Make it a Birthday to Remember
with a Little Women Party!

 

Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has been a favorite book for generations.  Jo March and her sisters, Meg, Beth, and Amy have enriched the lives of generations all over the world, exemplifying the value of hard work and devotion to family balanced by independence of mind and deep inner strength -- beneficial qualities for everyone.

Whether a child or adult birthday party, the following ideas and items from our Museum Store will help plan a memorable event inspired by Little Women and the Alcott era.

 

Invitations
 

Make homemade invitations from card stock, using our Little Women art stickers with Jessie Willcox Smith’s famous ilustration of the March sisters (right).

Consider asking guests to dress in 19th Century clothing, too.  It's easy to do by using blouses and long skirts with hair ribbons, or shirts, vests, and knickers/pants with a cap.

Little Women Games & Activities
from Louisa May Alcott's Time

"Rigmarole"
Partygoers sit in a circle.  One person starts a story, the next one adds on to it, and the story is continued all the way around the circle.  The last person must end the story.

"Compliments"
Participants sit in a circle.  The first player turns to the person on the left and “introduces” her/him to the group using the first letter of the first name to create a compliment word.  (For example:  “This is Ned.  He is very neat.")  The game continues all the way around the circle until everyone is complimented.

 

 


"Hoops" and "Graces"
These are active games, to be played outdoors, using hoops and sticks.  The booklet Toys & Games from Times Past, available from our Museum Store (below), has instructions for Hoop games and much more.  (See also Tea Parties for Children and Children's Parlor Games and Pastimes)

Craft Fun
The children can make small dolls from yarn and clothespins, or paper Victorian fans, decorated with lace, beads, and glitter.

 


Authors Card Game

Similar to "Go Fish," this game features Louisa May Alcott and many other famous writers andoriginated in New England in the 1850s!

Little Women DVD
See the Media page for selected titles


Theatricals
Have fun with drama, just as the Alcott girls!  Dramatize your favorite scene from Little Women, or write your own play and make costumes, scenery, and props!

Refreshments



A homemade cake decorated with flowers or apples is a perfect Little Women centerpiece.  Homemade ice cream and apple desserts, such as baked or caramel apples also fit the period theme.

 

 
Ideas for Party Favors and more available from our Museum Store

 



 

Books & Booklets

Every book includes an Orchard House bookplate and bookmark

Little Women  (Dover unabridged)  $6.00

Little Women  (Dover abridged) $3.00

Toys and Games from Times Past  $5.95

Children's Tea Parties  $5.95

Children's Parlor Games and Pastimes  $5.95

Victorian Ghost Stories  $5.95

 


 

 

 

 



 

Other Items of Interest

Orchard House Patch $2.00 (pictured at left)

Apple Slump recipe $2.50
A favorite Alcott dessert, and Louisa's nickname for Orchard House!
Small poster suitable for framing

 

Authors Card Game (pictured above) $6.50

 

Postcard of Louisa's Room  75 cents each
(pictured at left)

Little Women Pencils  50 cents each

Little Women Stickers  $2.80 per sheet of 6

Popular illustration by Jessie Willcox Smith

Wooden Hoop & Stick Game  $19.95

The Graces Game $20.25

Little Women Gift Pack:   $17.50

Contains Little Women blank journal with pen, pencil, ruler, and Dover unabridged edition  (pictured at left)

 

 

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