K has been planning her 5th birthday since... the day after her 4th birthday party. First it was going to be a Justin Bieber party. I'm pretty sure she thought that if she had a Justin party, he would actually come. Afterall, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Belle made an appearance at her last party, so the bar has been set pretty high and she knows we've got connections. Lucky for us, after about a week, she changed her mind and decided she would rather have a pony party. For several months, K has planned the games, food, goodie bags, and decorations for her party. She's told me names of all the friends (real and imaginary) that she plans to invite. She's also told me that there will be a carousel at her party, like the one at the fair- except this one would be hers to keep in the backyard and ride whenever she wants. I had to pump the brakes on that one. Afterall, Princess K was born in a normal family, and unless Brangelina is sponsoring her 5th birthday, the only carousel at this party will be small enough to fit on her bookshelf.
Several themes later, K has moved on to planning a mermaid party. Someone better invent sparkly mermaid nail polish before February, because K says it will be in the goody bags for her guests. Also, if anyone knows what mermaid cupcakes are, let me know because she said her party is gonna have those too. (And by "let me know," I mean "make them and bring them to the party pretty please.")
All the while, N has been pretty patient about planning his 7th birthday party which is in August. He told me months ago that he wants an Angry Birds party, but he isn't particular about what games or food we will have. I'm not feeling very inspired by his theme because honestly there is no way I'm going to make life-sized angry bird scenes for N and his friends to knock down. My amazing husband suggested we take the Angry Bird theme to the bowling alley. This way the kids can knock down pins which is kinda similar to the Angry Birds in the sense that you fling an object toward some other objects in an effort to knock them all down into a messy pile. But bowling is better than Angry Birds because I don't have to construct anything over and over just to watch kids knock it back down and nothing blows up when you are bowling. My boys are telling me blowing stuff up actually makes Angry Birds better, but they don't pay bills, so I'm ignoring their reasoning.
With the party drawing nearer, I asked N what kind of stuff he wants and who he wants to invite. This is when I realized how very different N is from K.
N: (shrug) Mom, whoever wants to come can just come.
ME: Well, yeah, but we have to invite them first. Otherwise how will they know when to come to the party?
N: Blank stare
ME: So I need a list of who you want to invite.
N: Blank stare
ME: How about... (I started listing friends from school, the sitter, and soccer)
N: Yeah, just do whatever you normally do for parties. Maybe on the computer? You don't really have to tell me.
ME: Blank stare
UPDATE: After writing the first draft of this, we happened to be on a Target run when we found tons of Justice League and Superman stuff on sale. The kind of sale where I could get plates, napkins, stickers, tattoos, treat bags, and some decorations - all for under $10. N took one look, and decided he was more than happy to change his theme. And this frugal mama was more than happy to allow it. I'm thankful that when it comes to birthdays, N has an easy going spirit, and that K's only comes once a year.