Let the wild rumpus start! Parties in literature have long been copied (You all went to a Gatsby party recently, right?), but you can still visit some of the places found in both fiction and non-fiction literary parties.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
The exterior of Holly Golightly’s Manhattan apartment looks like Truman Capote wanted it to in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. 169 East 71st Street, Manhattan, is still a place fans of the movie or the book can stop to reminisce on the party where Holly Golightly wore a bedsheet to her own cocktail party. Trivia and facts from the movie report that most of the really crazy party scenes in the movie were not originally in the book, so true lit fans should imagine a slightly less wild party when they visit the 71st Street location.
Most of the interior scenes were shot in a studio, but Hooked on Houses reports that some of the shots could indeed have been shot from the windows of the townhouse, looking into the rooms.
Laura Ingalls – Town Party/Country Party
Laura Ingalls was invited to her first town party in Wilder’s book, On the Banks of Plum Creek.In what is now Walnut Grove, Minnesota, Laura and Mary went to the infamous Nellie Oleson’s home where they saw their first carpet, store-bought toys and dolls and books. The party ended with sugar-white cake and lemonade in a dining room. In return, the Ingalls girls held a country party two weeks later. The girls played tag, helped Carrie wade in Plum Creek and got a little revenge on Nellie when she stepped in a part of the creek filled with leeches.They did eventually make it back to Laura’s house where they at their fill of fresh milk and vanity cakes Ma made.
The house where the fictional Oleson’s lived belonged to the real Owens family in Walnut Grove. It was torn down many years ago, but people still do wade in Plum Cree where the country party took place. Sara Uthoff, Laura Ingalls Wlider expert and Iowa librarian, waded there many times herself in honor of the country party.. “If they want to recreate Laura’s party, I’d suggest stopping by Nellie’s Cafe for take-out and then heading out to the creek to eat. Bring your own blanket to picnic on,” she said.
There is no Wonderland. Or is there? When Alice falls down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland, we’re led through a crazy world with a Cheshire cat, a mock turtle, a conflicted queen and of course a mad hatter who lives in a time circle where it’s always tea time. At the tea party, Alice is put in the middle of an endless, pointless conversation between the March Hare, the Mad Hatter and the Dormouse until she leaves to go through a door in a tree.
Your conversations at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at the Sanderson Hotel in London don’t have to be pointless. The Sanderson hosts a tea party like no other. Find the menus hidden in vintage books, classic cucumber sandwiches, eclairs, scones, red velvet cake and of course teas brewed just for the occasion.