In celebration of Vegan MoFo, I’m doing a month of themed dinner party ideas! The theme of the first week is… The Wizard of Oz!
My best friend’s little girl, Allison, has recently become a big Wizard of Oz fan. She’s just a toddler, but somehow the Witch’s antics and flying monkeys don’t strike any fear into her pint-sized heart. She knows the movie so well that when she and her family arrived for the Wizard of Oz Apple Pickin’ Picnic, I was eager to play my childhood Wizard of Oz record album for her. The album has some of the lines from the movie and all of those iconic songs for which it’s loved. As soon as she heard the four or five opening notes of the prologue, a light glinted in her eyes and she said, “Wizard?”
When Over the Rainbow began, Allison exclaimed, “I can’t see! I can’t see!” I worried something had happened to her eyes when my friend lifted her little girl up to see the record player. My friend said, “See, there’s nothing to see. It’s just the music.” Of course, Allison had never experienced an album before! Those songs and words were supposed to come from a television screen! With every beat of the music, Allison told us the plot points. “Bonked head.” “Wicked Witch.” And so on and so forth.
With that, we set out for the orchard, hoping we wouldn’t find any haunted apple trees, angry with us for stealing their apples.
Main Course: Tin Woodman’s Tortilla Twigs
Dessert: Heart-shaped Watermelon Slices
Every person who tried the Wicked Witch of the West Smoothie, made with kale, mango, and banana got to wear the Badge of Courage. Allison truly earned hers, going back for seconds!
After the lunch was done, we took a ride on a tractor around the orchard and bid goodbye to the Wizard of Oz party week! I’ll be back next week with a couple of new party theme ideas. Until then, if you could ask the Wizard for anything, what would it be?