A letter to you from Sugar Moon,
Emotional, tired, exhausted, burnt out, wrapped up in appointments, needing a break from playing Uber driving, and sick of meal planning. All the feelings of the mundane everyday mom life routine. OVER IT! Only for a moment, all I wanted was something for myself. Enneagram 2 over here so if you know you know.
Randomly, during a girls’ night Zoom call, I mentioned all I wanted for my birthday was a Lisa Frank-themed beach party on 30A. I thought of the vibrant colors on all the swag: folders, stickers, beads, pencils, notebooks, etc. I had it all in elementary school. I even had posters posted next to my Spice Girls posters on my bedroom wall. All I wanted was to feel that happiness if only for a moment and dive into total NOSTALGIA.
Life happens, as you know it, and my birthday was approaching quickly. It was time to plan our monthly girls’ night, with our busy schedules, kids, and partners, we sadly could not fit a weekend beach trip in. However, we were able to secure a Saturday sleepover. This Saturday was scheduled a few weekends before my birthday and what was a scheduled girls’ night turned into Nette’s 38th birthday celebration, Lisa Frank themed.
Sidenote: I totally forgot I mentioned Lisa Frank, but my friends did not.
And so the planning started and I was told DO NOT BUY anything … if you know me, then you know I love a theme and tried to abide by my friends’ request not to buy anything. I failed. All I wanted was a night with them with a cake and conversation. That would have been enough.
For 24 hours, I would swim in rainbow leopard, scream all the lyrics to S CLUB 7 songs, watch Sweet Valley High, eat cake, my favorite meal, and most importantly remember my life as a young girl. Let’s get into the details!
With my new Lisa Frank cup in hand, S Club 7 Pandora station, and overnight bag I happily hit the pavement to indulge in a night filled with all the nostalgic vibes and swimming in my youth fun again. Upon my arrival, there was a platter of rainbow fruit, and small bites, and handed a glass of wine with 90’s tunes in the background. The conversations started with my love of Lisa Frank followed by a canvas and yarn craft, line dancing, singing, and throwing back my favorite adult beverages: Lemon Drops and French 75s.
After a lovely dinner prepared by my friends (my choice), we jumped on the couch with blankets and watched several episodes of Sweet Valley High. A night of nostalgia well spent.
This was a night I needed for many reasons. This journey of parenting and that thing called life can easily swallow you and your identity. It helped me remind myself of who I was so many years ago and help me bask in a moment that bought me so much fullness, happiness, and joy. There is so much power in having a nostalgic experience especially if you want to escape for just a minute. So, if you’ve been needing or wanting
that nostalgia night … here is this 38-year-old woman with the unicorn name Sugar Moon, giving you permission to do it.
What’s your unicorn name?
All the details on how to throw an epic Lisa Frank-themed party!