I've baked boxed cakes. I've ordered pizzas. I've supervised as kids have made their own mini-pizzas. I've blown up balloons. I've ushered kids who were hyped up on sugar outside to burn off some energy. I've remembered to assemble the obligatory thanks-for-coming bags that you hand to each guest during parent pick-up.
But I have not ever systematically developed a party around a theme.
For those of you who love themes, I sense that your inner dialogue already has started. You're thinking that I'm an anti-themite, just like that episode of Seinfeld where Kramer accuses Jerry of being a rabid anti-dentite.
If so, I can handle the label, especially because despite my un-thematic tendencies, I recently introduced a party game that my daughter and her fellow nine-year-old friends loved. We can call it Revolving Manicures, or perhaps even Spin the (Nail Polish) Bottle.
The procedure is simple:
1) Collect all the nail polishes you own and arrange them in a circle.
2) Use one nail polish (tightly closed) as the spinner.
3) Let each player take a turn spinning the bottle.
4) Paint each subsequent finger with the polish that the spinner points toward.
5) Continue around the circle until all manicures are complete.
See? I'm not entirely an anti-themite. My theme is just randomized color. That's adaptable parenting right there -- adhering to a theme so loose it can be applied to anything.
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