December 12, 2009
sixth! birthday! party!

or "Things I Discovered at Blake's 6th Birthday Party (whether I wanted to or not)"

or "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Basement Accordion Party"


  1. Be very specific as to times. I am used to waiting hours for my guests to arrive; Blake's friends arrived 5 minutes before the official start and their parents were at the door 10 minutes early. This means that the cake must be cut on time or parents will stack up in the hall.
  2. Two hours is not enough; three hours is way too long. We compromised with 2 1/2.
  3. Don't make tonnes of adult food. Blake's classmates' parents won't stay, and our parent friends had other plans. We'll be eating chili every meal for a week.
  4. Rehearse giving prizes to avoid a meltdown. Pin the Tail on the Donkey should not end with tears and clawing.
  5. Carry your camera or you'll miss the whole thing.
  6. Grandma makes the best cake. Twice.
  7. Musical chairs is a game best played with LP's. And it can go on forever if you let it.
  8. First graders can spend a half hour smashing ice chunks and kicking a soccer ball around the frozen backyard; no extensive programming required.
  9. The coffee table makes an excellent kids' table.
  10. The Greater Brampton Downstairs Accordion Recital Society Lives!


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