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07:23 pm: Birthday party for #6: Harry Potter
I was nervous leading up to the party. J, the person who does the planning is Not At All organized (flaky, creative, artistic type), and I'm a tiny bit compulsive. And we had not spoken on the phone about the party. Ever. And J is not so good with email.

So, yeah, nervous.

But y'know? It went really well. It started with Teddy giving an (unplanned, unrehearsed, and very sweet) little speech to his guests at the front steps before cutting the ribbon to let the new wizarding students into Hogwarts (AKA Montessori pre-school). The students filed in, doffed their coats, piled up the gifts, and had a few wee snacks. Because no parents stayed, we had a lot of leftovers, especially veggies and cheese. More for us!

Anyhoo, the kids took their seats and were sorted into their houses (mostly Gryffindor, because Teddy picked). There was no sorting hat (J and I having been rendered paranoid by the occasional notices about lice in the public schools), but each wizard got a wizard (aka birthday) hat, a pair of HP glasses (goofy glasses'n'nose with the noses removed), and ritual tapping of wands, which substituted nicely.

There was some flailing about with the wands, particularly on the (self-selected) boys' side of the room, but J is an old pro at classroom control, so she kept things to a dull roar.

Teddy did very well for most of it, but got very frustrated with Gavin*, who kept calling out the Wrong Words for houses (I only remember "Mice!").

After the sorting, the wizards proceeded into the art room, where they decorated their goody bags with stickers and drawings. The wizard hats and glasses and wands went into the bags (having been found uncomfortable by many). The kids signed a big mural for Teddy and filed nicely into the Great Hall for potions. (J has not read HP, but neither had any of the kids except Teddy, so it worked out just fine.)

They mixed a fascinating concoction of various juices, soda, gummy worms, and the noses left over from the glasses&nose sets.

The potion was consumed (with water and milk as alternatives or supplements for those who chose) with the cake and ice cream.

{Aside about the cake: I planned the whole frickin' party after talking to the bakery at my local Big Y, who told me they could do Star Wars or Harry Potter, but not Lego, for the cake. When I went to order the cake, I learned that they cannot, in fact, do a HP cake unless the photo is supplied... which adds $7 to the cost (plus the cost for the printout, because I don't have a color laser printer). I was RIPSH!T. Fortunately, they didn't charge me the extra after all. And I got to pick the picture, which looked fantastic on the cake.}

After the feast, the young wizards adjourned to the other room (while someone other than me cleaned up! w00t!), where they selected gifts from Harry's trunk: lollipops, pencils, chocolate Santas, books, floo powder (green pop rocks), etc., which were then stowed in their goody bags (unbeknownst to them, I'd already loaded 'em up with HP bookmarks, HP silly bands, glow sticks, Cow Tails, Pop Rocks [non-green], and pencils).

The party ended with some singing and dancing - first a song about dragons, then The Lion Sleeps Tonight (one of Teddy's favorites).

The gifts have been unwrapped, the thank-you cards have been written and delivered, and the party is OVER for the year.

On his actual birthday, we're going to chill.

Peter is compiling some sort of outrageously long (9 minutes, I think) video of the event. Because yes, I have no pictures. I'm a LOSER.

* Yes, the same Gavin who told Teddy I'm fat and ugly. And who, it turns out, lives across the street from us. I may be too small a person (especially for one so large) to encourage Teddy's friendship with Teh Rude Child.

Current Location: Longmeadow
Current Mood: relievedrelieved


Date:December 20th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
Except for The Rude Child, the event sounds marvelous indeed. We'll look forward eagerly to the video!
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Date:December 20th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)

I admit that I prefer the more subdued party that preceded it

But then, it's been a looong time since I turned 6.
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Date:December 20th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)

Will you plan my party?

I'd like a "I'm Marrying Matt Damon" theme. Okay, go!

What a fun party! Exhausting, a bit stress-inducing and way too much sugar... but it's a ParTay!!!!!! And at Hogwarts, no one gets cavities or are allergic to anything (not sure about the lice, it's never brought up in the books so you were right to limit the hat-sharing).

Someday, when dd is older, I'd love for her to come out for one of Teddy's parties! Well, and me too!

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Date:December 20th, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)

not too much sugar AT the party

At least, way less than most parties Teddy's been to... the snacks were pretty healthy (no cookies or candy for immediate consumption), so it was "just" cake & ice cream. The kids did pretty well with eating fruit (especially strawberries, which I almost didn't bring, go figure), even if they did mostly ignore the veggies.

The goody bags started with no candy at all, then the Pop Rocks and Cow Tails (mini-Cow Tails, but still...), then I saw the leftover stuff from Harry's trunk and didn't want it in MY house, so VOILA! Candy! TAKE IT HOME, SMALL WIZARDS!

But hey. They got bookmarks and silly bands and pencils and glow sticks too. :g:
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Date:December 21st, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)

Re: not too much sugar AT the party

Again, small wizards need candy... small wizards that don't necessarily reside with you, need candy.

Cool that they dug the fruit... maybe b/c it was offered; I do not recall going for the fruit at any party I've ever attended as a child. See how things have changed! ;)
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Date:December 21st, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)

parties when I was a kid were more straightforward

cake, ice cream, pin the tail on the donkey (we thought about pin the ears on the house-elf, but J nixed the idea), musical chairs, go home, buh-bye!

I got the snacks mostly for parents. More than half the parents stayed for the last party we attended (strangely enough, for J's daughter). More than half stayed for Teddy's party last year.

NOT ONE stayed this year. Which was fine, except for all that damned cheese.
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Date:December 21st, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)

Teddy wanted you at THIS party

...but we thought Aria would be quite overwhelmed by the whole thing. Maybe next year?

One of the kids is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, but that was easy enough to deal with. :phew!:
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Date:December 21st, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)

Re: Teddy wanted you at THIS party

Well, thank you for the invite... but you're right: along with being in her 'sensitive' stage, she would be overwhelmed with such bigger kids playing... I'm hopeful for next year, she'll be 3.5 and every day older is better!
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