Published : 18/01/2009 18:40:09
Categories : Party Themes and Occasions
Two summers ago, my brother in law invited us to a party. It was in the middle of July. We thought it might be a surprise birthday party for my daughter and two of our nieces. They all have consecutive birthdays, so maybe he and his wife decided to have one big celebration?
No, this get together was not for anyone’s birthday. Francis wanted to celebrate the storming of the Bastille! We all had to do a little bit of research to figure out exactly how to celebrate July 14th. For you history buffs, Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille in 1789. The Bastille was a symbol of the absolute power of Louis the 16th, and the storming marked the beginning of the Great Revolution. You can Google the rest. We did. I was interested to learn that there were only seven prisoners in the Bastille that day, so it was not as if a whole generation of political prisoners was liberated. We decided to use this bit of knowledge with seven of our nieces and nephews. We contacted them ahead of time, and asked them to play the part of the prisoners. Then, when my family arrived at Uncle Francis's house, we "stormed" the front door dressed in our Tricolors. We "liberated" the prisoners, along with three bottles of wine that we saw on a table. Fortunately the guards were not interested in a fight. In the spirit of fraternity, we returned with the prisoners and the wine. While the adults all enjoyed the sampling of wines and cheeses, the children were all given medals and party bags to commemorate their participation in this event. The kids all had a great time although my daughter asked if we were going to break into a house for her birthday party in three days.