"Emilia ja kolme pikkuista tätiä" (Emilia and the three little ladies) by Camilla Mickwitz was one of my favourite books when I was little, and well, I still like it a whole lot! It's the story of three little old ladies who decide to throw a party for kids in their neighbourhood. They make costumes and yummy treats and teddy bears for their little guests.
"Emilia sewed teddy bears. A lot of bears. Big and little, tall and short, chequered and stripy, dotty and floral."
This page has stuck with me since I was a kid. The little old lady surrounded by all those wonderful teddy bears was something I wanted to aspire to myself too, to make so many bears they'd fill a room!
I would love to throw a fancy dress party with tea and cakes and soft toys for all of you! It'd be so much fun! We'd dress up, have biscuits and cake and tea, and play with plushies.
I know that having a big party for all of you isn't really possible, since a lot of you live very far away, and so wouldn't be able to attend, but that doesn't stop me dreaming about a great big international teddy bear party none the less. :)