Sunday, October 28, 2012

Birthday Party

For a good five months before their birthday both girls were clear on the kind of party they wanted - a basketball cheerleader party.
They never wavered, in all that time, to a different party theme.  So a basketball cheerleader party it was!
Clara's self-created cheerleader pose:
And Elena's own basketball styling:
We rented out a section of a local park so that the kids would have several basketball hoops to play on (as well as other things if they were not inclined towards the sports).  Clara and Elena took their jobs as hosts and sports-teachers very seriously!

Heading back to the party pavilion to rehydrate and refuel!
Annie, styling the sports lanyards and sporty bags we handed out as people arrived.
There was a spread of mostly healthy snacks (Pirate's Booty, baby carrots, blueberries) and some not so-healthy (locally created organic cotton candy!) but they never made it out of their transportation boxes because it was so windy.  The kids did not seem to care one bit.
Auntie Laura has done a version of this game at several parties, and assured us that kids love to punch through the board to get a prize.  She was right - the kids lined up to punch over and over again for sweat bands, whistles, and mini basketballs!

Then it was time for the cheering!  Clara wanted to lead a little clinic for those interested, so we got our poms and got to work.

Soon we evolved the cheering squad into group tag - one person is "it," and then when they catch someone they hold their hand and run together, so you end up in one big group (or blob, since it is sometimes called blob tag, too!).

Finally, we had one last vision of the girls' to fulfill.  They had this plan that there would be a parade at the party of all the kids lining up, and they would throw candy to them while walking down the parade route.  Clara was firm that she needed to stand on Steve's hands like a real "cheerlady."  So we made it happen!

Then it was cupcake time!  Everyone's favorite moment (even if they do have to have some patience while we sing twice in a row!).

Their friends were very generous and shared many lovely presents with them.  Though they loved them all they were especially wowed by Auntie Carna, Uncle Steve, and Charlie's gifts of handcuffs!  That was some good predicting -the girls adore them, play with them often still, and best of all they are not nearly as "real" as they look so no one gets trapped.
Beautiful Annie's card:
Super fun playdough ice cream set!

Rehydrating one last time before...

...taking Auntie Carna off to jail!

 These two didn't get jailed, but they were already dressed for it as the stripey twins!

 We are so grateful to everyone who came and had fun at the girls' unique party.  It was a blast!

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