Does the Kardashian-West mansion exist solely to host over-the-top gatherings and celebratory functions? The palatial all-white halls of the estate don’t seem to have much furniture. Instead, it’s a staging ground for whatever themed fête Kim Kardashian plans. To wit: Chicago West’s first birthday, an Alice in Wonderland–themed extravaganza that included an actual hedge maze built indoors. The decorations and party stations were captured on Kardashian’s Instagram Stories, where she took viewers on a tour of the keyhole-shaped entrance, past The Queen of Hearts and Alice having an in-character conversation, and into the crafts room, where kids could either “paint the roses red” or make “mad hats.”
She also gave us a close-up view of the dessert table, covered in customized cupcakes, cookies and other treats. Not that this deterred her son, Saint, from offering her a “cake pop” made of a balloon. Which brings us to the true gem of Chicago’s birthday party: watching Kim parent.
To be clear, as she shows off the lavish party on Insta, behind-the-camera Kim is patient and loving and responsible with her kids. There is absolutely no shade at her mothering skills coming from this direction. Saint and Chicago share juice and play together and seem to be very, very happy. They also seem to be hilariously uninterested in the party. At one point, Kim literally follows her youngest daughter from room to room, calling out, “Chi! It’s your birthday! Chi! Come outside! Get in the bouncy house! Come to the party!” while the baby just walks away. She’s a year old, has only the vaguest notion what Alice in Wonderland might be, and definitely doesn’t understand what a birthday is.
Maybe they can recreate the party again next year! Or, honestly, any day. In Wonderland, you’re allowed to celebrate Very Merry Unbirthdays. And in the Kardashian-West house, Wonderland is very real.
See below for snapshots of the amazing set-up:
How the Kardashians Celebrate Thanksgiving
“I’m on gravy duty, and I’m loving it,” Kim Kardashian told reporters on the day before Thanksgiving in 2011, which she spent doling out a portion of the 80 gallons of gravy that the L.A. Mission served the homeless.
Fret not if you’re having trouble reading this menu from the Kardashians’ Thanksgiving in 2013: Other than the fact that there’s a total of seven desserts, including “Kris’s famous Lemon Cake,” the only line you really need to pay attention is “Khloé’s famous Macaroni and Cheese,” spelled out in Apple Chancery.
The next year came with a visual of Khloé Kardashian’s “famous” mac and cheese, which was overshadowed by her fascinating poor photography skills.
Luckily, Khloé seemed to have taken a crash course in food photography by the next year, when she shared snapshots of more meals she’d cooked up in “Koko’s Kitchen.”
Khloé shared a picture of the setting for her first Thanksgiving at her house, rather than at her mom’s, with a caption that read, among other things, “manifest beauty in your life.”
It may have been taken just three years ago, but this one’s a real throwback: The 2015 edition of the Kardashian-Jenner Thanksgiving saw the “blended family,” as Kylie Jenner put it in the caption of the photo above, come fully together, with nearly everyone’s then-partner present—including Kylie’s now ex Tyga, and Kourtney Kardashian’s then recent ex, Scott Disick. Not only did Kanye also show up to Khloé’s house, but so did his big ole grin.
The family member with perhaps the most significant presence that year was baby Reign Disick, who spent at least part of his first Thanksgiving in the arms of his mom, Kourtney.
The desserts served at Khloé’s, as lusted over by her sister Kourtney on Instagram.
No longer exactly the baby of the family, Kylie hosted her first Thanksgiving in 2016, decorating her home in Calabasas in white and gold, including hundreds of roses.
The evening was a Jenner affair, amid what was otherwise a less than bright time for the family. (Kanye had just been hospitalized, only a month after Kim’s infamous robbery in Paris.)
Kim and Kanye may not have been there, but Kylie’s then boyfriend, Tyga, did manage to come through, wearing an appropriately autumnal flannel for the occasion.
While pregnant, Kylie once again took up the hosting duties for last year’s Thanksgiving, this time with a hint of a Valentine’s Day theme.
Ahead of their stint on Family Feud, the Kardashian-Jenners played a game or two of Taboo.
Behold: what Kendall Jenner ate for Thanksgiving in 2017. (According to her Snapchat, anyway.)
Leave it to Kim, pictured here with her mom and her grandma M.J., to dress for Thanksgiving as if she were in a Yeezy campaign. (Without, of course, any hint of bloating.)
For dessert, Kylie served autumnal doughnuts and turkey-shaped Rice Krispie treats, among other goodies.
Having handed over the responsibilities to Kylie, Kris was able to spend some of the night hanging loose.
Twenty eighteen brought an adventure to the great outdoors, which no one seemed to enjoy more than Kanye.
Thanks to her father’s prior athletic commitments, True Thompson was forced to spend her first-ever Thanksgiving in Cleveland. Her mom, Khloé Kardashian, made up for it by bathing their corner of Ohio in millennial pink.
Back in Calabasas, Kourtney Kardashian, Scott Disick, and co. also kept it (relatively) monochrome in green.
Meanwhile, Kris Jenner coordinated with herself—in $8,000 worth of Versace, no less.