Friday, October 16, 2009

Scenes from a slumber party

Last weekend we had Ella's birthday party. She had requested a camp out for her celebration, so at the last minute, we invited four of her friends and hoped for the best.

It turned out to be one of our best parties yet. We tend to go low tech and low stress for parties and end up having the most fun.

Some snippets from the night:

  • Third grade girls are exceedingly noisy. The five girls made more noise while putting together their own pizzas than a whole classroom of preschoolers. They giggled at EVERYTHING and talked so fast I didn't understand most of what was said.
  • Third grade boys, even if they don't understand why, crave attention from girls. L, who lives next door, was allowed to join some of the festivities but not sleep over. His participation consisted mostly of being chased around by the girls. I thought he'd get tired of being tackled and of having the girls try to pull down his pants, but just kept coming back for more. B watched it all, shaking his head. "Poor kid," he said. "He has no idea why he wants the girls to pay attention to him."
  • One should never underestimate the sheer will power and determination of five girls to stay awake as long as possible. All five girls were awake until at least 2:30, and two claimed to stay awake until 4:30.
  • Five girls can get along without fighting. I expected a certain amount of sqabbling and at least one incident of hurt feelings and tears, but there were no problems at all.
  • You don't need expensive favors or elaborate party activities to have a good time. The girls spent most of their time running around and singing songs, and the tent and camp fire provided tons of entertainment. B and I didn't really have to do anything to keep them busy.
  • Sitting by the campfire in the morning is a great way to start the day - even if it's in your own backyard.

Another successful event!


Unknown said...

thats so funny about the boy not knowing why he wanted their attention. just wait until he does! Does B have a gun???

Cookie said...

That sounds like fun! I still remember my first big sleep over in fourth grade :)

calicobebop said...

That sounds like the PERFECT birthday party! Good times had by all! I'm kinda afraid, since I'm going to be doing something similar in the next few years - but you inspire me! Maybe a ton of giggling tweens can be fun after all!


Baino said...

Sounds fabulous and you're right, you don't need loads of entertainment if they're just kept busy and occupied. I was once berated by a 3rd grader for giving away christmas tree decorations and chocolate instead of the usual gooey tooth rotting lolly bag, "This isn't a proper party. You don't have proper lolly bags!" Cut to the quick!