It’s a Two for Tuesday, Part 1…on a Wednesday. Mostly because I was hit by the plague. For the record, moms should not be able to get sick. Life has a way of spiraling slightly out of control when mom is out of commission. Thankfully my husband held together all the most important pieces. But, writing about parties is not on that list.
I have to be honest with you, this is a difficult party for me. One of the sweet young girls who came to this party left the world far too soon because of cancer. It breaks my heart. Looking through the old party photos was very emotional as all I could see was one bright and shiny face that will not graduate from high school this year like my daughter…among a zillion other things. Sometimes life just doesn’t seem fair. And, during this senior year for this group of girls, my heart aches for her family. As you look through these photos, remember that I do these parties out of the love for my children. I want these special days to be ones that will help them to remember all the good things in life. Life is meant to be celebrated, enjoyed, and remembered. Take an extra moment to tell your children you love them.
Rachel’s 10th Birthday – I love Chocolate Party
When I turned 10 years old, my mother allowed me to have 10 girls spend the night for my 10th birthday. I have a summer birthday, so we played outside, choreographed silly routines in our swimsuits, played in the sprinkler, and stayed up late watching the movie “Adventures in Babysitting”. For my daughter turning 10, I told her that she could also have 10 girls spend the night for her 10th birthday. (In the end, we had 11.)
And what 10 year old girl doesn’t love CHOCOLATE?!?
My friend Lisa is the owner of I’m in Stitches and helped to create custom shirts for all the girls that said I love chocolate. The girls loved these shirts. And, amazingly, nearly 8 years later, we still have ours. It’s held up beautifully through 3 million washes. If you need some custom embroidery, definitely get in touch with I’m in Stitches!
The girls started off the party by playing a spin the bottle version of nail painting. We used an old party spinner and whoever the spinner landed on, they went around and painted one toe nail on all the other girls in their nail polish color. They really enjoyed this, and there were lots of giggles.
Next, the girls decorated brown flip flops and hair bands with strips of pink and mint green fabric strips (which coordinated with their shirts). Old Navy always has great prices on their flip flops and offers them in an assortment of colors. It’s great that you can then mix and match to get all the sizes you need. I think they are normally 2/$5? And even all these years later, I see they are on sale this week for just $2/pair! I am really big on not sending home goody bags of junk. I know the moms & dads appreciate that they don’t have a bag of candy or plastic toys that will just be tossed in the garbage coming home. So, whenever possible, I try to have our activities at the party be something they can take home and enjoy.
Oh, and they thought it was quite fun burying little Sarah in fabric scraps!
While they were creating their flip flops and hair bands, they enjoyed time giggling, chatting, and flipping through tween magazines.
The real highlight of the chocolate party was the chocolate fountain! Honestly, this was so worth the investment. The girls absolutely loved it. I provided an assortment of goodies for dipping…rice crispy treats, fresh fruit, pretzels, potato chips, etc. A package of bamboo skewers are perfect for using to dip.
After all the chocolate fun, we played a game stacking Oreos in towers. The girls each took turns adding an Oreo cookie to the stack.
Then the all enjoyed a little chocolate spa pampering. They all tried out a chocolate mask and some cucumbers for their eyes.
Afterwards, it was time to get ready for bed and watch a movie. Memory fails me on what movie they watched that evening. But in the morning they all tucked in to a wonderful pancake breakfast before heading home.
And, oh my goodness! My little Hannah was so, well, little!