Most of us love a good pharmacy. There’s something about the ease of picking up a gallon of milk and fresh mascara in one place that makes us devout to our local CVS/Walgreens/Duane Reade/etc. But Iris? Iris really loves CVS.
Her love is so adorably pure and complete for the local Fayetteville, AR pharmacy that her mom, Sarah Fortune Gill, has been steadily documenting Iris’ devotion — like this video of her literally dancing through the aisles — on her blog and Instagram:
As her mom explained: “She discovered all the snacks, drinks, toys, Chapstick, and Band-Aids that her little heart could ever desire.” So when Gill asked Iris what theme she wanted for her 4th birthday party, naturally, CVS was at the top of the list.
Luckily, Gill is one creative and crafty mama and she was able to pull off the most epic CVS birthday party ever. She told Babble:
“Once Iris told me that’s the theme she wanted, I tried to search the Internet for ideas, but of course I couldn’t find anything! I have fun with throwing parties, so I started brainstorming and little ideas just came to me over time. Any time I went into a store, I kept my eyes open for all things red and white, too.”
When the big day finally came, friends and family gathered at a local park and celebrated their love of Iris and Iris’ love of CVS. Check out her little register and shopping cart:
What’s even more awesome? When Gill reached out to CVS and told them about Iris’ party, the company not only sent cool swag like napkins, totes, and water bottles, they even used their sign to wish Iris a happy birthday!
“I honestly didn’t expect to hear from them, so I thought it was really sweet that they sent some CVS snacks our way,” Gill says. “The manager at the local store was awesome as well — he’s texted me a few times, excited about the buzz it was getting!”
Goodie bags were filled with your typical CVS bounty, like Chapsticks and Band-Aids. (What kid doesn’t love Band-Aids?!)
“I actually had her goodie bags all done, and at the last minute I had an idea to add a little ‘thank you’ note that looked like a receipt,” Gill told Babble. “Surprisingly, there are actually receipt makers online, so I just typed in her info and hit print.”
The grown-ups were treated to CVS punch and even got little “prescription” bottles filled with Tic Tacs. You have to hand it to Gill, she totally nailed the theme.
Iris even blew out of the candles on a CVS cake.
So, we had to ask, why go through all the trouble to honor and embrace Iris’ irrational love of all things CVS?
“One day it won’t be so simple to make her happy,” Gill says. “So for now I take her to CVS when we have a few extra minutes to spare and try my best to make her birthday party special, as tricky as it may be.”
She’s so right. We should all take a little extra time to indulge our kids’ crazy excitement more often, no matter how random or kooky. One day, it might not be so simple. Happy birthday, Iris. Here’s hoping you get an extra trip to CVS this week.More On