"Mom, today has been the best day. Thank you so much!" Lindsey told me after the 23 teen-aged guests left our house last night after 11 pm. Here's the cake I baked. It was a carrot cake with a ton of frosting and sprinkles.
Guests from left to right included Jessica, Emma, Jill, Emily, (birthday girl Lindsey), McKenzie, Lauren, Jen, Zach, Paul, Kayla, Sierra, and Kathy.
Scott, John-Michael, Julia, Preston, Jared, Ivan, and Jeff also attended. Not pictured are Craig, Hayden, Tom, and Brady.
"Wilbur" displayed the menu of Pesto Party Squares, Tamale Round About, Tropical Turkey and Spinach Salad, California Wraps, Hawaiian Dip with Fruit Kabobs, Caramel Corn Snack Mix, Birthday Cake and Ice Cream, and Assorted Soft Drinks. I cooked everything except the Tamale Round About and made a last minute change to serve Chili Dogs, which I'm so glad I did, because the kids seemed to really enjoy those. Some of the ones with more gourmet taste-buds liked the other goodies too.
The first person to arrive took off her shoes, and everyone else continued, even though I didn't care one way or the other. I thought this was a cute image.
Lindsey opened gifts afer everyone left because she told me in advance that she would be too embarrassed to do it with everyone watching her. She got a lot of fantastic gifts and very thoughtful cards that she'll treasure. One gift didn't have a card...who gave her the red sports car (Matchbox) with the Teenage Soup for the Soul books? Lindsey was delighted when Lauren and Brad showed up the day before the party and said they couldn't be here, but wanted to deliver her the cheerful, bright flowers. I thought that was so sweet of them to do.
Lauren striking her usual pose.
Emma gave a Grammy-winning performance during the birthday song. (In her mind, at least.) It was pretty silly, but charmingly Emma.
"It's my party, and I'll cry if I want to!" Okay, so she's not crying, but I found it interesting that she's seated around all boys. What a heart breaker. She told me today that she didn't even notice that last night.