Princess Sparkley currently has flyers stuck to the walls all over our house advertising for her party planning business: [Princess Sparkley] Party Co. Some of the flyers even have tear off phone numbers at the bottom (where does she learn this stuff!?!). All of this because her birthday is next month. Technically, her birthday is in 20 days.
She turns eight this year, which, in our religion, means she gets baptized. This meant a nice calm, family only, birthday celebration. Especially after last year's! But there was a catch in the plan. It's going to make my parents sound bad, but it really isn't a big deal. In case you are a new reader, my dad is a HUGE Red Sox fan. And while we don't live in Boston, we do live close-ish to Baltimore and the Red Sox are playing the Orioles at the end of August/beginning of September. PS's birthday is early August. We pulled some strings with PS to ensure what she'd be okay with having her baptism a couple weeks later so that Grandma and Grandpa would be in town to see the Red Sox play. And of course, take us along to the game. This is sort of becoming tradition. They came out to visit us in Kansas in August of 2006 for PS's 4th birthday and took us to a Royals game on her birthday night. (After her party, of course.)
The strings we had to pull with PS. She still wanted to be baptized in her birth month... so her baptism will be one of the last days of August. And, foolish woman that I am, I promised her some sort of "small" celebration with a "few" friends on her actual birthday (or thereabouts).
First is was going to be a Fancy Tea Party. Then a Fairy Tea Party. This has now been transformed to a Fairy Garden Party (so I don't have to try to track down a fancy tea set). We've planned out the menu of tiny foods. The guest list is a little weak. She only knows a couple girls in town and I'm not sure if boys would be cool with a Fairy Garden Party or not. Buddy has been invited and he's excited, but I can also see him getting a little bashful when all the girls show up.
I'll be sure to let you know how it all goes.