The Slumber Party

While the boys were off having their adventure at the pediatrician’s, Ane was having her long-awaited slumber party!  Scheduling conflicts and sickness whittled down the guests to only two girls – Lina (Ane’s good buddy since they were three years old) and Essie (a school friend who she has known since kindergarten).  With only three girls to contend with, it was more of a glorified play date than birthday party, but it actually made the three girls quite comfortable immediately.  While I baked pizza, I told Ane to break out the XBox 360 and Kinect and play some Dance Party.  With only 3 girls, this was very doable, and they had a blast.

After a while, the pizza was ready and we had pizza and floats, with your choice of orange or root beer.

The girls went back to playing Dance Party for a while, then retreated into Ane’s room with their dolls (they had all brought their American Girl dolls – Lina owns Julie, and Ane and Essie have Just Like You dolls) until I called them out for birthday cupcakes and so Ane could open her presents.

I confess that the birthday cupcakes were made by Ane’s favorite cupcake shop, Trophy Cupcakes.  With only 3 girls coming, I didn’t see much point in baking a batch of 12 or 24 cupcakes.  Ane chose Snickerdoodle cupcakes (which are based off the cookie – a vanilla butter cake swirled with cinnamon, and then cinnamon buttercream with sugar crystals sprinkled on top) for the party.  She then opened the presents, and by then I told the girls to get their sleeping bags spread out in the living room and change into their pajamas.  They had decided to watch “Tangled” instead of “Brave” (which had been Ane’s original pick and the theme of her parties this year), but with only 3 girls, I told them they could decide what movie they wanted to watch, provided that all three of them agreed on the same movie, we owned it, and I didn’t veto it.  I was pleasantly surprised when they all quickly agreed on “Tangled” – which is a great and funny movie.

Once they were all set up, it was time for the movie!

Essie fell asleep about 2/3 of the way through the movie, but Ane and Lina managed to hang on until the end.  (The boys and the Webmaster came in about 5 minutes before the end as well.)  As soon as it was over, I turned off the main lights and wished the girls a good night.  The Webmaster and I kept checking on them, but every kid (including the boys) was fast asleep by 11:30 pm.

I set my alarm for 8 am, knowing that once one girl was awake, the other two would soon follow.  And I was right.  When I came out to the living room at 8:15, all three girls rejoiced to see me, because they were “starving.”  I got started on pancakes and sausage right away.

Then I discovered that 8 and 9 year old girls consider “starving” to mean “we want two pancakes and two sausages each, and then we will be FULL.”  And I had made a double batch of pancakes!  (Ane would have eaten more if it had been a normal morning, I know.)  Tad wandered out of his room not long after and was happy to see breakfast already on the table.  The Webmaster also partook in the pancake feast.  We finally woke Rerun up (after his long and exhausting previous evening, we let him sleep late, even though we knew that meant no nap for the day) and he got his share of pancakes as well.

All in all, we survived the night, which makes this slumber party a success!  I’m kind of glad there were less girls than we’d planned for – it actually made for a much more relaxed evening/night than I’d planned for (and considering the stitches drama that was distracting me and the text updates I was getting, that was a very good thing).

I have no idea what Ane is going to want to do for her birthday party next year, though.  Fortunately, we have about 11 months to negotiate the details.

One Response to “The Slumber Party”

  1. Nana
    February 6th, 2013 07:15

    What fun for Ane and her friends!! Love the picture where they and their dolls are in the sleeping bags.