To a Birthday Party
I'm going to THE party of the year - Henry Hopmann's First Birthday party. A first birthday only comes once in a lifetime - and I have NO idea what to wear!
Please forgive our extreme tardiness in replying to your query. Henry is probably a sexually active tax attorney by now.
But, for all the children's birthday parties in your future, keep this v. puffy-sleeved blouse in mind. We like puffy sleeves so much this year, and have mentioned them in so many previous posts, that we might as well rename this website puffysleeves.com, were that not already taken*. Anyhoo, dress for the child (colorful, strange, magical), and for the mama and papa, who will only be flattered and delighted if you show up a tad overdressed.
Whenever we are lucky enough to get an invitation to a child's party, we like to arrive bearing inappropriate gifts, like rice cookers, embroidered hand towels, or a delicate first-edition 19th-century novels. The ensuing flutter of confusion is nice, and then it dawns on Mom: The gift is not for her chubby little darling, it's for her! Did you really expect Jeepers to set foot in a toy store?
*puffysleeves.com is actually still an available url.