Saturday, February 17, 2007

Four Ponies and a Choo-Choo Train

Are you feeling the pressure to outshine your neighbors with a better birthday bash for your child? Time Magazine heralded the backlash against "out of control" parties for children recently, citing the Birthdays Without Pressure organization. Among many examples, they include a one year old’s party in a Minnesota community that had 60 guests and gift opening that took two hours. Hey, party poopers! We should cheer these extravagances – that one year old will be able to hold her head up high at the country club just as soon as she's old enough to walk.

After all, we just had a splendid birthday party for Q today, with four ponies (count 'em, one, two, three, four!), a cowboy, train rides, a petting zoo and our own bouncy castle!

Okay, we're not insane – really, calm down. We got together with ten other families from our original newborn Mommy Group and celebrated their birthdays all together. The oldest of the babies turned two last month, and Q is the youngest, with two weeks to go. It was good to see everyone under the blessings of sunshine, and admire how animated the little folks have gotten.

June 2005 (Q is on the right, in blue stripes. Photo courtesy of YF.)


Q was rode his pony quite happily, wearing the genuine cowboy vest that Nanny J brought him from Texas. The biggest pony fan had to have been K Goose, who barely left the animals long enough to eat cake.

Mmm, cake. (LG and Daddy to LG are sitting with us.)

Many thanks to D, who organized us and figured out that we could have a spectacular party for a very reasonable fee, divided eleven ways.

It's time for bed, so the dance gig stories will wait for another day. One thing last thing I have to say though: Britney, Britney, what are you doing?


Suzanne said...

What a cute idea for a party. It's pretty amazing to see how all those babies have grown. Happy Birthday to Q!

YF said...

awe... great write up of the day and excellent group photo. it was great to see you too - Q looks fantastic on the horse!

Mayberry said...

Great idea--it seems like the ultimate birthday without pressure.

Occidental Girl said...

What adorable pictures! I love the group shot of the babies and then the toddlers.

And, great idea to have a group party. I'm so jealous of your community of mommies and kids who get together like that....but very happy for you!

Mamacita Tina said...

Believe it or not, I was able to pick out Q before reading the sentence below the picture!

Looks like a great time had by all. All those kids together, so cute!

Britney, heavy sigh.

Mocha said...

It's not overboard like the magazine talked about, this is still focused on the kids having fun and creating some life-long friendships. The two pictures of them as babies and a little older were precious.

ewe are here said...

2 hours to open presents? Good grief!

I like the idea of a joint pony-party so much better - and those group pics are fantastic!

Lady M said...

It was indeed a splendid time.

Mamacita Tina - I'm impressed that you could recognize the young Q!