My princess was turning 10 this year. We were done with all the girly themes, so I chose the all time fav – SURPRISE! Since we were spending her birthday with her cousins in the UAE, I started out by telling her that there would be no party. The sweetheart that she is, she immediately agreed. Step one was clear.
The biggest thing about a surprise is keeping it ssssshhhh! And try that with a bunch of talkative 10 year olds. Yes, I see you shaking your head in sympathy. Well, her birthday falls on 14th April. So 8th April, 2012 which was also Easter Sunday, was picked as the D-day. All the mommies were sent out a ‘save the date’ reminder and were earnestly asked not to let their daughters know. Unfortunately, mommies don’t listen do they? Somehow the word got out and I hit panic button.
Damage control is easier said than done. The daughter came home asking if we were inviting people over for dinner or something. I said that I had enough on my plate and right now she should concentrate on the last leg of her assessments. She seemed convinced………….I think! Being a mommy and an enthusiastic one at that should come with a statutory warning.
The husband is equally bad at keeping secrets. One reason I think he can never have an extra marital affair! He will simply let it all out. Can you imagine I told him just a day before and he almost spilled the beans? He casually mentioned to the daughter that her friends would be coming over. I glared like a lioness and almost hissed as I said that they were coming over to study for the French test. If she noticed something amiss, she did not show it. My pressure was rising up and my patience was going down. How can people not understand ‘Ssssssssssssssssh it’s a surprise’………………Sigh!!!!!!!!!!
Thank god for sisters who can be your true partner in crime! On Easter Sunday, she whisked the daughter away under the pretext of baking a cake. It was 12 pm. I had her girlfriends coming in at 4 pm. I swooped into my Supermom avatar. Over the week I had shopped for all that I needed whilst she was at school. My cupboard was bursting at it’s seams with all the goodies. So I came home, decorated the place and then sat to do the Easter buckets as takeaways. In keeping with the theme, I thought I would get the girls to do their own marzipan Easter eggs. Music, munchies and a game of Bingo would keep them entertained for later. Before I knew it, the clock struck 4………..
The giggly girls started pouring in. They seemed very excited and believe it or not, they had discussed the event back and forth among themselves. They however assured me that the birthday girl knew nothing of it. Well, there was just one way to find that out now. She was to arrive in about 30 mins with my mom. So I got the girls to record a video message for her before she did. We were just about done when the doorbell rang. I got all the girls huddled together and this is what happened……………our very own Miss Universe moment…
Needless to say……….turning double digits needs a memorable party, right? She had a blast, well, we all did. The daughter was super thrilled and rewarded me with the ‘best mommy in the whole world’ title. My heart went awwwwwwwww and promptly the next thing she added was…….what are you gonna do next year?
|The house all done up in her fav colours|
|Fairy lights make a birdcage into a delightful lamp|
|Simple 10 balloons across the tree mural by moi|
|The girls making the Easter Eggs|
|The Easter buckets|
Happy to write this with Blog Fest 2012.
The prompt was ‘A Party Story’, hosted by Jenn.