I'm pretty sure I had already started planning Samantha's birthday party by this time last year. I had an idea in my head and just went with it. And, because I was the Great Crafty Pretender, I had to start early in order to actually attempt to pull it off. I say it over and over again - I am not crafty, but I like to pretend to be. What takes a truly crafty person just hours to put together takes me several months of agonizing planning and execution.
This year, I have absolutely no idea what to do for Samantha's birthday party. She'll be turning 7. Such a big age! SEVEN. A little lady. Growing up fast. And, to be honest, while she has several interests that could probably be turned into a birthday party theme, I fell like they're too young for her age.
I know, I know, go with what makes her happy.
But I'll be inviting her whole class this year, and I'm terrified if I do one of the 3 things she wants, she'll come across as babyish.
I know it's not like those kids don't already know her. I know! But still...
I asked her what she wants to do. She said she wants the theme to be Evie and Mr. Cuddles from the cartoon, Mike the Knight. It's on Nick Jr., and is, in my opinion, definitely geared more towards preschool. And while she doesn't actually watch it all that much anymore, she loves the title character's little sister, Evie and her pet frog. It would be sort of a medieval theme, which would be fun to put together, but anyone familiar with the show would know...
I asked her to pick something else, and she said DW from the show, Arthur. Even though Arthur is a 3rd grader and the show is definitely geared towards a slightly older audience, the title character's little sister, DW, is in preschool.
"Samantha, what about cats? Want to have a cat birthday party?"
"No, just Evie and Mr. Cuddles."
I know that cats are super-easy to pull together as a theme. Oh, man, how simple my planning and crafting would be!! And how age-appropriate kitty cats always are!
And Mike the Knight is not yet mainstream enough to find stuff at Party City for (which is okay, because I'd rather wing it than buy commercially anyway - The Great Crafty Pretender, remember?), and both Evie and DW are such minor characters in the grand scheme of things that I'd never find enough pictures or other stuff of them to create a theme around.
I suggested everything. Well, except Curious George, for the same preschool concerns, even though she loves that, too. I just never brought it up as an option.
What would you do?