The Surprise Party

One of KT’s friends, E, will be celebrating her 15th birthday next week. E says that she doesn’t really want a party so she is just going to have KT and their third musketeer, D, over for a sleepover.  Now KT, D and E (so you think I have enough letters going there?) pretty much have a sleepover every weekend so they don’t think this is special enough for their friend.  They have decided that E, who has a lot of things going on in her life right now, just doesn’t want to mess with planning a party.  So their solution is to give her a surprise birthday party. 

Little Miss KT has become obsessed with this idea. It haunts her every waking hour and dreams at night.  She’s checked out all sorts of party planning books from the library, made a PowerPoint presentation to send out as an invitation and has made the to do list to end all lists.  There is a shopping section, a supplies section and a do to and by who section.  The interesting thing about this is that “KT’s Mom” seems to have the longest part of this list! I have already taken the girls shopping once and will end up taking them again.  (They don’t want D’s mom to take them as she is a bit…um…too opinionated.) I seem to be lined up for making a piñata, the cake, some sort of headband, banana shaped bean bags and painting some monkeys.  I know there’s more but I don’t even want to think about it! 


This is the pinata that I am working on.  By Friday, it will look like a tiger.  (hopefully) Right now, I think it looks like an alien…we may have to change the theme

I’m not really complaining.  It’s kinda fun to be working on birthday stuff that isn’t all jammed together with other birthdays and holidays.  I also like the fact that my daughter thinks so highly of my somewhat dubious talents and wants me to share them with her.  Most important, I want to encourage her to do kind and thoughtful things for others.  I have a good kid…even if it does mean a lot of extra work for me…

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13 Responses to The Surprise Party

  1. Dick says:

    Surprise birthday parties are fun. My wife’s birthday was on Dec 20th and was always overshadowed by the Christmas holidays. Over our years I gave her at least four surprise parties. Two were pretty normal type parties but were in August & September. One of the others was a trip on the Murder Mystery night on the Dinner Train out of Renton, along with 20 or so friends. The other was a weekend in downtown Seattle at a hotel, seeing “The Wizard of Oz” at the Fifth Ave. Theater, dinner, piano bar, shopping, etc, along with a close couple of friends. I think they were all surprises and she did enjoy them all. I’ll bet that E will enjoy it, even if she at first protests.

    If you decide to change the theme, go check out the Little A’Le Inn at Rachael, NV, near the famous Area 51 ( for possible ideas.

  2. gawilli says:

    Just as I was thinking that its cool for her to want to do that, you said it. I have changed party themes based on goodies that were available. I hope you post a picture of the pinata when it is done!

  3. Jay says:

    Sounds like it’s going to be a fun time. Surprise parties are always great. I think a lot of people get the most fun out of planning it and putting it together.

  4. Chelle P. says:

    What a sweet girl KT is for thinking of her friend! I’m sure the party will be a hit and I’m dying to see pics of the alien, oops! I mean, TIGER when it’s done. 🙂

  5. Kell says:

    You’ve got a great kid there. And she has a great Mom. How talented you are. There is no way I would attempt anything as ambitous as a pinata! Wow!

  6. Hope we get to see the final product ! Just make sure you get the video camera out when it’s being used… Funniest home videos needs you!

  7. Freakazojd says:

    That is wonderful – your daughter’s care and preparation in throwing a surprise party for her friend AND the fact that you’re able to spend time on this together. You are indeed raising a special girl there, and I know her friend will be thankful/happy/excited to be the recipient of such a great surprise! I hope you let us know how it goes – and that you’ll post “finished” pics of the tiger! 🙂

  8. Tink says:

    Wait, let me get this straight… You’re MAKING the pinata? How cool are you?! And bless your daughter’s heart for making her friend’s birthday.

  9. snookie says:

    Returning the visit– and I love your blog! It sounds like you have a wonderful daughter, I wish my friends would do stuff like that for me! The pinata sounds like a fun task 😉

  10. mjd says:

    I cannot wait to see the finished pinata. I think that you have already succeeded in raising a wonderful child, who does kind thoughful things for others. You must be a wondrful mom. Will you adopt me…no wait it is too late.

  11. Newt says:

    Wow, making a pinata! I can’t wait to see what it looked like finished. Have you gotten your Super Mom award today?

  12. Chelle P. says:

    Thought I’d drop in and let you know I’ve moved to WordPress. The blogging will be periodic at best until we’re moved, but at least I haven’t disappeared entirely.

    Speaking of disappearing…are you okay? We’re missing you.

  13. mjd says:

    So how was the party? I bet the tiger pinata was a great success.