Girl Alert!

There was a party at our house this last Saturday.  Take Ane, add 8 (yes, you read that right, EIGHT) other girls, add pizza bagels and cupcakes and a movie, shake and voila! – it’s a party!

The girls involved were Ane’s friends from school and church, and Libby, who is sort of a psuedo-cousin. (It was one of those moments when I really wished that Little Cousin, Little Cowgirl, and Belle were here.  Not that Berry, Beth, and Baby Bette aren’t welcome here, too, but the older three girls would have really enjoyed the party.  Have I mentioned that I miss my six nieces lately?)

The Webmaster and Tad escaped the estrogen invasion by going to Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa’s house to do some computer upgrades and maintenance, and I kept Rerun here because I knew he would need to eat lunch and nap on his regular schedule.  Auntie was also on hand (and I’ve decided that she is too valuable to just let her go off to college, so there), and she came through with some truly stellar cupcake decorations.  The party theme was “snowflakes” – Ane’s decision – and this is what Auntie came up with:

She made chocolate snowflakes for the cupcakes.  And chocolate buttercream.  Like I said, I’m not letting her leave me.

The movie chosen for the party was Ramona & Beezus – mostly because it is cute and rated G.  The girls mostly paid attention, and I was able to get Rerun down for his nap mid-movie.  And, amazing but true, I was able to keep all nine girls quiet enough to let him have a three hour nap.  He woke up well after the party was over.

Yes, I am a miracle worker.

The cupcakes were well-received.

The present opening was tons of fun – for Ane.  It was pure torture for the other girls.  At that age, they know they shouldn’t be horning in on other people’s birthday presents… but their fingers are positively itching with the restraint.

The party lasted for three hours, and I think a good time was had by all.

My brilliant idea this year was the party favors.  Each girl got sticker earrings, some lollipops, and a book.  I had run to Barnes & Noble the day before and picked up copies of the Ramona books, and a few copies of Clementine – mostly because so many of these girls have mothers around my age, and I owned all the Ramona books before Ane was even born or thought of.  Clementine is a much more recent book (the series began in 2006), but is in the same genre as Ramona.  I stressed to all the girls that I wanted them to consult their parent who was picking them up as to which book they didn’t already own.

However, all the girls got excited and said, “I don’t have ANY of these books!”  Except one, who said, “I think I have this book already,” and pointed to Clementine.  She does have two older sisters, so it is highly likely.  I made sure she got a Ramona book.

One of Ane’s friends got a copy of Beezus and Ramona – which, in its current print, has the movie poster on the front.  I told her that this particular book is actually the first book in the series, which she gleefully repeated to her dad when he picked her up.  I don’t think I could have made her happier than if I’d handed her gold.

So, Ane’s birthday celebrations are OFFICIALLY over.  Thank goodness.  I don’t think I could take much more of this.  It’s a good thing I have another year to build my strength back up before I face another party full of giggling girls.

4 Responses to “Girl Alert!”

  1. Ressis
    January 24th, 2011 08:46

    Lately, Little Cousin has been missing Ane something awful.

  2. Aunt Lynda
    January 24th, 2011 08:49

    You are a brave momma. But, then, I knew that.

  3. Aunt Mary
    January 24th, 2011 15:46

    Sounds and looks like a much more organized party than I remember with my kids.

  4. Nana
    January 25th, 2011 06:56

    What girly fun! What cute cupcakes!