Lily White’s Party…
Our daughter, Jill was telling me how recently she used a saying with her children that she remembered her dad saying to her as a child as she and her sisters prepared for bedtime. She knew he learned it from his mom and wondered where it came from. John would tell the girls, “Time for Kitty White’s Party”.
Origins of Poem
I was telling our youngest daughter, Abbey our quandary concerning the origin of Kitty White’s party. Abbey searched and found that it was “LILY” White’s Party (some said Lily White’s Ball). Somehow, Lily became Kitty, at least in John’s memory.
We found several comments that people remember it from their childhood. Some said it was popular in the 40’s and 50’s. Most thought it annoying as children but now think of it fondly.
FREE Printable to Frame.
I added some sweet graphics to the words of the poem to create a printable. I think it looks cute in a white frame to decorate a young child’s room. It would also make a lovely birthday or baby shower gift. The DOWNLOAD link is below.
Do you remember this poem from your childhood?
Lily’s White’s Party
Hush, my child, and turn out the light
it’s a Lily White’s party night tonight
Brush your teeth, wash your face;
tonight, you’ll wear a dress of lace.
It might be pink, it might be poppy red;
hurry, my little girl, it’s time for bed.
Pull those covers snug and tight,
sleep, then it will be time for Lily White.
Daddy, I don’t have a dress to wear
and I don’t have ribbons for my hair.
I don’t have a present ready to give;
I don’t know where Lily White lives.
Will you wake me when it is time to go?
Daddy, will there be kids that I know?
Will you drive me there in the car?
I wonder if Lily White lives very far.
Hush, my child, and turn out the light
It’s a Lily White’s party night tonight.
You‘ll play games and have lots of fun;
the party will last until night is done.
At Lily White’s you’ll eat candy and cake.
You will wear a crown of gold that you make.
Sleep, little girl, and get some rest;
soon you’ll dress up in your party best.
Daddy, the sun is coming up into the sky.
You didn’t wake me up. Why, Daddy, why?
I slept all night and missed the party fun.
Now it is too late and the party’s done.
I slept all night and didn’t get ice cream or cake.
Daddy, you forgot and made a terrible mistake.
You said I would get to go see Lily White
and, instead, you let me sleep all night.
Hush, my child, you had a wonderful night,
in your party dress you were fairy delight.
You danced and played with all your friends;
your laughter rang out until party’s end.
You just don’t remember all the fun you had.
Lily White loved you, now don’t be so sad.
You can go play again when the sun goes down
and the moon smiles on you, big and round.
Lily White will want you back for party play
when you close your eyes after a long day.
So go get breakfast after you hug me tight –
tonight might be a Lily White’s party night.
We’ll know later when the day has come to end
and Lily White sends an invitation with the wind.
Watch for party stars twinkling in dusk of twilight,
then you will see the decorations of Lily White.
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