Before we closed out the year with holidays, we also celebrated the diplo-tot’s 5th birthday with a party. Actually with three parties – how did that happen? But when you are lucky enough to have your grandparents in town for the actual day, and you follow the Danish tradition of inviting your entire class, and you have your expat friends, somehow birthdays have a way of becoming a big deal. Earlier this year, we also celebrated a landmark birthday for the diplo-husband (remember this New Year’s Eve party in September?), and after she got her fill of dancing until she literally collapsed on the dance floor, a “dance party” was the only theme she would entertain for her own celebration.
So a dance party it was. A little simpler than my husband’s of course, but still with enough disco glam touches to make any glitter and sequin aficionado happy. We kept the main table around the winter whites theme, partially because the flowers and greens were easy to find and partially because it kept things simpler for the holiday season. Though a disco ball took center stage in our dining room – it went up for the birthday but I have a feeling that it won’t come down until they pack us out of here. Little disco balls made it onto our little tree and the cake. But when it came to setting up the space for the kids, we went a little psychedelic…
Since we had pushed all of the furniture against the walls or into another room to make way for dancing, the lunch portion was set right in the middle of the dance floor to fuel them up right off the bat. The technicolor table cloth was a gift from a friend posted in Mauritania several years ago, and the kids went nuts for the colors. Party hats, disco balls, magic wands,and cooler than though dance shades were ordered at Oriental Trading earlier on for the occasion. Sequined shorts on the romper were the crowning achievement I think (or perhaps the glow bracelets?)
I can’t believe how fast her 5th birthday came and went – I imagine I will be saying that every year I suppose. I wrote a bit on the other blog about how despite her growing age, she’ll always have a bit of the toddler she was when we first arrived here in my eyes. She’s grown so much here and that alone is worth all the glitter and sequins in the world to me.