Pink Suede Boots

As a kid, what’s more fun than going to a birthday party?  When I was young, a party consisted of a cake, a few balloons and some friends coming over for a few hours.  Today, it’s a different story.  Parents are going all out for their kids’ parties, myself included.  A cake, paper streamers, and balloons are simply not enough anymore!

Last weekend, Rumi was invited to a double birthday party for my second cousin Roya’s two daughters (Sophia and Lila).  I have to say it was one of the best, if not THE best, kids birthday parties I have been to.  It was set up outside in a picturesque setting – a cozy cottage type home nestled between large oak and pine trees.  A long chain swing hung from the strong branch of a wise tree, adorned with vibrant balloons. In the grassy area, there was a small petting zoo (llama, baby ducks, chickens, goats and sheep!) and a big bounce house that shook side to side as the kids squealed and jumped in delight.  On their driveway, they set up a long table filled with a variety of American and Afghan foods – the appetizers before the evening’s steak & barbeque.  On the porch, they set up the birthday presents, and surrounding that area, were Fall decorations such as pumpkins, hay, a scarecrow and even a relaxing hammock.  Cute and memorable!

Rumi had a good time but I think I overdressed her in a navy blue sheath dress with colorful buttons and trim, white sweater/tights and pink fringe suede boots.  After the party was over, her boots were covered in mud, but I didn’t let it bother me because I was happier she had a great time!

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