This past weekend, the girls celebrated their birthday with a "kid" party. It took us awhile to decide what to do this year. They were open to something at home, which would have saved money, but we really don't have room for 20 kids (and any parents who would have wanted to stay) and it's still way too chilly to plan for outdoor activities. Plus, it would have been a lot more work for me. We were thinking of a tea party theme with dolls and there would have been a craft of make a tutu for your dolls. Yeah, a lot more work for me. We ultimately went with a gymnastics party, which was great. We had the whole place to ourselves, there were two instructors and organized activities. There was a kid count limit though so the girls were each allowed to invite up to 5 friends from school and 4 of their cousins were in attendance. We learned last year that parties with 30+ kids are just too crazy so I didn't mind the limit.
The girls requested their own cakes, which was fine with me. I told them I would make whatever they wanted, which meant they could pick out the Betty Crocker boxes, if you know what I mean. My kids know my limitations and a fancy cake maker I am not.
We did have some funny moments with the cakes. Anna insisted that I write out "Happy Birthday Anna" on her cake even though I warned her it wasn't going to be perfect and the ANNA candle would look nicer. Nope, that's she wanted. The girls told me that it looked like a Halloween cake because the writing looked spooky. Then they said that the "a" at the end of Anna looked like a "q" so they all started singing, "Happy Birthday, dear Ann-qua. Happy Birthday to you." And then Emily kept saying that the 7 on Allie's cake looked like a greater than sign. Hey, everyone got what they asked for. Need your tax return prepared? Come see me. Need a home sewn skirt or bag? Come see me. Need a Fancy Nancy pinterest-worthy birthday cake? Go somewhere else, please.