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Monday, October 17, 2011

Let's Get This Party Started!!!

Friday night was ALL girls at my house. Chris was away on his annual tuna fishing trip in the Outer Banks and I decided it would be a great time to throw a party for my field hockey team. So, my Assistant Coach (and very close friend)  and I sent out the invite and started our planning and preparations.

I always have grand designs in my head for what I want but I lost my touch when I went back to work when Ash was 5 years old. I put my creative side on the back burner. Needless to say, I felt a bit rusty so I called some friends that I knew could help me do it up! I needed some help with decorations. I didn't want plain ol' decorations. I wanted something that would make our field hockey girls say, "Wow!" and they did just that.


I draped my bay window in bright blue tulle with magenta trim &
put butterfly lights behind the tulle

My friend made the centerpieces. They are branches with
butterflies that she cut and sewed.
Aren't they beautiful?!

We worked for hours decorating these
cake balls. We had chocolate melting
issues...to say the least!

I borrowed this plant stand
turned candy tower
from another friend
(Huge hit!!)

We started the evening by playing telephone. Do you remember that game? It's where you sit in a circle and one person whispers something in the person's ear that is sitting next to them and then all around the circle until it gets back to the original person. So, something like, "My purple turtle eats cotton candy." ends up being, "My sister sings like Katy Perry." It's hysterical to listen to. Just picture the original telephone message going through a lot of girls who giggled with every word they said.

While we waited for the pizza, we divided the girls into two teams and played Pictionary. Not only do I have amazing field hockey players but their art skills are way up there too! I was totally impressed.

After pizza, my Assistant Coach and I asked each girl about their favorite thing about the season so far. I was so proud of the girls' answers. "Winning" didn't even come out of their mouths until the girls were all done and then one of the added, "Hey, what about winning?!" and all of the girls jumped up and down and said, "Oh yea, WINNING!" Of course, when it was my turn...I went totally emotional and my eyes welled up. (I told you I love these girls!)

From there we moved onto the game "What's your favorite?". The girls sat in a circle and we asked them questions like, "What is your favorite color, dinner, TV show, vacation spot...etc." It was a great way for my Assistant Coach and I to get to know the girls better and for them to get to knew each other better too.


"What's your favorite?" got these girls really thinking

After that...well, that is when the party really got started! We cranked up the tunes and played Freeze Dance for a while and then we turned it into Free Dance. My Assistant Coach and I were having so much fun dancing with the girls. (I was even a little sore in the morning. Hey! Its hard keeping up with those flexible girls with enough energy to supply the entire US!)


I put the blurry photo in so you could
see what my Assistant Coach and
I had to keep up with
The party started at 6:00PM and we wrapped up around 9:30PM. My Assistant Coach and I can honestly say it is right up there with some of the best nights of our lives. These girls fill our hearts with love, our minds with memories and our spirits with pride!

GO GATORS!!!

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10 Comments:

At October 17, 2011 at 11:06 AM , Blogger Robbie K said...

Love the decorations! It sounds like a great time was had by all!

 
At October 17, 2011 at 11:36 AM , Blogger Heather said...

Looks like so much fun! We have our big cheerleading competition this weekend which means a big team get together the night before!

Is your season almost over?

 
At October 17, 2011 at 1:37 PM , Blogger Shell said...

I bet they loved it! What fun!

 
At October 17, 2011 at 2:06 PM , Blogger Maren said...

Awesome decorations! Sort of made me wish I was a kid again! :)

 
At October 17, 2011 at 3:54 PM , Blogger The Preppy Girl in Pink said...

@Robbie K

They did! I smiled and laughed so much that my cheeks hurt!

 
At October 17, 2011 at 5:19 PM , Blogger Kim said...

Looks like a great time and the decorations were awesome! I am going to have to remember that plant stand turned candy tower idea!!

 
At October 18, 2011 at 7:57 AM , Blogger Jon said...

Very thoughtful to plan this while Chris was fishing. I bet he appreciated that immensely!

 
At October 18, 2011 at 10:35 AM , Anonymous Megan (Best of Fates) said...

What fabulous decorations - I especially love the window!

 
At October 18, 2011 at 1:46 PM , Blogger jedawson said...

Such fun...I need to regain my creativity ...that looks beautiful!

 
At October 18, 2011 at 5:46 PM , Blogger Erin said...

You and the girls are so creative! I love the imagination and what you can do with it. It looks like you had so much fun bringing it all life.

 

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