We survived Miss C’s weekend of partying and I came out on the other side of the weekend fairly unscathed, having only stepped on one of 249 plastic microscopic toys now residing at our house.
I jumped on the Achy Breaky Daddy Billy Ray Bandwagon and made Hannah Montana theme invitations for her junior So You Think You Can Dance fiesta. Why I felt the need to encourage my girls to sing the two Hannah Montana songs they know over and over and over again at the top of their lungs for the past few weeks, I don’t know. Actually the girls don’t even know the actual words to the songs, but just the hook of each song. Oh yes it’s adorable the first 25 times Miss A belts out “You’ve got the best of both wields” on the way to the grocery store. Miss A throws us off constantly with her New England accent.
I used my mad photo manipulatressing skills and plopped Miss C’s head on Hannah Montana’s body for the invitations. This was a big hit, let me tell you, with parents and kids alike, although my mother e-mailed it to some friends and I think one of the elderly ladies actually thought it really was Miss C.
As six-year-old girls are all over the girly girl chart, the actual cake and decorations were not Hannah Montana, but Tinkerbelle, and the party hats were princess theme. We had the party at a local dance studio, and the girls learned some slick dance moves to “Pumpin’ Up the Party,” otherwise known as “The Song Permanently Etched In My Brain.”
I learned a few things that I will categorize under “Birthday Parties For Six-Year-Olds For Dummies:”
Never bring one flavor of Capri Suns to serve at a party. I naively assumed that lemonade would be the international choice for the 5 to 7-year-old age range, but I was wrong and two girls looked at me as if I was offering them hot V8 juice from a rusty can. They ended up drinking tap water from Lion King Dixie cups. Seems like they were on the losing end for not wanting to be thrill seekers. Come on girls, live it up!
Balloons are great ice breakers. Just make sure that there is one for every girl, or tears will be shed.
You can use a beach bag as a gift bag and the parent’s of the birthday child will love your creativity. We really needed another beach bag, too.
Be prepared for girls to ask you for seconds of everything, including the hats, drinks, cake, and goody bags.
The chicken dance and electric slide are guaranteed to get every child on their feet, while the adults reminisce about the last time they drank too much champagne at a wedding reception.