The Howard's are having a party and everyone they know will be attendi ng. Everyone but Mr. Bleakman, that is. The old party pooper insists t hat hed rather stay home and do his usual Saturday afternoon routine. But Clifford and Emily Elizabeth and her friends wont give up on tryin g to convince Mr. Bleakman that trying something new can be fun! Final ly they are able to convince him to join them and a great time is had by all./ Emily Elizabeth believes she has the perfect gift for her mot hers birthday. She plans to spend the entire afternoon with her mother and the reading of a poem written just for her mom. Charley agrees th at the gift is perfect, but Jetta has other ideas. Emily Elizabeth agr ees to at least try some of Jettas ideas. But in the end she realizes that the gift she created from her heart really is the best gift.