A West Virginia mom's flair for parties has won her a spot on national television.
Kara Tidd of Morgantown is one of three finalists in this month's "Quest for the Best" segment on NBC's "Today Show."
This month's show will focus upon the best party theme in America. Previous shows have included themes such as best Thanksgiving centerpiece or best gingerbread house, she said. When she learned there would be a segment on parties, she figured somebody had to win and it couldn't hurt to try.
"I sent pictures of our son's first birthday party, " said Tidd, 32. "Last week I got a phone call and found I was selected."
She and her family leave this weekend for New York City. The show is to air 9 a.m. March 26.
Her son's first birthday was June 13, 2012, and the celebration swirled around a sporty theme of "Gooo Peyton. Peyton is Number One."
Guests were invited to "Tidd Stadium" where they were given "Go Peyton" badges. A concession stand featured pizza, popcorn, hot dogs, nachos and candy bars. A dessert table included cookies shaped like megaphones with the words "Go Peyton" and others in the shape of a P. Party favors were footballs and referee whistles. Peyton's grandfathers dressed in referee uniforms while his 3-year-old sister Emma was a cheerleader.
"We had 40 to 50 people," Tidd said. "We throw big parties."
Previous party themes for Emma were pretty in pink, rainbows, and ladybugs. The party theme for when she turns 4 will be "Emma's Lemonade Stand." Peyton's next party will be "Boy's Best Friend," a theme that includes family dog Mo, a chocolate lab. Among treats will be dog bone shaped cookies.