February 5, 2012
my baby is turning six on tuesday! i am officially the mom of big kids. anne celebrated last night with some of her favourite friends, and our tiny house was hopping with 8 six(ish) year old girls and my hyper little elliot.
the theme: pyjama party, with most of the ideas coming from scouring pintrest and google. i didn’t take a picture of the invites, or the stack of sleep masks that i made for the goody bags. i barely got any pictures at all of the party, but my friend jen (and mother of two of anne’s guests) snagged my camera and got it done for me (thanks jen!).
i decorated the dining room like a bedroom, with the table being dressed in bed clothes and a headboard made from toobeez with a blanket thrown over top of it. i raided our bead container of all pink/purple/blue and clear beads to make the light fixture in the dining room more girly, and made some poofy flower things out of tissue paper to hang above the “bed.”
the living room was where the girls laid out their sleeping bags, and i decorated it more like a “sleeping under the stars” experience. i basically just hung shiny stars all over the place, threw up an owl, and hung another poofy thing in the centre of the room to make it festive. oh, and lots and lots of star-shaped post-it notes, too.
for food, i kept is pretty simple. star-shaped sugar cookies, rice krispie squares, croissants, cheese, and strawberries. the girls descended upon the food like locusts! the cake was a stack of doughnuts with purply-pink frosting drizzled onto it and coated in star-shaped sprinkles.
games: i had planned a few quiet games like charades and making fruit loop necklaces, but the girls were waaaaaaay too wound up after i fed them all of that sugar! we stuck with the more rowdy games on my list like:
pillow fight. hands-free doughnut chop (see the top two pictures). hide and seek inside sleeping bags. freeze-dance (but when the music stopped, the kids had to pretend that they were asleep).
eventually the sugar rush turned into a crash, so we threw on a barbie movie and all of the girls cuddled into piles of sleeping bags and pillows and stuffed animals. i made some popcorn to keep their hands and mouths busy, and it was a fairly peaceful hour & 24 minutes.
there was about 20 minutes between the end of the movie and when parents began to collect their children, and the kids enjoyed running around the house playing “spies” or something like that. honestly, i think they enjoyed the unstructured time more than the games!
goody bags: every child went home with a smile on their face and a goody bag containing some sugar cereal, chocolate milk and an owlish sleep mask.
anne had a great party, and seeing her smile and laugh with her friends was so satisfying for me! i really think that there is nothing that i wouldn’t do for that sweet little girl. after her friends had gone and we were waiting for derek and elliot to come back home (they left after the fun and before the barbie movie), anne and i sat on the floor together looking at the gifts that her friends had lavished on her. she really is blessed in the friendships that God has given her!