I got here much later than I had originally planned. I didn't sleep well for 2 or 3 nights before coming. So, I slept late the day of the drive. I figured it would be better to arrive alive and late than not at all because of falling asleep driving. Plus I had several errands to run on the way. It actually made the drive more pleasant than driving straight through. When I finally left the Dallas area and got on the road to OK, it didn't seem to take all that long to get here, even though it was still another 2 and a half or 3 hours.
My errands included a stop at Party City, to see if I could find glow in the dark vampire teeth and a cape. My middle granddaughter had requested the glow in the dark teeth and she had also recommended that I get her brother a cape for his birthday. I had already looked at Dollar Tree and Walmart for the items. I found several things, but not the exact things I was looking for.
I went to Dollar Tree and Walmart the day before. Dollar Tree was a suggestion from my cousin Sundey. It was a fabulous place to get party things -- decorations, games, prizes, gift bags and I got a fireman's hat for JT. I didn't know if I'd be lucky enough to find anything I was hunting for and I didn't have the time or energy to go back. So, I got the hat for dress up (he's liked to play dress up too when he was younger and has never had anything to dress up in! As proof, I have a photo of him in his sister's dress up wedding gown when he was about 4!) So, at Dollar Tree, I found streamers, a "Happy Birthday" banner, lanterns, the gift bag and curling ribbons. I got the table cloth, the blue plates and orange napkins, sparkly candles, a bingo game with pictures and pin the tail on the donkey games and various little prizes and favors, including medals on ribbons that say winner. I even found these blue plastic Oriental food container boxes to put some of the prizes in. And everything in that store actually is only $1!
When I got to Party City the next day, I found single capes, but they were more expensive than the whole costumes I had already, so I didn't get them. I did find what I hope are glow in the dark teeth and a king's robe and crown though. So, I got those (yes, I know, I went a little nuts and bought more than I really should have).and then I hit the road for Quilt Country where I got the supplies to make wallets for the girls. They've been asking for them for a while. I had planned to make the wallets while I am here, but as it turns out, I always plan to do too much and forget something when I come.
On the letter X theme. I've decided to make cupcakes and lay them out in an X shape for him to blow out the candles. I'll even frost each one with an X on each. I plan to put X's on the donkey's tail too. I should have done more, but that's all I've come up with and I think it will be OK. I'll have photos added to this post after I get home, probably on Monday.