Anne of Green Gables Party

Anne of Green Gables Party by She Holds Dearly

 

Here’s to all the kindred spirits out there.

I grew up enamored with Anne of Green Gables, I read and re-read the books, had the movies entirely memorized and would pretend I was Diana Barry and my best friend was Anne Shirley.

One time we planned a three day stint out in my family’s playhouse, full on Anne of Green Gables mode. We packed our antiques for days, made bread, picked blueberries, strung a clothes line.

I was in heaven.

Our parents were so proud of us and finally our big reenactment commenced.

We set up  our little home just as the storm clouds rolled in. . . .

yep, . . .it absolutely POURED the whole three days.

We had sworn that we would not go back to my parents’ house, you know, “back to civilization”, and we kept our promise.

But, my brother kept worrying about us and visiting us, saying he was Matthew Cuthbert, just checking in.

So, when my daughter turned thirteen last year it was a no-brainer what themed party I wanted to throw.

Incidentally, I celebrated my 39th birthday last week at the Haven conference!

So, I thought a little throw back would be apropos.

The Anne of Green Gables Party

Everyone was invited to a picnic on our property.

Anne of Green Gables Party by She Holds Dearly

We found my daughter a dress off Etsy with puff sleeves, the puffiest in the world (wink), and dyed her hair red the night before as I stirred the raspberry cordial and started the homemade ice cream.

Her guests arrived in character, which of course, proves they are bosom friends.

I wrote on three chalk boards using my How to Write Anything on a Chalkboard post. And made a bunting with paper doilies to hang in the trees. . .

because “I suppose it would impossible to keep house with only thirty-seven doilies.”

Anne of Green Gables Party by She Holds Dearly

Anne of Green Gables Party by She Holds Dearly

We used bedsheets and thrifted dust ruffles for our table cloths and pulled out the heirloom family crystal from Ireland.

Anne of Green Gables Party by She Holds Dearly

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Anne of Green Gables Party by She Holds Dearly

Table decor included old books and seashells . . .

Anne of Green Gables Party by She Holds Dearly

Menu

Sea Shell Pasta Salad

Chicken Salad Sandwiches

“Matthew’s lady bugs” (see the tomato hor’derve above)

Apples and Dip

Cucumber Lemon Water

and, of course the infamous

Raspberry Cordial

Recipes were taken from

The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook

Anne of Green Gables Party by She Holds Dearly

Anne of Green Gables Party by She Holds Dearly

Dessert included carrot cake cupcakes and two kinds of homemade ice cream.

One of which was made by the girls taking turns hand cranking throughout the party.

Anne of Green Gables Party by She Holds Dearly

I found this beautiful painting at a garage sale for a couple of dollars, right before the party! Score.

Anne of Green Gables Party by She Holds Dearly

 Anne of Green Gables Party by She Holds Dearly

Anne of Green Gables Party by She Holds Dearly

Anne of Green Gables Party by She Holds Dearly

While everyone was picnicking, I ran around and hide clues all over for the scavenger hunt. The chickens were all riled and kept trying to follow me.

Anne of Green Gables Party by She Holds Dearly

Then, we had to do the three-legged race, I love that the two boys fell down immediately, just like Gilbert and Moody.

Anne of Green Gables Party by She Holds Dearly

The winners got to start us off on the scavenger hunt. . .

Anne of Green Gables Party by She Holds Dearly

There was Dolly hidden in the cabbages.  . .

Do you see the Jersey cow?

Anne of Green Gables Party by She Holds Dearly

The Lady of Chalot, down by the creek . . .

Anne of Green Gables Party by She Holds Dearly

 

Anne of Green Gables Party by She Holds Dearly

and some other fun clues, the final stop was the clothes line, where I had hidden an amethyst broach!

Anne of Green Gables Party by She Holds Dearly

We ended the night with an outdoor movie in the garden . . .

Anne of Green Gables Party by She Holds Dearly

Anne of Green Gables Party by She Holds Dearly

And each guest left with homemade lavender shortbread for their party favor.

Anne of Green Gables Party by She Holds Dearly

 

Anne of Green Gables Party by She Holds Dearly

If you have never had the pleasure of watching the

Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Green Gables- the Sequel dvds,

I highly recommend them to everyone.

Even my father-in-law says his favorite movie is “Anne”.

Oops, I was probably supposed to keep that one a secret.

Haha!

And if you are now dreaming of throwing your own Anne party, you are welcome to visit my Pinterest board for more inspiration.

Anne of Green Gables Party by She Holds Dearly

 

Also, I am happy to announce that our winner for the Jord watch e-voucher is Marcia!

Congratulations, my dear!

