do-Re-Mi and will even sing some lines to I Have Confidence (if that isn't a mark of a real fan, I don't know what is). Pen is an old soul — with a mother like me it's hard not to be — and will even sit through the entire movie. So when it came to plan her birthday for this year, The Sound of Music easily won over all other contenders.
Penelope's birthday parties are big events, but we choose to keep them very DIY. Her first birthday was themed Old Cuba because, well, she didn't have any preference and she likes to dance to bouncy latin music (and I'm part Cuban). Last year was It's a Small World — her favorite Disneyland attraction. This year, she was much more involved in the planning of the party and even "helped" me work on the decorations.
The biggest component of the party were the costumes. I decided to make green and white curtain outfits for each of the children attending. If, for some strange reason, you've never seen the movie, there is a seen where Maria (Julie Andrews) makes play clothes for all the children out of old curtains hanging in her room. I was ecstatic that I actually found green and white toile curtains at the Alameda Antique Fair a few months ago. Even better was that it was enough material for all the little outfits! Because the children attending Pen's party ranged from age seven months to three years old (and because each kid in the movie has a unique outfit), I decided to pick a different pattern for each one of the birthday outfits.
Here's Penelope in her Maria Von Trapp costume standing with presents in brown paper packages tied up with string.
For the backdrop, I stitched various fabrics into this Alps scene. The cupcakes were topped off with images of "Favorite Things."
The party gift bags were also simple references to the brown paper packages tied up with string.
Here's Penelope in her costume. I pieced it together from two patterns. One, a vintage shirt pattern from the 1970s. The other, a modern dress pattern.
And finally, all the children in their costumes: