We kicked off the celebration by being with youngsters - an auditorium full of them to be exact!
The usher escorted us to the front row, on the aisle. The performers were dancing on the stage while playing ukuleles and guitars as a pre-show when we arrived.
Following this toe-tappin' and knee-slappin' time, the production of THE HUNDRED DRESSES
(at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts and performed my the Chicgo Children's Theatre ensemble) was underway. If you read my New Year's blog, you will know I have a special connection to this children's book story written by Eleanor Estes in 1944.
It was just so good. Diann humored my birthday wish to go to a children's play performance
with no rolled eyeballs. That's the mark of a truly supportive sister to go to a play with only kids in the audience when we came with no kids ourselves. She's a keeper, that's for certain!
Following the 10:00 AM show, we walked to a nearby French restaurant for lunch: BISTRO ZINC.
The food was just delicious and the wait staff very attentive.
And look what the end of the meal included!
A flaky cherry tart! Ooh la la!!
Seeing as we are the sisters who exchange themed gifts, I couldn't wait for the next part
coming up: the "reveal" of theme 2017. We headed out to the City Nest from here.
Oui!! It's the theme of P E A C E and also my Word of the Year.
Wrapped in cheery turquoise and yellow papers with accents of grey and white, it was perfect
for banishing the blah of this winter season grayness.
Did you notice all the cute tags on the gifts? Yep, she made them!
Each gift had a special connection to the word peace. A set of three blog-to-book(s) featuring the adventures of the Nelson Sisters was the cherry on top this birthday treat.