Today I'm getting ready for a houseful of screaming, giggling, squealing girls and I have quite a big list. Most of the list for today would be to take care of all the stuff that would embarrass my daughter; not the least of which is to get rid of the moldy strawberries on the kitchen counter.
They are on the counter because I took them out of the fridge 'cause they were moldy. I was going to throw them in the compost bucket, but there are fruit flies in there and I need to dump it in the yard waste bin and wash it. Fruit flies coming out of the compost bin would horrify my daughter.
Gross bathrooms would also horrify my daughter, but I'm one up on her on that, I made the the kids clean the bathrooms last weekend. The paint cans still left on the patio will embarrass her, but she'll have to get over that; we're not sure where to put them at the moment.
One of my biggest concerns is they are sleeping in the tent in the back yard. That's not a problem, except we have a manhole type cover over the septic tank so we can hose it out on occasion (old septic, new baffle, long story). So tent place-age will be an important task so they can't smell the septic. It doesn't normally smell, but if the tent is placed just right I'm sure the septic could cause embarrassment.
Really a party like this is about the entertainment and the food. They are sleeping outside so one of their friends who is allergic to cats can sleep over too. But they want to watch anime out there, so we'll run a cord out there and put the little kitchen TV out there too.
The food is all set. Really a party is only as good as it's dinner, cake and snacks. We're having tacos, watermelon, and big huge cupcakes from Costco. Then we bought snacks at Uwajimaya (and before you think I'm so smart that I could spell that, I had to look it up).
I thought they were over goodie bags at this age, but my daughter insisted. We came to a compromise to keep them as inexpensive as possible and she's happy.
The hardest part about this whole thing? The tent will be outside my bedroom window. So being tolerant and patient for one night is on my list. My husband, however, will sleep through anything; I may have to wake him up every once in awhile to remind him he's also one of the responsible adults at this party.
I'll add that to my list.