When it comes to having kick-ass parties, there’s nothing quite like a good theme. We became privy to this amazing Alice in Wonderland party inspiration that featured the performance artists from Paidia Events. There was dancing on tables, wild hijinks with the Mad Hatter, Alice, and The Red Queen, and so many whimsical steampunk-meets-Alice details that we couldn’t even keep up.
A few years ago, I came to the realization that my daughter was growing quicker than I could keep up. She was entering sixth grade — whilst we grow a culture of the “young at heart,” we knew that this was not going to fly with her peers for much longer. We decided to turn her Alice in Wonderland obsession into a fête, and began planning a Mad Hatter Tea Party for our daughter’s twelfth birthday.
Bar and Bat Mitzvahs are Jewish coming-of-age rituals — in other words, when you’re Jewish and turning twelve (girls) or thirteen (boys) you have an awesome excuse to throw a helluva party to celebrate. Of course, after your party you’re then considered to be responsible for all of your actions, so you know, welcome to adulthood and all of that.
Besides their heavy-handed religious allegory, eurocentrism, phallocentrism and imperialism, the Narnia books suffer from a problem common in children’s literature. We’ll call it the Aslan Dilemma.