I love people, I love being around my friends and other good people, and I love my friends. Today (Friday, February 28, 2014), I hosted the party of two incredibly special friends. I have some of the most amazing conversations with them, and we often talk about gender-related issues. So I decided to go all satirical on them and make the decorations ... well, princessy. Everything was pink, including some of the colors of the cake, and even the cake's message was "Happy Birthday, Princess I. and Princess P" (their full names were on the cake, but these are their initals). hahahaha. They totally got it, as did the guests, and we had a fabulous time and great laughter. Alhamdulillah for love, happiness, good friends, and the whole idea of parties!
A close friend of mine who lives close to me in the same apartment complex as me has two young sons whom I love to death. They came over (as did my friend), and they made the party even better! The older one plays the violin, so he performed the "Happy birthday song" for my friends, and it was beautifully done :) He also played another song at the end for us. Because they're much younger than me and my friends, the topics discussed with them made the atmosphere feel lighter than it probably would have if all of us were just graduate students (or upper-level undergrads) studying heavy topics, analyzing things to the point of not being able to enjoy things that shouldn't be enjoyed in the first place. The kids told awesome jokes, shared awesome experiences and anecdotes from their schools and classrooms and teachers, and made us all laugh like crazy.
All in all, I have safely and fairly concluded that the first party/gathering I have ever hosted in my life went SO darn well I'm going to do this a lot more often now, ka khairee! :)