And Genevieve planned it: the menu, games, guest list, invitations, she planned it all. She felt the work and anxiety that go into planning a social event - that was good for her. I suggested that she gather supplies for relay races or pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey or some other classic games, but she decided to follow a very loose program of running around after the main event, the pinata that she fussed over and filled with her very own money. I did make the cookies and popcorn, but only because she asked me to.
She made the lemonade from a recipe she chose from Joy of Cooking. She had been begging for a lemonade stand all summer long, and she loved making that lemonade. Each child had a cloth napkin as a "plate" for the snacks. We used the fancy violet ice cubes (hooray! more space in my freezer!).
When the party was over and the happy guests departed, Ben summed it up well: "that was really more like a play date." Well, a play date with a pinata and my mom as a good-sport helper.