Dave's dad booked the banquet room of the firehouse for Cassie's Sweet 16. She'll be having it on Saturday, May 16th. She's leaning towards a beach theme, but she'll make her decision tonight with the input of a couple of her close friends. My friend, Kim (Ali's friend Steff's mom) is an amazing artist/construction person. She said she'll help me create items for the party, such as a life-sized cut out face lifeguard stand and beach scene for students to take pictures with their faces poking through, and some great table centerpieces, and she just found a castle cake recipe--although for that, I'll probably ask our friend Robin who is a fabulous baker.
Now it's a matter of creating a guest list. It's always difficult trying to figure out who to invite. Family who live close by are easy enough, but I always feel bad inviting far away (an hour or more) family, wondering if they think they're invited them just for a gift...but then again, I'd feel badly if I didn't invite them and they found out, from another family member that there was a party, and they weren't invited. So, my theory is to invite everyone, near and far so that no one's feelings are hurt.
Trying to keep the costs down should be interesting.