Sunday, December 7, 2008

How I Spent Saturday - Princess Birthday Hell

Ella’s four years old! Mary is generally pretty conservative financially, but one of her extravagances is the kids’ birthday parties. A local business does theme parties and Mary and Ella picked out the Fairy Princess Tea Party. Lots of three-to-five-year-olds overrunning the house, painting their faces, and generally having a great time.

You get the best idea from this shot. Our foyer became the grand hall of Ella’s castle, complete with tea service, makeup, crafts, etc. Pretty darned cute, really. Yeah, I characterize it as birthday hell, but all of the kids had a great time and that makes it worth it. Plus, dad ran to Costco for wine and other beverages, so all of the moms had a great time.

I was somewhat chagrined at the proportion of Disney Princess gifts (and the corresponding lack of chemistry sets and the like), but there’ll be time for that.