Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Pajama Partaa

invitations. . . little sleeping bags. . . *with pillows*

Am I the only person who gets overwhelmed by the amazing parties people have for their children?

The bloggers only make it worse.

Seriously, handmade favors for each child?

Beautiful photography covering each moment?

Never mind the amount of $$$$$$$ spent on exquisite little treats and extras.

I love parties, in fact, I live and breathe them.

However, my imitation Pottery Barn style would probably be scoffed at by the PB designers and I don't have time to create tiny nightgowns made out of vintage sheets (snatched up at antique stores on my free Saturdays). . . although those would make great favors for a pj party.

Our favors were bead necklaces ($2 total) and a bucket of lipglosses ($1). Just call it Hayley-free-embarrassingly-cheap style.

The reason I'm writing this is not to complain about finances, but to point out that really . . . who cares if your parties aren't perfect or you don't have a real fondue pot?  Seriously? Just have fun.

Little people are the absolute easiest guests EVER.

They are thrilled with the ordinary.

So our pj party.

Ordinary mommas  living on regular streets driving regular vehicles wearing J. Crew via Goodwill - - - be inspired.

We colored.

We played beauty shop.  ($1 spray misters filled with water = drenched little heads + tons of fun)

We ate "fondue." Actually Cheez Whiz.  + snow peas + carrot sticks + pretzels + mini hot dogs.

Daniel built us a little fire and we traipsed out in the back yard to roast pink marshmallows. . . {hilarious side note. . . as he instructs 8 little girls to stick their roasters in the fire, he was unprepared for their prompt obedience.  About 8 little marshmallows instantly lit on fire and then 8 little sticks zoomed up and then he's like "oh, oh, oh, don't wave it around!" Definitely new experience. . . fire + firefighter + instruction = normal. Adding 8 little girls at a slumber party = not normal.

Another side note. . . if you take eight little girls outside in the dark, four flashlights are not enough.  I wouldn't have made it if Sarah, one of the moms, hadn't had pity on me and stayed to help.

The girls talked constantly.  Why does this still surprise me?

They also had a very hard time going to sleep. I put on some quiet bluesy jazz for them to drift off with and I guess I didn't know the CD very well because it only intensified the giggles and wiggles. Daniel: "That CD is not working."

We had a midnight snack run, too. . . I looked at the three little girls sitting on chairs in our kitchen, eating by the glow of the water dispenser light on the refigerator and I thought. . . wow. . . I have so looked forward to this stage of life. . . seeing my kids and their friends happy in our home. . . {if this makes no sense to you it is probably because your toddler children never *bit* their friends}

On a whim I grabbed Rhodes frozen cinnamon rolls at WalMart and my breakfasts for overnight guests will never be the same.  They were totally amazing.  I have made homemade rolls since I was eleven. . . but if you can buy the exact same thing for $3 and put it together in two minutes then I say, retire the rolling pin.

It was truly a blast.

It is also true that I drank a ton of coffee the next day.
Pajama Party. . . <---------- here. . .

Remember that great quote "If Mamma says there's a pink elephant on the roof, there's a pink elephant on the roof"?
Your mom didn't say that?

Animals waiting on the porch swing to greet our small guests. . . (note the snake, courtesy of JD)

I went to the library right before the party to check out "Bedtime for Frances" which is ALWAYS there, but of course,
the night I wanted it *really bad* it wasn't.  So we settled for some other cute ones. . .
like "Llama Llama Misses Mamma" (I thought that might come in handy.)

before we were married and Daniel was living here alone, he saw this humongous mirror sticking out of a dumpster behind a hospital where he was waiting after running a call.  He drove back later, off duty, and loaded it into his tiny ranger (I just laugh thinking about it).  That mirror was the most honkingly heavy mirror I have ever seen in my life.  It graced our newlywed dining room for . . . . an embarrassingly long time.  It was like living in a house of mirrors.  Eventually we Daniel cut it up and so we have all of these cool mirrors in our basement. I brought one up and leaned it against the wall for the beauty shop.

