March 30, 2010

Happy Birthday, Harper!

"Camping Party"
As "Trixie"
As Wonder Woman!
Wow!  You have had some great birthday parties, daughter of mine.  That's because your mom is an amazing party planner.  When you were 5, you wanted a "camping party" because you had discovered the joys of hiking.  There was a map everyone had to follow and all kinds of treasures to find.  The pinata was a bear cannister.  In the picture above you are crossing the driveway "river."  The cake had a little tent on it.

When you were 6 you wanted a storybook character dress up party.  There was a kid dressed as Cinderella and there was a Cat In the Hat and a Harry Potter and more.  You went as Trixie from a favorite picture book that I thought was more well-known at the time. Too bad for me because you had me go as the 2:00am daddy and the other parents just thought I was a loony unshaven guy in his jammies.  A month later we met Mo Willems himself and it cracked him up.  He even mentioned it on his blog.  The pinata was a princess castle. You had book-covered cupcakes, kids jumping over candlesticks and throwing cows over the moon and we went on a Wild Rumpus.

But wait, there's more.  This year you wanted a superhero party!  We had kids dressed as Mr. Incredible and transformers and Superman and Batgirl and you, of course were rocking that Wonder Woman outfit with the special-ordered real Wonder Woman boots!  The pinata was a big red, white and blue star and the Wonder Woman cake was cool.  Luckily, the weather cleared just in time!  We performed "Feats of Strength" and instead of Pin-the-Tail on the donkey, we had Pin the "KaPow!" on Cat Woman!  This time I got even more suspicious looks from the other parents because I had to be the Super Villian.  I wore a black suit with an eyepatch and my sling.  I cradled a pet skunk (stuffed) and cackled while I dared you and your other hero friends to just try and find all the stolen gold (chocolate) coins I had hidden (among other things) somewhere in the back yard with poisonous (rubber) snakes guarding them!

What a hoot!  It was a crazy amount of work, but it sure was fun and you're totally worth it.

Happy 7th!


Peaceful Reader said...

What rockin' birthday parties-my seven-year-old would love your themes!
My little peaceful girl has had a create-your-own-tie-dye party, a fairy princess/prince party, and a spy birthday party. It is nice to hear you do such a great job of getting into the mood!

Peaceful Reader said...

p.s. should would also love your spectacles as she is also a be-spectacled princess!

Jim (Teacherninja) said...

Peaceful Reader,

Oh, I have very little to do with it but say yes to every crazy purchase (you know those boots won't fit in another month) and enjoy the craziness.


Victoria said...

I felt so special today when I got a hug from the birthday girl! I am not surprised by the clever birthday ideas. Family Fun magazine is always looking for submissions. Maybe y'all could submit them and tuck some college money away for Harper.

Nancy said...

I wish I could borrow your wife to plan something that awesome for Anthony. I'm really impressed! I'm glad you posted the pictures of your daughter (you don't use names, right?) - she's grown up so much since you lived in Athens. She's a beautiful little girl!

Jim (Teacherninja) said...


I feel special every time. I'll pass the mag idea on to Anna.


I keep telling Anna that if she decides to give up teaching she could make $ as a party planner. And check the title of the post. It's got her name right up there.

She is a sweet girl.


Christine said...

I love, love, love the Wonder Woman outfit. Little known superhero fact: Batgirl was a librarian.

Jim (Teacherninja) said...


Thanks! Her friend was wearing a pink Batgirl outfit and I made it well known that she was a librarian. They thought that was cool!


S said...

What awesome parties! Happy Belated Birthday to your little girl :)

I'm also diggin' the boots!

Nancy said...

I didn't see her name because I am BLIND. A lot of the bloggers I know are so cautious about anonymity. . .

Jim (Teacherninja) said...


I was anon. for a while, but now I'm out, as it were. I tend to just use the girls' first names but I don't think enough people read my blog to be too paranoid.