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Madeline's Birthday

We celebrated Milly's fifth birthday with a Madeline party at home.  I think even Ludwig Bemelmans (who never actually wrote a book about Madeline's birthday) would have been pleased.  Milly was!  Miss Clavel (that would be me) made twelve little girls-worth of Madeline coats and hats for Milly and the party guests; we did a dramatic reading of Madeline's Rescue featuring a special guest appearance by Lord Cucuface (Milly's dad); and we hunted high and low for Madeline's dog Genevieve, who turned out to be a dog pinata (retrofitted with pullstrings to avoid the appearance of animal cruelty).  Then we ate cake.

All of this was surprisingly simple to put together, I swear.  It did take some thought and time (and the writing of a bit of / bad Bemelmans-esque rhyme); but if your child has a birthday coming up, I would definitely encourage you to plan the party around the book.  And if your child's favorite book is Madeline, call me.

Joyeux anniversaire, Milly!

Reader Comments (7)

That's great, Anamaria! Love the photos.

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen Robinson

LOVE the idea of a Madeline party. Wonderful photos!!

June 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjama rattigan

Did I not comment on this already? I guess I did not! It was posted when I was in Santa Fe, which may be why. Anyway,happy belated birthday to Milly. Madeline's Birthday Party does seem to be a natural title that never happened.

July 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSaints and Spinners

Annie - this is precious, thanks for sharing!

October 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

I LOVE this post. Was looking for Madeline party ideas and came across your post. Did you use a pattern for the coat. What material did you use for it?

October 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThabo hall

I'm glad you found the post, Thabo hall! I used craft store felt, which doesn't fray, for the capes. No pattern, just a simple circle (I was able to get two capes per yard of felt) with a felt collar sewn around the neck and red ribbon ties. Email me if you have any questions, and bonne anniversaire to your own little Madeline.

October 9, 2012 | Registered CommenterAnamaria

Annamarie thanks so much. Spent almost 3 hours trying to come up with my own pattern when I thought to check your site again! Now I have them almost done. Thanks!

November 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThabo hall

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