I have been outdone in every way.
Don't get me wrong, I am very proud of the parties I've had for my kids. I've made tutus for everyone (children and adults), I've had fairy extravaganzas and I've hired bands, but I've never pulled off a party like the one I just went to.
First of all, we drove up to the house and there were brightly colored beach balls hanging from the trees like lanterns. The lawn was bestrewn with inflated pools and huge inflated sea creatures. There was a basket with beach towels rolled up and waiting for the kids. There was a basket of every kind of sunscreen imaginable. There were places to sit under trees and canopies and there was lots of food. Oh, lots of food, how I love you.
If you are reading this and you need to throw a summer party, steal all these ideas RIGHT NOW. It was awesome.
At one point a man introduced himself to a friend of mine. "Hi, I'm Tom," he said. Simple enough, except that he used to be speaker of the house and now has his own radio show. Does he really ever have to introduce himself? Or do people just come up and start talking to him, willy-nilly?
And then another friend of ours told this story about how his brother caught a falling toddler a couple weeks ago. Falling as in OFF A SECOND STORY LEDGE. He said his brother saw the crowd and the toddler, went and found a legal place to park and since everyone was too far back he walked under where the child was sitting. The child, I'm told, proceeded to pick up tiny pebbles from the ledge and dropped them on his soon-to-be-savior. And then he lost his balance and this friend's brother caught him.
So not only have I been outdone with decor and food, I have been outdone in the influential guest and crazy story departments, too.
I have two birthday parties to plan and believe me, I'm taking a second look at my guest list. I am currently taking applications from famous people and friends with heroic siblings. Or better yet, I'll up the ante. Have you done anything heroic yourself? Please let me know so I can invite you. Personal heroics trump sibling heroics, I do believe.
What's the most heroic thing you've done or seen?