Red White & Blue &Gymnastics

    My daughter Alyvia was born on the 4th of July, so she loves everything red, white and blue, not to mention she's a gymnast.  For her 4th birthday party, she wanted to combine her two loves. We chose a local play place, My Gym, for her party. The place worked well with both our color scheme and theme.

    Generally when hosting parties at public locations they offer basic food options, i.e. pizza, cake and punch. Because I am an alkaline electric vegan, there are few or no food items that I can eat at kids parties. I'm fine with that, but sometimes it feels awkward when all of the other parents are munching and I'm not eating anything. We wanted to make everyone had something other than pizza to nibble on. So, I asked the manager if I could bring in a few items in addition to the pizza that came with the party. He was perfectly fine with it. So I kept it simple, but brought in a small variety.

    If you decide to do this, keep your choices simple. I chose to use cheese, crackers, turkey, watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, potato chips tortilla chips, and dip. This is one of my earlier children's parties, so I simply used plastic trays for everything. Today, my preference would be glass. Beautiful glass serving trays are easy to find on sale at your favorite department store, or you can go to the boutique (Goodwill, or other thrift store) and browse for these items. Glassware are small worthwhile investments that can be reused for years to come.

    Another fun addition to this party were the red, white and blue leis that were given to the parents, which helped them to feel a part of the festivities. I also gave the kids colorful headbands. At the end of the party, they all received medals. All can be found on Amazon.

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I founded Lavelle Publishing in 1997 with the release of my first poetry book, The Desires of A Woman: Poems Celebrating Womanhood. I was 26 years old. I published my second book Sorority Sisters in 1998. Sorority Sisters was picked up by Villard Books, a division of Random House and rereleased in 2000. Over 80,000 copies have been sold. So much has happened in my life since the release of my first books. I am thankful for the twist and turns that has been my journey. My life lessons have made me wiser, more grounded and more secure in who I am. One thing that I have realized is that not only do I love to write, but I like to express my writing through different genres. As you explore my site, you will see what I mean.

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