Monday, January 10, 2011

Planning for a 5th birthday!

My daughter will be turning "5" in March. This weekend we booked the venue for her "Barbie" dream castle party. Her celebration will be at the historical 1838 Lyndhurst castle designed by famed architect, Alexander Jackson Davis

As you drive on the 67 acre estate in a distance you see the castle. Her party will begin with a 30 minute tour of the castle and will be about where Barbie sleeps, eats, gets dressed (wink, wink!)    
Below is the carriage house, all gatherings are held here or at a small room in the guest house. The Lyndhurst is for touring only, no functions inside due to preservation efforts. 
The archway leads to a courtyard (where we'll play games, weather permitting.) 
Now, before you start tossing snowballs at me for such an extravagent site. I am thrilled to help (in some small way) with the continued preservation of such an architectural gem. I also love exposing children to architecture. And, at a $100 room rental fee it is significantly cheaper than most kiddie party venues. ($100, is if you have a family membership to Lyndhurst.)

I'll be coming up with ideas to transform this space. One of the reasons I start planning early is so that I don't make last minute budget busting decisions. With plenty of time ahead of us, I can explore all options for creating a special "5th" party.   
Her princess party and her tiaras and tutus party (and here, tiaras and tutus) will certainly whet your palette for what is to come. Do you "sink" your teeth into party planning?

33 comments:

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

what a fabulous place - my Niece just turned 5! - such a fun time!!!

*kiss kiss*
Erika
~Tiptoe Butterfly~

Cara said...

I want a barbie princess party in a castle! Am I too old?
<3 Cara
Come follow me @ Lilac and Grey

Stacey said...

Wow! I know it's going to be fantastic-such a great venue! My baby boy turns two March 18th too:-). Happy Monday!XX

bluehydrangea said...

Love it! Can't wait to see what you come up with!!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

What little girl wouldn't love to celebrate her 5th birthday in a castle, darling! She and her friends will cherish the memory.

Style Attic said...

I do love to party plan! Those are some lucky little girls attending :) What a great, stylish, super loving mommy you are!!

quintessence said...

Wow - make sure you take tons of pictures - when she's a teenager and tells you that you never do anything for her you can pull them out!! I know Lyndhurst well since I grew up in that history-rich area. It's an amazing estate and the Historic Hudson Valley association does a fabulous job. There are many wonderful events throughout the year at the various restorations.

Chic Coles said...

Now there is a birthday party.Have a great time.

Natalie said...

Ok, that is too funny! I found you via Blue Hydranga too. I was browsing your blog this weekend and was going to leave a comment but my fussy baby dragged me away from the computer! Gorgeous blog! That castle looks insane, what a lucky daughter you have! You are going to have the best time in Charleston! A few of my favorite restuarants are: Carolinas, Cypress, FIG, and 82 Queen. They are all fairly nice restaurants. Let me know if you want/need sugesstions for less expensive or other stuff to do! xoxo

Marianne - Style For Living said...

What a gorgeous place for a party. Truly fit for any princess! I love planning parties. You are going to have a lot of fun with this one!

Heavenly Housewife said...

Wow, that is going to be one spectacular birthday party. Back in my day, if you got your birthday at Chuck E Cheese, that was like a really big deal.
Your daughter is so lucky!
*kisses* HH

The Buzz said...

While I would love to be able to plan parties likethis one for my boys, all they want is a movie and a sleepover. Much less stress but no as much fun! Perhaps your daughter my invite me?
xxoo

Kathysue said...

Lisa, can't wait to see what all you come up with, this is amazing, just the drive up to the castle will take their breath away. Looking forward to pictures!! Kathysue

Lindsay said...

Your daughter is going to look back with such fond memories with all the effort you put into her party planning. xo

Casa Bella said...

I actively participate in historical preservation groups so bravo! Lisa for your work to preserve that beautiful place.
How lucky your little one to have such a wonderful party in that amazing castle.
Also, thanks for the comment on my blog. I love your sidebar picks with Eddie Ross and Brad Ford. They are so talented! (yes, I am jealous..in a good way).

pretty pink tulips said...

What a magical setting for a special birthday celebration, even Barbie would swoon over!

You know how I love a birthday party!!! Can't wait to see how you transform the space.

xoxo Elizabeth

The enchanted home said...

What a beautiful sight....and a lucky little girl. Hey if you can, go for it! This is a wonderful site, I have had fun exploring it. I just started a blog myself ( a week old yesterday) its about the building of our dream home, and all the things I love having to do with great design, decor and lifes beautiful things..which I can see you love too! Let me know what you think and good luck at the party!!

www.theenchantedhome.blogspot.com

Lili said...

Oh I can't wait to see what you'll come up with! Her other parties are pretty fabulous!!!

Debby said...

Oh, what a lucky little girl you have... and such a sweet age! Heck, I want my next birthday here... I love Barbie... a girl never outgrows being a princess. xo

Party Resources said...

You know I sink my teeth in to party planning. What a beautiful venue and I can't wait to see what you plan! xx

Hampton said...

what a great venue! can't wait to see how you transform the space-will be spectacular

Stevie said...

Your daughter is so lucky! I'm in my 40s already but I'd love to have a Barbie party at Lyndhurst. I bet it will be amazing!!!

The Zhush said...

Good lord! What's a girl have to do around here to get an invite to this Princess Party...dying to see how you transform this space...the venue will probably just leave up whatever you do...if they are smart that is!:)

Chassity (Look Linger Love) said...

What a beautiful blog you have over here. So gald we've finally connected ;)

And this party for your little girl is going to be Off The Hook! I cannot wait to see more details.

North of 25A said...

I love this idea. And the fact that you are helping to support such a worthy gem is terrific. I have collected Barbies for years - thank you e-Bay - what fun!
Best,
Colleen

Amanda Teal said...

OMG...can I come?! That will be the best 5th birthday party ever. Please post photos of the big day...can't wait to see how it turns out!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Wow what a Blessed birthday your little girl is going to have! What an awesome mom to plan such a wonderful day!Look forward to seeing pictures. What a beautiful castle.

pinkstilettos said...

WOW..thanks for letting me know about your party coming up. You will defiantly have to post lots of pictures!! If you come across any interesting sites to check out for inspiration please let me! Thanks

pinkstilettos said...

Oh, BTW the castle looks beautiful covered in the snow! Makes it even more magical!
Daisy~

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Gorgeous venue and tutus/tiaras sound like a good lead into this party.

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Lisa- No snowballs thrown here! I used to show at Artrider Crafts At Lyndhurst and was so happy to know some of my booth fee supported such an amazing place. I'd always get up early Saturday for the buildings tour held for the artists before the show started.

With such a magnificent backdrop, I'm sure you'll have a very special party for your daughter. Please show pictures!

Loretta

p.s.love the little sidebar about your blog name, Hamptontoes!

Sherri Cassara said...

How fun! Five is the perfect age for that ... the little girls will be so excited!

Hippie Chick Party Supplies said...

Wow! The place that you choose is so great. I am sure that you daughter is going to be so happy in her coming birthday. I can't wait to see the whole party decoration.