“Girls just want to have fun!” sings Cyndi Lauper, and I would have to agree. I was looking for an outlet, looking for something amusing for my daughter and I to do. Then suddenly, it hit me, about as quickly as my daughter matter-of-factually decided she was done with pull-ups and diapers, and would forever more adorn panties. “Let’s have a Panty Party!”
My three-year-old daughter was delighted. She could hardly speak in full sentences. It was like she had won a Disney vacation with Dora, and a lifetime supply of coconut water (her favourite) and sweets (which I rarely allow her to have.) The thought of a Panty Party was right up there on her list of greatest ideas ever uttered. It was her right of passage. It was the public declaration that she had arrived. She had entered a new era. She, was a “big girl,” and had no qualms about letting the world know it.
Decorating: What did we need to throw a successful Panty Party? PANTIES of course, and some playful imagination. The theme made decorating a breeze since we already had plenty of panties in stock.
Music: The Wiggles
Food: Something special was in order for a once-in-a-lifetime occasion such as this. I rarely gave my daughter sugar, so today I bent the rules. The table was loaded with Smarties, watermelon gummies, and off-the-wall treats like Naan crackers, lentil crisps, and ruffled Ranch chips (her choice.)
Signs: Appropriate signage was taped to our front door. I don’t expect that pizza delivery man will be coming back to our house anytime soon, but trust me, it was worth the giggles. It’s all about confidence ladies. Confidence, and embracing those precious milestones, because that was exactly what this was.
Shawna, widow, single mom, and lover of life writes the blog Good Grief Guru. Follow her journey as she shares grief, triumphs and works to overcome stigmas.
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