My Achy Breaky Ears

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.


  1. Lisa says:

    Sounds fabulous! I love the hints too – nothing like a bunch of drama princesses, huh?

    PS – why don’t you share the invite? I want to see Miss C as Hannah Montana!!!

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  2. Deb - Mom of 3 Girls says:

    I’m not sure how we’ve managed to avoid a Hannah Montana themed party so far, but I have the feeling it won’t be possible for much longer. And I’ll be making note of the things you learned and keeping them in mind. 🙂

    Deb – Mom of 3 Girls’s last blog post..Ironic

  3. Mof2 says:

    We had birthday party fun as well. I used a laundry basket to store the gifts in since we were outside and I couldn’t think of anything else at the time. It was labeled “ghettofied” from the get go.

    And all the girls were asking for seconds for cupcakes and well thirds and fourths! Do parents not feed them anything?

    Happy Birthday Miss C!

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  4. Bluegrass Mama says:

    Funny, I ALWAYS try to keep to just one flavor of drink. If you offer options, you tend to run out of the favorite. I figure if they’d rather have water, good for them!

    Bluegrass Mama’s last blog post..Oh. My. Goodness.

  5. Amy says:

    I LOVE your invitation idea- soooo cool! I am taking notes for Emily, but here’s hoping that Hannah Montana will be old news by then 🙂

    I also loved your photo montage- it made me teary-eyed thinking how fast they grow!

  6. Kathy@brazoscowgirl says:

    Always have extra balloons, trust me one will always pop! Benedryl is not a bad idea either, we tended to get the allergic reactions.

    Parties are such fun. One year we had an alien party. And no they don’t make alien party plates, creativity is the key for a party. Green plates with something else was to symbolize aliens. Yes my son had the only alien birthday party I know of.

    Kathy@brazoscowgirl’s last blog post..Texas Governor’s Mansion Fire Damaged

  7. Toast 2 Mom says:

    You have some great party skills! Sounded like a good time. I’ve only had to deal with farm animal birthday parties so far… Next birthday up – 3. I’m sure there will be specific instructions!

  8. UncommonBlonde says:

    Sounds like a blast – maybe I’ll try this for my 30th birthday party, it would probably be just as big of a hit. lol. I have filed your tips in my mind for future reference.

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  9. Jamie (Blonde Mom) says:


    Trust me. These were definite homemade “masterpieces” (wink) printed from the computer! Ha! 😉

    It was a fun party. Now she’s talking Build a Bear for next year since it is apparently never too early to plan one’s birthday party.

  10. stephanie says:

    I fond your blog when i was looking for how to’s & ideas for a Hannah Bday party for my soon to be 7 year old. You have some really great ideas and i love your blog too. i would love to see the invitation if you still have it.

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