"... they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland….But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city."
Did you know that the second "Louis" isn't just repeating the name of the city for musicality sake, it is the name of a guy, who comes home from a hard day at work to find that his wife has packed her bags and left a note to meet her at the World's Fair in St. Louis.
It't not clear how happy he was about this, so the song leaves you a little sad.
But the movie is just all fun!
M is a long time fan, but recently she has become newly enamored, especially of the music. So this was a natural theme. It was just hard to figure out how to decorate.
I originally thought of trying to make a trolley car cake out of pound cake, but that would not have met the Kennedy Family Minimum Requirements for Birthday Cakes: chocolate cake with chocolate icing. So I ended up with the cheap trick of printing out pictures from the movie and placing them in the cake.
And again you are served up blurry pictures. Sorry.
Then I attempted to make the window in our breakfast room look like the front of an old fashioned trolley car. Use your imagination...c'mon, I know you can do it!
The picture taped on the window in the middle section is this:
So the red streamers on top are the trim on top in the picture, and the blue streamers are the railings, then there is a little sign above the words trolley that says "St. Louis Municipal Railway".
Again, the highlight of the day is the "treasure hunt" for gifts. The folder below contained the lyrics to her favorite songs from the movie and an answer sheet.
The clues, which are strewn around the house, are based on the lyrics. Like this:
“and every morning, he would be
down underneath a __________”
“down in the _________ lived a maid
of royal blood though dusky shade”
flies in the ___________,
shoo, shoo, shoo
flies in the ___________,”
Where do you find it?
The answer to the clue led her to a particular room and in the room was another clue. It is hard to see, but the first clue above led to a bamboo tree. We just happen to have a fake bamboo tree so it worked out great.
The blurry sign says "bamboo tree" and the envelope below is the next clue.
Flys in the buttermilk, shoo fly shoo!
And, of course, the last clue led her to the Dance Hall at the World's Fair, or as Tootie calls it in the movie, The Louisiana Purchase Exposition. She didn't have to dance the hoochy-koochy, but her gifts were there.
Naturally, we had to watch the movie too!
All in all, it was a fun day!
Happy 15th Birthday to the sweetest, funniest, wisest girl in the world!