 

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18 Comments

  1. JaneEllen
    August 10, 2016 / 2:16 PM

    Wow your place includes great yard, how many acres do you have, and a creek behind too? It looks heavenly.
    What an incredible party, one to really remember. Good movie for kids to watch, I always loved them also. The costumes were excellent, helped all to stay in character all day?
    Now I need to peruse your “you also may enjoy” posts. Happy daze

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 11, 2016 / 6:23 AM

      JaneEllen, We have just under 4 acres and yes, there is a little creek along one side. It was definitely a selling point for me! Thank you for all your sweet compliments and for stopping by.

  2. Tonya
    August 10, 2016 / 2:26 PM

    There is nothing I don’t absolutely adore about this party! I want to do this for my 47th birthday that’s coming up far too quickly for my liking. Just dreamy, such wonderful memories you have made. And your dress, sigh…

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 11, 2016 / 6:24 AM

      Oh my, you are the sweetest! And, yes to the idea of an Anne party for your 47th!! We never outgrow this theme.:)

  3. August 10, 2016 / 3:46 PM

    We loved the Anne of Green Gabels books and movies growing up! One of my fondest memories is going to my grandparents cabin in the Adirondak Mountains, waking up early so there was still most on the lake, taking our rowboat out and listening to my grandma read to us about Anne. Your party took me back there! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

    Katie
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    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 11, 2016 / 6:25 AM

      Katie, that sounds completely dreamy! How wonderful that you have those memories with your grandparents.

  4. Bonnie
    August 11, 2016 / 3:19 PM

    This is so wonderful that you did this for your daughter. I know it is something she will never forget. My 3 daughters and I watched the Anne of Green Gables movies multiple times and we always loved them. For my birthday one year, I was given the two complete sets of DVDs. I get them out and watch them when I’m cooped up and unable to get out of the house due to icy weather which doesn’t happen too often in the Dallas Fort Worth area where I live.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 18, 2016 / 8:36 AM

      What a wonderful birthday gift! I love that you have those memories with your daughters, as well.:)

  5. August 11, 2016 / 7:17 PM

    Oh Sarah, this is the most wonderful and charming party I’ve ever seen! I love all the incredible details & the food looks amazing!!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 18, 2016 / 8:37 AM

      Oh my goodness, Meg! You are so sweet, thank you so much for all your kind words.

  6. August 12, 2016 / 10:01 AM

    Oh my! Oh my! House fabulous is this party?? You put so much love and effort into this – your daughter must have loved it. So very well done!
    Catherine

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 18, 2016 / 8:38 AM

      Thank you, Catherine, it was one theme I have been wanting to do for a long time and it turned out to be such a beautiful memory for our whole family. Thank you for taking the time to read about it. xoxo

  7. Debbie
    August 17, 2016 / 12:51 PM

    Just loved this party idea. When my daughter was around 10 years old I threw her a birthday party that involved a tug of war over a giant lake. The lake was made of a cardboard refrigerator box and I made an alligator out of cardboard as well. We had a three legged race and a treasure hunt map. I so enjoyed those days. Brought back a lot of good memories! I have just found your blog today, how lucky am I?

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 18, 2016 / 8:41 AM

      Oh, Debbie, that sounds completely charming in every way! What a sweet mama you are. I am so happy you have found the blog and look forward to knowing you more. xoxo

  8. August 23, 2016 / 5:44 PM

    OH MY WORD! This is amazing!!! I LOVE every little detail.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 25, 2016 / 8:16 AM

      Heather, you are the best! Thank you for all your enthusiasm, so glad you enjoyed a peek into one of our parties.

  9. Vicki
    October 19, 2016 / 7:18 PM

    It was absolute eye candy to look on your Anne Party pictures and comments! You inspired me greatly, and I loved that you held yours outside in warm weather! For a very long time my daughter and I have had Anne of Green Gables Parties as well, and it has truly been the highlight of my year. There are usually 10-12 ladies invited, and we start out in our farmhouse dining room for a sit down dinner, move to the living room and sing carols together, and then journey out to our little cabin where dessert is served and we answer Anne related questions (such as….who was your favorite teacher and why?). The last part is where the women share their hearts. My daughter is having an Anne Party on Nov 4th on our Sleepy Hollow Farm, so your Anne blog comes at a perfect time of sweetness. May you continue this God given gift of creativity. Thank you for allowing me to comment.

  10. November 3, 2016 / 2:29 AM

    I love this post so much! I don’t know how I missed seeing these movies and didn’t even know they existed until May of this year when a friend recommended them to me to watch with our 9 year old twin granddaughters. They spent a week with us this summer and we watched all of them sitting atop an old iron bed together. Their little brothers loved watching them with us. You created a magical event and the memories those bosom buddies share will make these girls smile for years to come.
    You have certainly sparked my interest to pursue some of these ideas for fun activities. The movie on the lawn on an old sheet is a new thought for me. I’m so glad I found you on MMS blog. God bless!

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