By Karen Wyman
Birthday party mode
We successfully made it through the Easter season, and now my household is in full birthday party mode. The twins will be turning five in June, and they are very eager to start planning their bash. Never mind the fact that my husband and I both have May birthdays, the girls think the next exciting event as soon as Easter is over is their birthday.
We are currently debating (ok, arguing) over a theme and venue for their party. Luckily, there are so many choices right here in Williston for us to consider. The girls love arts and crafts, so we could have a beading party at Bead Crazy or a craft party at AC Moore. Like most 5-year-olds, they also love to dance and run around, and appropriately Green Mountain Gymnastics, The Edge and a variety of other local dance and exercise studios offer up their wonderful facilities for the kids to shake their sillies out. Other options include a movie party at Majestic 10, a glamour trip to a hair/nail salon or a tea party at a local bakery. If we decide to have the party at our house, there are even Williston residents who specialize in face painting and who offer bouncy house rentals.
One year, we had the pleasure and thrill of Miss Ellie (beloved performer at Dorothy Alling Memorial Library and music teacher at Heartworks) bring her famous Preschool Party to us! Williston offers so many choices, plus it has the added convenience of a quick trip to I Party, Christmas Tree Shops or Toys ‘R’ Us for decorations and goody bags. For those who love to bake your own treats for a party or other occasion, a stop at Amarah’s Chocolates in Taft Corners Shopping Center is a must. They have candy for any theme that you can add to a goody bag or use to decorate cakes and cupcakes.
It all seems so quick and painless to plan a birthday party in Williston, unless of course, no one can agree on a single aspect of the party. One of my girls desperately wants Justin Bieber to sing at her party, and the other one wants to have a sledding party for her June birthday. Oh, to be so naïve and innocent again! Unfortunately, with such unlikely desires, it appears that no matter what theme we end up with, both girls will be sorely disappointed.
On a positive note, during our research for party locations, we did come across upcoming summer happenings that we could all agree upon. We were excited to find that Maple Tree Place has already posted to its website information on its Summer Concert Series. Sitting on the green, eating snacks and catching up with friends while dancing and listening to great music is one of our favorite summer events. The Williston Recreation Department has also released its much-anticipated Spring/Summer Activities brochure. The girls were thrilled to sign up for their third year of Challenger British Soccer Camp and to finally be old enough to play in the Fall Soccer League. We also found that another one of our favorites, the Williston Farmer’s Market, will be back starting June 6 on Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m. We can’t wait to stroll around and try fresh foods and visit with the vendors. In a way, it was disheartening for me to see that so many other people can successfully and seamlessly organize large events that appeal to so many, yet I can’t even bring together a birthday party for five-year-olds! If only Maple Tree Place could schedule The Biebs for a Concert on the Green, half of my problems would be solved. Then all I would need is a few feet of snow to fall in mid-June, and we would be ready to party! I wish my little girls realized that a Justin Bieber CD and a Sno-Cone machine is as close to their theme ideas as they are going to get.
Karen Wyman has been a Williston resident for six years, and lives with her husband and twin 4-year-old daughters.