Tiger Lily's birthday
Tiger Lily had a lovely birthday. I hate doing parties, but I promised both the older kids that they could have one this year (I must really love them).
I always feel crazy when ten excited children are hopping up and down in my house. I felt that this year's party came off pretty well, though.
I have a hard time coming up with activities, so I planned the party around dinner. Discovery 1: kids don't like toppings on their pizza. Who knew? Next time I will only get cheese pizza. Discovery 2: also, kids don't like cupcakes that much, just the frosting. Whatever. They are free to lick the frosting off and throw away the cake.
One sanity-saver of mine is planning the party for 90 minutes instead of 2 hours or longer. I know that's shorter than everyone else's parties, and I hope people don't feel cheated, but for me that's the difference between sane and crazy so I just go with it.
In any case, we had dinner and did a few simple activities (pin the tail on the leopard, operated by Red Chief; leapfrog; decorating favor bags; opening gifts; dancing and playing with balloons). It went well.