Every now and then I do something smart, and one of those was combining the girls' birthday parties this year. (Their birthdays are less than a month apart. Rachael turned nine, and Rebecca turned seven.)
They really wanted a slumber party, and fortunately my friend Heather gave me the idea for a "Mock Slumber Party": They come in PJs and bring pillows and slumber bags and stuffed animals. They eat pizza and do their nails and tell stories.
Then at 9:30 pm everybody goes home and goes to bed.
So that's what we did.
Here's the gang, soon after they all arrived. Notice Lammie is in her nightgown as well.
Here's everyone having pizza. The girls set up the table themselves, including making the little candle centerpiece.
Robert took Benjamin shopping for trucks when the party began. When Benjamin came back, he happily sat in the roped-off side of the playroom and enjoyed his pizza.
I really think the main reason the girls wanted a slumber party was so they could have pillow fights.
Yup. I'm pretty sure that was the reason.