Eey­ore’s birth­day in

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Nail­ing an im­promptu birth­day celebration is way more dif­fi­cult than nail­ing on a don­key’s tail, es­pe­cially when the don­key in ques­tion is Eey­ore, one of the gloomi­est chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture char­ac­ters of all time. When the an­i­mals of the Hun­dred AcreWoods re­alise they’ve for­got­ten Eey­ore’s birth­day, they try to make amends with makeshift gifts – a bal­loon that sub­se­quently bursts and a honey pot that ends up empty. But all ends well, and Eey­ore un­ex­pect­edly sees the best in his two presents. Al­though the Dis­ney ver­sion fea­tures an ac­tual party, the mes­sage in this chil­dren’s clas­sic is loud and clear: a birth­day celebration is what you make of it.

The Fly­ing Party in

“the long­est and most de­struc­tive party ever held”. The party is in its fourth gen­er­a­tion and the par­ty­go­ers never leave. They in­clude an ar­ray of eclec­tic in­vi­tees from Thor to ptero­dactyl aliens. En­try is re­stricted to only those who bring party sup­plies with them. The in­ter­ga­lac­tic bash fea­tured in the third book of the se­ries is also a part-time riot and plan­ets are plun­dered for an end­less sup­ply of avocado dips and crack­ers. With par­ties like this, the fu­ture doesn’t look so bad af­ter all.

Mrs Dal­loway’s soirée in

Vir­gini­aWoolf’s mod­ernist master­piece fol­lows a day in the life of Clarissa Dal­loway – the per­fect host­ess and so­ci­ety dar­ling. In a break from

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