Babybartfast has decided she wants a princess party for her 5th birthday next month. I suspect she wants it just like her best friend's party, but that's not going to happen because a) I wasn't there and b) DH was, but he doesn't remember diddly about the party so he can't help
Anyway, I think I've got a nice selection of princess-themed activities:
1) making and decorating hobby-horses (foam pool noodle with a cardboard horse's head on the end)
2) magic hunt - each girl gets a plastic magic wand and gets to "ride" her horse around the backyard, looking for "magic rings" (bracelets) which I'll hang from the trees. Race to see who can get one of each color the fastest.
3) pin the horn on Princess Celestia (unicorn from My Little Pony)
4) drop clothespins in a bottle - not sure what I'll theme this one, maybe dropping gold balls in a well?
6) "princess lessons" as time allows - race across the living room balancing books on their heads for good posture, red light / green light, Simon Says, etc.
So I thought I had it all worked out - I've never been a girly-girl, but I'm willing to fake it for one day
But then I asked Babybartfast who she wants to invite*, and it turns out she wants two boys to come. I don't know either of these boys or their parents, but I have heard Babybartfast talk about playing with them at school over the course of the last year. (I didn't realize "Taylor" and "Alex" were boys until now.) I don't mind inviting them, but I'm afraid their parents will see the invitation and assume it's a "invite the whole class" thing and not bother. And since I'm trying to plan for a smallish party (less than a dozen kids), I don't want to go un-princess the party stuff (much of which I've already bought) if they're not likely to come anyway.
So advice: anyone here have five-year-old boys or remember back to when their sons were five? Would they have gone to a girl's princess party? Babybartfast is very definitely in the "this is for girls and that is for boys" phase right now, which we're trying to counteract as much as possible, so it's weird to say "princesses are just for girls." I'm inclined to tell her we're inviting the boys and just not send the invitations, but figured I'd ask here first . . .
*Babybartfast is starting kindergarten this fall at a new school and we're in a pretty good-sized city, so she's not going to see any of her previous preschool classmates again. I decided instead of inviting the whole class (which is always awkward), we'll invite a handful of her closest friends and a handful of my friends' daughters with whom Babybartfast will be in Girl Scouts this fall.