My mom gives these little fur families to the kids.  they adore them.  we made them a treehouse home
on a cakeplate next to a plant that I'm desperately trying to keep alive. I thought it added to the decor.

I love to change everything up in my house when we have parties.  I brought a lamp down from upstairs
and pushed the table next to the chalkboard wall to make a buffet. . .
that way I had room to drag in one of the overstuffed chairs from the living room and
create a puzzle-putting-together area in the dining room.

Yes, here is the hidden Wal-Mart advertisement.  They're paying me for this.  *I wish*
Organic cotton pjs $5!!!
The tutu was a birthday gift, but it was only $5 too.
I know because I went and bought one for my niece.
(Sorry Deeann, now I made your gift sound cheap.  Sorry Edith, I also made it sound like I got a very un-sacrificial gift for Kamie.)

Oh my. I can't believe {once upon a time} I told God I wanted to be a mom to just boys.

{*practicing the hostess part* "hi, thank you for coming to my party. here is a necklace for you. . .
Mom, what if everyone wants pink?"}

this is an extremely original game. . . musical necklaces. when you don't have enough little chairs, improvise.

{my fondue assembling assistant the lovely ms Kaylin. . .}

{endless beauty-shop-ness}

this just cracks me up

don't all girls love looking at catalogs and magazines??
Breakfast. . . Rhodes Cinnamon Rolls with {pink} frosting


  1. HOW ADORABLE! You shouldn't dread parties, you are an amazing party planner. You created memeories to last a life time, I'm sure Cambria and the girls loved every minute of the party.

  2. I just love you, think your amazing, and MIGHT have had a little tinge of "girl mom" jealousy. - Just a little... ;)

  3. That looked like it was the funnest little girl party ever! Cambria will always remember it (the other little girls probably will too).

  4. Too cute!! You know how to put on a party, girl! I love the musical necklaces idea; clever.
    Those girls are adorable and it looks like they all had a super fun time.

  5. o this is great:) adorable girls and yes. amen to the other ladies. You planned a super party! Nothing to be ashamed of.nothing at all. :)
    these girls will forever remember you and the night you took the time 'to be one of them'.!!!

  6. Looks like so much fun! I think you inspired me to try a pj party too!

  7. Interesting - one of my closest friends is a Frances and I had never heard of those books until she mentioned she used to have them as a child. I bought her every one for Christmas. Have never heard of them mentioned again. Seeing them in your post made me smile, and call her.

  8. I always have these BIG dreams of these perfect parties & then when I start buying everything that I want for the perfect party I begin to wonder if its worth it so it all gets downsized... But your party was so cute!! The beauty parlor chair with mirror was neat! (and I love the Rhodes rolls idea!!)

  9. What a cute idea for a party! Loved this post. You are such a great mom :)

  10. oh wow, this post totally got me teared up when i came to the part where you confessed that at one point you only wanted boys. after 2 boys of my own, i am expecting our first girl in 3 months and i am excited/apprehensive/terrified! seeing all of these pictures and little girly touches everywhere made me look so forward to the future. you rock!

  11. looks like a fun party! hubby and me were just talking about how chlidren's parties have changed over the years from when we were growing up (we were walking by the beach where they had an inflatable bouncy thing for kids to play on plus the catered food plus being at the beach for kids to go and play in the ocean). I like simple and cool like you guys did! I'm sure it was a hit for all and very much enjoyed by your daughter!!! WTG!


  12. My dear you are an amazing mom and I'm glad I get to see that up close!

    I'm just bummed I didn't get to come because that party looked awesome!!

    When I was young we had a New Years Eve party and we had a beauty shop and we even had a glamour photo shoot! They will definately remember it!

    I wish the twins lived closer because I would have TOO much fun playing with them!

  13. You are such an amazing mom. You can see all the love that went into this. I too am one that once upon a time only wanted all boys...God blessed me with three girls and I am so thankful. They bring out a side to me I never knew they would.

  14. I have always said I want all boys too ... but maybe a little girl ... or 2 ... would be OK :)