For Bridget's birthday party this year I encouraged her to take a break from her greatest love (Disney princesses and princes) as a theme and explore a different angle of fangirl: her love of WordGirl. While Maddie and Gracie watched WordGirl a little here and there when they were Bridget's age, Bridget loves WordGirl; she knows all the villains by name, can describe their particular streak of villainy, and watches with great concentration the way WordGirl defeats them with her superior use of vocabulary (and speed and strength and cunning). She immediately jumped on board, and I set to work coming up with ideas for a WordGirl party. This all happened within the last 10 days, because despite the fact that I gave birth to this child on May 10, I seem to be surprised every single year when May 1 rolls around and I realize her birthday is in but ten days.
While I may be a cake wrecker of epic proportions, I am handy with a computer, so I whipped up some invitations suitable for a bowling birthday:
We also decided to do WordGirl-themed favors: personalized bookmarks with WordGirl and Captain Huggy Face, little journals, two pencils, and our own brand of magnetic poetry:
I am handy with a Xyron machine and a magnetic-laminating cartridge, too. I made little cupcake toppers with the WordGirl logo, ordered a t-shirt for Bee to wear on the big day, and called it good until it came time to make the cupcakes. At which point I suddenly realized the following:
MY WORDGIRL BIRTHDAY PARTY WAS SUDDENLY LOOKING VERY MUCH LIKE A COLD WAR COMMUNIST BIRTHDAY PARTY.
Sigh. : )
1. Viet Cong/Chairman Mao cupcakes
2. Super Bee in her surprise t-shirt
3. When you have a bowling party on base, the birthday girl gets a real bowling pin that her guests get to sign (this was a giant hit)
4. Maddie and her clown bowling shoes—since when did the little baby sweet pea get size 5 feet?
5. Perfect gifts from her friends
6. She looks sweet here, but she is actually a competitive little thing. She reminded Maddie a number of times that she beat her at the gymnastics bowling party last December, and intended to do the same on this day (which she did).
7. Matt in his squadron bowling shirt
8. A spare for Bee! She had the highest score on the left lane.
9.-10. A little bowling center context
11. The guests and the birthday girl yelling "BOWL!"
12. A very happy birthday girl, indeed.
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