So my little lassie is five now.
Five years old.
Five years since she took forever and a day to be evicted from my womb forcibly and unceremoniously with much force. She was a spitfire even then: she immediately kicked the doctor and shit on the peds nurse when they finally wrangled her out of me. She looked just like my brother in law if he mated with Abe Vigoda but I loved her so much the second we were alone together, finally, at 3 am in my crappy room at Lutheran Medical Center (aka the fourth ring of hell). She looked up at me and even though there was SO much deep, profound, cellular-level love, her eyes said, “Get your helmet, lady, I’m going to give you a run for your money.” I wouldn’t have a girl child in this world ANY OTHER WAY. She is loud. She is bossy. She is opinionated. She is a righter of wrongs. She is a protector of others. She demands justice. She is insulted when adults pander to her. She is vain. She is proud. She is petulant. She is completely irrational. She is hilarious. She has a terrible case of potty humor (not potty mouth, though). She is a feminist who will only wear ruffle-y dresses. She is all the things I hoped a girl would be and more and I will do everything I can to keep the world from taking even one little piece of who she is away from her…I know I cannot protect her from everything, I’ve already learned that from scrapes, girl bickersomeness and other mama lessons. Yet, I know I can still be her place to fall and her backbone when she needs one. ’Cause we all need that sometimes, right?
So now on to this fabulous “Adventure Time" birthday party we threw for this little broad! I could not have done one single thing without the amazingly talented, easy going, meticulous, dementedly perfectionistic and sweet-natured Melissa Mangold of Ai/Aboutistanbul Events. She can throw down a party theme even if she is not familiar with it, as was the case with Aila’s demand for an "Adventure Time" party. Let me tell you: it is NOT EASY to find Adventure Time stuff. It’s like one chain store with cheesey junk and etsy-ville and that’s IT. And now, Missy Mangold, who can make a BMO cake like nobody’s business…seriously, this cake tasted better than my wedding cake AND was super-cute, spot-on perfect and rainbow on the inside, helloooooo!!!!! Her chocolate dipped marshmallow pops were a hit with my gluten-free guests but Missy also makes amazing gluten-free and vegan cupcakes so you can hit her up for that, too. She’s just all kinds of brilliant, you can go see for yourself here: https://www.facebook.com/Aieventplanning
Now, as for events and entertainment, what the hell do you do for a bunch of five year olds? It’s tricky, they’re a mercurial lot. One false move and they’ll revolt against you with miseries, whining and complaining. Maybe even tears and screaming. All things opposite of fun will be rained upon you if you cross a five year old. Enter Donetta Riley, stage left. She has been in our life pretty much since Aila was born, starting at six weeks when we began Music Together classes and we continued on with our beloved Donetta because she is just pure joy and kid magic. She is also the fastest, most talented and epic face painter in all the land. No matter how squirmy the kiddo. She is patient. She is fun, goofy, loud enough to herd them into doing fun activities, has more energy and karate chops than I have had in a year in one party. She is just a party in the form of a human that will entertain the kids so much that all the adults can actually speak, drink a beer or three and get some food in their mouth. If people don’t use Donetta for their parties, I actually wonder what might be wrong with them. You can find her here: http://kidsfunparties.com/
Lastly, major thanks to baby/mama for letting us tear it up in their event space in the back room. We sure piled the humans in, big and small. Some folks said we’d never fit us all in, but those folks were wrong! It was the PERFECT size and my sister in law got to shop for her newborn while we partied, win/win, right? baby/mama just opened this Spring and has already won the Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Award 2013 for Best Maternity/Baby Shop in all of the NY Metro area! How sweet is that? And dammit, why were they not around five years ago when I was knocked up with this lil’ chica? Honestly, baby/mama is a mecca for all new mamas for products, classes, events and just general “HELLLLLLP!!!!” You can find them here: http://www.babymamabk.com/
So, thank you, to my people for hooking this broke-ass sister up so that I could give my lil’ sassafrass the party of her lifetime. You were all amazing, kind, generous, thoughtful and so wonderful I get a little weepy. It’s been amazing to be surrounded by people who just give of themselves so selflessly and that experience was the best part of the whole party, truly!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AILA!!!!!