Day 19: Mapping Out Writing Time: Celebrate in Style

Spy Girl had her birthday party over the weekend. Fifteen friends stopped by to help her celebrate. Her birthday theme…a Rockin’ Movie Party.

The Jonas Brothers greeted the girls when they came into the house. Let me tell you, the one thing I neglected to purchase were ear plugs, which I should have worn, along with ear muffs.


Unfortunately, I didn’t have the foresight to take pictures of the screening room (AKA the living room) before the party, so you’ll have to picture it. Tiny lights sparkled along the walls. Blue and green streamers hung along the fireplace mantel, windows and doorways. And the concession table: full-size Skittles and Starburst, blue margarita plastic glasses (Spy Girl arranged them into a pyramid), root beer, lemonade, and of course, lots of popcorn with marshmallows.

Yes, you read it right. Popcorn and marshmallows. Pop a big batch of popcorn. Pour popcorn into a big bowl. Sprinkle salt and tiny marshmallows over the hot popcorn. Yum!

The girls descended on the movie treats and found a place to sit on the rug and sofas. Spy Girl chose Zorro and in hindsight, it wasn’t the best movie for 15 girls of varying tastes. I think it was too much adventure for half the girls, who wanted to see a chick flick.

After the movie, I served dinner: pasta and meatballs, garden salad with croutons and my homemade focaccia.

Then, came the karaoke sing-off. Let me tell you, if there is one thing you should have at your disposal during a party for a group of girls, it is a karaoke machine. HUGE hit! We have an awesome machine, with two microphones and camera. Perfect for this group of girls. They sang and danced and sang some more. I loved how some of the shyer girls became rock stars when they had their chance at the microphone.

We also did photo shoots with the Jonas Brothers. Nick, by far, was the favorite, and the girls swooned and shrieked. And I realized my husband, He Who Doesn’t Have a Good Name Yet For My Blog, did the smart thing by high-tailing it out of the house.

The girls then danced and sang some more. They were disappointed when their parents came to pick them up. All in all, the party was a success. Most importantly, Spy Girl had a great time.

As for the goody bags, I found these pins….


I also made CD’s of Spy Girl’s party music and put them in these great jewel-colored cases. Then, I put a CD and a couple cool pins in a green striped cellophane bag and tied them up with a pearl blue ribbon.


Write-a-Scene Writing Prompt: What kind of celebration will be part of your MC’s life? Is it a coming-of-age celebration, a cultural or religious holiday, or perhaps a secret society induction? Keep in mind, the celebration doesn’t have to be traditional. Remember to share the significance and the emotions it should evoke. Have fun!

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Vivian Lee Mahoney

Consider yourself warned: I write books about rebels. I'm also a postergirlz for readergirlz, a literary advisory group for teens. Who knew going back to the teenage years would be so rewarding?

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