Since both girls asked for a bit of an expensive birthday gift, I told them that we couldn't do both that and a big friends party...however, I allowed them each to choose someone to join us for a sleepover party. I tried to keep everything very simple. The girls were invited to come after dinner for a cupcake tea party ( for which I pulled out real tea cups and tea pot and served milk and cupcakes ), and then afterwards we retired to a camp-out in sleeping bags on the living room floor for popcorn and the Strawberry Shortcake Sweet Dreams Movie. It was a TON of fun! I can't believe how well everything went. The best part was seeing all the girls together and considering the not-too-far-fetched possibility that they will grow up together in life-long friendships marked in the beginning by memories such as these.