Jun 22 2006

Project: Birthday Dream Party- Update!

I took my nephew out shopping for a present last night. Unlike what I expected, when we walked into the aisle with the toys, he immediatley grasped the concept that we were shopping for a girl and that she has different taste than he. It was amazing, considering he’s only 4. He almost instinctively chose toys that I think she will love (for the maximum time allotted to any one toy- about 15 minutes). I was totally shocked. He’s only met this girl once and it was several months ago. They didn’t really spend much time together and didn’t exactly get to know each other well. I don’t know where he learned how to shop for a girl, but if he has a wife when he grows up, and he still shops for women this well? She will be a happy woman. I mean, he has no love for girly things (that I could tell) but he even picked out the perfect gift bag- the Disney Pricesses. My niece is enthralled by the Disney Princesses. How he knew that? I don’t believe I’ll ever know.

He was a pleasure to shop with. He made up his mind quickly and made really good choices. Even when we saw things that he wanted (a Bambi stuffed toy was one) he was willing to just look and never begged to take something home. He didn’t seem disappointed at all that he didn’t get a treat or anything. I even asked if he wanted to play with the Bambi until we got to the register, but he politely declined. Again, I was seriously impressed. He was lovely to be with. (Until we got to the restaurant, but that’s another story. At that point, he was also his grandmother’s responsibility, and for that I was thankful!)

So I have hope that, if a 4 year old boy can so easily shop for a 6 year old girl, maybe I, too, will find deep reserves of inspiration and we can pull off a great party for my niece.

But, just in case, suggestions are still very much appreciated.

(Really, what do you think about the dog poop game? ‘Cause our backyard is really starting to need it anyway. No? Are you sure?)


  • By ticknart, June 22, 2006 @ 11:26 am

    If you don’t mind a water park in your backyard I’d recommend a hill billy Slip ‘N Slide. Get a smooth plastic tarp (I’d recommend a clear one so it doesn’t get too hot in the sun.) and spray it with water and let the kids go crazy. After they’re worn out go inside for presents, then serve the cake and ice cream, and put on a movie so most of the kids zombify.

  • By heels, June 22, 2006 @ 11:34 am

    The word “backyard” is used loosely. If I were to be literal it would go something more like this: “back fenced in area with a deck, lots of rocks, piles of wood, dog poop, construction materials, and loads of bugs.” As good as a slip and slide sounds in this weather, I’m not sure it would work all that well.

  • By nrp, June 22, 2006 @ 11:47 am

    Pinatas are pretty hot around here–up to you whether you want one stuffed with candy or not…
    Hannah has had tea parties for her past 2 birthdays. I made fun little sandwiches and cream puffs and let the kids cream-and-sugar their own tea. I’m not big on party games yet–though a bunch of 6-yr-olds might more interested. Revisit the old standy-bys (Pin the Halo on GW Bush?). We’ve been doing lots of scavenger hunts around the yard.
    Sounds like you are doing well in the gift department. I know Hannah probably wishes she had invited you to her birthday…

  • By ticknart, June 23, 2006 @ 8:08 am

    So that’s what your backyard looks like. For some reason, when ever I hear (or read) about a back yard I picture grass, which is odd since I don’t ever remember living anywhere with a nice grassy backyard.

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