I decided to quit panicking about it and focus on something I KNEW she wanted. An awesome party and chocolate cake. She'd been talking about having a Harry Potter party for months, and I had a few ideas up my sleeve, but when I realized that the party would be sort of her GIFT, I tried to put a lot of time and thought into it (well, as much time and thought as three days can muster).
I ordered some packs of Bertie Botts Every Flavor Bean from Amazon, and they were a big hit! The kids couldn't believe that the Ear Wax flavor actually existed, and really tasted bad! Soap, dirt, pepper were also crowd pleasers (or displeasers)! Diddles, who hates gummy and jelly anything, didn't want any, but she had a lot of fun feeding them to her siblings!
I pulled out some old school bulletin board decorations I had tucked away for just such an occasion. Did I mention how fun it is to have kids that are somewhat "into" something that you are? It's pretty fun. Sorry, Josh. Maybe Diddles will be the one to do triathlons with you!? I found a black tablecloth at the thrift store, a "goblet of Fire", and pulled out the stuffed owl from our pile of plush. The fabric store had some shimmery fabric on sale, and I bought a few yards for a table runner and will use it again at Halloween!
We enjoyed a dinner of homemade spaghetti and meatballs, rolls, corn, salad, and a heavy, rich chocolate cake and ice cream for dessert. She'd been looking forward to her favorite chocolate cake for a month! I was tempted to re-create the cake Hagrid gave to Harry in the movie, but decided it didn't look too appetizing, and she might not "get" the humor.
She did "get" this Snitch, which I found a tutorial online and it turned out pretty cool! It's made of ping pong balls and gold spray paint. It was a fun surprise.
|See that cool "Goblet" I found?|
After cake and opening a few small presents, we watched the movie Muppets Most Wanted, talked to grandparents, and then called it a (happy) day!
Here's to another "magical" year! Happy Birthday!