Monday, June 24, 2013

Fancy Night







Margot fell in love with Fancy Nancy after I borrowed the book from the library. If you don't know Fancy Nancy, you should. She's a little girl who just likes fancy things: fancy words (preferably in French), fancy accessories, fancy manners, fancy facial expressions. I got the idea to have a Fancy Night after about a week of reading the story several time daily. Margot had been getting up a lot at night, so I promised her that if she spent a whole night in her bed without disturbing anyone, we'd have a Fancy Night. 

She succeeded, so on Friday we headed to the Dollar Store. Money can't buy happiness, they say, but if you're four and the money is spent on boas, tiaras, masks, and sparkly things, it comes pretty darn close. 

The girls were thrilled to wear make up for the very first time...it was to be a Fancy Night, after all. Jude loved getting dapper with daddy while the girls accessorized. 

I got ready last, and I wish I'd had a camera to capture Margot's face as I descended the stairs in very high heels and red lipstick. Her eyes were absolutely shining and for once, she was speechless. I couldn't stop giggling! I made sure to give daddy a big smooch to the wide eyes and squeals of our kids.

We had pizza and pink lemonade (wine for the grown ups). We said Darling a lot, raised our little fingers when we took a sip from our fancy glasses, spoke in French, and used our very best manners. We had parfaits for dessert, and stayed up late. 

It feels as if we might be emerging from the Survival Mode we've been in since Norah was born, and that we are entering into the FUN of parenting four, if the laughter around our dinner table was any indication. 


Do you have any fun dinner traditions?

15 comments:

  1. Such a great idea!! We are big on tea parties and picnics for lunch and/or supper...for some reason there are no food battles when supper is served on a blanket or on Mommy's fancy dishes!

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  2. You are emerging from "survival mode" just in time for the easier days of summer. Perfect timing.
    I think this is awesome. Some of my favorite posts you have done are the ones where you dress up, either as a group or on your own.
    Happy monday.

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  3. I am so in love with your family. I bet you all had a great time. We should try something like that here though I suspect it would have to be super heros or wizards or something to appease my boys. (:

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  4. This is FANTASTIC! You all look absolutely MAHVELOUS. I am going to send this link to my friend, Melanie, as she has been known to fancy it up from time to time!
    We set a "fancy" table more often now that the girls are bigger. Last day of school this week will call for white table linens, flowers and candles. Maybe we'll dress up, too!

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  5. Haha - that is priceless - and what fun!! My 6yr old has just asked me why I always wear this jumper (which I haven't worn for weeks) - maybe I should scrub up for a fancy dinner. xx

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  6. Darling, it sounds like the party was a smash! I tip my tiara to you.

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  7. Love it!!! I especially loved that you and Robin got into it as well. What fun to be out of survival mode for a change....

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  8. I loved reading all about your wonderful fancy evening. I couldn't stop smiling. The pictures told much of the story, the fun and the happiness. A Marvelous idea!

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  9. Wow!!! It looks amazing! Very very clever idea! And the second photo is just adorable:)

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  10. We are going to have to try that around here (though the mister will think I've gone insane!)

    xo

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  11. Unfortunately, none that my stuffy husband would participate in! Your hubby is a very good sport!

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  12. Looks like you all had a blast! And you all look very Fancy indeed. Have to show this to my kids when they wake up!!

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  13. toothless grins on a seven year old look absolutely engaging( not so much on a 50 year old oddly)

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  14. We love Fancy Nancy and I adore this post! I think we might have to have our own Fancy Night soon!

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