I’m totally in party mode. Yesterday, I had so much work – a couple of functions and a long UZ shoot – and all I can think about was Fancy Nancy. Every morning, Lily runs to our room and says, “Mom how many more sleeps ’til my birthday?” I’m not going overboard. It’ll be a low key party at home.
Like I said in the previous post, I will write about Sophia’s birthday party last year. This was a last minute decision. We were thinking of not doing a big 7th birthday party for many reasons. Patrick and I didn’t want to fall into these milestone birthday things when we grew up not having such. I celebrated every birthday with my family but we didn’t do them as events. And we also had major travel plans last year. We spent almost 8 weeks in Canada with the kids. But a week and a half before Soph’s birthday, I crammed. Hired Funstuf party planner. And did a “pool” party. Except we didn’t let the kids swim. I was too scared of the liabilty. So we tweaked it and did a sort of nautical theme.
I bought blank Thank You cards just because I loved the pattern. Then I found these 3D stickers that were meant to be for scrapbook projects (which I don’t do). Stuck the cute stickers on top of the “Thank You” sign and handwrote the invite inside the fold.
The planner, Jinggay Sancianco, did very well. I asked her to work with a nautical theme but not just stripes (though that would have been lovely). Sophia wanted a cruise ship party. I said, think of the Suite Life of Zach and Cody or The Love Boat but for a girl.
I had no idea what lootbag to give so I just scoured department stores and found this folding magazine rack in the Landmark for less than 100. I filled them with towels, fluorescent stars, chips and cookies.
In the end I figured out why 7 was a milestone. It marked the end of her baby/toddler/little girl years and began her entry into tweendom. Maybe not quite a tween yet, really. Just a little cool chick or big Ate. Whatever. In my eyes, Sophia will always be my little baby girl.