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March frenzy once again

March 8, 2010

by Jenni Sebora

It is once again March frenzy in our household. Three children’s birthdays within three weeks of each other, and my birthday squeezed in between those.

One birthday party down. Our now 6-year-old daughter just had her kids’ birthday party at our home. We had nine kindergartners over for three-and-one-half hours of elated birthday fun.

Don’t get me wrong. I really enjoy birthday parties. It is such fun to watch your child’s exuberance when it is her birthday time. It is also music to a parent’s ears when you hear these words, “Mom, it is not the presents that’s my favorite part, it is having my friends over.” Those were the words of our daughter the evening of her party. That deserved a great big hug and kiss on top of all of the other birthday hugs and kisses.

We played the popular games of “limbo, limbo, limbo” as my children call it, hot potato – balloon style and with a charades twist – whoever has the hot potato when the music stops charades as an animal or whatever comes to the mind of a kindergarten child; musical chairs and balloon bop followed by the balloon bust. Balloons are always the hit of the party.

We had a Sponge Bob theme, which was chosen because our daughter wanted to make sure the theme would be enjoyed by both the girls and boys she had invited. Sponge Bob cake, gift bags, plates, cups and fruit snacks were part of the party theme.

Best of all was the Sponge Bob cartoon theme song led by my husband. It was a tune for weary ears. For me, it was one of the best parts of the night watching and listening to my husband in the middle of a pack of young ones leading them in song.

My husband always says that we should have met earlier in life so we would have had our children when we were a bit younger, but I say that it’s our kids that keep us young – at heart, anyway. Without them, he would never be singing the Sponge Bob song on a Friday evening.

At my daughter’s request, we had sloppy joes, macaroni and cheese, carrots, Jell-o and of course, cake and ice cream.

A fun alternative is English muffin pizzas. The children can spread their own sauce on and fix it up how they like it with such choices as pepperoni, pickles, olives, cheese, peppers, sausage, cut up hot dogs, etc. Pop it in the oven to toast the English muffin and melt the cheese. You have accomplished the birthday meal as well as a craft project.

Another thing I have discovered over the course of hosting infinite birthday parties, is that gift opening is just as much fun for the givers as it is the receiver. The kids were all so excited to watch Delaney open their cards and gifts that they had adorned her with. “Can you open mine next?” was the question of the night.

The comments made by the children are a source of enjoyment for the parents, too. Delaney received a moon sand kit as a gift, and one of the children said, “I got some mood sand for my birthday, too, but when I woke up, it wasn’t in my room anymore. I don’t know what happened to it.”

My husband and I just smiled at each other. Moon sand is supposed to stick together somewhat like clay, but it can be messy; thus, take your best guess as to what happened to the child’s moon sand.

It was a lovely evening of lots of smiles had by all, including my husband and I. Another birthday come and gone, and I am sure our daughter is busying planning for her next one. We will move on to the next birthday party, for our middle daughter, next week – this time it’s with a bunch of 10-year-old girls.