Friday, July 24, 2009

Slumber Parties

We have a slumber party going on here every single night of the week. Usually it's just 3 two-year-olds sharing a room who have NO idea they're supposed to be sleeping and would rather run around and tickle each other. You should see how fast they dart to their beds the moment I open the door!

But tonight we braved the waters and threw Kaitlyn a 9th birthday slumber pary. Yep, more girls. I tell ya I have enough girls!! We expected 8 more girls but only had 5 with 4 spending the night. I guess that works :)

The excitement started early this morning - it's amazing Kaitlyn could even last the whole day.

We went with a hotel theme - complete with restaurant dining and room assignments.

When all the guests arrived we showed them to their table (and take note - this is the first time my dining room has been usable in over 2 years!! - I think that means we're officially out of the baby stage):

Complete with menus:

The girls had drink options, appetizer options, main course, sides and dessert options and they took full advantage.

Mommy waitressed and cooked but I had some help (from Daddy, Caleb and the girls). Julianna seems to have an obsession with helping me with the grapes. "No mommy, me do it!" She even makes sure there are no stems left in the grapes :)

It was hard keeping this unruly bunch under control but I was tipped well with a number of extra handshakes and "thank-yous".

Since cake was listed as a dessert it made sense to go ahead and have it with dinner. Looks like a few little fingers got there first:

Mommy did NOT make the cake but I did at least write on it :)

After dinner, presents:

Then movies outside under the stars (Hotel for Dogs - so appropriate!)

After the movie it was off to "bed" or at least to their assigned sleeping quarters in the basement :) Room service was open until 11:30 - more menus - this time with candy and chips. I think we've fed them enough for the whole week!

"Room 101" (rec room):

"Room 102" (playroom):

"Room 103" (guest room):

Five very happy (and quite full) little girls:

Now all that's left is to survive breakfast - a continental breakfast just like any good hotel. While they watched the movie I baked muffins. I'm such a good mom :) Kidding! This mom is done for the night and so very grateful that birthday's only come around once a year. And no, I have no idea how I'm going to get through Caleb's 6th birthday and the triplets 3rd birthday in November. Right now I'm going to just pretend it will never happen.


Andrea said...

How fun and original!!! You are so creative. I love it!!

Candace Hickey said...

WOW! Super MOM! I agree with Andrea....creative!!

My dad used to try to scare us when I had slumber parties....too funny!

I am impressed woman!

Annie said...

I love it. You did a wonderful job. I like the theme and all the things you planned. Congratulations, Dorinda.

Have a great week.