… Because I forgot to set a low bar for the future. I mean, really. When G said she wanted a Star Wars themed party and that she’d already mentioned it at school and some of the kids were really excited about it (“I said I MIGHT have a Star Wars party, Mommy. MIGHT!”) I decided to just invite her whole class of 20-ish children. What else was I supposed to do? Invite only the girls to a Star Wars party? I know Star Wars is for everyone and lots of girls are Star Wars fans, but that just seemed like it would be a bit of a disappointment for some of the boys G is friends with. I didn’t want to invite just a few kids, because some of my daughter’s best friends don’t care about Star Wars … so how do you choose who to invite? So I figured that it would just be fun for everyone to host a short, Saturday, no-meals necessary, low-pressure birthday party. And then we genuinely did have a pretty good time planning it, and the party itself was great, thanks to the fact that I coaxed a few of my friends and my Mother to stay and help run it.
I wrote up the schedule on a white board:
I had them make light sabres out of pool noodles, which they spent most of the party gleefully hitting each other with:
I planned game stations and named them after Star Wars locations:
I made fancy cupcakes:
This whole thing is basically the opposite of what I usually advocate for in birthday parties (which is KEEP IT SIMPLE! CAKE AND FRIENDS IS ENOUGH!), but do I regret it? Not really; it was really fun and worked great this one time.
That’s the problem, however. The “this one time” part. I’m pretty sure this has set an unfortunate precedent considering this is my oldest child and she’s only in Grade Two. Sigh…