If you are a sports fan, you may be envisioning a football conference right now, or the number of your favorite player’s jersey.
For me, it reminds me of my daughter’s upcoming birthday in a few days. We’ve been planning for a few weeks now, and this morning on my bike ride, it hit me that this will probably be the last birthday that will be more ‘kid oriented’. I’m a Kindergarten teacher by profession, and I LOVE to use my creativity for projects and activities. So every year, celebrating my daughter’s birthday has been an extension of my classroom, allowing me to have fun decorating and planning ‘birthday fun’ for her and her friends to experience at home.
A few times, we did her party outside of our home. Last year, we held it at a popular kid’s nail salon at her request. It turned into a bad scene the next day when on of the girls had a skin burn appear across her fingers. Imagine those phone calls! We finally determined it was a reaction due to the chemicals that were used to clean the tables. (Anyone in my area want to know the name of the salon, let me know.) Needless to say, this unexpected event further supported my view of having house parties for birthdays.
To me, being at home to celebrate life events is a nice memory to look back on. Sure, it’s a lot of prep work to clean and organize beforehand, but it’s all part of the party process. In the end, I’d rather have the cake and candles blown out in the comfort of my own home, surrounded by the people we love.
This year, my daughter is having a Star Wars themed party. It’s been a big to-do as far as planning. My husband, a fabulous graphic artist, made an extraordinary invitation that would put any self-respecting Pintrest parent to shame. I admit, I have been using that website, that sometimes makes me feel like a creative failure at times, to find some cool project ideas. While many are from parents of younger Jedi warriors, we found some pretty good ones for the older crowd. All the party goers have been instructed to wear their best intergalactic gear on party day, and her aunt is making her costume. And my husband has a few surprises in store, too!
I’m looking forward to this party, even though it is a gateway to my daughter’s teen years. I hope her friends will enjoy it, and I hope my daughter remembers all the fun we had getting ready for The Big Ten celebration.
Yours in Lyme Adventures,