Sunday, November 15, 2015

Hawaii Party (Part 2 The party itself)

Ally invited 7 friends:

The Guat Girls; Alice, Roxie, Rosa & Gabi. Her friend Stella, and 2 friends from school; Willow and Daniela.  All 7 friends were able to come. Ally was so excited to celebrate with her friends. It was cold here – 40 and windy and all the guests were happy to celebrate in such a tropical environment.


The girls sat and colored ocean-themed mosaic pages while chatting and laughing and giggling and drinking smoothies and munching popcorn. Ally handed out leis and hibiscus hair clips. Mama and Beth brought over the Jell-O and the girls squealed in delight.


Eventually it was time for games. We had a long list of games to play:



Hula Hoop  Contest.


Ally, Gabi & Daniela were so good at it we had to call it a three way tie, because after a few minutes it got boring to watch them continue.


Next up was the “Tacky Tourist Relay Race” Ally picked teams from names in a hat. She worked hard on this system during the week and was excited to be the hostess and one in charge of selecting names from the cup. The race was 2 teams of girls who had to dress up like “tacky tourists” each team had a suitcase of items to wear; Hawaiian shirt, floppy beach hat, beads, sunglasses, a purse. It was hilarious to watch. Then once dressed, she had to walk to her team mate, tag her, walk back and take off all the items. Walk back, and tag the next person who then had to put all the items on again.




Pass the Orange was next:

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The game where you pass an orange under your chin to the person next you and try to get it around the circle without dropping the orange. They dropped it a couple of times.

Our version of musical chairs was “musical beach towels” but since we didn’t have enough room for beach towels, each girl had a washcloth:

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Next up was pin the coconut:


Ally got to go first, and Stella was last.

Next up was the Pinata!

This year we just strung it up on the limbo stick and Julie and Mary Beth were brave enough to hold it up.

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We had the girls line up in order of height. Ally was 2nd (mostly because with her hiking boots on she was taller than Roxie) Tallest a was very close decision between Stella and Willow, in the end it was determined Stella was taller, by a hair. Gabi was 6th to go and she broke it open!  The girls were very patient and let Willow and Stella get a whack in on it and then it was a frenzy to grab the loot.

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As the girls compared what they got, we got the dining room ready for cake cutting. I was very touched that Stella gave Ally the baby penguin she found in the loot. She knows Ally loves penguins. Ally gave Stella the baby seal she had grabbed. (We fill the piƱata with a variety of items- pens, erasers, candy, mini figurines)

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Willow, Alice, Daniela, Gabi, Ally, Stella, Roxie & Rosa. Such nice friends for my daughter to have.

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After singing, blowing out the candle and eating cake we had time for one last game before the girls all left.

Coconut Stomp:

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There is a balloon tied around your ankle and the object is to pop other people’s balloons while keeping your coconut intact.


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Willow was the last to be picked up, and while her parents ate some cake with us, Ally opened her gift from Willow. Ally was thrilled to get some Shop.kins.

After Willow left Ally posed with her remaining gifts. And Becky is posing above with the card Roxie made – it’s a hula girl, complete with coconut bra saying Aloha! It was adorable.

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It was a fantastic party.

Huge shout out, thank you to Beth. She traveled to come, has never missed Ally’s birthday in all 9 of them, and works so hard to make the event a huge success. Thank you Thank you Thank you.

Ally is so lucky to have an Aunt like you.

Hawaii Party–Part 1 (before the guests arrive)

Yesterday was Ally’s 9th birthday party – Hawaii was this year’s theme.

Even though Becky baked all day on Friday and last weekend we did the major decorating there was still more to do the day of the party.


Palm trees! Beth brought giant brown paper tubes, and we cut out palm leaves from green construction paper, and attached brown balloons for coconuts. This decoration was ALL Beth. The trees were fantastic.


The biggest challenge was beach balls. Beth brought some HUGE (26” diameter) beach balls. Inflating them was a battle. We tried human lung power – that was a lost cause, then we tried an air mattress pump – that was only marginally better and the noise from the pump was giving us all headaches. Beth and I took the balls to a local gas station to use the air compressor – but that was a huge failure- it was a windy day and we were freezing and blowing away and while we had some success, we got the needle for the pump stuck in the first ball. We went home. Once at home we tried a bike pump. That was exhausting but at least it was working and not a nuisance noise. Finally Beth headed outside with the pump and sat reading her kindle and pumping up the beach balls. Eventually she figured out how to adjust the valve was able to pump them up really quickly.


We tried stacking them to make a column, but the base was too unstable. Finally we just piled them in the front hall, and sent a ball home with each guest.


Every year I make Ally a photo album of 2 pictures of her each month of the year. Actual printed photos. I found her in the quiet time before guests came sitting in the living room looking at this year’s book.  She is so amazing.


Becky took a break with Cloey on the couch to rest before the party started, and Beth braided Ally’s hair.


Cloey even had a hibiscus on her harness. When everyone arrived, she went to her crate and was quiet in there the whole time.  The rest of these are pictures of the house to show the decorations. Becky was setting up in the kitchen. We served tropical smoothies (pineapple, mango, banana, vanilla yogurt and orange juice) in coconut cups.


Ally’s room was decorated with palm trees hanging from the ceiling, and surfboard garlands we made.


The beach back drop in the living room, next to the “pin the coconut on the palm tree game”.


The cake table also had leis and hibiscus for each guest, and a neat display of Jell-O with drink umbrellas in each cup.  Ally loves to make walls of streamers hanging down.  The dining table had more yummy treats – Ally asked for popcorn, and we had chocolate covered macadamia nuts, and homemade coconut bread with pineapple butter, dried mango & pineapple, and salted macadamia nuts. All on display with Ally’s birthday year photo book.


The view from the living room looking into the dining room. Al close up of Beth’s palm trees.


One night last week, Ally and I painted 2 pineapples to use as decorations. I made the wreath of drink umbrellas for the bathroom door.


Then it was time for posed pictures. Beth and Ally looked so un-natural I told them to loosen up.


This is what I got.


Our family.