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The Lorax Party at Blissdom: Everything My Daughter Hoped It Wouldn't Be

Which is to say, since she couldn’t be there she hoped it wouldn’t be awesome, BUT OMG IT SO WAS.

(Sorry, kid. If it helps dull the pain, keep in mind that legally-speaking you *did* have school to attend that day.) (No? That makes it worse? Salt on the wound you say? Umm, OOPS?)

The party happened Friday in one of the giant Ballrooms at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. And that’s the one and only time you’ll ever see me use “Ballrooms” and “Gaylord” in the same sentence and NOT make some kind of obnoxious crack, because at heart I’m an eleven-year-old boy with very little impulse control. As you’ll see from the photos (and video) below, it was a fairly spectacular event – complete with Seussian decor, drinks, and entertainment (I LOVE YOU, JOE JONAS! CALL ME!), and a visit from the Lorax himself. Try to contain your jealousy, folks, it’s not becoming.

Note: Apologies in advance for the fuzzy-ish quality of these – they were all taken with my cell phone, and I’m of the mind that the best camera is the one you have on-hand, know what I mean?


  • Enter The Lorax 1 of 8
    Enter The Lorax
    I was kind of stunned when I walked into the party and saw the decor. It was like walking out of the real world and into a picture book - straight up magical. And I hadn't even had a glass of wine yet.
  • Truffula Trees in Full Effect 2 of 8
    Truffula Trees in Full Effect
    I mean, LOOK AT THOSE FREAKIN' TREES. LOOK AT THEM. I'm not kidding when I say I want those in my house, like, yesterday. They would so totally go with my couch, shut up.
  • When Charlie Met The Lorax 3 of 8
    When Charlie Met The Lorax
    My boyfriend Charlie - who you'll recall has quite a thing for the Lorax (aka The Dirty Hippie) - all but nuzzled the Lorax when they met. I'm not saying I was made uncomfortable or anything, but it was a pretty darn squishy moment for a 40 year old man to have with a storybook character. THAT'S ALL I'M SAYIN'.
  • SQUEE! JOE JONAS OMG!1!!! 4 of 8
    SQUEE! JOE JONAS OMG!1!!!
    Yes, this happened, and yes, he's 22 and it's completely legal. (During his set a friend turned to me amid a sea of squealing middle-aged women and shouted in my ear, "This isn't... wrong, is it?" Well, I'm happy to confirm that - *legally speaking* - NO. NO, IT IS NOT.)
  • Joe Jonas Serenades The Ladies of Blissdom 5 of 8
    Joe Jonas Serenades The Ladies of Blissdom
    A few choice clips, for your edification, amusement, and enjoyment:

  • Coveting Jonas Photos 6 of 8
    Coveting Jonas Photos
    My friends Amy from Greeblemonkey and Fadra from All Things Fadra cuddling their pics of Joe after his performance. *le sigh*
  • I Finally Met The Lorax! 7 of 8
    I Finally Met The Lorax!
    I win at all things in this photo: I'm not only squeezing the Lorax and at a killer Dr. Seuss-themed party, but I HAS WINE. (People, Dirty Hippies KNOW how to party.)
  • Where It All Began 8 of 8
    Where It All Began
    I brought this home to the kid, so maybe she won't hate me forever for all of this. Next time, kid, I PROMISE. Anything cartoon or Disney, you're IN. *crosses heart*

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Read more from Tracey Gaughran-Perez at her personal blog Sweetney.com

**A big thanks to Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax for sponsoring this campaign.  Click here to see more of the discussion.**

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