Here I am with my friends Kathy and Elly.
Well…Grace’s combination birthday, book launch, and bon voyage party was a smash! It was wonderful to see some of the Robert’s Snow artists—including Leo Landry, Nicole Tadgell, Mary Newell DePalma—as well as Linda Wingerter, and Anna Alter, two of the Blue Rose Girls. Alvina Ling came—and Libby Koponen was there…with a “blue rose” in her hair! Actually, all of us Blue Rose Girls were ordered to wear the “blue roses” that Grace had made for us.
Libby, Grace, & I
Barbara O’Connor, author of HOW TO STEAL A DOG and other fine books, came too…as did Pat Keogh of the The Foundation for Children’s Books. I met Lolly Robinson, who is the Designer and Production Manager for The Horn Book Magazine, and her friend Elizabeth. I finally got the opportunity to meet and chat with Eisha of 7-Imp. (Eisha’s even cuter in person than she appears in the pictures you’ve seen of her at her blog—and she looks about eighteen!)
Steve Engel, the man who cut all the wooden snowflakes for the Robert’s Snow auctions, traveled all the way from New York with his lovely wife and two friends. Both friends won prizes in the raffle—a limited edition print from FORTUNE COOKIE FORTUNES and the original painting of the party invitation. That was one group of celebrators that fortune smiled upon yesterday.
Mary Newell DePalma, Steve Engel, & Nicole Tadgell
This is the delightful limited edition print from FORTUNE COOKIES FORTUNES that was raffled off at the party.This is an image of the original painting of Grace's party invitation that a lucky individual won in the raffle.
One can be sure that there would be lots and lots and lots of cupcakes at a party that Grace Lin hosted. In fact, Grace said she, with the assistance of several kitchen helpers, baked and frosted 144 lemon, carrot, and “pink” velvet cupcakes. We had other edibles, too: sandwiches, and cheese and crackers, and artichoke dip, and tapenade, and a huge basket of delectable gourmet cookies, and two enormous—and elegant—fruit arrangements. (See the picture below of one of the food tables.) I brought the wine. Libby, Eisha, a few others and I enjoyed the Prosecco—a delicious Italian sparkling wine.
Once again, several of my photos came out blurry…so I don’t have as many pictures to post as I would have liked. I think I finally resolved my digital camera dilemma this morning!
Here’s a picture of Grace and her younger sister Ki-Ki. Ki-Ki is every bit as pretty and sweet as her older sister.
Grace & Ki-Ki
Grace was due to leave late this morning for San Antonio to join Robert who is already there. He will start his treatment in the clinical trial tomorrow. We are all hoping and praying for Robert
The Blue Rose Girls
From the Blue Rose Girls to Grace and Robert: We will miss you... and keep you in our thoughts.