Sally's B-Day Party = A Huge Success!
We did a Mardi Gras theme -- I made the invitations myself (whew! Far more work than I anticipated!) and asked everyone to dress up.
We had about 10 kids there, and at least as many adults. Andy had procured a Party Pig of Pumkin Ale (yum!) from the local brewhouse (Rockyard -- if you've come to visit, we've surely taken you there to eat) and we had jambalaya, a cheese & cracker tray, white chocolate dipped pretzels with purple/green/gold sprinkles, a veggie tray, chips (Zapp's of course) and dip, juice boxes and homemade king cakes (thank you TonTon/Francois!)
The adults didn't really dress up (except for Andy adn I, and Aunt Susu of course, and one neighbor who used to live in New Orleans, and 2 friends, one of whom once lived in New Orleans) and all the little girls were dressed as princesses, except for Sally (Saints Cheerleader, thanks Aunt Susu for the outfit) and Sydney (Saints fan, thank you Uncle Norman and Aunt BeBe for the outfit!)
The boys were dressed as a ninja, a dinosaur, and one little boy -- Sally's favorite -- did not wear a costume. No worries, though ! IT was still a blast.
We had a parade, a bead tossing contest, Mardi Gras crafts (little make-it-yourself magnets in the shape of jester hats and masks) and a story about the history of king cake. Would you believe that Sally and Mommy got the 2 king cake babies? So we asked Sally who she wnated to give the prize to, and she said Dayne (he is her favorite little boy -- she talks about him all the time).
The kids had a blast, dancing to second-line music (provided by Ton-Ton and Kelly) and it was really fun. We didn't bother with opening presents until everyone left (too much chaos!) and the kids seemed to like their party favors, which included a jester clapper, purple, green and gold beads, mardi gras plastic coins, a mardi gras cup, a mardi gras pencil, a bead dog or cat, and a mask.
It was great to meet the kids (and their parents) that Sally talks about all the time, from school, and a few neighbors were there as well. See the website for more pix.
Fun, fun, fun times! Would I do it at my house again? Yes, absolutely. It snowed that day, and everyone was very gracious about removing their shoes (we're a shoe-free house even when it doesn't snow, and it has nothing to do with dirt in a brand-new house. You have no idea how many pesticides and other crap you are carrying around on the bottom of your shoes! And how long it stays in your carpet...ugh!).