Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Party Planner

Hi Knitters,
I have been the party planner these last few days. My daughter has officially turned 9 and she has officially had four parties to celebrate. I'm not bragging for her or anything, it is just the way it always turns out. We have different extended-family parties, our own quiet family party and then a friend party. Is that crazy? I am exhausted. Party planning is not my calling in any way, shape or form. Honestly, I am much more of a party avoider.

My friend Betz has a super tutorial for sponge balls. As soon as I saw these I knew they were happening at my house. The good thing about a summer birthday is that water is usually involved. The grand finale was a pool party for my daughter's friends, some neighbors and a couple of cousins. The sponge balls were the hit of the party. Thanks for sharing, Betz.
See, the sponge balls soak up the water which makes them great for throwing and splatting. My sister thought they looked like gobstoppers, Willy Wonka style. Some of the sponge balls were over-taken by a group of of older teens while we were at the pool. I thought that was pretty funny. They loved them as much as the little kids. That's the sign of a true hit.

The party bags were stuffed with treats and toys. I have learned over the years that what's in the bag is more important than the bag itself which usually gets tossed aside. We just used brown lunch bags that we already had and tied on some curly ribbon. When I was tying up and scrunching the bags I couldn't help but to think of a certain hat. Yep, it's right there on the cover, the pink paper bag. See that big container of gum? We've all been chewing so much Dubble Bubble around here that our jaws hurt. That's got to stop. It's not attractive.
This was party number two. We made vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting and sprinkles. I made a second batch just the same for the pool party.
The first party involved a Dairy Queen cake entitled, Chocolate Extreme. The eating has to stop or more realistically, slow down. We had pizza, ate out at a local diner, had a party platter of subs, a breakfast feast including sweet rolls and eggs...and I loved it all. That's the problem.

Okay, now I get to catch my breath for about a week until my other daughter has her birthday. That will include a sleepover with a few twelve year olds, fireworks, a cookout or two and more and more eating. And I will love it all again.

The knitting work is still going on strong. I have a couple of new books to review. It's already Tuesday, Knitters, hope you are having a good week so far.
best, susie


Anonymous said...

Fun partied makes for life long memories!!
Take care,

peaknits said...

Yay - happy birthday to your baby! I love the spongeball idea - I bought water balloons for (just) a family b-day party this weekend - I have some high expectations that the grown-ups are going to be silly - I may have to highjack that awesome spongeball idea! Thanks to you and Betz!

Knitterella said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet girl! She's so cute!

Your sponge balls look like candy. What a fun idea

Laura said...

I love the sponge ball idea! I will definitely have to give that a try next spring with my students!

Melody said...

how great! Birthdays are VERY important - you do it up right. those spongeballs are fantastic - thanks for sharing those!! :)

Tif said...

Love the sponge balls! I saw this idea years ago in a book somewhere. They are so fun.

Wool Winder said...

The sponge balls are very clever! Enjoy all the birthday festivities. Happy Birthday to all.

Hilary said...

OH, yum! My coworkers and I get chocolate extreme blizzards for our staff "meetings" almost every week. Your daughter looks so pretty in that picture - I remember being nine and thinking it was the greatest age to be. I was sad when I turned ten.

Happy Birthday wishes!


Cybèle said...

O what it is to be nine! :-)
can you share the recipe for chocolate frosting? My nine year old and I are into cupcakes at the moment, but can't find a decent chocolate frosting - they're all so sweet!

Lisa Stone said...

Enjoy every minute because you could be going to your child's graduation from high school like I am! You blink once and it all goes by.

I am going to make those spongeballs for his graduation party! You are never too old to have a ball!

Inspired Tokens said...

Looks like an awesome party! Happy Birthday to the sweet birthday girl! I love the sponge balls! Get some rest...sounds like you will need it for the next party!