Many, many things swirling in my head, but the number one thing until Saturday is Scooter's birthday party.
We went ahead and invited his entire class (plus a few others) to our house. So far, a quarter of invitees have responded, and we're running at an even 50% attending. I am hopeful that the final number will reflect this split, though I'm still planning for the maximum number possible.
I have been inventing and improvising a lot on this party. Initially, Scooter asked for another Thomas party. That would have been easy, but I wanted to encourage him towards something that would be a little more current with the rest of his class. When we were watching Playhouse Disney one morning and they had an ad touting the birthday party section on their website, I asked if he wanted to consider one of those. He took to the Disney theme immediately and asked for... Phineas and Ferb. Not part of Playhouse Disney, new enough that all the merchandising hasn't hit the stores yet. Absolutely no party supplies whatsoever. Hard to find anything really.
So I've been piecing things together. I ordered a frosting sheet with the characters on it via eBay, created a birthday banner with pictures on either end, even printed up temporary tattoos (they make paper for that!). For plates, cups, streamers, and such, I picked items in three of the dominant colors from the show's logo, so we have ice blue, bright green, and red accents. My crowning achievement so far, however, is the pinata I just finished of Perry the Platypus (the main characters' pet--he's also a secret agent*).
Now I just need to bake the cake and clean up enough to entertain 1 1/2 dozen kids, probably indoors--they're calling for winter weather on Friday!
*Admission time: I really enjoy this show, especially the over-the-top spy stuff. The people who write this really know how to draw in the parents.