Who knows - the kid just might.
When her birthday rolled around - she requested a big Hawaiian Luau - complete with grass skirts, lei's, and hula dancing with all of her friends. I said 'no. We're keeping it small this year. You can have five friends over for a sleepover.' She was disappointed - but agreed (reluctantly) - and perked up considerably when I showed her the invitation I created for her Parisian Themed party.
At any rate, I figured to make things easy - we'd do a sleepover on Friday night - a few sweet treats, some French Fashion paper dolls, a Barbie French Fashion movie - and then the next morning, have the big activity - a special trip to C&C where Laurent (chef and owner) would demonstrate the art of crepes and the girls could have their fill.
I made things REALLY easy. As in - cashed in a gift certificate to Cupcake to have Anna's birthday 'cake' made. Red velvet mini cupcakes with cream cheese icing + vanilla mini cupcakes with chocolate icing = happy girl + not-overtired mama. Win - Win.
I have to admit - I did feel a little bit guilty that I didn't make any baked goods for this girl's birthday...
The morning after the sleepover (which is a bit of a misnomer - I discovered this year that five little girls nearing age eight don't really sleep - rather - they squeal and scream a lot...) the girls got their goody-bags ... a red beret, red shorts, and t-shirt with the same logo as the invite (thank you Photoshop.) And then it was off to C&C.
I couldn't help thinking 'In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines, the youngest one was Madeleine...' or in our case, six little girls in one zig-zag line...
Laurent and Amandine made things really special. I think they were excited to have a little girl's birthday party at their restaurant. The girls had their own table reserved for them, that they had decorated in balloons, and where they placed flowers that Deonne had sent in advance for Anna.
It was a really great time - and I think Anna thoroughly enjoyed it. She got to have the company of her bestest buddies, to savor one of her favorite treats, and the best part (as she says) had her Daddy home for the weekend to celebrate together.