Monday, September 07, 2009
School Year's Eve
A few weeks ago, as I found myself bemoaning the many days I had left of summer, after Phoebe was on the Early Show, I found inspiration to get me through .
Cookie's Chassie Post mentioned "School Year's Eve" during the segment, and I thought: Aha! That's what I'll do....throw a School Year's Eve party for my little Schoolies.
I had always admired Nie's post about their back-to-school festivities, and so a few things clicked into place. When I was not having the best time being mother this summer, I would direct my thoughts to how to make a special School Year's Eve Celebration.
I knew I couldn't cook a meal like Nie, but I thought I could choose a meaningful theme and come up with crowns. The theme came to me almost immediately: "We're all in this together!" I assigned Jason to find a scripture to go along with that theme, and he found a great one about being ONE (v. 27).
Etsy is a constant source of inspiration, and surprisingly, I only found one listing for crowns that I loved, and since her shop is located out of my hometown, I knew it was the choice for me.
The School Year's Eve website gave me the playlist idea:
Some of our favorites:
We're All in this Together (High School Musical)
Graduation (Vitamin C)
This is Not a Test (She & Him)
Outro: Learning (India Arie)
Dancing Through Life (Wicked)
Autumn in New York (Frank Sinatra)
Breaking Free (High School Musical)
Lessons Learned (Carrie Underwood)
Happy Working Song (Enchanted)
The Sound of Music (Sound of Music)
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Better Get to Livin
Jesus & Gravity (Dolly Parton)
I am a Child of God (Gladys Knight)
Cookie Mag also helped us with our School Year's Eve banner, but I added some embellishment to the back.
Among our Party Festivities:
Painting Fingers and Toes
Playing Little Einstein Game
Setting Family and Individual Goals
Discussing the Theme: We're all in this together!
Fashion Show of School outfits
Dinner, Cupcakes for dessert
Finally finishing the book we have been reading almost every night the entire summer.
Poor Lolly came down with a pretty high fever a few hours before our festivities began, but a dose of motrin got her through it, and I think she had a great time.
Honestly, I can't believe I have a 2nd grader. I am about to have 16 hours sans children each week. Ok, I have had that before, but in larger blocks and sometimes with 1 out of 2 of my kiddos. 16 hours. Not to be wasted. Exciting right?