Things I Know About Birthday Parties
It’s birthday season – everywhere I turn someone is having a birthday or party. We went to one last week, have two this weekend (including Matilda Bear’s!) and another next weekend.
Every second post I have read recently has also been centred on birthdays and how to throw the perfect party – so it’s clearly birthday season in the blogosphere as well!
Alas, as I know I am not at all creative or inspired or energetic, this is not going to be one of those gorgeously photographed posts about an amazingly themed and well thought out party.
Instead, this is what I know about throwing a birthday party when you’re both time and cash poor…
1. Have the party at a park. We are going to a local park with a bike track for the kids to go nuts on and are hoping for fine weather and heaps of fun. This way, the kids don’t have to be constantly entertained and it achieves my real goal of helping my daughter make more meaningful friends with her peers.
2. It is okay to buy supplies at discount shops. I bought all our plates, cups, bowls, cutlery, serviettes and loot bag supplies from Go-Lo. We have green and pink as party colours and everything fits in that colour scheme. In the end it is all disposable and I bet the kids won’t even notice the colour of their plate or cup when they’re enjoying the cake…
3. You don’t have to put on a fancy lunch. We have invited Matilda’s friends for a morning tea gathering at 10am which means we don’t have to worry about feeding lots of people at lunch-time. My mother-in-law (she’s a treasure!) is baking some lovely things for morning tea while I (who is baking challenged – I even managed to burn the edges of the brownies Matilda took to school today!) am in charge of the fruit platter, fairy bread and nibblies.
4. It’s all about having fun. I have held parties before that have been meticulously prepared for and I have spent my whole time running about making sure everything was perfect and not actually enjoying myself. I will still be hovering tomorrow making sure everyone does get something to eat and that each child gets a loot bag, but I am hoping that I will also have time to relax a bit and talk to the other parents.
I just hope Matilda has a great time – she’s the one who really wanted the party and considering all the difficulties she’s had this year adjusting to school I hope it helps her become more comfortable with her classmates. I know she’s certainly very, very excited!
Joining in with Shae from Yay for Home for Things I Know – what do you know this week?
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