Thursday, October 14, 2010

I hereby declare myself the Queen of mediocre birthday parties.

Once again I cranked out the best sub-par birthday party ever.
Some things never get old.  However, bunny ears behind the head is not one of them.
Mia's request was an "art party where I teach my friends art lessons and they sit and listen to everything I say."  
My response, "No possible way."
"I wanted an art lesson, these bouncy toys blow."
Dear Bode, Do yourself a favor and marry this girl so my grandchildren will be beautiful.  Love, Mom
Blow Up Obstacle Course; a toy the whole family can enjoy.
On the menu: ice cream.  That's right, just ice cream.
I was feeling pretty good about this decision until Mia requested that at the top of her invitation I put "the cake lady is out of town this weekend so I only get ice cream at my party."
I felt a little guilty for about 1.5 seconds.
The smug satisfaction of knowing that I didn't just forget to bring candles to his birthday party.  
Thankfully Mia didn't even notice that there were no candles.  She was too busy eying the pile of presents.
2011 will be the year of good posture.  It must.
Where there are presents to unwrap there is Raegan.
Mia just realized that we also forgot to get party favors.  She's mortified.
Bode just realized that a couple of his family members, who shall remain nameless, caved and bought him presents too. 
Next year I plan to take my mediocrity even further and attempt to have a "no presents" party.  We'll see how that goes over with the children.

I will win the war on over-the-top-extravagant-I-can't-pay-the-mortgage-because-I-gave-my-kid-a-birthday-party-and-the-kids-didn't-even-notice-all-the-hard-work-and-attention-to-detail-because-they-can-really-have-fun-just-playing-with-sticks-but-I-put-all-this-pressure-on-myself-to-make-it-perfect-for-nothing game we tend to play.  It has to stop.

I'm just trying to better the world by lowering expectations one birthday party at a time.

Your welcome.


Kayla said...

Sounds good! I'm finally over trying to give my kids bday parties I never got...Been there done that. Well...maybe ;) Baby steps.

The Seat House said...

I love everything about this post...well done!

Gena said...

Loved that birthday party. Hands down, your best yet.

Anonymous said...

Well, I don't know you well enough to know how serious you are being, but here's what I heard when Ethan got home.
"Check it out, Mommy! We got to make our OWN party favors AND bring them home -- in our tummies! It was ICE CREAM! AND we got to do the blow up bouncy toys AND Mia liked her present (I think). It was so! much! FUN!" So I'd say, "It's all good." :-)

Wa Wa Waughs said...

You are way too hard on yourself! It looks like it was a success to me.

Hey, I have an idea...let your husband plan the next party!

the.fortes said...

Like! I lot! I made Cole's cake because I enjoy it. Other than that it was not so great decorations, ice cream, and playing in the living room!

Lisa C said...

I commend you in your battle. I've been to one too many extravagant birthday parties...and sometimes for a 1-yr-old! It's easy to say you won't cave on these things when you don't even have kids yet. Quite another when you are the mother of 2. Looks like they had fun, so consider it a success!