Saturday, April 12, 2008

I am Scared

In approximately one hour (6 pm EDST), my eight-year old will be having a sleepover birthday party. That means 5 girls, 4 movies, 8 thousand hair ties, assorted treats, bags of popcorn, 2 pizzas and a cake. I just assumed that, when they arrived, my job would be kind of done. You know, so I could have a tranquilizer with a glass of wine? No dice, apparently. My daughter has just advised that I will be responsible for painting fingernails and devising card games too. Is there no rest for a mother, I ask you?

Natch, I had to make it a fashionable. To take a page from my good friend Lisa's book (she's one of those super aunties - you know), I went to H&M and bought matching T-shirt dresses (sleeveless a-line knee length sacks that cost $6.90, not a typo, for all the moms out there). These, doubling as nightgowns, will be the official party garb. They are an unironic pink floral with darling green accents, which will be presented, as girls arrive, along with a pad of paper and some pencil crayons in an adorable flowerpot shaped yellow gift bag.

Please wish me luck and be grateful at 2 a.m. when you are sleeping.

13 comments:

  1. Oy vey. We haven't had a slumber party yet on the reasoning that our house (tall but skinny Italianate) is too small. You know the size of those Victorian bedrooms! Good luck!!

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  2. What a great party favor!
    I've avoided slumber parties so far, but my 6-year old has started asking. I don't think I'm ready yet, even with a tranquilizer and a glass of wine!

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  3. Very cool. The girls will have so much fun!

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  4. You're a good mom.

    I admire you.

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  5. That sounds like a fun slumber party. I hope the girls enjoy themselves!

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  6. Oh good luck, good luck dear k-line....bet you'll maybe have some fun, and you can throw back that wine on the QT when no-one's looking:) Do tell us all about it. It sounds so cute!

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  7. Sounds divine. What a lovely image of all these fashionably clad angels. I hope the reality matches the ideal too. :)

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  8. Hello Generous Givers of Good Vibes: I have survived! (Thank God for lipstick or I'd look a bit cadaverous today.) As usually happens - apparently - my kid was the most challenging one of the lot. As an only child in a house full of friends with siblings, she didn't really have the skills to work her will at all times. And, as an only child, when no other kids are around, I have to say she usually does get her way... Nonetheless, I think all will remember the evening fondly, except for my husband and I who will try to forget :-)

    Miss C: I'm not proud but my refrain for the evening was: Please don't touch the walls! The narrow house has its downsides.

    IHeart: Now that I've done super style, I think one friend for the night would be rather doable. Esp. since you already know what having more than one kid around is like. (This is where I was in the dark.)

    Clothes Horse and Yulanda: I think they did have fun and they looked so matchy cute.

    Enc: As I was yelling at them to brush their teeth and get into bed, I wasn't such a good mom. I was more of an adequate mom :-)

    Bronwyn: Who needs the QT?! Mommy's having grape juice:-)

    SKM: Thanks for your post. I just checked out your blog which looks like some fun reading. I think they did have a good time, and I have the rest of the day to recover!

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  9. Sleepover outfits!??

    My childhood was never such fun.

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  10. Sometimes you've got to be cruel to be kind. You were doing them a favor making them brush their teeth. Rather, doing their parents a favor.

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  11. Poppy: Neither was mine! My mother handed us some Oreos and told us to play in the yard :-) (But it was the 70s)

    Enc: If you talk to M, she believes there's entirely too much nagging afoot. Whatevs, she can be overly permissive with her own kids :-)

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  12. You TOTALLY planned out all the details. Once again you have floored me with your stylish motherhood skills. The matching night gowns is such a sweet idea. Reminds me of when I was a brownie girl scout. At our first slumber party, our troupe leader gave us all t-shirts and paint and we dipped our hands in the pant and stamped all the t-shirts (and wrote our names beneath our hand print). I still have that t-shirt to this day. xo.

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  13. Etoilee: Really, you are too kind. I used to be an event planner so I love a good gimmick - and a bunch of cute girls in matching dresses is such a perfect photo opp! Your Brownie story is great. I love how they got you to put your handprints on the shirt. That's a keepsake for sure.

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