Then we moved to the dancing room where the princesses danced to classical music. Then I read to them "The Princess and The Kiss" (an excellent story). The girls were captivated. I also told them a story I wrote about "Giuseppe the Blind Hat Maker" and each girl got to wear a different hat from my hat collection. More pictures. More dancing. Opening gifts. And then the final event on my agenda: coloring princess color pages. It was all going so smoothly, so according to plan. And then I looked at the clock. It was not quite 1:00. The parents were not returning to pick up their little princesses until 2:00.
I thought everything that I planned to do would take three hours, no less. So, I had to do some improvising. I had decided ahead of time that Amber's room was off-limits because eight girls in one room equals fighting. So, they watched a 20-minute video "Strawberella." They put together a giant floor puzzle. More dancing. And when all else fails, dog-piling on Eric. It was one of the little girls' idea.
I was saved, however, by my friend Lisa Hester, who had stayed for the party. She used to be a preschool teacher and she led the girls in a non-competitive, really fun game/dance that lasted the duration of the party. I really don't know what I would have done without her.