Gracie’s sleepover was a great success. Preparing ourselves for the worst probably helped. One of the mom’s does dress up parties as a side job and offered an hour of her services. I was a little worried as the girls are getting past the dress up age. But you see, these were no ordinary dress up clothes. Recycled prom dresses!
Even Owen was trying to get in on the action. I was worried that it might be too overstimulating for him with all of those girls but he had a great time and they loved him.
The dress up mom had dresses, boas, hats, shoes and makeup. One girl, a bit of a jock, refused to dress up. It started with just a boa and pretty soon she was all dolled up–wearing it all.
After unsuccessfully trying to get into a dress, the ever-resourceful Owen found his Buzz Lightyear costume and joined the fun.
All that lipstick was put to good use as the girls played a new version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Kiss the movie star on the lips. Gracie and I discovered that one via Google.
Prizes were given to all but the girl who got closest had first pick. We gave out picture frames, lip balm and necklaces. (The picture frames worked out especially well as we printed out pictures for all of the girls to bring home).
Owen had such a great time. The girls were throwing tissue paper and dancing and he was right there, schooching in between them on the couch too. We had to drag him away at about 8:45 for bed.
The pillowcases were a great success too. It was the perfect activity to settle them down before the movie.
I have to say, this one was my favorite. The gerbils bit two girls. The one who painted this pillowcase had us laughing all night. Her best line about the gerbils, “They’re for display only.”
Gracie had a really great time. I think they all did. I was really surprised just how well it went. Thank you all for the great suggestions!