Unicorns, Rainbows and Minnie Mouse too
I wanted to round up Charlie’s past birthday parties to show you all before I tackle her SEVENTH birthday party this weekend. It was interesting to go through my photo files and see the past parties. I think my stress level of the party reflected how many photos I took at the time. Ages 3-6 there are very few photos as I was sweating, leading games for toddlers, tending to her and her brothers all while trying to be a lovely host. My husband will tell you that I do a great job at planning their parties but he likes to stay as far away from me as possible the day of. Parties can be stressful but I have learned a few things over the years. Trust me I’m still a ball of stress every time but here is how I make it manageable for myself:
I am not someone who can host the party at my home. It just causes WAY more stress than I can handle. I go all out for decor and games and everything else … I can’t add cleaning my entire house and keeping it clean with three small kids until everyone arrives to that list and still be pleasant to be around. Two years ago we made the switch to location parties and for me its the way to go.
PLAN AHEAD. I let my kids choose the theme, what they want for cake/treats, and the location within reason. After that I take care of the rest. I order and plan at least a month if not two in advance. I still end up running to Target the week of, but I start a Pinterest board at least two months out … don’t hate me.
Last thing for me personally is to do it all in one party. Our family doesn’t live in town and the kids always want to invite friends so we just combine it into one big party. Cousins, grandparents and friends. I like to have the one cost for an event space and after the big party we can just crash at home the next day without the crazy mess of having the party at our house. I don’t think I could handle separate events. Someday I might change my mind if we had room to host guests but we just don’t … so for now … it’s indoor playgrounds and pool parties and I bring my organized tote of party supplies to setup when we arrive.
Here is a photo recap of Charlie’s parties from age one to six! In the comments below let me know what tips you have for not losing your mind during party planning.
This popcorn treat was super easy! I used pre-popped popcorn and melted almond bark and poured it over the popcorn. While still hot I sprinkled on the sprinkles. When dry and cooled I scooped into these party boxes and added a colorful candy stick to each one and these were party favors for her guests.