You clicked over to read the article because you were like, “What the?!” It’s not what it looks like, I swear.
I told you before that I’ve never thrown BooBoo a birthday party, but on the occasion of his 5th birthday, he wanted one and we were all too happy to oblige.
Woo hoo! A birthday party! A couple of kids, a homemade cake, maybe a bouncer – all cool and all fun. Then BooBoo dropped the bomb, “Mommy, I want it to be a sleepover party.” Gulp. A bunch of 4-5 year olds spending the night? Hello, scary to be responsible for the overnight welfare of the 6 and under crowd.
I thought long and hard about it and decided if this was what BooBoo wanted for his first ever birthday party, by golly, he would have it, under one condition: the party would be small. My best friend is a triplet mom of 5 year olds, they’d be invited. OK, that’s 3 kids. My other best friend has a 4 year old who’d be invited, there’s one more. I have an older son, age 9, he’d obviously be invited; he lives here. And then there was the birthday boy himself, another +1. OK then, four guests plus my two kids equaled six kids; the perfect number for a sleepover partay.
I spent the better part of Saturday cleaning my house and working my ass off. In the final step of party prep, I inflated the kids’ inflatable ready bed sleeping bag/mattress contraptions while my husband pumped techno music through the house at the request of my fist-pumping kids.
As my boys were dancing and jumping on their mattresses with faces aglow, I casually mentioned, “Hahaha, techno and a makeshift bounce house. All these kids need are glow sticks and we’d be hosting a child rave!”
My husband grabbed his keys in flash, “Yes! Let’s make this a dance party! I’m gonna run to the party store for glow sticks; be right back!” Friends, he didn’t just buy a couple glow sticks; he LOADED UP on glow paraphernalia as if we were hosting a rave apocalypse.
“Now we’re hosting a kid-friendly house party?” I asked. “Ohhhh yeah,” he said.
The party started off fun and traditional, we piñata-d, ate cake, opened gifts, watched The Lorax, made a sundae bar and then…got our kid rave on!
We geared up all the kids up in glow wear – halos, necklaces, belts, bracelets, and anklets. We shut off all the lights, fired up the Daft Punk, Black Eyed Peas, and whatever other mind-numbing electronic music my husband bounces to on his daily commute and we got our dance party on! Let me tell you, the under 6 crowd have better dance moves than all of us.
The kids were breakdancing, conga lining, and shaking their booty with more conviction than anyone I’ve ever seen at a rave since 1997 (it’s been a while). These kids were FEELING the music under the intoxicating spell of sugar and thumping rhythms.
Take a look at my favorite party moments!
The dance party was a sight to behold and truly, the most memorable birthday experience I’ve ever had the pleasure of being a part of. When the dancing was over, we settled in for a little Land Before Time action and headed off to dreamland.
All in all the party was a total rager. People, these kids could party. And yes, I’m still tired.
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