Sunday, January 20, 2013

Katie Turned Three!

Holding up one finger is pretty easy -- a baby could do it. Holding up two fingers is a bit trickier -- but manageable. Holding up three fingers is hardest of all -- it's a complicated mess of thumb and fingers. Fortunately, they don't give that job out to just anyone: You have have be three years old to do it.

Katie's birthday fell on a Sunday this year and we had lots of time for her to practice her fingers and to open presents and eat cupcakes and beat a pinata and all the fun things you get to do on a birthday.

Originally, Katie had told us that she wanted a "Dora Mermaid Birthday" party. We weren't quite sure what to do with that, but then it changed. She wanted a princess birthday. What a novel idea. Has anyone ever heard of such a thing?

My primary duty is pinata construction, and I wasn't sure what to do with Dora Mermaid except maybe slap a printed picture of Mermaid-Dora on our standard balloon-shaped pinata. However, with the princess theme, I ventured into the unknown and fashioned a castle-shaped pinata from a cardboard box. I cut out the side panels, leaving just the edges of the box to provide shape to the papier-mache covering. A little purple spray-paint and we had ourselves a pinata.

What should you put in a castle-shaped pinata? You should put in t-shirts with tiaras printed on them! Everyone gets their name included on the shirt. Boys get to trade tiaras for swords. It's hard to be sure, but it seems that the inclusion of swords on the shirts prompted the boys to playfight like maniacs for about an hour afterwards. It was total craziness.

Katie requested cupcakes with purple frosting. She has a Dora picnic book where they eat cupcakes with pink frosting, so I guess she still retained some Dora elements in her birthday. The cupcakes were gluten free, delicious, and purple.

Happy Birthday Katie!

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