Friday Five: It’s My Party

As posted by yours truly at RevGalBlogPals:

I hate to say it, but over the years I’ve been to too many parties where I, or the birthday child, has felt much like the chorus of Lesley Gore’s old tune. I am therefore not the biggest fan of birthday parties.
For this Friday (which happens to be my birthday), tell us these five things about parties, birthday or otherwise.

1) Would you rather be the host or the guest?

Hmm. If it’s an event for grown-ups or all ages, I like to be in my house, although I stress out about it terribly in advance. (Children’s parties are another matter.) I really don’t like big parties, which is funny for an extrovert. Perhaps it’s because I am not much of a drinker and big parties so often revolve around alcohol.

2) When you are hosting, do you clean everything up the minute the guests go home? Will you accept help with the dishes?

I’ll take the help! But I also like to leave something for the next day. I love the sight of crystal on the table the next morning, glasses that require gentle and leisurely hand-washing.

3) If you had the wherewithal, and I guess I mean more than money, to throw a great theme party, what would the theme be?

A few years ago we batted around the idea of having a party for Tolkien’s birthday with Lord of the Rings food and costumes. Then I realized it was the same date as my nephew’s birthday, and that didn’t seem like a good idea. I still like the idea, though. Maybe someday. We own a pair of hobbit costume feet.

4) What’s the worst time you ever had at a party?

Five years ago we had a combination friends and cousins birthday party for the then-Little Princess. Her cousin teamed up with a girl from down the street and the two of them picked on the Little Princess all day. It was absolutely horrible.

I think at this point in my life, I would ask the mothers to remove their children instead of fuming about it all afternoon.

5) And to end on a brighter note, what was the best?

When I turned 11, my father arranged for a party of my classmates to see "Madame Butterfly" at the Kennedy Center. I don’t know if my friends cared, but I love the memory of Daddy, who thought up the whole thing. And going back further, I think the parties we had when I was a very little Songbird in Jane Austen’s Village were low-key and wonderful, family and friends and always a very pretty cake. One of them had a carousel on top.

Hey, you don’t have to be a RevGal to play! Just a person who loves or hates parties. I’m on the road today to celebrate with Pure Luck; back tomorrow!!!

32 thoughts on “Friday Five: It’s My Party”

  1. Happy Birthday, Songbird!
    I hope you get to hear Madame Butterfly and don’t get picked on by mean girls.

  2. Poor princess- like you I’d have the confidence to deal with a situation like that now- but that is fairly new…
    Love the idea of hobbits feet…
    Happy Birthday Songbird- have a wonderful day 🙂

  3. Happy Birthday!
    I love your story of your dad taking you and friends to Madame Butterfly–what a wonderful experience!
    How fabulous to have a careusel cake!
    Many blessings!

  4. Congratulations, Songbird, and a Most Happy Birthday is my wish for you as you blow out the candles on your cake. I’m still a few days and many years older than you are.

  5. (cue Boston Symphony) *tap tap tap*
    Happy Birthday to youuuuuuuu
    Happy Birthday to youuuuuuuu
    Happiest birthday of any year you’ve ever had everrrrrrr
    Happy birthday to youuuuuuuuu
    (cha cha cha)

  6. Happy Birthday, Songbird! Thanks for playing–and yes, it’s entirely appropriate for you be First on Your Day.

  7. Happy birthday! Here’s a birthday scripture for you!
    Luke 5:4 – “After he had finished speaking, he said [to Songbird,] ‘Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.'”
    May your nets be full today and always. Blessings and prayers.

  8. Happy Birthday, Songbird! I’ll be celebrating my own tomorrow.
    You could always throw a party for Bilbo and Frodo Baggins’ birthday, 22 September. I tried to arrange such a party this fall but plans fell through – will try again next year, though. Getting the hobbit feet would be a great addition, don’t you think?

  9. Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dearest Songbird, happy birthday to you!!!!!! Have a wonderful evening!

  10. Happy Birthday! I’m a May-Baby, too. Great month to have a birthday, though the family thinks they can combine it with Mother’s Day!

  11. Happy Birthday dear friend.
    What a wonderful gift from your dad to you.
    Something to treasure.
    Happy Birthday.

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