I’ve been pretty anti-sleepovers for my kids because of negative experiences I had as a kid and because I watch too much Oprah. I make exceptions here and there, and for Phoebe’s 10th birthday I conceded. Her closest friends are really great girls, so I felt like it would be a good experience.
After school I brought snacks and balloons so that the party could start right away. We headed to tap class because 2 of the 4 girls were in it. Since we were in Harlem, we headed over to a salon nearby for manicures. I was surprised to find they were 5 bucks each. What? Around the corner we had equally cheap pizza-6 slices and 5 drinks for 20 bucks. I decided that all birthdays henceforth will be taking place in Harlem.
When we got home the girls wanted to open presents, have a Hamster (eraser) wedding and eat cake. There was some intermittent singing and dancing until it was time to head to the roof. Each girl brought a balloon, made a wish and let them go. One friend wanted hers to end up in Africa…I hope it did. Jammies went on and popcorn was popped for a viewing of the Smurfs. This is when the dying-a-slow-death dvd player decided to die for realz. Jason and I exchanged it for our backup DVD player (whoosh) and I then dozed off while the girls watched the movie.
In the morning we had chocolate chip pancakes, fruit salad, bacon and OJ over a round of The Barbie Game. Thankfully I shipped Lolly off to her own sleepover so the Slumber Party was DRAMA free…. A success!