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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Nutcracker in the Castle

Thank you for all the lovely birthday wishes. I enjoyed a wonderful birthday, I went to a castle and I saw Clara, Drosselmeyer, Nutcracker and Sugar Plum Fairy.

Nutcracker in the Castle
The Paine
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 

 In August we visited The Paine for the first time for Dressing Downton.
It was during this visit I learned about Nutcracker in the Castle.
We planned to visit on December 12th for my birthday.

 My husband and I strolled the garden in the late Wisconsin afternoon. Do you notice, no snow, yes, it was a warm evening for December. It was a lovely stroll in the garden.

 Peeking into Sugar Plum Fairy's Cupcake Cafe

 Looking at the backside of The Paine.

 Another peek at Sugar Plum Fairy's Cupcake Cafe

Entering the Castle, with the lovely Elmwood String Quartet playing the Nutcracker.

 We enjoyed punch and cookies and music.
Drosselmeyer is the narrator of the theatrical  performance. We are escorted from room to room in the castle and hear the story of the Nutcracker.

 Each room is decorated so beautiful.
Photos are not allowed except for the first large room.

As we go along we are to look for mice. 
Mouse Hunt....53 mice are hidden all around the castle.
We are treated to a lovely ballet performance in the Land of Afar.

 Chocolate cake with peanut butter filling, peanut butter frosting and candy top

 My husband and I had a treat at the Sugar Plum Fairy's Cupcake Cafe.

Each cupcake had a name and description
I picked out Clara.
My husband picked out Nutcracker.

White cake with strawberry filling, whipped frosting, sparkle sugar and sugar pearls

 The other flavors that you could pick from...
Sugar Plum Fairy
Confetti cake with whip filling, butter cream frosting and sugar pearls
 Chocolate cake, chocolate silk filling and fudge frosting

It was a lovely evening and a special birthday. 

A special prayer request for another December, 12th birthday girl, Diana.
Diana blogs over at Nana Diana Takes A Break

Her family needs extra hugs and prayers.

Thank you! 


  1. This was indeed a very special birthday treat, Carla! It sounds like a dream. I'm glad you shared it with us. I will pray for Diana's family. She's such a special blogger too.

  2. That was indeed a great time on your birthday. I would love to have one of those Nutcrackers.

    Prayers for Diana and her husband and family. For some reason, I've never visited her blog before. She sounds like a hoot. I've been through advanced cancer so I know the trauma associated with it...
    I was diagnosed in december 2002 and not given a good prognosis but I surrendered to Jesus' will and I'm still here. There is always hope. I'll go send her a comment now.

  3. This looks like such a lovely evening!! I think I'd go for that nutcracker cupcake. Yum! It all looks amazing!

  4. So So pretty! Those cupcakes.... I want one now! I'm sorry I missed your birthday. Happy Birthday!!! I'm glad it was wonderful. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy your family!
    Hugs, Sherry

  5. What an amazing place! How super lucky you were to experience it :-)
    big hugs,

  6. I'm so glad you had a wonderful birthday! And so much fun...those cupcakes look so beautiful...too beautiful to eat! :-) Hugs!!

  7. What a beautiful way to celebrate your birthday! The pictures are so wonderful and those treats? Oh my goodness - delicious! I will head over to visit your friend and keep her in my prayers!

  8. I agree! What a fabulous way to spend your birthday! I'm so happy for you! You're making beautiful memories. And I am praying for Nana Diana and her hubby, too. Hugs, Diane

  9. What a fun and special event for your birthday! Did you find the 53 mice?? Your cupcakes look so wonderful. Prayers for your friend.

  10. That's so neat, and a unique interpretation of the Nutcracker. Love the cupcake color! Happy birthday! xoxo Su

  11. What a perfect way to celebrate a birthday, Carla. An day to remember.

  12. What a beautiful way to celebrate your special day. Looks so beautiful and enchanting. Glad you had a wonderful time. Those cupcakes are almost too pretty to eat! Enjoy the rest of the week.

  13. Oh my goodness...how fun!! What an amazing Christmas experience. I hope it was a super birthday. Sure looks that way!! :)

  14. What an amazing experience. I so want to do that. Just look at that tree....gorgeous! What a fun way to celebrate your birthday.

  15. Happy Birthday Carla! The Nutcracker is always so magical, and this Castle is wonderful! That hot drink with the peppermint looks scrumptious. It looks like you had a memorable birthday.



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