Kiki’s fourth birthday is fast approaching and I am in the process of planning her birthday party.
We are very fortunate that our neighbors, who have 4 kids and dozens of local nieces and nephews, actually own a bouncy house. And not a little bouncy house. I’m talking about the big bouncy house that they have at carnivals. We share a yard with our neighbors and they have told us that we can use the bouncy house any time we want to. Bouncy house in the backyard + cake + friends = instant 4th birthday party.
I was trying to keep her party theme simple since we’re just having her close friends over, and really all the attention will be on the frog-faced bouncy house. So I suggested to Kiki that we just decorate with her favorite colors. She had been telling me for a while that her favorite colors are blue, pink, and purple. I can work with that. I’m picturing balloons, streamers, and food all in her favorite colors. Simple and cute.
I pulled up a website the other day with balloons and asked Kiki which color pink she wanted. She then proclaimed that she wanted red. Oh and NAVY. Oooo and YELLOW! Navy? What 3 year-old likes navy? I tried telling her that that was really too many colors and she needed to stick our original of just 2 or 3 colors. She said, “ok. Red, navy, and yellow.”
Crap. Red, yellow, and navy are so not as cute as pink, purple, and blue.
I try to reason with her. “Honey, I’m not sure what to do with those colors. I wanted to have foods that are the colors you picked. I can think of yellow and red food, but I can’t really think of any navy foods,” I tell her. She thinks about this for a minute. “I know! Blueberries are navy!” she exclaims.
Crap. She’s right. Blueberries are totally navy.
I should have known better than to ask her opinion. She would have been more than happy with a pink, purple, and blue party if I had just gone with it without consulting her.
But I’ve decided to make the most of it. We’re going to Disney World a few weeks after Kiki’s birthday (her first visit!) so I’m going to make it a Disney party. I can keep it cheap by using the plethora of Disney toys my daughter owns as table decorations and I can still totally use her requested red, navy, and yellow for balloons.
Alright, I’m off to make myself feel inferior by getting some party ideas from Pinterest!