Maya loves parties. She loves planning them almost as much as the party itself. Where she gets this trait is a complete mystery. I can’t think of any blood relative on my side of the family who gets a thrill out of throwing parties, and Joshua’s family doesn’t seem like the theme party type, either. And it’s not just the fact of the party. My parties, should I throw them, would consist of setting out bowls of snack and soft drinks, everyone coming over and hanging out. Maya’s favorite parties are those with a holiday attached, however ‘lesser’ it may be, and involve decorations – the more the better – themed snacks and games and party favors. We’ve been known to have St. Patricks Day parties at her insistence, though there isn’t a shred of Irish anywhere in our family.
So tomorrow we’ll be hosting 6 friends for a Halloween Party. Maya is beside herself with anticipation. She drives the rest of us nuts hammering out the details and repeating them several times to make sure we’ve got it. The party is from 1-5, and so today was prep day. This included: straightening the house to make room for the guests and games, unpacking the pre-purchased party items, decorating (we’ve got a spider theme going on, with lots of webs and one ENORMOUS hairy tarantula crawling up one wall), heading out to Michaels Craft Supply to get some fill in items, stopping by Buttercup Cafe to make sure we can get cupcakes in the morning with no frosting as well as orange frosting so the kids can decorate the cupcakes themselves, more decorating, buying more last minute decorations in the form of orange lights and wallhangings, buying my costume (an electric blue punk wig is the centerpiece. I love it!), and then carving pumpkins and setting aside pumpkin seeds to roast. Oh, and preparing 8 balls of yarn at 50 yards each to use in a web game. (We also have a bean bag toss, a velcro dart game and will be bobbing for apples in an honest to god washtub that I found at Gracious Home, of all places!) Tomorrow morning we will be blacking out the windows, doing the final decorating, picking up cupcakes, filling the washtub…and vacuuming.
This kind of party prep and decorating was waaaaay out of my comfort zone a few years ago, but now, even though I can’t say I enjoy it per se, I’ve trained myself to do it well, and I like the way our apartment looks when all is said and done. Plus, there is nothing better than seeing Maya almost shiver with the excitement of it all. I’m thinking she may wind up being an event or party planner of some sort. She’d be great at it, especially if she had a boatload of people she could order around all day in preparation.
Stay tuned for Part 2, which will include photos (I promise to have someone take one of me in that wig and full on punk makeup!)