Another African Birthday
Step I for an African Birthday party: Plan it with another teacher so you can split costs and use their (larger) house for the party.
Step II: Spend a fun hour with Emily and the school secretary making invitations (complete with Tinker Bell stickers*) to put in all of the teachers’ boxes.
Step III: Watch most of the teachers at school come down sick with a stomach virus during the week and wonder if anybody will even be at the party.
Step IV: Panic because the man who is supposed to make the brochettes and other food for the party isn’t returning phone calls.
Step V: Decide that the party will happen to matter what.
Step VI: Hear from the brochette man two days before the party. He can come.
Step VII: Purchase the crates of drinks and paper goods for the party. (napkins for 30 right?)
Step VIII: Two hours before the party discover that the power that is supposed to be running into the neighborhood surrounding the party will be diverted to the Stadium to light a basketball game. Pack every candle in the house.
Step IX: Arrive to see a dark compound with the path to the house beautifully lined by tea lights.
Step X: Arrange candles to help illuminate the party and mingle with friends.
Step XI: Wonder, around 9, when the food will be ready.
Step XII: Continue to mingle. Plug in a computer to provide some music.
Step XIII: Check on the food around 9:30. “30 minutes”
Step XIV: Receive a phone call from home. Yay
Step XV: Check on the food again around 10:30. “5 minutes”
Step XVI: Chat with even more friends. Feel very hungry.
Step XVII: 11:30 – Food!
Step XVIII: 11:40 – Cake!
Step XIX: Head home around 12:30
Step XX: Be happy about a great party
*I didn’t really have a choice on the stickers…the secretary told me that I had to choose between that or Winnie the Pooh