A way long time ago, back in May, Allie turned four. She had her birthday party at the Skate Deck. I was hesitant about having her birthday there, as the few times before we had been skating she went around a couple times holding my hands and then whined and wanted to be held. When I held her, she would swing her legs and her heavy skates would hit me in the shins, which would hurt and end in bruises. But she insisted.
The Skate Deck is a large venue so I figured we would invite everyone in her preschool class plus a few other friends. Her class wasn't too big (11 kids), and it was unlikely everyone would show up. But who knew late afternoon on a Friday is a great time for a birthday party? Because almost everyone invited showed up. Add some siblings on top of that and there were 20+ kids. Fortunately the rink wasn't too crowded and we were the only birthday party going on, otherwise there would not have been space for everyone to have pizza and cake.
The great thing about the Skate Deck is they have these wheeled walker-like contraptions that allow the kids to hold on to for balance. Allie hadn't tried one of these before, and it was the lure of this that made her so adamant about going. Well the contraptions are great because her and all her little friends skated around so happily.
Allie can sometimes be reticent and slow to warm up to people thus I was surprised at how social she was with her schoolmates. Apparently she is quite the talker at school. All the kids hung out, skated together, while chatting, and it was pretty much the cutest thing I had ever seen.
Overall the party was a huge success and it seemed like everyone had a really good time.