If I was inside Ella’s Inside Out Headquarters yesterday, I would have seen yellow memory orb after orb after orb rolling out one by one. Perhaps even a core memory slipped out upon her conveyor belt, charging her islands and holding in place everything that makes her her: friendship, family, music, dancing, cake, and tutus.
We have been hearing about this party since September last year from a little girl who has inherited my love of celebration and special occasions and tiny meaningful details. It took her all of three seconds to decide on a dance party for her birthday, and since I’m that crazy birthday mum who loves to tie my children’s parties up in a theme which represents what they love or are particularly into that year, I loved her choice.
You will find my children most Friday nights stripped off and shaking their booty to Van Morrison or Macklemore.
A disco dance party it was.
It was, hands down, the best party my kids have ever had.
Party favours were tutus instead of lolly bags and they were a big hit. Little Ellie couldn’t tear her eyes from herself and honey, I’d totally be the same.
This smile…kills me.
And my most favourite bit: the look on my child’s face as they’re sung the birthday song.
And even though I can’t guarantee her a Headquarter full of Joy memories – Sadness and Anger and Fear and Disgust have their place and value after all – it was just so nice, as her mother, to watch her happy.
Dance on, little star.
If your child loves dancing, I cannot recommend Tiddlywinks enough for your child’s party. Colin, the man who runs the dance parties, is astoundingly good with children, and makes not only your child feel incredibly special, but every other child there as well. They run two discos in the time you’re there, provide all the food, make everything super stress and hassle free for you, plus they have a huge play area with slides and tunnels and climbing equipment to thrill even the dads of the party.