Saturday afternoon we had a bit of free time and Henry had a wander around the Atrium
He admired the waterfall and foliage
Contemplating....perhaps he is deciding what to wear to dinner for the 'Happy Birthday, Sasha M.! '
He isn't alone for long....
Goodness, he thinks, this doesn't look like a Sasha person to me! I wonder who she can be?
Turns out this is Vicki, whose person is Tom Beach and she had come along for the ride and was very happy to meet Henry and put him straight at ease with her friendly American manner after his first startled look.
It wasn't long before it was time for dinner. The room was set out beautifully and everyone found tables with Sasha friends they wanted to sit with.
There was a lovely birthday cake to celebrate Sasha's birthday.
Gathering round the table with the balloons
The pretty girls at our table in their party best clothes.
Some more lovely girls at another table.
They are all ready to party!
Norvell's pretty Harlequin girl, Emma.
Jenny D was our table hostess and gave us a lovely little bag with a bead necklace, some ribbons and hair ties.
The lovely Sasha standing beside Henry is wearing one of Jenny's lovely necklace gifts.
Loving these babies enjoying the celebration.
Gorgeous blonde in a dress by Marty.
Ginger's lovely blonde Sasha.
Another beautiful Sasha in lilac
After the dinner we were treated to a presentation by Anne Votaw and a wonderful display of Studio Dolls.
This lovely girl called Erin, I came very close to buying...well at least I held her and dreamt up schemes to enable me to do so. Sadly or fortunately wisdom prevailed and she ended up with Jackie K, which worked out perfectly as she had missed out on her a few years back, so I was thrilled for her. Sometimes things are just meant to work out the way they do.
After admiring these gorgeous dolls we sat down to listen to the presentation.
I will let the pictures do the 'talking'.
I find this all so interesting and am amazed at all the variety of clothes, footwear, features, hair etc... that these wonderful dolls have. Thank you Sasha M for your inspiration that has brought years of joy, love and friendship to all who have discovered these beautiful dolls.
Now what did we get for our Festival Souvenir Gift on Saturday evening?
Well the most amazing smocked dresses by Millie Dingham.
These were really a sight to behold. Every single one of them was presented in a lovely box with matching ribbon tied round the box. The dress was beautiful hand smocked both front and back, and included matching underwear and slip, plus shoes and socks. Each one was individual and I think we were all pretty overwhelmed and amazed by these wonderful dresses and the beautiful work Millie Dingham. I don't think most of us could even comprehend making 100 of these dresses, let alone smock and embroider them all.
I will give a quick preview - but photos of the dresses will appear in tomorrow's post - as it was Sunday morning many of these dresses were displayed.