Before I forget that we hosted a party for Adi’s 10th birthday, let me jot down the details.
As that enthu cutlet Amma, I planned for a surprise party but if you know me well you can easily guess how my surprise unfolded..
Adding to my sothapals was Adi’s friend’s mother who made sure to talk to me about the party plan only when we pick up the girls that too when the girls can hear us very well. Some people never get it. I had to roll my eyes heavily to signal her and it got tough to keep up the secret as the day was getting closer so I decided to tell Adi that she can invite her friends and have a party at home over the weekend. I told her that we can bake the cake at home and plan for some games. The theme for this year was chocolate much to the dismay of “eat healthy” Amma. There is only so much one can control.
Adi came up with the cake design. She made a draft, explained it to me and scraped it as “project can’t be done” when I questioned some logistics. Few days before the party, I dusted the design, we re-worked on it and ended up with a decent cake. It was layered with melted chocolate and topped with m&m’s, mini kit kat’s and kisses. The kids loved the cake and taste was good too if I can say so myself. Some even got second servings. Cake making was a collective effort of mommy-daughter duo the night before the party.
We mixed, licked, baked, arranged and made the final product after four hours of labor. The best part was both of us maintained the zen state from beginning to end.
The top design was all done by Adi. We loved the way it turned out with the outer 10, kit kat 10 and then M&M 10. It was unplanned. You can see the difference between the design and outcome.
She invited her best buddies (five girls) from her class and the girls made chocolate dipped strawberries and their own chocolate bowls. Some fixed it as ice cream bowl, some as fruit bowl and the rest choose fruit toppings on ice cream.
What if the party was not a surprise, I had a surprise element as part of the party. I took prior permission from other parents and took the girls to nearby bowling place that Adi was asking us to take her since we moved here. The girls played there for around one hour and then we returned home and they continued to play inside our community until their parents picked up.
They had pizza and juice for lunch and return gifts were beads and strings with Adi’s personal touch. Hope the girls had put it to good use given that next day was Mother’s day.
Verdict from Adi: You know Amma, my party just gets better year by year. Can there be a better compliment? I was beaming with proud as if I won a lottery for ten generations to live a lavished life. Though, I had to agree that the effort I had personally put on this year’s party was less than the previous ones.
Oh forgot to mention LHB was the center of attraction and all the girls took turns to pamper him. They sat in a circle, played music and made him dance in the middle. He skipped his nap and enjoyed all the attention.