Saturday, November 8, 2008

Scrolling Saturdays: Another Little Slice of Americana

Scrolling Saturdays is the brainchild of Colleen and Melissa. With scrolling Saturdays, you resurrect a post that you loved and you think deserves another go. Here's mine.

Originally posted April 12, 2008

Kendall had her birthday party last night (13!!). Imagine a Miley Cyrus concert with screaming teens girls and then kick it up a notch; that's what it felt like in my kitchen last night at times. OMG; I had no idea nine girls could be that "exuberant" at the same time. (I'm not positive, but I'm pretty sure the presence of my very-cute 16-year-old son had a little to do with it.)

Anyway, the girls had a BLAST! For dinner, Mr.4444 and I set up fondue for them, which was a huge hit (even for the girl with her tongue out!)I highly recommend fondue for special suppers. We had steak, marinated chicken, and pork, plus extras. Of course, dessert was chocolate fondue with marshmallows, strawberries, and bananas. (That's bottled root beer, by the way; don't be calling Child Protective on me!)

After dinner, we set up a little crafting activity, which was enthusiastically received (what 13-year old girl does not like puffy paints, glitter, and her own personalized bag?!) I highly recommend this activity for a party; we bought the bags (which all the girls carry at the middle school lately) at Michaels, along with lots of iron-on flowers and symbols for them to customize their bags. The girls were so into this project that it kept them busy for almost two hours! A little advice for this project:

1) Buy one or two extra bags, in case you have last-minute additions to the party. (We ended up one short, and true-to-form, Kendall graciously went without. We're going out to get her one today, as the girls all plan to take theirs to school on Monday!)

2) Be sure to do the ironing parts before the puffy paints (you'll have a mess if you don't)

3) Do not iron on your hardwood kitchen table (even through three layers of towels) unless your husband doesn't care that you ruin the finish. If you miss this tip, avoid clearing your kitchen table of junk (no one will notice that way).(I just want to point out that this is the first ever photo taken in the livingroom with the TV OFF in the background! I know it's phony, given that the dang thing seems to be on 24-7 in real life, but hey, this is my fantasy and no one else's, right?)

I went to bed at 12:30, shortly after the Starburst-roasting ritualand my lecture on the dangers of helium-sucking: The girls (reportedly) went to "about 2am." Surprisingly, they were up by 8:30 and ready for pancakes. There's only one girl left to go home. Time for a nap....

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