Brave turned six and her birthday request was to stay at a hotel, have a pajama party, and swim all day. That was a reasonable enough request, so we made it happen. We were originally planning on going to San Diego, but after discussing it, Ben and I thought staying closer to home was best since we the only thing on the agenda was to swim at the hotel pool. We hotwire-ed it (got a great deal! priceline was being temperamental at name your price) and we had a hotel about 45 minutes from home. We booked two nights, so her actual birth day was sandwiched in between, and we would have plenty of opportunities for relaxing and swimming.
Her birthday evening, Ben took Brave and Glow to go pick up some pizza. It gave True and me time to set up her pajama party. I brought bunting from home to tape up to the wall, put out little party snacks, her gifts, and her birthday cake. I wanted to bake one, but I was running out of time leading up to her little birthday getaway, so I opted to buy one from Nothing Bundt Cakes since there was one close to where we were staying. That was a good decision and so much less stress!
True and I even made a little “Spin the Spider on the Web” game for our little Spider-Man fan (I just found a spider web clip art image to download, went to a local copy shop to get a large print out, cut out little black spiders, and added some tape to the back… tada!) . We taped that to the wall and it was the perfect pajama party game! I made all the girls their own special pajama pants for the party and we were all set.
Brave came back with Ben and she was so excited to see everything decorated just for her! We all piled onto the bed to eat pizza and the birthday treats. Of course, we sang the birthday song and let her blow out her candles too! My six year old girl was so happy!!! We all played the pin the spider game and Brave opened her presents. We just got her little Spider-Man gifts because she loves Spider-Man so much! The sweetest part of the evening were seeing the gifts True made for Brave. She made her little hand drawn cut outs of Spider-Man and cut out scenes to play with him in. She is so thoughtful in her gift making and giving.
It was so relaxed and chill, but our pajama party extended quite late into the evening that Glow was getting to be all out of sorts. We called the party quits at around 10pm, which was way past the baby’s usual bedtime of 7pm, so you could imagine how cranky she got. It was a special way to celebrate my Bravey’s birthday (she requested a hotel birthday which was probably inspired from True’s 6th birthday last year). I’m kind of partial to these hotel birthdays because it gives all of a us a little chance to get away and it reduces the stress of party planning. I kind of wish they would ask for hotel birthdays every year!