My Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party

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My Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party

February 05, 2010 General by Shelby

When I turned eight, my mom threw me the most fantastic Alice in Wonderland birthday party.   Having never forgotten the details of that day, when I grew up, I was inspired to create my own Mad Hatter’s Tea Parties for my friends.   I am so tickled to be sharing some of my tea party ideas with everyone today because I have such fond memories of my adventures in Wonderland!

I remember my eighth birthday party like it was yesterday.  My friends had to crawl through a rabbit hole just to get into the party.  The White Rabbit (my aunt) greeted them and gave them each a door prize number to wear around their neck.  One lucky little girl was going home with a live animal.  Can you guess what it could possibly be?  Yes – a white baby bunny!  And that was just the beginning.  This party had gigantic hand-painted backdrops, oversized props, costumed characters played by family and adult friends, skits performed by me (I was Alice of course) and others, games and singing –- it was truly the event that inspired me to become a party planner…and I was only eight! Boy, Mom was good!

This month’s episode of Shelby’s Secrets, YouCanPlanA Tea Party – A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party -- is of course a spin off of the original…a grown up version to be sure! I wonder what memories you’ll create that will stick with you and your guests for thirty years? Have fun putting it together and I’d love to hear how it comes out!

P.S. My mom and I went on to write a series of books together called The Enlightened Party Planner. Book three is called Our Favorite Parties. It is a richly detailed volume devoted to fifteen of our favorite theme parties given for our friends and family, three of them Mad Hatter Tea Parties! Written in narrative style, each offers clever ideas for themes, invitations, costumes, décor, music, food and beverages, activities, and special touches – the six elements of a successful party!

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Are You Afraid of Competition?

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Are You Afraid of Competition?

February 04, 2010 General by Shelby

I’m a firm believer that we can hear the same thing twenty times and not REALLY hear it.  But for whatever reason on the twenty-first time, it clicks, and we have that “aha” moment. (Thank you Oprah.) Likewise, we can read book after book on the same topic without much breakthrough.  Then an author comes along who connects with us, things start making sense, and we begin to see things in a whole new way – a shift in our perception occurs.  Brilliant!

I feel certain that everyone’s brain processes information differently.  So as a writer or speaker, if you don’t connect with everyone in your audience, don't take it personally.  You know, different strokes for different folks.  Diversity makes the world go round.  You can’t be all things to all people.  I think these statements are true.  In fact, that’s why a little competition is good.

I’m not afraid of the competition because I think we all have a message to deliver and there’s plenty of “listening” to go around.  To that end, it is my hope that people see YouCanPlanAParty.com as one of their valuable resources for party planning; their main resource actually, so that I can keep teaching people how to throw great parties.  That is my goal -- to connect with you and provide my information in a simple, easy-to-implement format.  I am confident that my approach will work for most of you, for which I am grateful, but if not, there’s always the competition.

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