It was grand, it was huge, it was hot…
Saturday night was the grand celebration of my daughter Sophie’s 6th birthday. We usually have 2 parties for her. One is a family party and then one for friends. This year, we decided to blow it out and do one Ring, I mean, one party at our house, to rule them all. Party prep mode has been in full swing for about a month. There were helium tanks to reserve, inflatables to rent, invitations to mail, hot dogs to buy (all 105 of them), a house to decorate and the normal ‘stuff’ that goes into a party.
Was it a ton of work? Yes.
Am I exhausted? Yes.
Was it worth it? Absolutely.
First the highlights. It was a zoo. But not in a bad way at all. It was one of those parties where there were kids, people and stuff everywhere. Kids on the swing, kids in the house, people in the front yard, people in the back yard, kids in the trees, kids in the bushes, stray animals in the yard, a fly over from law enforcement to be sure all international laws were being followed, cars in the yard, cars in the driveway, cars in the neighbor’s driveway (sorry Rick), balloons flying through the air, kids flying through the air, hot dogs flying through the air, me flying through the air (more about that later) and one perfect little girl named Sophie having herself a wonderful time. The party started around 4 pm and officially ended around 6 pm. It unofficially continued until around 9 pm. We had balloons, a big inflatable ‘bouncy thing’ in the yard from Triad Inflatables (more about them later), hot dogs, cake, water balloons, water guns, presents, and around 50 family and friends.
It was pretty much your standard, by the book, 6 year old birthday party. But that’s what made it so great. There’s was playtime, time to eat, time for cake, time for presents and then a bit more playtime. Sophie had a ball. It was great to put all that work and planning into something and then get to sit back, have a good time and watch her just have fun with her friends and family.
And so, Sophie for your 6th birthday, I say…
Happy Birthday honey.
May you have a thousand more.
You are perfect, always will be, and no one will ever convince me otherwise.
You are the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen.
I hope I have the pleasure of watching you experience many more days in the sheer joy of being together with your friends, family and the ones who love you.
If you have kids, hug them. If you don’t, hug someone else’s.