I’ve been planning a sleepover for Big Girl’s birthday since last year. This weekend it was finally time for the big event.
Somehow I managed to convince her to a) share the party with one of her fellow girl scouts whose birthday was Saturday, and b) have a party with no presents. I hate that her birthday is so close to Christmas and inviting people to a birthday party just adds another obligation to them at a time of year when everyone is already stretched so thin. L’s mom felt the same way so we agreed to team up.
Saturday at 6:00 seemed to come way too fast for me and way too slow for Big Girl. All but one of our girl scouts was able to make the party, so seven altogether. We started out with the slumber party staple (i.e., pizza). Afterward we had the girls make “gingerbread” houses (really graham cracker houses). During this time we had the best comment of the evening from Miss M.:
After the gingerbread house decorating we had a dance off using the new Abba You Can Dance game. OH.MY.WORD! I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen anything as cute as seven year old girls jamming out to some ABBA. Here, I’ll prove it.
This game is so much fun. I had tried it out before the party, and I love it just as much as Just Dance 2 (the only other dance game I’ve tried). This game moves at a little bit slower pace (or at least the songs I’ve tried seemed a little slower). The really cool thing about the Abba You Can Dance game is that you can also use it for karaoke if you have a microphone to plug into your Wii. We don’t so we didn’t get to try that part, but I want to get one so that we can.
All of the girls loved it and couldn’t wait for their turn. Of course I talked a lot of smack with them so then they had to play me. It was kind of sad when I crushed them. Well… sad for them.
After we dried their tears from me beating them we finished the dance off we had them do another craft activity where I learned that seven year old girls are completely enamored with glitter. I know that should not have come as a surprise to me, but the full extent of their love for the sparkly stuff surpassed my previous assumption.
Then everyone changed into the pj’s and we “settled” down to watch Elf. Which was really more like Lori and I repeatedly saying “you girls need to settle down and get into your sleeping bags.” That really didn’t happen until almost midnight when the tired finally won out and I issued an “I’ve had enough!” declaration that stopped the whispering and had the little angels drifting off to sleep.
I felt pretty fortunate that they actually slept in until 7:30 Sunday morning. Lori and I stumbled to the kitchen where I brewed a pot of coffee as quickly as possible while unrolling cinnamon rolls to pop into the oven. I figured that by now they were going through some sugar withdrawals from all of the candy they had eaten the night before so I should amp them up again before sending them home with their moms.
Pretty much everyone of them was crying to stay when it was time for them to go home so this party is going down as a success. Big Girl has declared it the best birthday ever and has issued a request for a repeat next year.
What is your favorite birthday party memory? Have you played any of the dance games? What do you think about them?