A couple of months ago I started asking Hailey about her birthday. I suggested a park, taking one friend to do something special, a kid-focused place, but she shot down every suggestion I offered to beg for a party at home. Eventually I had to agree.
Parties at home stress me a little. First there is that whole ‘cleaning up the house for guests’ aspect, but also food and activity to consider as well. A pinterest-party mom I am not. I admire and gawk in all at some of the amazing parties parents come up with, but I start to feel the (self-imposed) pressure and my heart rate increases. Luckily David helps me remember to take a deep breath and try to enjoy the process, like icing the cupcakes together in the morning.
And was pleasantly surprised at how the cupcakes turned out.
But of course what really makes a party are the people who attend, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate our friends that showed up. Asking for a chunk of a Saturday can be imposing, but it made Hailey’s (and my) day knowing that we had friends that were excited to be there.
The big hit of the party (pun intended) was the pinata. Hailey had been asking for one and I was lukewarm on the idea until I saw the princess castle beauty at Hobby Lobby. It sealed the deal and the kids loved taking turns whacking it.
And cake eating.
And generous gifts from friends.
Most importantly, Hailey had a wonderful time and undoubtedly felt very loved. By 1:00, the party had ended, friends had gone home and Hailey was still running around giddily admiring her new toys and feeling all the joy a birthday princess should. Her real birthday is tomorrow, then I need to figure out how to explain to her that her week long celebration has come to an end.
Wish me luck!
What was your favorite birthday party you had growing up?
I remember having a troll-themed birthday party (5th grade maybe?) and my mom bought little tony trolls to put on each person’s cup and I remember thinking it was the coolest!