Thursday, September 13, 2012

Clowning around


Sunday we went to a birthday party for our buddies Grayson and Stella Yank that was nothing short of ah-mazing. Damien and Lauren always throw great parties, but they pulled out all the stops for this one. It was a carnival theme, and it had, I kid you not, a bounce house, face painter, balloon animal-making clown, a sucker pull and six different games using the real-deal set up for the duck pond, fishing pond, ring toss, etc. There were tickets and a prize table. And goldfish. (Which we went home with on Sunday, outfitted at Petsmart on Monday and bid farewell to this morning.)

And that was just the entertainment. The food was the classic carnival fare of hot dogs, corn dogs, nachos, pretzel bites, cotton candy, snow cones, etc. Again, all using the real-deal machinery and such. For the birthday cake, each child received a popcorn box layered with marshmallows, cake, icing and topped with yellow mini marshmallows, so it looked just like a box of popcorn. They were ridiculously cute.

The party was, dare I say, bananas. In the best possible way. I feel bad that I don't have more photos, but Chip was in a golf tournament, so I was flying solo with the kids. And like I said, there was a lot to oversee. Charlie managed to soak himself to the skin at the duck pond, and by the time we left, Mary Clare's entire face was painted. They were a sight to see.

It was, obviously, a great time. I bow to the Yanks' greatness.

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