A ‘Treat Buffet’ of Pinkness put the icing on the cake of our Fancy Pink Tea Party. The kids loaded up take-home containers with sweet treats and stuffed them into pink burlap beach bags along with their fancy balloons, party hats, and whatever else they had collected along the way.
It was over-the-top all-the-way. It was not your average Saturday morning, it was a Fancy Pink Tea Party. And I think it is pretty safe to say that for the sixteen kids who sat around that tea party table, and for the other twenty or so of Meera’s VIPs who spent that time with us that day, it was very special. A guest list of 40 is relatively small for us J-Ms, but Meera’s 3rd Birthday Party was huge. There was magic in the air. And, yes, the beauty was in all of the many tiny details…
But the real loveliness was in the gigantic enormous JOY that was swirling all around us that day. A real good time was had by all.
The whole she-bang lasted precisely two hours. I had predicted that two hours would be our girl’s max for playing Party Princess, and I was precisely right – right down to the minute; at noon on the dot Meera found me amidst the chaos, reached up to me, and said, “Mama, will you hold me?” She was done. She is, after all, only 3 (thank God)! And she was ready for her nap. Once the last guest had left I took our Fancy Pink 3-Year-Old up to her room and felt very grateful that despite this latest milestone she is still my Little One. She is still my baby girl. I can still hold her and rock her and whisper sweet nothings in her ear until she falls asleep in my arms. And I plan to do that for as long as she’ll possibly let me.
At the end of it all, I’m just so glad we did it. The Fancy Pink Tea Party. It was a shamelessly indulgent two hours of our lives. Worth every single bit of everything that went into it. Mostly because of this: seven years into parenting, if there is anything I’m sure of, it is that they get it. They really do. They get it when we go all out for them. They know when careful thought and heartfelt love is poured into something. And so when I can, and for as long as I sense that they genuinely appreciate it, I’m going to go all out for them.
Happy Birthday Meera Grace!
It was a really great day.
“Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.” ~William Somerset Maugham