Tomorrow is a BIG day around here, (here being Boston at my daughter’s home). We are having a belated birthday party for Finley Ray whose actual birthday is in August BUT as we all know, who wants to give up a summer Saturday or Sunday to be at a two-year old’s birthday party EVEN if the two year old is Finley? Ok maybe I’m a bad grandma or Gigi in my case. Anyway it turned out that I was not alone in those feelings as many of the friends were going to be gone on most of the weekends in August, hence we are celebrating the BIG TWO birthday tomorrow. And oh my what a party it will be! Today was spent entirely to the task of preparing for Finley’s birthday bash and the big big going away party Tom and Chiara are throwing because they will be moving to New York.
The apple (and in this case the poison apple) doesn’t fall far from the tree and Chiara has planned two fabulous themed parties – and I can’t imagine where she gets that from!!! So today, her good friend and neighbor’s apartment was transformed into Snow White land; All of her furniture was removed – YES removed; there are apples everywhere, the tables are set in red, yellow and blue, the apple cookies were made, the red carpet laid down LITERALLY in anticipation of a real live visit from Snow White herself at the party. The favors are plastic apples with a treat inside and every child will get a crown and a magic wand.
Please tell me you are NOT surprised – THIS IS the mother who organized an efficient and effective D-Day assault on the New York City Nursery School system. See previous blog post: http://pbenjay.wordpress.com/2010/09/09/it-was-like-d-day-all-over-again/.
So yes Snow White is coming, not sure about the dwarfs…we have Snow White images for the little ones to color, Snow White cups for them to drink out of and even Snow White goodie bags. And wait – there is a princess pinnate FILLED with candy and little toys for the kids and even though Aurora and Ariel are on it, Snow White is there too, of course. I understand face-painting is an event too, maybe I’ll get mine done.
The fact that there are TWO parties taking place in one day is a MAJOR undertaking and right now the hostess is asleep on the couch exhausted.
Delivery people arrived all day with tables, chairs, curtains, outdoor furniture, a dance floor - cases of soda, Pellegrino, beer, wine and seltzer have been set up down the hall in Saint Carol’s apartment along with bottles and bottles of rum, scotch, vodka and Jack Daniels. Oh yes this evening (9pm till…..) party has a theme. The invitations went out to over 100 people and I believe they are ALL coming because the Clarks throw on hell of a rage! The invitation (well of course it was an evite, you know that generation) invited all to an evening billed as Latex, Leather and Lace party! I had no idea what that meant when I received the invitation and probably would not have attended anyway and am doing so because it has been linked with the birthday party AND my 9 month pregnant daughter can certainly use my help.
It wasn’t too late in the morning today that I found out what Latex, Leather and Lace really meant!!! As huge jars of mixed nuts and bags of candies were brought out and over to the other apartment, I noticed two large jars of colorfully wrapped items. I thought one was filled with Sweet Tarts or some other wrapped candy for the kids. About an hour later, Chiara asked me if I had seen those jars and I responded “you mean the candy on the kitchen counter”? She laughed….and explained that one jar held flavored condoms and the other flavored lubes. Okay…………..now I know about the Latex!!!
Leather and Lace were also soon revealed to me when I questioned one of the event set-up people what the two big black boxes were for. Why for the exotic bondage-clad dancers of course! Well of course! And the DJ will be on the second floor in the open loft, of course. So how does Snow White land become the Bada Bing club? The cafe tables will go away after 6pm and the high cocktail tables and stools will be set up. The balloons will disappear, the candy replaced by crudite. The red carpet will stay with light runners flanking it and gold lame curtains concealing some storage and the staircase. I haven’t asked asked if there will be a bartender but I’m hoping there will be, because with the amount of alcohol and glasses set up and rumor has it there might be some other recreational stimulants available, I see disaster written in broken glass.
Well I expect to put in appearance but since I know their musical tastes, I doubt I’ll be dancing, not to mention since their generation has had earphones of one kind or another in their ears since puberty and they are ALL partially deaf – the decibel level will be too loud to converse with anyone so I’ll probably sneak back to the Clark apartment and baby sit the monitor – we surely aren’t going to hear it at the party!!! I can always take a few of the adult goodies, grab a brownie and Peter and have my own party for two.